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Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015

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.

Pet Resource Center celebration includes half-price adoptions

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By Janine Dorsey

Hillsborough County’s Pet Resource Center is celebrating a year of “First Saturday” events designed to bring more attention to the shelter and place more animals in homes.

On Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the shelter will be hosting an anniversary event complete with discounts and fun activities.

Adoption fees on hundreds of pets will be reduced by half and include spaying/neutering, vaccinations, license tag and microchip.

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Free Chick-fil-A breakfast at Gandy location

Published:   |   Updated: July 28, 2015 at 10:04 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Rise and shine next month for a free Chick-fil-A breakfast ‘surprise.’

Each Tuesday in August the Chick-fil-A located at 3678 W. Gandy Blvd. in Tampa is offering a free breakfast entree to customers.

The offer is good for one free entree per customer per day during regular breakfast hours of 6 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

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Sign up for birthday deals online, get rewards right away

Published:   |   Updated: July 28, 2015 at 09:47 AM
By Janine Dorsey

You’re not getting older, you’re getting better - at getting freebies for your birthday, that is.

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

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Fan Appreciation Night is cheap arena football fun

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Fans of arena football are invited out for an appreciation event at the last home game of the 2015 Tampa Bay Storm season.

On Saturday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. the Storm take on the Los Angeles Kiss

at the Amalie Arena.

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Meet ‘Hunger Games’ star at Wiregrass event

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Fans of the ‘Hunger Games’ book and movie series can meet one of the stars at a free back-to-school bash this weekend.

On Saturday, Aug. 1 from noon until 3 p.m., Willow Shields

will appear at The Shops at Wiregrass.

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Florida teachers score year of free access to Legoland

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By Janine Dorsey

Teachers can get in free for a year at Legoland Florida and with summer in full force, we think we know what they’ll be doing.

All active kindergarten-through-high school Florida teachers are invited to visit the park’s website to register for the pass and for redemption instructions. Valid identification is required to get the pass which is non-transferable.

The pass is valid for one year from date of issue.

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See Warhol works for cheap at ‘Art On The House’

Published:   |   Updated: July 24, 2015 at 10:07 AM
By Janine Dorsey

This Friday evening is slated to be wet and miserable. Next Friday evening probably will be, too. Or just hot.

At any rate, get inside and enjoy some culture on the cheap at ‘Art On The House’ at Tampa Museum of Art.

Art on the House offers free admission for everyone on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m.

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TECO energy audit provides savings tips plus free CFL lightbulbs

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If high summer electric bills have you singing the blues, let a Tampa Electric Company energy audit save you some green.

The free program takes about an hour when you choose the home visit option and can provide several ideas on how to reduce your power costs. In addition to the analysis and inspection of ductwork, windows and insulation on your property the TECO employee will have details on valuable rebate programs provided by the utility that can save hundreds on home improvements.

For example, if you need better ceiling insulation in your home to improve air conditioning efficiency, rebates of $200 - $350 are provided by TECO toward this improvement.

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Gather your girls for a cheap night at movies

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Studio Movie Grill, Tampa’s first-run in-theater diner, offers a regular ‘Girls Night Out’ discount deal on chick flicks the second Wednesday of every month.

The next one up is Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. with a screening of ‘Flashdance’ for just $3.

Other classics geared toward a female audience on the calendar include ‘A Walk To Remember,’ ‘While You Were Sleeping,’ and ‘You’ve Got Mail.’

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Free sauced or smoked wings from Smokey Bones

Published:   |   Updated: July 23, 2015 at 10:59 AM
By Janine Dorsey

In honor of ‘National Chicken Wing Day’ on Wednesday, July 29 Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill is offering customers free wings.

Wing fans just need to check in at http://smokeybones.com/offer/ at 9 a.m. on that day to claim one of the 1,000 available coupons to get the deal.

No purchase is necessary to get the free order of eight sauced or smoked wings, but there is a limit of one coupon per check, per visit.

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