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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014

Free and Cheap

A deals blog by Janine Dorsey

Janine Dorsey loves to save money: it doesn’t matter if it’s hers or someone else’s. She rounds up all the best deals and freebies to be found in the Tampa Bay area -  in shopping, dining, entertainment and more – to help you save, too.

First in line at Dollar General opening to score gift cards

Published:   |   Updated: July 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Dollar General will be celebrating the grand opening of its newest Pinellas location in Gulfport on Saturday, July 26.

The first 50 adult shoppers at the store, located at 4900 17th Ave. S., at 8 a.m. will get a $10 Dollar General gift card.

The first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag.

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Free backpacks for young Yankees fans at Friday’s game

Published:   |   Updated: July 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM
By Janine Dorsey

The Tampa Yankees are getting kids excited about going back to school this weekend with their annual “Back to School Blast.”

On Friday, July 25, the first 600 kids ages 14 and younger through the gates when they open at 6 p.m. will receive a Tampa Yankees backpack.

Leading up to the game, fans are encouraged to check social media, including the Yankees’ Facebook, Twitter and Google + pages for a keyword to use at the ticket office to score $2 admission.

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Free admission, giveaways at Saturday’s Tampa Bay Rebels game

Published:   |   Updated: July 22, 2014 at 09:18 AM
By Janine Dorsey

The Tampa Bay Rebels love their fans and will show it at their fan appreciation event this Saturday, July 26.

The Rebels semi-professional basketball team will face the Palm Beach Knights at 6 p.m. at Freedom High School and all fans will receive free admission to the game.

As part of the appreciation event, Burger21 and SportClips will provide giveaways while supplies last. There will also be halftime contests for opportunities to win prizes.

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Free pet microchips Saturday at SPCA clinic

Published:   |   Updated: July 21, 2014 at 01:33 PM
By Janine Dorsey

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is giving away free microchips to pet owners this weekend.

On Saturday, July 26 from noon to 4 p.m. or while supplies last, the SPCA will give away microchips to help lost pets find their way back home to the first 200 who show up at the free clinic.

The giveaway is taking place at SPCA Florida, 5850 Brannen Road S., Lakeland this weekend.

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Free oil change when you donate school supplies

By Janine Dorsey

Through the end of the month, you can get a free oil change for your car when you donate school supplies to needy kids.

Ice Cold Air, 410 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa, is collecting pencils, crayons and backpacks for kids who reside at The Children’s Home and trading the donations for free oil changes and courtesy checks for the public.

The offer is good for a standard oil change with five quarts of conventional oil. Those with cars that use synthetic oil will be charged the price difference on the two types of oil, only.

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BOGO weiners on ‘National Hot Dog Day’ at Evos

Published:   |   Updated: July 21, 2014 at 09:37 AM
By Janine Dorsey

It’s National Hot Dog Day on Wednesday, July 23 and Evos is honoring the event.

All day long, the healthier fast-food chain will throw in a second hot dog for free when you buy one of their naturally raised, all-beef hot dogs. The weiners are hormone, nitrate and antibiotic free. The buns they are served on are organic.

On the menu is a chili dog version, a ‘Monterey’ which features fresh avocado, tomato, onion and spicy chipotle mayonaise and a ‘Good Bad Dog’ which is loaded with natural bacon, tangy barbecue sauce and aged cheddar cheese.

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'Free Skate Day' Saturday at Skatepark of Tampa

Published:   |   Updated: July 21, 2014 at 08:45 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Skatepark of Tampa is hosting another free skate day this month.

On Saturday, July 26 the public is welcome to visit the skate park and enjoy the venue's facilities free of charge.

The doors open at 9 a.m. and the first 100 skaters will get a free t-shirt.

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Military admitted free at Tampa Museum of Art on Sunday

By Janine Dorsey

The Tampa Museum of Art is hosting Military Appreciation Day this Sunday, July 20 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

All active-duty military, veterans and their families will be admitted free to the museum with valid military-issued identification.

In addition to free access to the galleries, the visitors will be invited to partake of ‘Design Challenge’ activities, ‘Art Spot’ crafts, guided tours, live music, Sono Cafe samples and more.

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Free ice cream and cake at MOSI party

Published:   |   Updated: July 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry is celebrating the 9th birthday of their 40,000 square ft. science center designed for kids ages 12 and younger; ‘Kids in Charge!’ and you’re invited.

On Sunday, July 20 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., special activities, games and birthday cake and ice cream will be offered to visitors for no extra charge.

Blue Bell Ice Cream representatives will be at MOSI for and giving away free servings of their newest flavor, Magic Cookie Bar, and their most popular flavor, Homemade Vanilla.

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Retailers, restaurants offer birthday deals, freebies

Published:   |   Updated: July 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Having a birthday is the gift that keeps on giving, or getting.

Sign up for these deals and your inbox will be flooded once a year with well wishes from your favorite retailers.

Even if your special day isn't imminent, you can still benefit right away. Many of the e-clubs offer rewards simply for joining. Also, parents of teens who no longer qualify for kids meal deals, note that some of these offers are good for registrants as young as 13.

Keep in mind, offers may change or be discontinued. Always check with the retailer when visiting the store or restaurant.

Skatepark of Tampa - skate free on your birthday with valid I.D.

Grimaldi's Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria - get a free, large one-topping pizza on your birthday when you sign up in advance for the eclub. You'll also get a gift just for joining. Tampa Bay area locations include WestShore Plaza, Citrus Park Mall and Countryside Mall. 

Carvel - join "Fudge Fanatics" online and get a free treat on your birthday.

Red Robin - offers rewards throughout the year based on frequency of visits, plus your choice of a gourmet burger for your birthday.

Panda Express - free meal for your birthday when you sign up for their emails. There are nine Tampa Bay area locations.

Dairy Queen - get a BOGO Blizzard coupon just for signing up and then surprises for your birthday and the anniversary of when you joined their online fan club.

Victoria's Secret Pink - get ongoing coupons for free panties and discounts on bras as well as other offers throughout the year. During your birthday month you'll get a coupon for $10 off any purchase.

Starbucks - a free treat or drink on your birthday plus coupons, discounts and other rewards.

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