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Monday, Jan 26, 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.

Catch “The stars of winter and spring” with free planetarium shows

Published:   |   Updated: January 26, 2015 at 12:52 PM
By Janine Dorsey

St. Petersburg College can expand your horizons in more ways than one.

The college is home to a planetarium “star theater” with a 24-foot domed ceiling that can accurately simulate the night sky at any time or location on Earth. Free shows, open to the public, are held almost every Friday at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. when college classes are in session.

The facility also includes a rooftop observatory with a 20-inch reflecting telescope that is open to the public after the planetarium shows.

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Free shredding in Land O’ Lakes this week

Published:   |   Updated: January 26, 2015 at 11:50 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Pasco-area residents can get some spring cleaning done and protect their identities with a free shredding event this week.

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, members of the public can bring sensitive documents to be shredded for free at the Cooper Financial Service parking lot, located at 5420 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Shred360’s mobile shred truck will do the secure shredding of up to five boxes or bags per person on-site. There are no separation requirements of binders, clips, rubber bands, wire folders, etc. CDs and DVDs can also be shredded.

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Score a discount to try Panera’s new broth bowls

Published:   |   Updated: January 26, 2015 at 11:40 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Panera Bread is introducing a new product line and offering a generous discount to My Panera members who try it.

Before you visit one of the restaurants to try one of the new broth bowls, be sure to sign up or login to an existing My Panera account to score a $5 coupon.

After you login at Panerabread.com, just watch any three of the six available videos and the $5 off will appear in your rewards. New signups will score an additional reward for joining.

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Go meatless and score a free Chipotle meal

Published:   |   Updated: January 26, 2015 at 08:50 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Do you go meatless on Mondays?

Even if it’s not your usual habit, give it a shot on Monday, Jan. 26 and score a free Chipotle Mexican Grill entree for your healthful ways.

Customers who purchase a “Sofritas” entrée item (organic, non-GMO tofu braised with chilis, poblano peppers and spices) at any Chipotle restaurant in the United States on that day can return for a free entrée of their choice - meatless or not - between Jan. 27 and Feb. 28.

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BOGO ticket deals at MOSI this weekend

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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