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Monday, Aug 03, 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.

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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By Janine Dorsey

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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Starbucks faithful get afternoon discount rewards

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By Janine Dorsey

If you’re one of those people with a twice-a-day Starbucks habit, here’s a little relief for your pocketbook.

Those who make any morning purchase at a participating Starbucks location can return after 2 p.m. for discounted cold beverages.

Grande-sized iced drinks will be reduced to $2.50 for those presenting the qualifying receipts.

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Free Chick-fil-A breakfast at Gandy location

Published:   |   Updated: July 28, 2015 at 10:04 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Rise and shine next month for a free Chick-fil-A breakfast ‘surprise.’

Each Tuesday in August the Chick-fil-A located at 3678 W. Gandy Blvd. in Tampa is offering a free breakfast entree to customers.

The offer is good for one free entree per customer per day during regular breakfast hours of 6 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

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Sign up for birthday deals online, get rewards right away

Published:   |   Updated: July 28, 2015 at 09:47 AM
By Janine Dorsey

You’re not getting older, you’re getting better - at getting freebies for your birthday, that is.

Sign up for these deals and your inbox will be flooded once a year with well wishes from your favorite restaurants and retailers.

Even if your special day isn’t imminent, you can still benefit right away. Many of the e-clubs offer rewards simply for joining.

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Fan Appreciation Night is cheap arena football fun

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By Janine Dorsey

Fans of arena football are invited out for an appreciation event at the last home game of the 2015 Tampa Bay Storm season.

On Saturday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. the Storm take on the Los Angeles Kiss

at the Amalie Arena.

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Meet ‘Hunger Games’ star at Wiregrass event

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Fans of the ‘Hunger Games’ book and movie series can meet one of the stars at a free back-to-school bash this weekend.

On Saturday, Aug. 1 from noon until 3 p.m., Willow Shields

will appear at The Shops at Wiregrass.

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