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Tuesday, Jul 07, 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.

Teachers admitted free at zoo, can bring two guests at a discount

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By Janine Dorsey

School’s out and it’s time for summer fun, and that includes teachers, too.

Through August 16, Florida certified teachers for grades kindergarten through 12th will be treated to a free ticket to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

It’s not just Tampa teachers that can get the deal, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Manatee and Sarasota county teachers are all eligible to redeem the offer.

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Ride along on a cheap bike tour of historic neighborhoods

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History Bike Tampa offers cheap tours of Tampa and other locales on a regular basis.

The two hour rides are filled with facts about local landmarks you likely drive past daily.

There is a suggested donation of $5, but participants are free to donate as they see fit.

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Free fit club boot camp classes offered Wednesdays at downtown park

Published:   |   Updated: July 7, 2015 at 10:41 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa is THE place to get fit while enjoying a gorgeous waterfront city view.

Free yoga is offered on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. and “Pound The Park” on Mondays at 6 p.m. - both for free.

Wednesday is the day for boot camp, though, when the Bamboozle Fit Club meets at the park from 6 to 7 p.m.

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Free health screenings for adults on Saturday

Published:   |   Updated: July 7, 2015 at 09:53 AM
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, July 11, stores that include a pharmacy will be offering free ‘aging well’ health screenings for adults.

Tests offered include glucose, total cholesterol, HDL, blood pressure, body fat percentage, risk ratio and vision. The tests are valued at $150.

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See ‘Tricky Dog’ circus act at free library event

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Looking for some high quality entertainment for a low, low price?

Then look no further than the Clearwater Public Library.

On Monday, July 13 the library will play host to The Tricky Dogs when they perform their highly acclaimed circus act.

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Military, first responders admitted free to Great Explorations Saturday

Published:   |   Updated: July 3, 2015 at 11:34 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Members of the military, both active duty and veterans, plus first responders (police, fire, EMS) are invited to visit Great Explorations Children’s Museum for free on Independence Day.

On Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., admission fees will be waived to those with valid ID identifying them as military or first responders.

Special events are planned for the holiday including relay races for kids, fingerpainting and other crafts.

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Free car seat safety classes include discounted boosters

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All Children’s Hospital is offering several car seat safety classes for parents and guardians of young children during the month of July.

A certified child passenger safety technician will lead the classes on correct installation, transitioning seat types and other safety concerns.

The classes are free and discounted seats are available for those who need to purchase new ones and meet program criteria.

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'Eat for free' when you spend $100 at Ikea

Published:   |   Updated: July 3, 2015 at 10:34 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Outfitting a dorm room for a student heading off to college in the fall? Save on your shopping with the Ikea “eat for free” deal again this weekend.

You can deduct the cost of your meal from a housewares purchase of $100 or more before tax on Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5.

Here’s how the offer works:

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Cool off with a free Slurpee, more during 7-Eleven Week

Published:   |   Updated: July 3, 2015 at 09:30 AM
By Janine Dorsey

We actually feel sorry for other states that aren’t as hot as Florida.

Do they actually get a real appreciation of the frozen sweetness of a free 7-Eleven Slurpee on one of the sweatiest days of the year?

That moment when the first sips of the icy goodness brings on hurts-so-good brain freeze and lowers our core temperature from stifling to just merely sweaty.

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Military and their families admitted free to zoo this weekend

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Lowry Park Zoo is showing some love to the military for protecting our freedom.

Military personnel and up to three direct dependent members of their family are invited to visit the zoo for free during the long Independence Day holiday weekend.

The military member (active-duty, retirees and veterans are all included) will need to show valid Department of Defense photo identification at the ticket counter to redeem the offer.

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