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Tuesday, Mar 03, 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.

Wake up with free coffee on Monday after Daylight Savings

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By Janine Dorsey

Dunkin Donuts restaurants are offering a cure for the lost hour of Daylight Savings Time on Monday, March 9 by offering customers a free iced coffee.

On that day, customers in the Greater Tampa Bay area can get a free 16-ounce cup of Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee, no purchase necessary.

There is a limit of one coffee per customer. The offer is good all day.

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Donate blood, score dinner and a movie

Published:   |   Updated: March 3, 2015 at 12:36 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Several Tampa Bay area Boston Market restaurants are hosting a blood drive this weekend with a donor reward of a free dinner, including two sides and a drink, plus a voucher for a free movie ticket.

The event takes place on Saturday, March 7 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the following locations:

♦  1401 West Brandon Blvd., Brandon

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Free bike safety classes feature gear giveaways in March

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As spring approaches, more bicycle enthusiasts may be choosing to be on city roads.

Tampa BayCycle wants those bicyclists to be safe on our streets with classes featuring “Top 10” tips of bicycle safety.

The one-hour classes will be taught by a certified instructor and each participant will get a piece of free safety gear such as a light set or reflective vest.

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Free buttermilk short stack on National Pancake Day

Published:   |   Updated: March 3, 2015 at 05:58 AM
By Janine Dorsey

IHOP will once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day all day today until 10 p.m. 

This is the 10th year of the annual giveaway, which supports Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

During the annual event, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary short stack of IHOP’s buttermilk pancakes when they dine in. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to a local Children’s Miracle Network hospital or other local charities during the promotion.

The offer is valid while supplies last and is not good with any other coupon or discount.

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Kids’ bike safety event includes helmet giveaways, more

Published:   |   Updated: March 2, 2015 at 01:08 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Load up that trike or Big Wheel for a ride in the park with Curious George.

On Saturday, March 7, families with children ages 3 - 6 years old are invited to take a ride in the park with the famous monkey from 9 a.m. until noon.

The event, hosted by Pasco County Parks and Recreation, takes place at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park and features tons of free family fun.

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Area YMCAs offering free swim classes around the Bay

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Kids all over Tampa Bay can spend spring break getting safer in the water this year.

The Greater St. Petersburg/YMCAs of the Suncoast will provide free water safety lessons to children during the weeks that public schools offer spring break.

In Pasco ‘Splash Week’ will be March 16-20, in Pinellas it is scheduled for March 30-April 3 and in Hernando ‘Splash Week’ is April 6-10.

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Free picnic in the park includes live entertainment, old-fashioned ice cream

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Step back in time and enjoy the pleasures of days past with some free old-fashioned family fun this weekend.

On Sunday, March 8 the Henry B. Plant Museum is hosting their annual picnic on the grounds of Plant Park.

From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., spread out a blanket and enjoy Victorian-era field games or board games and free entertainment including live musical acts, Lowry Park Zoo animal ambassadors and visitors from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

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Visit Plant Museum for free on ‘First Fridays’

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Local landmark and architectural treasure, the Henry B. Plant Museum, invites you to visit for free on certain Fridays.

On the first Friday of each month, the museum opens its doors from 5-7 p.m. and waives regular admission fees.

On Friday, March 6 enjoy live music and a ‘tastings table’ in addition to browsing the parlors with displays from the Victorian era.

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Free rabies shot, vet exam at Healthy Dog Day

Published:   |   Updated: February 27, 2015 at 12:14 PM
By Janine Dorsey

This Saturday, Feb. 28 is Healthy Dog Day in Hillsborough County.

Bring your dog and proof of residence for a free veterinarian exam, free rabies shot and free county tag.

The offer is good for valid residents of the following zip codes only: 33614, 33615, 33625, 33626, 33634 and 33635.

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Museum’s military appreciation event includes free music fest tickets

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The Tampa Museum of Art is hosting a special Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, March 8 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The day will include free admission to all military, veterans and their families with valid military-issued I.D.

Events will include activities for both children and adults alike, including:

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