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Wednesday, Aug 20, 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.

Pasco Animal Services waiving fees on adoptions Saturday

Published:   |   Updated: August 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Pasco County Animal Services is “overstocked” with pets needing loving homes, so this weekend they are having a “sale.”

On Saturday, Aug. 23 the shelter, located at 19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O’ Lakes, will be waiving the usual adoption fees on eligible pets.

Microchip, spay or neuter surgery and vaccinations are included with all animals adopted on that day. A $10 license fee may apply.

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Time is running out on annual museum freebie for military

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By Janine Dorsey

The Blue Star Museum program is an annual appreciation event honoring military families by offering free admission to various museums across the country.

In the Tampa Bay area, there are several options that active duty military and their immediate family members can enjoy. National Guard and Reserve families are also invited to enjoy the benefit.

The offer is good through Labor Day, Sept. 1 and valid military ID is required. Other restrictions may apply according to the individual attraction’s rules. Contact the museum you are interested in visiting before attending.

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Goodwill donations earn Florida Aquarium discounts

Published:   |   Updated: August 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Start cleaning out those closets now, starting Sept. 1 you can turn those unwanted items into a trip to The Florida Aquarium.

Throughout the month of September, anyone who donates clothing or household items at Goodwill Industries-Suncoast donation sites will receive a coupon good for $10 off general admission to The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. The coupon can be used on up to four full paid general admission tickets.

Don’t have anything to donate right now? Goodwill shoppers in September who round up their purchases to the nearest dollar can also get the deal.

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Two chances to eat for free at Ikea

Published:   |   Updated: August 19, 2014 at 09:38 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Two popular free meal deals are back at Tampa’s Ikea store.

For a limited time, “Free breakfast Mondays” are back and everyone can enjoy a meal of scrambled eggs, home fries and turkey sausage between 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Mondays.

Then on Tuesdays, children 12 and under get their choice of any kids combo meal valued at $2.99 for free. Choices include meatballs, chicken tenders or pasta.

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Free comedy club tickets when you sign up online

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Fans of stand-up comedy can score free tickets when they sign up online for email newsletters.

Side Splitters Comedy Club in Carrollwood offers a two-for-one deal for your first visit when you join their mailing list on their website.

Subscribers are also given first notice of special promotions and discounts and free tickets for their birthday.

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Hillsborough voters ride HART free on election days

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By Janine Dorsey

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority will offer free rides to the polls for registered voters on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Bus riders who present their valid voter registration card can ride for free to their closest local polling location on that day simply by showing their valid voter ID card to the bus driver when boarding.

The offer will be valid again on Election Day, Nov. 4.

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Teachers treated to free appreciation breakfast at Macy's

Published:   |   Updated: August 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM
By Janine Dorsey

It's that time of year again, the time when you entrust your little darlings once again to the care and attention of their wonderful teachers.

Macy's department stores are showing their appreciation for teachers with a special breakfast event on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Locally, Macy's at Westshore, 298 Westshore Plaza,Tampa is hosting the event from 10 a.m. until noon.

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Military familes admitted free to national parks with pass

Published:   |   Updated: August 15, 2014 at 10:53 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Members of the U.S. military and their families are entitled to free access to national parks when they apply for a free access pass.

U.S. military and the dependents of deployed service members can apply in person at any federal recreation site that charges entrance or amenity fees for the annual pass.

The pass is good for one year from the month obtained and includes the service member plus three adults ages 16 and over. Children ages 15 and younger are not charged fees.

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New Dunkin' Donuts location offers week of deals, freebies

Published:   |   Updated: August 15, 2014 at 10:52 AM
By Janine Dorsey

NOTE: An additional location is also participating, at 2451 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater.

 

Tampa Bay is welcoming a new Dunkin' Donuts to the coffee and doughnut landscape on Monday, Aug. 18.

To celebrate, the restaurant will be offering deals all week long at the new location at 18419 US Highway 19, Clearwater.

Through Sunday, Aug. 24 daily deals and freebies will include:

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Parents treated to free muffins, massages at ‘Morning Escape’

Published:   |   Updated: August 13, 2014 at 04:37 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Parents who want to celebrate their kids going back to school for the year can take a free “morning escape” at Whole Food Market.

On Tuesday, Aug. 26 beginning at 9:30 a.m. parents can treat themselves to a free coffee or tea, a muffin and a five-minute chair massage at Whole Foods Market in Carrollwood.

Parents are asked to check in at the Customer Service desk upon arrival to pick up your “Mom’s Morning Escape” (dads are welcome, too) voucher. There are a limited number of massages available. No purchase is necessary to claim the freebies. The offer is good until 11 a.m.

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