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Monday, May 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.

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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Discounted kids tickets available for Illusionists show at Straz

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Are your kids really into magic?

Treat them this week to tickets to the world’s best-selling magic show at a discount.

The Illusionists - Witness the Impossible’ brings together well-known names in the world of magic: Aaron Crow, Dan Sperry, Jeff Hobson, Kevin James, Andrew Basso, Adam Trent, Yu Ho-Jin and others.

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Baseball is cheap family fun at Clearwater Threshers games

Published:   |   Updated: May 22, 2015 at 09:52 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Entertain your whole family with just a fistful of dollars when you take in a Clearwater Threshers baseball game.

Regions Bank sponsors $1 Tuesdays at the ball field, located at 601 N. Old Coachman Road, Clearwater.

On select Tuesdays, admission to home games are just $1.00 for berm tickets, available on a walk-up basis.

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Military get royal treatment in Bay area during appreciation month

Published:   |   Updated: May 22, 2015 at 09:38 AM
By Janine Dorsey

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

United Skates of America is offering free admission to active nad retired military and their families for various skate sessions during the Memorial Day weekend holiday. Skate rental, if needed is $3 per person. You are welcome to bring your own skates to use for free. For sessions, visit http://www.unitedskates.com/.

United Skates of America, 5121 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa. For more information, (813)876-5826

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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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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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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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