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Sunday, Nov 23, 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.

Gibsonton Dollar General grand opening celebrating with giveaways

Published:   |   Updated: November 20, 2014 at 01:04 PM
By Janine Dorsey

The newest Tampa Bay area Dollar General location is coming to Gibsonton this weekend.

To celebrate, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store, located at 11507 S. US Hwy 41, Gibsonton, when it opens at 8 a.m. will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card.

The first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag and other giveaways. Special deals and sales will also be part of the grand opening festivities.

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Free laundry services Saturday in Tarpon Springs

Published:   |   Updated: November 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Those needing some extra assistance to make it through the holidays can get some help this weekend by way of loads of fresh, clean clothes.

Current of Tampa Bay will be hosting their third annual Laundry project at Tarpon Springs Laundromat, 40976 US Hwy 19 N., Tarpon Springs, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22.

The organization has teamed up with Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, Bayou Presbyterian Church and the Center for Religious Tolerance to provide free washing and drying services to members of the community who attend the event.

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Get started on holiday shopping with more than a dozen gift card deals

Published:   |   Updated: November 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Gift cards are a great option for sending love to friends and family near and far.

All the better if you can get some of that love back for yourself in the form of a bonus deal!

Bonus gift cards are available at participating locations and in some cases, on the companys’ websites.

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Donate food, get a free drink at SoHo’s Ciccio’s

By Janine Dorsey

Ciccio’s/ Water is holding a Thanksgiving food drive this week to benefit Metropolitan Ministries.

Through Wednesday, Nov. 26, guests can bring in non-perishable food items to Ciccio’s/ Water and for every donation they will receive a voucher for a free drink.

Suggested donation items include: canned fruit, peanut butter, rice, instant potatoes, pasta, dessert mixes, canned tuna, cereal, gelatin or pudding mixes, canned vegetables and grocery gift cards.

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Subway shows customer appreciation with $2 sandwiches

Published:   |   Updated: November 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM
By Janine Dorsey

December is known for a lot of things, but maybe not sandwiches.

Subway is trying to change that by introducing a customer appreciation month deal good now through Dec. 31.

During the promotion, customers can get their choice of a six inch cold cut combo or meatball marinara sandwich for only $2.

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Free acupuncture treatment in Seminole Heights

Published:   |   Updated: November 19, 2014 at 11:46 AM
By Janine Dorsey

A local business wants you to forget about Black Friday and instead “buy nothing” on that day.

Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture is offering a free, therapeutic acupuncture on that day to help you resist the urge to shop.

On Friday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. you can relax and unwind with the free service at the business located at 6420 N. Central Ave., Tampa.

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Donate canned good, get free dessert at Longhorn

Published:   |   Updated: November 19, 2014 at 11:04 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Through Thursday, Nov. 20 donate a non-perishable food item at a participating Tampa Bay area LongHorn Steakhouse and you will get a free dessert for your table.

Dessert choices include seasonally available pumpkin spice lava cake, cheesecake, molten lava cake, key lime pie, bananas foster cheesecake and others.

There is a limit of one free dessert per party.

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Donate food, see Pedro Lima comedy show free

Published:   |   Updated: November 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Side Splitters comedy fans can catch a free Pedro Lima show this month when they donate nonperishable food items to Metropolitan Ministries’ food bank.

Lima fans can get free tickets with a food donation for the following shows:

♦  Friday, Nov. 28 10:15 p.m.

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AAA offers free tow for intoxicated drivers Thanksgiving weekend

By Janine Dorsey

If close quarters with relatives over Thanksgiving drives you to drink, don’t risk a DUI or worse. Just call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO for a confidential tow within a 10-mile radius to a safe location.

The program is provided by AAA and is free for drivers in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, not just current auto club members.

The free ride is offered beginning Wednesday, Nov. 26 through 6 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30 during the long holiday weekend .

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Roll up your sleeves to earn free seafood fest admission

Published:   |   Updated: November 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Healthy people age 16 and up can score free admission to this weekend’s Seaboard Seafood Fest when they take the time to donate blood at the event.

Donors will be treated to free event admission and a long sleeve t-shirt when they roll up their sleeves Saturday, Nov. 22 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. or Sunday, Nov. 23 between noon and 4 p.m.

Regular daily Seaboard Seafood Festival admission is $10 for adults and free for children under age 12.

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