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Monday, Jul 27, 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.

Sign up for birthday deals online, get rewards right away

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You’re not getting older, you’re getting better - at getting freebies for your birthday, that is.

Sign up for these deals and your inbox will be flooded once a year with well wishes from your favorite restaurants and retailers.

Even if your special day isn’t imminent, you can still benefit right away. Many of the e-clubs offer rewards simply for joining.

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Meet ‘Hunger Games’ star at Wiregrass event

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Fans of the ‘Hunger Games’ book and movie series can meet one of the stars at a free back-to-school bash this weekend.

On Saturday, Aug. 1 from noon until 3 p.m., Willow Shields

will appear at The Shops at Wiregrass.

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Florida teachers score year of free access to Legoland

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Teachers can get in free for a year at Legoland Florida and with summer in full force, we think we know what they’ll be doing.

All active kindergarten-through-high school Florida teachers are invited to visit the park’s website to register for the pass and for redemption instructions. Valid identification is required to get the pass which is non-transferable.

The pass is valid for one year from date of issue.

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See Warhol works for cheap at ‘Art On The House’

Published:   |   Updated: July 24, 2015 at 10:07 AM
By Janine Dorsey

This Friday evening is slated to be wet and miserable. Next Friday evening probably will be, too. Or just hot.

At any rate, get inside and enjoy some culture on the cheap at ‘Art On The House’ at Tampa Museum of Art.

Art on the House offers free admission for everyone on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m.

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TECO energy audit provides savings tips plus free CFL lightbulbs

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If high summer electric bills have you singing the blues, let a Tampa Electric Company energy audit save you some green.

The free program takes about an hour when you choose the home visit option and can provide several ideas on how to reduce your power costs. In addition to the analysis and inspection of ductwork, windows and insulation on your property the TECO employee will have details on valuable rebate programs provided by the utility that can save hundreds on home improvements.

For example, if you need better ceiling insulation in your home to improve air conditioning efficiency, rebates of $200 - $350 are provided by TECO toward this improvement.

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Gather your girls for a cheap night at movies

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Studio Movie Grill, Tampa’s first-run in-theater diner, offers a regular ‘Girls Night Out’ discount deal on chick flicks the second Wednesday of every month.

The next one up is Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. with a screening of ‘Flashdance’ for just $3.

Other classics geared toward a female audience on the calendar include ‘A Walk To Remember,’ ‘While You Were Sleeping,’ and ‘You’ve Got Mail.’

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Free sauced or smoked wings from Smokey Bones

Published:   |   Updated: July 23, 2015 at 10:59 AM
By Janine Dorsey

In honor of ‘National Chicken Wing Day’ on Wednesday, July 29 Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill is offering customers free wings.

Wing fans just need to check in at http://smokeybones.com/offer/ at 9 a.m. on that day to claim one of the 1,000 available coupons to get the deal.

No purchase is necessary to get the free order of eight sauced or smoked wings, but there is a limit of one coupon per check, per visit.

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Free ride to Rays games courtesy of PSTA

Published:   |   Updated: July 22, 2015 at 01:33 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Not having a ride will no longer be your excuse for not catching a Tampa Bay Rays game this weekend in St. Petersburg.

Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26 The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will be offering free rides on the Central Avenue Trolley to baseball fans when they show their game tickets for those days.

The Central Avenue Trolley runs along Central Avenue all the way from Pass-A-Grille to Downtown St. Petersburg. To view the CAT schedule visit the PSTA website.

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Free school physicals, vaccinations this weekend

Published:   |   Updated: July 22, 2015 at 11:21 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Beat the rush for back-to-school by getting necessary school physicals out of the way this weekend.

On Saturday, July 25 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tampa General Hospital will be sponsoring free school physicals for children accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Free immunizations will also be offered for children entering the Florida school system for the first time who will be at least 5 years old by Aug. 31. Shot records must be presented for any immunizations to take place.

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‘Swim Day’ is cheap doggie fun

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Dogs just want to have summer fun, too. Treat your pup to a dip in a pool at Walter Fuller Pool on Dog Swim Day.

On Saturday, July 25 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. dogs with current vaccinations are invited to swim and play in the full-size freshwater pool.

People are not allowed in the pool during the session.

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