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Tuesday, Mar 31, 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.

Free PDQ chicken with kids’ book donation

Published:   |   Updated: March 31, 2015 at 12:52 PM
By Janine Dorsey

PDQ is celebrating literacy on National Children’s Book Day and you get the rewards.

The fast casual chicken restaurant will give guests who donate a new or gently used book suitable for little kids up to high school age a card good for a free order of three-piece tenders, sandwich or salad on their next visit.

The offer is good Wednesday, April 1 through Sunday, April 5 at all locations.

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Last chance for cheap u-pick strawberries

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Many area strawberry farms have closed their season on u-pick strawberries by the end of March.

But one we found was still offering fresh berries for the public picking, ending this Saturday, April 4.

Favorite Farms, located at 10070 Mcintosh Rd., Dover, will be open all this week from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. to anyone wanting to get some of the last strawberries of the season.

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Free hazardous waste collection event for Tampa residents next week

Published:   |   Updated: March 31, 2015 at 10:04 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Been doing some spring cleaning at your house?

The City of Tampa is sponsoring a free household chemical and electronics collection event to safely get rid of all of that hazardous junk.

On Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Tampa residents are invited to dispose of items not allowed in normal garbage collection including: old paints, solvents, used motor oil, automotive products, pool chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs and thermometers, garden and household chemicals. Electronic devices do not belong in landfills either and computers, printers, televisions, DVD players, VCRs and cell phones will also be accepted at the event.

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Fishing derby is free family fun

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Florida kids can have some free fishing fun when they attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation’s freshwater fishing derby.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 4 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Lakeland’s Tenoroc Fish Management Area, located at 3829 Tenoroc Mine Road.

Free bait will be provided to pre-registered kids age 15 years and younger. There will be a casting contest with prizes and a free lunch. A limited number of loaner rods and reels will be available for kids’ use.

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No such thing as a free lunch but this comes close

Published:   |   Updated: March 30, 2015 at 12:19 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Blimpie sandwich fans can party like it’s 1964 this week.

On Thursday, April 2 the first 100 customers who visit any participating Blimpie location can get a regular sized ‘Blimpie Best’ for just 51 cents; representing the 51 years Blimpie has been in business.

The ‘Blimpie Best’ features ham, salami, capicola, prosciuttini and provolone with tomatoes, lettuce, onion, vinegar, oil and oregano

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Chick-fil-A blood drive offers generous rewards

Published:   |   Updated: March 27, 2015 at 12:09 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Those reluctant to become blood donors may be enticed by the rewards offered at this upcoming Chick-fil-A sponsored drive.

On Monday, April 6 from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., select Chick-fil-A locations will have OneBlood bloodmobiles on-site accepting donations and offering goodies.

OneBlood will be accepting donations at the following Tampa Bay area locations by either appointment ((888)936-6283) or as walk-ins:

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More free ice cream on the calendar

Published:   |   Updated: March 27, 2015 at 10:46 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops are at it again.

Once a year the ice cream giant gives away a free scoop of the frozen treat to anyone that visits their retail locations. This year the event takes place on Tuesday, April. 14.

There are eighteen participating Florida locations, unfortunately only one in Tampa, located on the campus of the University of South Florida.

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Discounted car seats for eligible parents

Published:   |   Updated: March 27, 2015 at 10:14 AM
By Janine Dorsey

There’s another opportunity to ensure your child’s safety with car seat education, this time from All Children’s Hospital.

Tampa Bay area parents are invited to register for appointments for the safety classes at their choice of nine outpatient centers or four alternative locations for the instruction.

If registered parents meet program criteria, they will have the option to purchase a convertible seat for $20 or a booster for $10, while supplies last, limited to one per child.

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Free tax prep offered in Wesley Chapel

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Middle-to-lower income families are invited to have their taxes prepared for free with an offer from La Rusa LLC in Wesley Chapel.

La Rusa will offer no-cost tax preparation assistance to households earning $53,000 or less annually and eligible to file IRS Form 1040EZ at their office on Wednesday, April 1.

Interested parties need to bring picture identification, social security card or tax identification numbers for everyone on the return plus W2s or other income statements from all employers. No appointments are necessary.

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Free goody bags, discounted museum admission at Summer Splash camp event

Published:   |   Updated: March 26, 2015 at 11:36 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Fill your summer calendar with fun options at the Tampa Bay History Center’s Summer Splash Fair.

On Saturday, April 4 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., enjoy live entertainment, activities, music and giveaways while browsing information from summer camps, health and wellness options, college preparatory, after-school programs, tutoring services and more.

The first 150 kids present will get a free 'summer fun' goody bag.

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