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Tuesday, Aug 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.

‘Great Connections’ event for special needs kids offered at a discount

Published:   |   Updated: August 4, 2015 at 12:10 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Families of children with special needs are invited to an event at Great Explorations just for them on Sunday, Aug. 9.

‘Great Connections,’ a sensory-friendly event at the museum, will modify lights and sounds and provide a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break.

The event takes place before regular operating hours from 10 a.m. until noon.

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Free shredding services on Wednesday

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By Janine Dorsey

Free community shredding will be offered this Wednesday, Aug. 5 courtesy of Shred360.

From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., members of the community are invited to bring up to five boxes or bags of documents to be securely shredded at the parking lot of Muvico Starlight 20, 18002 Highwoods Preserve Parkway, Tampa.

There is no charge for the shredding services.

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School lunch giveaway at Whole Foods Market

Published:   |   Updated: August 4, 2015 at 10:19 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Need some healthy ideas for packing school lunches this year?

Stop by the Back-to-School Bash at one of the Tampa Bay area Whole Foods Market locations on Sunday, Aug. 23.

The free event takes place from 1 until 3 p.m. and includes kids activities, samples and back-to-school savings.

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Free health screenings at Sam’s Club on Saturday

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By Janine Dorsey

Members of big box store Sam’s Club can make added use of their membership dollars with free health screenings offered on a regular basis at the store.

Coming up on Saturday, Aug. 8, stores that include a pharmacy will be offering free health screenings for adults.

Tests offered include glucose, total cholesterol, HDL and more. The store will also offer information on how technology can help you improve and monitor your health.

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Teachers treated to free Plant Museum visit

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Just before they head back to the classroom, Tampa Bay area teachers are being treated to a free day at the museum.

The Henry B. Plant Museum is welcoming all teachers with valid school I.D. to visit their facility on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for free.

The offer includes members of the teachers’ immediate family as well.

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Uber riders can score free Bang Bang Shrimp

Published:   |   Updated: July 31, 2015 at 01:20 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Uber riders can get a free ride (up to $20 in value) to Tampa Bay Bonefish Grill restaurants plus a free order of Bang Bang Shrimp.

The offer works this way:

Those who are brand new to using Uber will enter the promo code ‘BONEFISH’ when booking using the cell phone app to receive a free Uber ride to Bonefish Grill.

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Florida residents pay just $15 for day at zoo

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For a limited time, Florida residents can interact with exotic wildlife at a discount.

It’s 15 days for $15.

Lowry Park Zoo is reducing daytime admission to just $15 per person Aug. 2 through 16 from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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Pet Resource Center celebration includes half-price adoptions

Published:   |   Updated: July 31, 2015 at 11:04 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Hillsborough County’s Pet Resource Center is celebrating a year of “First Saturday” events designed to bring more attention to the shelter and place more animals in homes.

On Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the shelter will be hosting an anniversary event complete with discounts and fun activities.

Adoption fees on hundreds of pets will be reduced by half and include spaying/neutering, vaccinations, license tag and microchip.

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Wet weather? Spend the weekend shopping at Ikea’s eat-for-free event

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By Janine Dorsey

Your beach and picnic plans canceled this weekend because of the persistent wet weather?

Save on some housewares shopping with the Ikea “eat for free” deal instead.

You can deduct the cost of your meal from a housewares purchase of $100 or more before tax on Saturday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 2.

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Free back-to-school events feature giveaways, more

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By Janine Dorsey

It’s that time of the year again, when a joyous shout from area parents can be heard around the town.

Back to school time.

To ease the pain for the kiddos, Back to school bashes are planned at various venues around the area:

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