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Saturday, Aug 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.

Free Tai Chi class offered at Florida Blue Center

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By Janine Dorsey

Fight stress and get exercise when you participate in a free hour of Tai Chi.

The slow, focused exercise is perfect for all levels of fitness, and a class will be offered at the Florida Blue Center on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 5:45 p.m.

To participate, registration must be done in advance online. Be sure to choose the date you wish to join from the calendar icon. The class is free and open to the public.

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Free composting, rainwater harvesting workshops available for Hillsborough residents

Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Hillsborough County residents who want to turn “trash” into “treasure” can learn from the experts with the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County office when they sign up for a free composting workshop.

The Saturday, Oct. 4 8:30 a.m. event takes place at the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County office, located at 5339 County Rd. 579, Seffner and lasts about one hour.

Class participants will get a free compost bin and thermometer for their home composting use.

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Public safety employees treated to free Whole Foods lunch

Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2014 at 10:11 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Whole Foods Market Carrollwood is rewarding those who “labor” 365 days a year.

Public safety employees who work to protect us every day will be recognized by the grocer with a free three-course lunch Tuesday, Sept. 2.

From 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., firefighters, police officers and paramedics will be treated to a lunch of salad, pasta and dessert for dine-in or to go with valid I.D.

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State park admission waived for Literacy Day

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September is International Literacy Month and Florida’s state parks are celebrating.

On Monday, Sept. 8 admission is waived at all Florida’s state parks for anyone who presents a library card, a borrowed library book or donates a new or gently-used book at any state park.

The state park system is requesting that the books be “family friendly” as they will be donated to needy schools and libraries at the conclusion of the promotion.

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City of Tampa residents can claim free trees

Published:   |   Updated: August 26, 2014 at 01:04 PM
By Janine Dorsey

City of Tampa residents can landscape their yards and contribute to our city’s canopy with free trees.

To get a free tree, residents simply submit a request by filling out an online form or by calling (813) 274-7733.

A representative from the tree program will respond and set up an appointment to inspect the site for tree type and placement. Once approved, a tree will be assigned to the planting list. The entire process takes about 2 - 3 weeks.

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BOA cardholders treated to free museum admission

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Looking for some free weekend entertainment? Bank of America says a trip to the museum is “on them.”

The program, called Museums on Us, offers free admission to about 150 museums nationwide on the first full weekend of every month. The next free weekend is Sept. 6 and 7.

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers just need to show their bank-issued credit or debit card and photo ID to receive free general admission to area museums on Saturday (Sept 6) and Sunday (Sept. 7). The offer is not good on special ticketed events or in conjunction with other offers and is only valid for the cardholder.

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Donate blood, score a free gift card

Published:   |   Updated: August 26, 2014 at 10:01 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood during a special Labor Day blood drive at all OneBlood donor centers.

Donors who donate at center locations Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1 will receive a limited edition t-shirt and a $10 eGift card.

Gift cards are redeemable through Amazon, Walmart, Domino’s Pizza, Panera Bread, Chili’s and others.

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USF students can visit MOSI free, everyone else pays $5

Published:   |   Updated: August 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Tampa's Museum of Science & Industry is welcoming back University of South Florida students with a special event and you're invited, too.

The USF Week of Welcome includes food trucks, museum admission and more.

On Friday, Aug. 29 from 6 – 10 p.m., USF students with valid I.D. will get free admission to MOSI's standard exhibit galleries.

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ABC celebrates anniversary with sale, store party

Published:   |   Updated: August 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM
By Janine Dorsey

The Animal Based Charities Thrift Store in South Tampa is celebrating four years supporting rescue groups and there's going to be a party.

On Friday, Aug. 29 the thrift store, located at 4465 W. Gandy Blvd. # 315, Tampa, will be hosting a day-long celebration.

There will be free refreshments all day at the event as well as a 50/50 cash raffle and several prize raffles. The store will open at 10 a.m. and stay open later, until 8 p.m., on that day.

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Free tow for intoxicated drivers Labor Day weekend

Published:   |   Updated: August 25, 2014 at 11:22 AM
By Janine Dorsey

If you have too much to drink over the long Labor Day weekend and are not safe to drive, don't risk a DUI or worse. Just call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO for a confidential tow within a 10-mile radius to a safe location.

The program is provided by AAA and is free for everyone, not just current auto club members.

The free ride is offered beginning Friday, Aug. 29 through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2 for the Labor Day long weekend holiday.

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