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Friday, Nov 28, 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.

Meet Peg + Cat at Glazer Museum free admission day

Published:   |   Updated: November 28, 2014 at 08:54 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Kids and adults are all admitted free this Tuesday, Dec. 2 when they visit the Glazer Childrens’ Museum from 2 - 7 p.m.

Because of the popularity of the free admission offer, large groups cannot be accommodated on Children’s Board Free Tuesday. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and adults must be accompanied by a child. No childless adults are admitted at the museum.

Regular daily admission is $9.50 for kids up to age 12, $15 for adults and $12.50 for seniors.

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Free access to MOSI with teddy bear donation

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By Janine Dorsey

Beginning Monday, Dec. 1 it will be mere child’s play to score a free kid’s ticket to the Museum of Science and Industry.

Just bring a new teddy bear of any size to MOSI to donate to the Rough Riders Teddy Bear Round-Up and receive a free child’s general admission ticket.

The offer is good through Friday, Dec. 26.

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Donate blood, score an eGift card good for holiday shopping

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Healthy people age 16 and older that weigh at least 110 pounds can earn a little holiday spending money when they give the gift of life this weekend in the Tampa Bay area.

Friday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Nov. 30 donate at any OneBlood Donor Center and get a reward of a $10 eGift card.

The eGift card can be exchanged on the oneblood.org website for your choice of a $10 gift card from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Chili’s, Dominos, iTunes, Target, Regal Cinemas, TGIFriday’s, Walmart and others.

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Humane Society offers ‘doorbuster’ deals on pets for Black Friday

Published:   |   Updated: November 25, 2014 at 02:12 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Forget about acquiring more “stuff” on Black Friday. Why not instead treat yourself to a new best friend?

On Friday, Nov. 28, from noon until 2 p.m., The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is having a “doorbuster” sale with 75 percent off on all pet adoptions.

Puppies (ages 4 months and younger) with a regular adoption fee of $150 will be just $37.50, kittens (ages 4 months and younger) will be just $12.50 to adopt, small adult dogs (those under 25 lbs) will be available for $37.50, medium and large adult dogs (over 25 lbs) will be available for $18.75 and adult cats (ages 4 months and older) will be available for adoption for just $7.50.

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Free hardware store clinics help kids build and grow

Published:   |   Updated: November 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Kids have two opportunities to make items for holiday giving at upcoming Home Depot workshops.

On Saturday, Nov. 29 children ages 5 - 12 can build a bank from 9 a.m. until noon and on Saturday, Dec. 6 they can create festive holiday yard stakes.

Both activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis although advance registration is requested.

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More gift card deals added to roundup of bonus offers

Published:   |   Updated: November 25, 2014 at 09:01 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Gift cards are a great option for sending love to friends and family near and far.

All the better if you can get some of that love back for yourself in the form of a bonus deal!

Bonus gift cards are available at participating locations and in some cases, on the companys’ websites.

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Lightning lets students rush for cheap game seats

Published:   |   Updated: November 24, 2014 at 01:43 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Students with valid I.D. can save big on home Tampa Bay Lightning games with the Subway Student Rush.

High School and college students are invited to gather in line 30 minutes prior to game time to be eligible to purchase the discounted discounts for just $20.

Fifteen minutes before the puck drop, students will get the chance to choose the best available remaining seats from the upper or lower levels. Students are advised that during high demand games it may be standing room only.

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Donate at Sunshine Thrift for discount coupon

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Generous donors can reap the rewards this holiday season at Sunshine Thrift Store.

Donate any ten items of clothing at the store through Dec. 31 and you will get a coupon for $5 off your next purchase.

The store is also accepting donations of nonperishable food to get the $5 coupon reward. Food donations will be given to Metropolitan Ministries which serves poor and homeless Tampa Bay families.

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AmEx cardholders earn rewards on Small Business Saturday

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American Express cardholders who support local vendors on Small Business Saturday will be rewarded for their generosity in the community.

On Saturday, Nov. 29, when AmEx cardholders shop at designated businesses, they will earn up to $30 back in rewards.

Cardholders are invited to browse the participating shops at http://shopsmall.com to find vendors nearby. When at least $10 is spent in any one transaction at a participating business on that day, the cardholder will get a $10 statement credit back to their card.

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Free and cheap Thanksgiving week fun for kids

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By Janine Dorsey

Kids out of school this holiday week will be wanting to do one of two things: catch up on their sleep or have some fun.

We’ve rounded up some free and cheap fun for kids of all ages (and their families) to be thankful for:

♦  Ikea: Kids ages 12 and younger are invited to gather at the Tampa store between 11a.m. and noon or between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. for fun and free food on the following days: Monday, Nov. 24 for Story Time and prize drawing, Tuesday, Nov. 25 “tree of thanks” craft or Wednesday, Nov. 26 festive turkey decoration craft.

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