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Friday, Jan 30, 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.

Discounts, freebies and chances to win at Ikea special event

Published:   |   Updated: January 29, 2015 at 01:12 PM
By Janine Dorsey

There’ll be a flurry of activity and giveaways at Ikea the weekend of their new kitchen series promotion.

In addition to planning workshops and cooking demonstrations, the housewares superstore will have a $1,000 dollar sweepstakes drawing and more on Saturday, Feb. 7 and Sunday, Feb. 8.

Here’s a roundup of the schedule:

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Teachers, military can visit South Florida Museum at a discount

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South Florida Museum, located in Bradenton, wants to honor teachers and military.

The combination natural and cultural history museum/planetarium/aquarium offers free admission to teachers and active duty U.S. military daily with valid identification.

Standard daily adult admission is $19. Seniors ages 65 and up pay $17 and children ages 4 - 12 pay $14. Children under age 4 are always admitted free.

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Free Valentine crafts for kids

Published:   |   Updated: January 28, 2015 at 12:22 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Kids can get creative expressing their love for family and friends when they make these free and cheap Valentine art projects in February.

Michaels: For just $2, kids can create a decorated Valentine mailbox on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 1 - 4 p.m. Activities last 30 minutes and are appropriate for ages 3 and up. Visit the website for more information.

Home Depot: Kids ages 5 - 12 can learn valuable skills such as measuring and following directions when they sign up to create a heart box. The activity is planned between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Feb. 7. For details and to pre-register, visit the Home Depot website.

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Free compost, rain harvesting workshops for Hillsborough residents

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Hillsborough County residents who want to turn ‘trash’ into ‘treasure’ can learn from the experts with the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County office when they sign up for a free home composting workshop.

The Saturday, Feb 7 8:30 a.m. event takes place at the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County office, located at 5339 County Rd. 579, Seffner and lasts about one hour.

Class participants will get a free compost bin and thermometer for their home use.

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Save on your Tampa staycation with CityPASS

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By Janine Dorsey

Planning a staycation to see the sights of Tampa Bay?

Don't buy tickets to attractions piecemeal and pay top dollar, invest in a CityPASS.

For nine consecutive days you can enjoy the best-known attractions of the area at a deeply discounted price.

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Catch “The stars of winter and spring” with free planetarium shows

Published:   |   Updated: January 26, 2015 at 12:52 PM
By Janine Dorsey

St. Petersburg College can expand your horizons in more ways than one.

The college is home to a planetarium “star theater” with a 24-foot domed ceiling that can accurately simulate the night sky at any time or location on Earth. Free shows, open to the public, are held almost every Friday at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. when college classes are in session.

The facility also includes a rooftop observatory with a 20-inch reflecting telescope that is open to the public after the planetarium shows.

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Free shredding in Land O’ Lakes this week

Published:   |   Updated: January 26, 2015 at 11:50 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Pasco-area residents can get some spring cleaning done and protect their identities with a free shredding event this week.

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, members of the public can bring sensitive documents to be shredded for free at the Cooper Financial Service parking lot, located at 5420 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Shred360’s mobile shred truck will do the secure shredding of up to five boxes or bags per person on-site. There are no separation requirements of binders, clips, rubber bands, wire folders, etc. CDs and DVDs can also be shredded.

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Score a discount to try Panera’s new broth bowls

Published:   |   Updated: January 26, 2015 at 11:40 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Panera Bread is introducing a new product line and offering a generous discount to My Panera members who try it.

Before you visit one of the restaurants to try one of the new broth bowls, be sure to sign up or login to an existing My Panera account to score a $5 coupon.

After you login at Panerabread.com, just watch any three of the six available videos and the $5 off will appear in your rewards. New signups will score an additional reward for joining.

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Go meatless and score a free Chipotle meal

Published:   |   Updated: January 26, 2015 at 08:50 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Do you go meatless on Mondays?

Even if it’s not your usual habit, give it a shot on Monday, Jan. 26 and score a free Chipotle Mexican Grill entree for your healthful ways.

Customers who purchase a “Sofritas” entrée item (organic, non-GMO tofu braised with chilis, poblano peppers and spices) at any Chipotle restaurant in the United States on that day can return for a free entrée of their choice - meatless or not - between Jan. 27 and Feb. 28.

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BOGO ticket deals at MOSI this weekend

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There’s an alternative to braving the crowds at the Gasparilla parades this weekend and next.

Those who want some family-friendly fun can head to the Museum of Science and Industry for BOGO admission instead.

MOSI is offering a buy-one-get-one free general admission ticket deal Jan. 24 and 25 and again Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

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