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Saturday, Jul 04, 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.

See ‘Tricky Dog’ circus act at free library event

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By Janine Dorsey

Looking for some high quality entertainment for a low, low price?

Then look no further than the Clearwater Public Library.

On Monday, July 13 the library will play host to The Tricky Dogs when they perform their highly acclaimed circus act.

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Military, first responders admitted free to Great Explorations Saturday

Published:   |   Updated: July 3, 2015 at 11:34 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Members of the military, both active duty and veterans, plus first responders (police, fire, EMS) are invited to visit Great Explorations Children’s Museum for free on Independence Day.

On Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., admission fees will be waived to those with valid ID identifying them as military or first responders.

Special events are planned for the holiday including relay races for kids, fingerpainting and other crafts.

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Free car seat safety classes include discounted boosters

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By Janine Dorsey

All Children’s Hospital is offering several car seat safety classes for parents and guardians of young children during the month of July.

A certified child passenger safety technician will lead the classes on correct installation, transitioning seat types and other safety concerns.

The classes are free and discounted seats are available for those who need to purchase new ones and meet program criteria.

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'Eat for free' when you spend $100 at Ikea

Published:   |   Updated: July 3, 2015 at 10:34 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Outfitting a dorm room for a student heading off to college in the fall? Save on your shopping with the Ikea “eat for free” deal again this weekend.

You can deduct the cost of your meal from a housewares purchase of $100 or more before tax on Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5.

Here’s how the offer works:

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Cool off with a free Slurpee, more during 7-Eleven Week

Published:   |   Updated: July 3, 2015 at 09:30 AM
By Janine Dorsey

We actually feel sorry for other states that aren’t as hot as Florida.

Do they actually get a real appreciation of the frozen sweetness of a free 7-Eleven Slurpee on one of the sweatiest days of the year?

That moment when the first sips of the icy goodness brings on hurts-so-good brain freeze and lowers our core temperature from stifling to just merely sweaty.

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Military and their families admitted free to zoo this weekend

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Lowry Park Zoo is showing some love to the military for protecting our freedom.

Military personnel and up to three direct dependent members of their family are invited to visit the zoo for free during the long Independence Day holiday weekend.

The military member (active-duty, retirees and veterans are all included) will need to show valid Department of Defense photo identification at the ticket counter to redeem the offer.

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Military treated to free cheeseburger for holiday weekend

Published:   |   Updated: July 2, 2015 at 10:01 AM
By Janine Dorsey

To thank them for their service on Independence Day, Brick House Tavern + Tap is honoring all active duty military and retired veterans with a free house cheeseburger this weekend.

On Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 all active duty and retired military service members can visit either of the two Tampa Bay area locations for a free cheeseburger with their choice of cheddar, swiss, smoked provolone or american cheese.

Military members just need to show their valid military I.D. to get the deal.

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Students can ‘rush’ for discounted Tampa Bay Storm tickets

Published:   |   Updated: July 1, 2015 at 01:27 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Tampa Bay Storm arena football fan?

On game day, students are invited to present their valid I.D. at the McDonald’s Ticket Office at Amalie Arena and receive a ticket for the best seat available at a discounted price of $12. Tickets available while supplies last. There is a limit of one per student.

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Dress as cattle, ‘graze’ for free at Chick-fil-A

Published:   |   Updated: July 1, 2015 at 12:22 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Chick-fil-A’s annual “Cow Appreciation Day” is almost here.

That’s the one day of the year when Chick-fil-A customers can get a free meal just by donning a cow costume.

This year it falls on Tuesday, July 14.

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Cool off with a cheap ‘fan favorite’ frappucino

Published:   |   Updated: July 1, 2015 at 11:13 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Cool off with a refreshing Frappucino at a discount when Starbucks announces a new “fan favorite” flavor this week.

On Friday, July 3 the recently voted-upon winning flavor will be announced on Starbucks.com and guests will be able to purchase it for $3 from 2 - 5 p.m. daily through Monday, July 6.

According to a completely unscientific poll on TBO.com, Caramel Cocoa Cluster and Cinnamon Roll remain neck-in-neck in the race to be the fan favorite.

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