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Thursday, Oct 30, 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.

Freebies and deals abound to celebrate Veteran’s Day

Published:   |   Updated: October 30, 2014 at 01:10 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Veterans Day is the annual holiday to pause and reflect on what our country’s service members have sacrificed so that we remain free.

It’s also a day of deals and offers.

Browse our roundup of deals of offers specifically for men and women of the military. Please note that valid Department of Defense identification is required to redeem the offers :

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Donate food, meet the big cats

Published:   |   Updated: October 30, 2014 at 12:32 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting ia family-friendly ‘Wild-O-Ween’ festival all Halloween weekend featuring free admission for kids.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from noon until 5 p.m., kids ages 12 and under will be admitted free to ‘Wild-O-Ween’ with a donation of nonperishable food items for All Faiths Food Bank.

The kid-friendly event is not scary and features food, games, prizes and pumpkin toss for the bears and big cats.

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Kids in costume admitted free at Dinosaur World

By Janine Dorsey

Get your scare on all Halloween weekend among terrifyingly toothsome, towering beasts.

Kids ages three - 12 are admitted free when they visit Plant City’s Dinosaur World in costume Friday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 2.

The park is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.

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Free books for Hillsborough trick-or-treaters

Published:   |   Updated: October 30, 2014 at 10:43 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Before your head out to gather sugary treats for your tummy, stop by your local Hillsborough County library for a treat that has no fat or calories for your mind.

Children ages 0-18 are invited to trick-or-treat at any Hillsborough County library location to receive a free age-appropriate book on Friday, Oct. 31.

The offer is good all day during regular library hours, while supplies last. Available titles may vary.

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Donate food, get free salon services

Published:   |   Updated: October 29, 2014 at 01:09 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Remington College’s Salon is trading cuts for canned goods in November.

Throughout the month, salon clients who donate a canned food item or other non-perishable food can get their choice of a free haircut, manicure or pedicure.

Services are performed by students and instructors in the Remington College Tampa Campus Cosmetology Program.

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More Halloween kids-eat-free deals on offer

Published:   |   Updated: October 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM
By Janine Dorsey

It won't be hard to scare up a free dinner for your kids on Halloween this year.

Several frightfully good restaurant offers are being advertised in the Tampa Bay area touting free kids meals on the haunted holiday.

PDQ is fueling up costumed kids ages 10 and younger for a night of trick-or-treating for free.

No purchase is necessary to redeem the offer on Friday, Oct. 31.

Slightly older than that? There's still a treat for you.

Wear your costume for buy-one-get-one free on any order for dining in, at the drive-through or for a catering order. Catering orders must be called ahead.

Free item must be same as original item.

For participating locations, visit http://www.eatpdq.com/


Participating Outback Steakhouse locations are getting in the "spirit" of Halloween by offering a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree on Friday, Oct. 31. 

The offer is good for lunch or dinner, dine-in or curbside carryout.

There is no coupon necessary, but you do need to say "free kids meal" to your server to get the discount and there is a limit of two free meals per visit.

The deal is good for kids ages 10 years and under and include choices from the Joey menu only.


Holy Hog Barbecue is treating kids ages 10 and younger in costume to a free meal with the purchase of an adult entree on Halloween.

The offer is good from 4 until 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31.

Kids can choose from a menu that includes cheese quesadillas, chicken tenders and more. All kids meals include fries and a drink. 

For a Holy Hog location near you, visit http://holyhogbbq.com/

Tijuana Flats is returning to its old location in South Tampa on 1617 W. Platt St. on Monday, Oct. 27.

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More Tampa Bay area free flu shots

Published:   |   Updated: October 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Haven’t gotten your flu shot yet this year?

It’s not too late to protect yourself from the fever, body ache, coughing and fatigue.

Centra Care is hosting two Tampa Bay area free shot clinics open to the public for influenza vaccinations.

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Scare up a BOO-rito bowl for just $3 at Chipotle

Published:   |   Updated: October 27, 2014 at 01:20 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Make that zombie-ninja-werewolf costume that you labored so hard over go to work for you for a change.

Sport a Halloween costume on Friday, Oct. 31 when you visit any participating Chipotle location and get a bowl, burrito, salad or order of tacos for just $3.

The offer is good from 5 pm. until closing at all United States locations.

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Free coffee at South Tampa Kahwa today

By Janine Dorsey

Kahwa Coffee is celebrating their first anniversary of the Henderson Boulevard location in South Tampa today.

The shop is celebrating the milestone with free coffee all day on Monday, Oct. 27 from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Kahwa Coffee is located at 3928 W Henderson Blvd., Tampa.

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Free shredding in Largo, Land O’ Lakes

Published:   |   Updated: October 24, 2014 at 12:51 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Cooper Financial Services is hosting a free identity theft seminar with no-cost document shredding by Shred360 on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

You do not have to attend the workshop in order to take advantage of the free shredding service.

Donations of non-perishable food, diapers and laundry detergent are sought to support The Volunteer Way, but are not required to get the free shredding service.

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