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Friday, Jul 25, 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.

Food prices, tickets rolled back at Tampa Bay Storm fan appreciation event

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By Janine Dorsey

The Tampa Bay Storm are hosting “Fan Appreciation Night” this Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The Storm will take on Cleveland Gladiators at the Times Forum, 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa.

The first 2,500 fans through the door will receive a Tampa Bay Storm roll banner souvenir.

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Ride the rails at Largo Central Park Railroad

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Coming soon - mini train weekend at Largo Central Park!

Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Aug. 3, everyone ages 1 and older can ride the mini train for free.

The event regularly takes place on the first full weekend of each month and is approximately 1.2 miles long, winding through the landscape of the park. Rides are given until 4 p.m., weather permitting.

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Donate diapers, see Steve Hytner in stand-up show

Published:   |   Updated: July 24, 2014 at 09:32 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Side Splitters comedy patrons can catch a free Steve Hytner (you may remember him as Kenny Bania from “Seinfeld”) show this week when they donate baby items or school supplies to Metropolitan Ministries.

Hytner fans can get up to six free tickets with a school supply or baby item donation for the following shows:

♦ Thursday, July 24 - 8 p.m.

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Discount admission featured at Saturday military museum event

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The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo is presenting a “Ride Through History” this Saturday, July 26.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and features discount museum admission, WWII and Vietnam War reenactors, “Touch-A-Truck,” military vehicles, firearms education and more.

Discount ticket prices for this event are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4-12. Because of the special nature of this event, no Groupons, complimentary passes or other discounts are applicable.

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Free massage for law enforcement during July

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Ideal Massage & Spa of Wesley Chapel wants to say “Thank you” to law enforcement the best way that they know how - with a free massage.

During the month of July the spa is offering a free 30 minute massage to any law enforcement workers who come in to claim the offer with valid I.D.

There are three ways to claim the offer:

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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

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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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