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Friday, Aug 01, 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.

Free admission at Orlando’s Leu Gardens on Monday

Published:   |   Updated: August 1, 2014 at 08:24 AM
By Janine Dorsey

On Monday, Aug. 4 everyone is invited to stroll the grounds of the lush Leu Gardens - for free.

The botanical attraction regularly opens its doors for free on the first Monday of each month. Regular adult admission is $10, $3 for children in grades kindergarten through 12.

The grounds are home to bamboo and camellia collections, butterfly garden, citrus grove, ferns, herbs, ginger, ornamental grasses, magnolia and more.

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Kids eat free Sunday in Hyde Park at variety of locations

Published:   |   Updated: July 31, 2014 at 01:20 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Kids eat free this weekend at some popular Hyde Park eateries.

On Sunday, Aug. 3 up to two kids age 12 and younger can eat for free for each paying adult at every restaurant in the Ciccio Restaurant Group. Children must choose from the kids menu.

The group owns South Tampa favorites The Lodge, Green Lemon, Daily Eats, Water Sushi and Ciccio’s.

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Free kids books when you eat Kellogg’s products

Published:   |   Updated: July 31, 2014 at 10:16 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Eating cereal makes kids smarter, at least when it comes to eating Kellogg’s cereal.

Through March 31, 2015 parents can enter codes found on specially marked Kellogg’s products (including Eggo waffles, Pop-Tarts, Nutrigrain bars, Pringles chips, Frosted Flakes, Apple Jacks and more) and accumulate points for free childrens’ books.

Books are available for all reading levels, including as young as toddlers on up to age 9 and older.

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Tampapalooza is free family fun

Published:   |   Updated: July 30, 2014 at 01:07 PM
By Janine Dorsey

It’s the weekend to celebrate everything Tampa.

The first annual Tampapalooza Festival will offer free children’s activities; plus local music, performers, craft beer and vendors from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Aug. 3.

Scheduled entertainment includes stilt walkers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Street Team and Radio Disney.

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Free waxes at Carrollwood wax center

By Janine Dorsey

The Carrollwood location of European Wax Center is offering free waxes to anyone for three days.

As part of their new employee training, when a licensed esthetician is hired they offer the opportunity for members of the public to be “wax models” for a few days of training.

Interested models need to call for an appointment at (813) 961-4800 to book their choice of wax treatments - absolutely free - during three days next week.

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Teachers can compound savings at Staples during sales tax holiday

By Janine Dorsey

Educators enrolled in Staples Teacher Rewards program will get 25 percent coupon off any purchase of $10 or more that can be redeemed during the Teacher Appreciation event this weekend, Aug. 1-3.

Teachers will also receive a free “Calendar of Savings” with offers for each month for the entire academic year.

Teachers who are not currently Teacher Rewards members can sign up at any Staples store during the appreciation event and receive 25 percent back in rewards. The special savings offer excludes technology.

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Free, cheap family fun at library’s mini-golf course

Published:   |   Updated: July 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Mini-golf fans who are tired of dodging raindrops will be interested to hear about a unique opportunity to play their sport indoors.

The Largo Public Library is setting up two indoor ranges as a fundraiser for the facility on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The last tee time is 3:30 p.m.

There will be an 18-hole “Family Fairway” book-themed course spread throughout the library and a 9-hole “Toddler Tee-Off” course set up in the Children’s Program Room.

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Free oil change when you donate school supplies

Published:   |   Updated: July 29, 2014 at 08:36 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Through Aug. 6, you can get a free oil change for your car when you donate school supplies to needy kids.

Ice Cold Air, 410 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa, is collecting pencils, crayons and backpacks for kids who reside at The Children’s Home and trading the donations for free oil changes and courtesy checks for the public.

The offer is good for a standard oil change with five quarts of conventional oil. Those with cars that use synthetic oil will be charged the price difference on the two types of oil, only.

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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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