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Wednesday, Sep 17, 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.

Visit your choice of museum courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine

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Saturday, Sept. 27 is Smithsonian Museum Day Live! and 70 museums in Florida are participating.

During this annual event, interested museum visitors are invited to download an official Museum Day ticket in advance from the Smithsonian Magazine website at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday, which is good for free admission for two people. There is a limit of one ticket per household.

There’s something for everyone among the museums offering free admission, including fine art, history, children’s activities, military and more.

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Visit PDQ for a free “sweet treat” today

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We know a secret.

Say the secret words “sweet treats” at any Tampa Bay area PDQ restaurant today and you’ll get a free cookie and a coupon for a free shake on your next visit, no purchase necessary.

The offer is only good Tuesday, Sept. 16 during regular restaurant hours. There is a limit of one offer per person. Offer good while supplies last.

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$10 days offered at Lowry Park Zoo

Published:   |   Updated: September 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM
By Janine Dorsey

It may not be the “dog days of summer” anymore, but if you have $10 you can make it the anteater days, the giraffe days, the gorilla days, even the kookaburra days for 10 dates in September at the zoo.

Wednesday, Sept. 17 through Friday, Sept. 26 Florida residents can visit Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for just $10 per person for daytime admission.

Adults must present valid state issued identification to redeem the offer. The deal is not combinable with any other discounts.

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Superfans of aquarium can pay for a day, come back rest of year

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“Superfans” can pay for a day and come back the rest of the year at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Can’t get enough of Winter and Hope, stars of Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2? Buy a full-price daily “Superfan” admission online and return as often as you like through Dec. 31, 2014.

Those not wanting to purchase online can print a coupon for use at the ticket counter at the attraction.

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Free coffee this week from McDonald’s

Published:   |   Updated: September 15, 2014 at 09:40 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Wake up this week and claim your free coffee.

Participating McDonald’s locations across the country are giving away free coffee daily from Tuesday, Sept. 16 through Monday, Sept. 29.

The restaurants are offering a free small McCafé coffee during breakfast hours, no purchase necessary. Breakfast hours may vary slightly from location to location.

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Scare up some savings at zoo during ‘Shriek Peek” weekend

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Those wishing to visit Lowry Park Zoo’s annual Halloween “Zoo Boo” event before the season really gets underway can save money during the “Shriek Peek” weekend.

On Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27 from 7 - 11 p.m. admission is discounted to just $12 for ages over 3. Annual zoo pass holders pay only $10.

The regular admission price for the rest of the special engagement is $14 for children ages 3 - 11 and $18 for adults. Zoo pass holders pay $12.50 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 - 11. Children ages 2 and younger are always admitted free.

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More ways to celebrate, save on National Cheeseburger Day

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It’s National Cheeseburger Day next week on Thursday, Sept. 18.

We already reported that Burger 21 is celebrating, now there are more ways to get your burger on at a discount.

Evos Feel Great Food is saluting the iconic American food with a buy-one-get-one free offer on their healthy version.

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Walking ghost tour offered for free fall fun

Published:   |   Updated: September 11, 2014 at 01:05 PM
By Janine Dorsey

There’s nothing like a ghostly ramble through dark, deserted city streets to get you in the mood for the Halloween season.

The Friends of the Safety Harbor Library is hosting a free ghost and history walking tour on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. to fill that bill.

The tour, presented by Safety Harbor Walking Tours of Yellow Snow Productionslasts two hours and will cover paranormal happenings and history of the area.

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Glazer Children’s Museum celebrates birthday with free, discounted days

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We can hardly believe The Glazer Children’s Museum is turning four years old.

But on Sunday, Sept. 21 the museum is having a party to celebrate and you’re invited.

On that day, everyone will be admitted free from 1 - 6 p.m.

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Free flu shots offered at USF

Published:   |   Updated: September 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM
By Janine Dorsey

The USF College of Public Health is once again hosting their annual free flu shot drive.

On Friday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., adults age 18 and older are invited to visit the school for a free influenza vaccination.

The offer is good while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis.

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