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Friday, May 22, 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.

Pinellas heritage museum is free day of fun for history fans

Published:   |   Updated: May 21, 2015 at 01:32 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Fans of Florida history can stroll the grounds and immerse themselves in 21-acres of 19th century living when they visit Heritage Village in Pinellas County.

The museum boasts historic building replicas, living history demonstrations, native plant trail, temporary special exhibits, collections and artifacts - and all can be enjoyed for free.

No admission fee is charged to browse the display of “labor saving devices” for “modern housewives” or to view ‘Christopher Still Prints: Clues to Florida’s History and Natural Beauty’ murals.

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Free rides, tows offered to Memorial Day weekend partiers

Published:   |   Updated: May 21, 2015 at 01:06 PM
By Janine Dorsey

For the second holiday this month, AAA is offering free tows and rides home to inebriated drivers in Florida.

Just call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO for a confidential tow within a 10-mile radius to a safe location.

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

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Military get royal treatment in Bay area during appreciation month

Published:   |   Updated: May 21, 2015 at 11:48 AM
By Janine Dorsey

May is Military Appreciation Month and offers abound to honor our servicemembers during Memorial Day and beyond.

Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25 all military members are invited to visit St. Petersburg’s Morean Arts Center Glass Studio & Hot Shop and Chihuly Collection for free.

Service member just need to present valid Department of Defense I.D. at the box office at each location for free admission.

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Kids can eat, have fun for free at Ikea on Monday

Published:   |   Updated: May 20, 2015 at 12:52 PM
By Janine Dorsey

School is out for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25 but Ikea has you covered when it comes to feeding and entertaining the kids for the day.

The Ikea Tampa Kids Academy will be open and free for kids under age 12.

All participants will enjoy a fun craft or activity and a free kids meal in the restaurant.

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Pinellas student, sports physicals at no cost this summer

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By Janine Dorsey

Four Pinellas Florida Department of Health locations are offering free school and sports physicals this summer for area parents.

♦  Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S., St Petersburg.

Appointments are available Monday through Thursday during the weeks of June 22, July 6 and July 20 and Aug. 3-21 from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

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Free goodies when Spongebob Treat Truck comes to Tampa

Published:   |   Updated: May 20, 2015 at 09:46 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Take a pledge to help the world’s oceans and score free treats from Spongebob Squarepants.

The Spongebob Treat Truck will be visiting Tampa on Thursday, May 21, handing out free Bikini Bottom snacks and reusable totes and offering opportunities for fan photos with SpongeBob and Invincibubble.

Treat Truck visitors are encouraged to pledge not to take any disposable plastic bags  - which endanger oceans - for a whole year at www.worldoceansday.org.

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Wear your Rays jersey, score free game tickets

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By Janine Dorsey

Rays fans can show their stripes this week and score free game tickets for their efforts.

On Friday, May 22, visitors to The Rays Store in downtown Tampa can wear any Major League Baseball jersey to the store between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and get a free voucher for two Rays game tickets at Tropicana Field.

The offer is limited to one per person while supplies last and tickets are for Monday through Thursday games, excluding Yankees and Red Sox matchups.

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Kids’ museum offers special event for apraxia families

Published:   |   Updated: May 19, 2015 at 10:05 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Tampa Bay area families affected by Apraxia can visit the Glazer Children’s Museum on ‘Sunshine Sunday’ at a reduced rate.

On Sunday, May 31 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. families will be able to connect with others impacted by the rare motor planning language disorder and explore the museum with lights and sounds turned down.

Museum admission is reduced to just $5 per person for the special event.

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Celebrate National Doughnut Day with a freebie

Published:   |   Updated: May 18, 2015 at 12:45 PM
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 free meal at Whole Foods Market

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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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