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Friday, Mar 06, 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.

Unlimited jumping at a bargain over spring break

Published:   |   Updated: March 5, 2015 at 11:34 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Will your kids be bouncing off the walls when they are home for a week during spring break?

Let them work all that energy off with all-you-can-jump pass special at Airheads trampoline arena.

For an entire week, kids (and adults) can jump unlimited for just $25.95.

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BOGO salon services at Remington in March

Published:   |   Updated: March 5, 2015 at 10:43 AM
By Janine Dorsey

You’ll have the luck of the Irish when you visit Remington College for salon services during the month of March.

Through March 31, visitors who pay for one treatment will get a second service for free.

The second service must be of equal or lesser value and the offer is on a first come, first served basis.

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Library book, DVD sale features bargain prices

Published:   |   Updated: March 4, 2015 at 12:50 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Stock up on reading materials and other entertainment before spring break begins at this weekend’s Jan Platt Library book sale.

The Friends of the Jan Platt Library will be holding a sale on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.with thousands of books and other materials for both children and adults at bargain prices.

Items include music CDs for $1, movie DVDs for $2, new and gently used hardcover books with jackets at $2, paperback books for .50 cents to $1.50 each, coffee table books between $3 and $5 and library released books for 50 cents to $1.

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Free landscaping workshop includes Florida handbook

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The Safety Harbor Library is hosting a free ‘Florida Friendly Landscaping’ workshop open to the public.

Presented by the UF/IFAS Extension of Pinellas County, the workshop will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 and will include nine principles of Florida-friendly landscaping.

Participants in the workshop will receive a copy of the 50 page guide ‘The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook’ for their home use.

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Wake up with free coffee on Monday after Daylight Savings

Published:   |   Updated: March 4, 2015 at 11:16 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Dunkin Donuts restaurants are offering a cure for the lost hour of Daylight Savings Time on Monday, March 9 by offering customers a free iced coffee.

On that day, customers in the Greater Tampa Bay area can get a free 16-ounce cup of Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee, no purchase necessary.

As a bonus, customrs have their choice of three ice cream inspired flavor options, including rocky road, cookie dough and butter pecan.

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Donate blood, score dinner and a movie

Published:   |   Updated: March 3, 2015 at 12:36 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Several Tampa Bay area Boston Market restaurants are hosting a blood drive this weekend with a donor reward of a free dinner, including two sides and a drink, plus a voucher for a free movie ticket.

The event takes place on Saturday, March 7 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the following locations:

♦  1401 West Brandon Blvd., Brandon

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Free bike safety classes feature gear giveaways in March

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As spring approaches, more bicycle enthusiasts may be choosing to be on city roads.

Tampa BayCycle wants those bicyclists to be safe on our streets with classes featuring “Top 10” tips of bicycle safety.

The one-hour classes will be taught by a certified instructor and each participant will get a piece of free safety gear such as a light set or reflective vest.

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Free buttermilk short stack on National Pancake Day

Published:   |   Updated: March 3, 2015 at 05:58 AM
By Janine Dorsey

IHOP will once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day all day today until 10 p.m. 

This is the 10th year of the annual giveaway, which supports Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

During the annual event, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary short stack of IHOP’s buttermilk pancakes when they dine in. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to a local Children’s Miracle Network hospital or other local charities during the promotion.

The offer is valid while supplies last and is not good with any other coupon or discount.

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Kids’ bike safety event includes helmet giveaways, more

Published:   |   Updated: March 2, 2015 at 01:08 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Load up that trike or Big Wheel for a ride in the park with Curious George.

On Saturday, March 7, families with children ages 3 - 6 years old are invited to take a ride in the park with the famous monkey from 9 a.m. until noon.

The event, hosted by Pasco County Parks and Recreation, takes place at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park and features tons of free family fun.

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Area YMCAs offering free swim classes around the Bay

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Kids all over Tampa Bay can spend spring break getting safer in the water this year.

The Greater St. Petersburg/YMCAs of the Suncoast will provide free water safety lessons to children during the weeks that public schools offer spring break.

In Pasco ‘Splash Week’ will be March 16-20, in Pinellas it is scheduled for March 30-April 3 and in Hernando ‘Splash Week’ is April 6-10.

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