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Friday, May 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.

Celebrate National Doughnut Day with a freebie

Published:   |   Updated: May 29, 2015 at 10:07 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Just in time for bikini season, once again Krispy Kreme will be celebrating National Doughnut Day.

On Friday, June 5 participating Krispy Kreme locations in the Tampa Bay area will give away a free doughnut of any type to every customer, no purchase necessary.

The offer is valid while supplies last during regular store hours. There is a limit of one free doughnut per person.

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Educators treated to discount admission at Morean Arts Center in June

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Teachers with time on their hands this summer can enjoy a selection of art at a discount when they visit The Morean Arts Center in downtown St. Petersburg.

During the month of June, educators for all grades Pre-K through high school are invited to visit the galleries in the group for just $5 each for themselves and up to three guests.

The offer is good for principals, teachers, aides and administration staff.

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Holocaust museum among those offering free admission to BOA cardholders

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Looking for some free entertainment next weekend? Bank of America says a trip to the museum is “on them.”

The program, called Museums on Us, offers free admission to about 150 museums nationwide on the first full weekend of every month. The next free weekend is Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.

Bank of America customers just need to show their bank-issued credit or debit card and photo identification to receive free general admission to area museums. The offer is not good on special events or with other offers and is only valid for the cardholder.

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Goodwill donation garners free baseball tickets

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Enjoy a free day of America’s favorite pastime when you make a charitable donation to Goodwill Suncoast.

Simply bring a donation of gently used clothing or household items to a Dunedin Blue Jays home game and you will get your choice of a voucher good for two free tickets to a future home game or a souvenir Blue Jays cup.

A Goodwill collection bin will be inside the stadium’s main gate for drop-offs during the month of June for the promotion.

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Free MOSI admission is bonus at Hurricane Expo

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Many people living in Florida right now have never experienced a hurricane. After years of quiet seasons, residents may find themselves becoming complacent or otherwise unprepared to deal with a weather emergency.

Tampa Bay area residents are invited to brush up on their preparation skills at this weekend’s free Hurricane Expo at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Attendees will learn about having a solid disaster plan in advance of a storm from scheduled speakers and vendors along with kid-friendly entertainment, games and other activities. Those in attendance will also have a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD.

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BOGO burgers and penny-per-calorie shakes on menu at Evos on Thursday

Published:   |   Updated: May 27, 2015 at 10:10 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Evos Feel Good Food is celebrating National Hamburger Day with buy-one-get-one-free burgers all day on Thursday, May 28.

Evos burgers are prepared with natural and humanely raised beef without added hormones and antibiotics. Poultry varieties are airbaked instead of deep-fried.

As part of the hamburger celebration, you can also get a frozen shake made with fresh fruit, juices and organic milk for only a penny per calorie on that day, with prices as low as $1.30 for a kid-sized mango guava fruit shake. A 16 ounce cappucino shake is only $1.40.

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Gift cards, meals are rewards offered at upcoming blood drives

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Score a reward while saving a life at one of these upcoming OneBlood donation drives.

Healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood with valid photo I.D.

Evos restaurants are giving away a voucher for a free meal with every blood donation on Thursday, May 28 from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the following Evos locations:

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Country singer Rachele Lynae to perform free concert on plaza

Published:   |   Updated: May 26, 2015 at 09:38 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Enjoy a country concert on the plaza when you visit the Amalie Arena on Saturday night.

Rachele Lynae, known for her hit song ‘Party ‘Til the Cows Come Home’ will be performing a one-hour show at Ford Thunder Alley prior to the kickoff of the Tampa Bay Storm game.

There is no charge to attend the concert on the plaza beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 30.

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Educators treated to free meal at Whole Foods Market

Published:   |   Updated: May 22, 2015 at 01:13 PM
By Janine Dorsey

As a token of appreciation for all that teachers do during the school year, Whole Foods Market is rewarding Tampa Bay area educators with a free dinner.

On Thursday, June 4 pre-registered teachers can visit one of three WFM locations between 4 and 6 p.m. for a free three-course dinner.

Public and private teachers in grades kindergarten through grade 12, administrators and college professors with valid professional identification will be treated to salad, pasta and dessert for dine-in or takeout.

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Save on Tuesdays at Tampa Bay Water Bike Co.

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Get out on the water without getting soaked at Tampa Bay Water Bike Co. on Tuesdays.

Keep your wallet high and dry when you take advantage of a limited time offer for discount water bike and biyak (peddle-powered kayaks) rides.

Through June 30, single person water bikes and biyaks are just $20 for an hour’s ride on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa on Tuesdays.

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