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Sunday, Jan 25, 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.

BOGO ticket deals at MOSI this weekend and next

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By Janine Dorsey

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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Free community concert at Tampa Theatre

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

The United States Air Force Band of the West will perform a free community concert “Brass in Blue” in the historic Tampa Theatre next week.

The Tuesday, Jan. 27 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public with an advance registration.

Those with printed proof of advance registration will begin being seated at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the performance. At 7:15 p.m. those without reservations will be admitted for the remaining seats, if any.

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Hyde Park store’s Pirate Fest to feature giveaways, entertainment

Published:   |   Updated: January 22, 2015 at 12:14 PM
By Janine Dorsey

This time of year, it’s all pirates, all the time in Tampa.

On Friday, Jan. 30 there’s a free family event paying homage to the lovable swashbucklers at the Winn-Dixie in Hyde Park.

From 3 to 9 p.m., customers are invited to visit the Winn-Dixie store located at 2100 W. Swann Ave., Tampa for Pirate Fest.

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Share the love with BOGO pizza slices on Valentine’s Day

Published:   |   Updated: January 22, 2015 at 10:22 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Treat your sweetie or just show yourself some love with buy-one-get-one free pizza slices on Valentine’s Day.

Simply sign up in advance on the Sbarro Facebook page at http://goo.gl/RWx9hR and you will be emailed a coupon in advance of the holiday.

The offer is good at participating locations only.

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Try ‘montaditos’ for free on opening day of new Wesley Chapel restaurant

Published:   |   Updated: January 21, 2015 at 12:29 PM
By Janine Dorsey

There’s a new flavor in town when it comes to fast-casual dining.

100 Montaditos is bringing the taste of Spain to Wesley Chapel with their signature product.

Montaditos are described as “crunchy, baked-to-order tapas-sized rolls” filled with traditional spanish flavors and other ingredients.

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Free smoothies at Xtreme Juice on Saturday

Published:   |   Updated: January 21, 2015 at 10:37 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Customers can enjoy a free 8 oz. Peanut Butter Whirl smoothie when they visit South Tampa’s Xtreme Juice on Saturday, Jan. 24.

The Peanut Butter Whirl blends nonfat milk, peanut butter, banana, honey, nonfat frozen yogurt and ice.

No purchase is necessary, but there is a limit of one free smoothie per customer. The store will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on that day.

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BOGO salon services when you visit Remington College

Published:   |   Updated: January 19, 2015 at 03:48 PM
By Janine Dorsey

You already know you can save a bundle when you get salon services at your local beauty school.

There’s another way to save when you visit Remington College’s cosmetology salon during the month of January.

Through Friday, Jan. 30, guests of the salon are invited to get a free service of equal or less value when they pay for a service.

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Be among the first at Chick-fil-A opening, win meals for a year

Published:   |   Updated: January 19, 2015 at 01:23 PM
By Janine Dorsey

The grand opening for the highly anticipated 3678 W. Gandy Blvd. Chick-fil-A location in South Tampa is set for 6 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5.

The first 100 adults in line when the doors open can claim “Grand Prize” gift cards pre-loaded with a Chick-fil-A meal consisting of a chicken sandwich, medium waffle fries and a medium drink each week for a year.

A new benefit of the prize includes the ability to use the card multiple times during a single Chick-fil-A visit so that you can treat friends to a free meal when you dine. There are a total of 52 meals pre-loaded to the card which is good for one year from the date of issue.

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Score on game day with double the tenders for free

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By Janine Dorsey

Gearing up for the big game?

Hosts with the most will want to take advantage of this chicken tender platter deal from PDQ.

Place an order in advance of 25 or 50 chicken tenders for pickup on Sunday, Feb. 1 and the restaurant will automatically double your tenders for free.

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Discounts available for Bay Area Renaissance Fest

Published:   |   Updated: January 19, 2015 at 09:48 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Planning on attending this year’s Bay Area Renaissance Fest?

There are  ways to save if you do.

Those with valid military identification can show it at the box office and save $5 on their admission. The offer is good every day of the festival.

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