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Thursday, Oct 02, 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.

Publix revises store coupon policy

Published:   |   Updated: October 1, 2014 at 03:42 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Attention extreme couponers: your shelf-clearing ways are at an end.

Publix Supermarkets, Florida’s largest grocery chain, revised their coupon policy today and there are some big changes.

For most reasonable coupon redeemers, these changes will hardly make a difference in their day-to-day shopping. Those who have taken liberties with store policies will see a curtailing of their savings.

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Free coffee twice a day from Chick-fil-A

Published:   |   Updated: October 1, 2014 at 09:17 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Got coffee?

Tampa area Chick-fil-A restaurants are taking the recent deluge of free coffee offers a step further.

Through October 31, participating locations are offering a free hot coffee in the morning to get you going. The offer is good from restaurant opening until 10:30 a.m. daily.

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Kindness Month has Evos making several nice offers

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October is Kindness Month and Evos Feel Great Food is celebrating with a variety of “kind” offers.

♦ October 1 - 31, join the email club “Evomaniacs” online and the restaurant promises to send you a free food offer to your inbox within 24 hours.

♦  Friday, Oct. 3 is World Smile Day; share a big smile with the Evos employee at the register and pay only a penny per calorie for an organic shake. Not sure if this is a good deal? A regular, 16 ounce vanilla shake is only 180 calories or $1.80 and a regular cappucino is only 140 calories or $1.40. For more nutrition information, visit http://evos.com/pdfs/nutrition.pdf .

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Fishing for free family fun as easy as casting your line

Published:   |   Updated: September 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM
By Janine Dorsey

 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering a free fishing clinic for kids ages 5 to 15 from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Spa Beach Park, 615 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

The clinic will teach the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, knot-tying, skills and safety.

The event will also include environmental displays, offering participants a firsthand look at Florida’s marine wildlife.

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Ride the mini train for free at Largo Central Park

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By Janine Dorsey

It’s that time of the month again: mini train weekend at Largo Central Park!

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5, everyone ages 1 and older can ride the mini train for free. Pregnant women are not permitted due to insurance regulations.

The event regularly takes place on the first full weekend of each month and is approximately 1.2 miles long, winding through the landscape and various features of the park. Rides are given until 4 p.m., weather permitting.

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Scout troops, ladies skate for free in October

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Beat the heat (and lately, the rain!) with indoor fun that lets you burn off some energy.

United Skates of America is offering free roller skating for both scouting troops and ladies in October.

Boy and girl scout troops can skate for free with advance reservations during their choice of sessions including: Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. - noon or noon - 3 p.m. or Sundays 1 - 4 p.m.

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Buy a shirt, get a shake

Published:   |   Updated: September 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM
By Janine Dorsey

PDQ is doing their part to “Shake Out Cancer” during the month of October.

As a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the restaurant chain will be selling limited edition “Shake Out Cancer” t-shirts beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1.

With the purchase of the $5 pink t-shirt, patrons will get a free 14 oz. milkshake of their choice of flavor - including returning seasonal favorite: Apple Pie. A portion of the proceeds of the t-shirt and shake sales will be donated to the NBCF.

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Free brew at Krispy Kreme, Dunkin' Donuts on Coffee Day

Published:   |   Updated: September 29, 2014 at 09:02 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Office coffee pot on the fritz? Don't despair, Krispy Kreme has got your back on National Coffee Day with free brew.

On Monday, Sept. 29, stop in at any participating Krispy Kreme location for a no-purchase-necessary 12 oz cup of brewed coffee for free.

Like your coffee a little fancier? Treat yourself to a 12 oz mocha, iced coffee, latte (even Pumpkin Spice Latte!) for just $1.

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Free Frosty coupons cheap treat for Halloween tricksters

Published:   |   Updated: September 26, 2014 at 11:38 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Having Halloween candy on hand too tempting?

Here’s an alternative treat to offer to goblins that come knocking that’s easy on the wallet and also benefits a worthy charity.

Wendy’s restaurant are once again selling their Frosty coupon booklets for a $1 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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Service members treated to dinner discount on Military Mondays

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Military members get saluted the first Monday of every month with a sweet dinner deal.

Active duty service members just need to stop by any participating PDQ location in military uniform or with valid military I.D. and get 50 percent off their entire order. The offer is good all day, 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.

The deal is offered monthly, the next time being Monday, Oct. 6.

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