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Monday, Apr 27, 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.

Teachers rewarded at PDQ and Wow! That’s Fresh

Published:   |   Updated: April 27, 2015 at 11:23 AM
By Janine Dorsey

The dedication and hard work of Tampa Bay teachers is being rewarded at two area restaurants on Tuesday, May 5.

On that day, those with valid teacher identification will be treated to a free combo meal at participating PDQ and Wow! That’s Fresh restaurants.

The PDQ combo is a choice of 3-piece chicken tenders, chicken sandwich or salad. A side dish is included with the tenders or sandwich and a drink comes with all three choices.

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Earn aquarium ticket at Clearwater beach cleanup event

Published:   |   Updated: April 27, 2015 at 10:23 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Friends of sea turtles can earn free admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium for their good deeds.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is kicking off turtle nesting season by hosting a ‘Sea Turtle Awareness Day’ on Clearwater Beach on Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Sea turtle fans are invited to gather at Pier 60 to help clear the beach of debris from 9 until 11 a.m. Following the beach cleanup, refreshments and educational activities will take place at the park.

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BOGO doughnuts on Super Hero Day

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By Janine Dorsey

If your “superpower” is eating doughnuts, you’re in luck next week.

On Tuesday, April 28 Krispy Kreme is celebrating “Super Hero Day” with a buy-one-get-one doughnut deal.

On that day, buy any dozen doughnuts from a participating location, get a second dozen of glazed originals for free.

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New Tampa Sephora location to offer giveaways, gifts

Published:   |   Updated: April 24, 2015 at 08:49 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Sephora is opening a new location in Tampa with giveaways and gifts.

‘Sephora inside JCPenney’ is a smaller version of the beauty superstore but still packs a lot of products in a smaller space.

These satellite stores stock more than 200 beauty brands including NARS, Bare Escentuals, Urban Decay, Peter Thomas Roth, Shiseido, Ole Henriksen, Murad, Philosophy, Clarisonic and more.

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Family-friendly yoga fest is easy on the wallet

Published:   |   Updated: April 23, 2015 at 01:16 PM
By Janine Dorsey

St. Petersburg will be the site for a family-friendly and budget-friendly yoga festival on Saturday, May 2.

A wide variety of classes and activities are planned for 2 - 6:30 p.m. on that day.

The Yoga by the Bay Festival of the Sun will host outdoor classes for all ages and abilities, local vendors, live music, food trucks, bike valet, entertainment and more.

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Cheap bagels make Mondays better

Published:   |   Updated: April 23, 2015 at 10:34 AM
By Janine Dorsey

For a limited time, Einstein Brothers Bagels are making Mondays something to look forward to, or at least something not to actively dread.

For just $6, score a baker’s dozen (that’s 13!) fresh-baked bagels when you visit a participating Einstein location.

The offer is good for your choice of flavors from their menu including plain, honey whole wheat, asiago cheese, blueberry, chocolate chip, cinnamon raisin, garlic, potato, poppyseed, sesame seed and others. The offer does not include selections from the gourmet topped bagels.

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Book party features giveaways, free Dolphin Tale Adventure admission

Published:   |   Updated: April 22, 2015 at 01:02 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Meet an author and illustrator of a new children’s book when you visit Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure this weekend.

The free event is a book launch party for ‘Captain Tortuga and the Treasure of Sand Key’ and takes place Saturday, April 25 from 2 - 4 p.m.

The book is available at Clearwater Marine Aquariu and is written by local author David Kinne and illustrated by Dino Kotopoulis.

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Free butterfly plants, mulch at weekend Green Thumb Fest

Published:   |   Updated: April 22, 2015 at 11:48 AM
By Janine Dorsey

The Walter Fuller Recreation Center is home to the annual Green Thumb Festival scheduled for this weekend.

On Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. fans of foliage can gather at the free event for a variety of environmental fun.

Scheduled attractions include:

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Free CPR and first aid classes in Hillsborough

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Mark your calendars for some upcoming free CPR and first aid classes in Hillsborough County.

The Children’s Board Family Resource Centers are hosting the certification classes taught by professional instructors focusing on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, choking rescue, bleeding, shock, poisoning, head/spine injuries and more.

Skills will include procedures for infants, children and adults.

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Free ice cream at Ybor City Saturday Market

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By Janine Dorsey

The Ybor City Saturday Market is a continuously operating year-round option for shopping fresh and local items.

The market, located at 1901 19th Street, Tampa, is open Saturdays at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. through April and then has summer hours of 9 a.m. until 1 p.m from May through September.

Vendors sell fresh produce, gourmet foods, breads, prepared foods, plants, pet treats, honey, fine cigars, unique gifts, art, bath and body products and more.

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