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Tuesday, Jul 29, 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.

Military, first responders treated to free day at zoo in August

Published:   |   Updated: July 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Military members and first responders are being treated to a month of family fun at Lowry Park Zoo in August.

Weekdays in August, members of the U.S. military (active duty, retirees and veterans) plus Florida first responders (law enforcement, firefighters, 911 dispatchers and more) are offered free admission for themselves plus one guest.

Up to four additional one-day admissions may be purchased at half price for use the same day.

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Shred-A-Thon to benefit Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser

Published:   |   Updated: July 28, 2014 at 09:41 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Dispose of sensitive papers while saving money and helping a worthy cause at the Aug. 9 Shred-A-Thon to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9 Pro-Shred will have a mobile shredding truck on-site at Quaker Steak & Lube, shredding documents for only $5 per bankers box.

Papers will be fed into the mobile shredding truck which has a viewing window so that you can see your documents have been destroyed. Papers do not be prepared for shredding; paper clips and staples, etc. may be left on.

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Donate blood, get dinner and a movie

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When you’re a hero, you deserve dinner and a movie.

Tampa Bay area Chili’s restaurants agree and are hosting the ‘Food & A Flick’ Blood Drive Friday, Aug. 1 to prove it. Blood donors who give at the drive from 3 - 8 p.m. will receive a $5 Chili’s coupon and a voucher for a free movie ticket at the event.

Bloodmobiles will be accepting donations at the following Chili’s locations:

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Take a bite out of Aquarium kids’ tickets during Shark Week

Published:   |   Updated: July 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Kids can score discount Florida Aquarium admission when they dress the part during Shark Week.

Aug. 9 - 16, kids ages 11 and under wearing a make-it-yourself shark week mask or glasses will enjoy a $5 discount on a regular full paid ticket. No other discounts apply.

Discounted tickets must be purchased at the ticket window. The mask and glasses templates can be downloaded from the website.

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Adoption fees waived Saturday at Pasco Animal Services

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By Janine Dorsey

For one day only, the Pasco County Animal Shelter is having a free adoption event at the Land O’Lakes location.

On Saturday, July 26 from noon until 4:30 p.m. all regular adoption fees will be waived for both cats and dogs.

All animals have been spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on their vaccines.

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Food prices, tickets rolled back at Tampa Bay Storm fan appreciation event

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The Tampa Bay Storm are hosting “Fan Appreciation Night” this Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The Storm will take on Cleveland Gladiators at the Times Forum, 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa.

The first 2,500 fans through the door will receive a Tampa Bay Storm roll banner souvenir.

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Ride the rails at Largo Central Park Railroad

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By Janine Dorsey

Coming soon - mini train weekend at Largo Central Park!

Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Aug. 3, everyone ages 1 and older can ride the mini train for free.

The event regularly takes place on the first full weekend of each month and is approximately 1.2 miles long, winding through the landscape of the park. Rides are given until 4 p.m., weather permitting.

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Donate diapers, see Steve Hytner in stand-up show

Published:   |   Updated: July 24, 2014 at 09:32 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Side Splitters comedy patrons can catch a free Steve Hytner (you may remember him as Kenny Bania from “Seinfeld”) show this week when they donate baby items or school supplies to Metropolitan Ministries.

Hytner fans can get up to six free tickets with a school supply or baby item donation for the following shows:

♦ Thursday, July 24 - 8 p.m.

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Discount admission featured at Saturday military museum event

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The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo is presenting a “Ride Through History” this Saturday, July 26.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and features discount museum admission, WWII and Vietnam War reenactors, “Touch-A-Truck,” military vehicles, firearms education and more.

Discount ticket prices for this event are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4-12. Because of the special nature of this event, no Groupons, complimentary passes or other discounts are applicable.

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Free massage for law enforcement during July

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Ideal Massage & Spa of Wesley Chapel wants to say “Thank you” to law enforcement the best way that they know how - with a free massage.

During the month of July the spa is offering a free 30 minute massage to any law enforcement workers who come in to claim the offer with valid I.D.

There are three ways to claim the offer:

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