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Friday, Mar 27, 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 tax prep offered in Wesley Chapel

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By Janine Dorsey

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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STEM-curious kids can visit MOSI for free

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Parents and students in kindergarten through eighth grade interested in Hillsborough County’s public school STEM offerings are invited to a special event at MOSI on Friday.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics magnet programs at Tampa and Hillsborough schools will have demonstrations and activities on display at The Museum of Science and Industry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

School and district personnel will be on hand with information regarding attending STEM schools.

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Marco’s pizza is ‘spreading the spinach’ with free pies

Published:   |   Updated: March 25, 2015 at 12:57 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Marco’s Pizza wants you to ‘spread the spinach.’

To spread the word that spinach is a healthy food and a delicious addition to a pizza, the pizza chain will be giving away free pies on Thursday, March 26.

Just bring a can of spinach to any participating Marco’s location and score a free medium grilled chicken florentine pizza.

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Tampa water customers can save on DIY

Published:   |   Updated: March 25, 2015 at 12:08 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Want to spruce up your home for spring? Do it yourself and save when you take a city-sponsored home improvement course.

Scholarships are available for City of Tampa Water Department customers for eight week home improvement classes taught at the Erwin Technical Center, located at 2010 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa.

Anyone wanting to take advantage of the offer can call the Tampa Water Department at (813) 274-8121, option #5, to verify their utility account and request a tuition voucher.

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BOGO admission deal at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Published:   |   Updated: March 25, 2015 at 09:51 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Looking for something fun to do locally over spring break?

Valpak is offering a buy one adult admission get a free child admission deal to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Through the end of April, a printable coupon is available on the Valpak website which offers BOGO admission at the venue good for up to six people.

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Free boosters, car seats in April

Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2015 at 01:25 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Tampa General Hospital and AAA are sponsoring a car seat and booster giveaway for Tampa Bay area families.

On Saturday, April 25, families with small children are invited to visit TGMG Family Care Center Healthpark, 5802 N. 30th Street, Tampa from 9 until 11 a.m. for a free booster or car seat and instruction in installation.

The car seats will be given away on a first-come, first- served basis to families with both the child and vehicle present.

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Free fondue for you at Melting Pot

Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2015 at 11:13 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Do you melt at the sight of cheese? Then you’re clearly a fondue fan.

National Cheese Fondue Day is coming on April 11 and Melting Pot Restaurants are offering free cheese fondue for their most loyal fans in acknowledgement of the holiday.

To get the free cheese offer, fondue fanatics need to join Melting Pot’s Club Fondue, by March 30. Both new and existing U.S. Club Fondue members will receive an email between April 1 and 3 with instructions on how to redeem the free cheese fondue offer valid for one complimentary portion of cheese fondue per person redeemable April 6 - 9. Reservations and offer availability are limited.

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Free ice cream this weekend in Tampa Bay

Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2015 at 11:04 AM
By Janine Dorsey

When the ice cream truck rolls through your neighborhood are you always out of change?

That won’t be a problem this weekend when the Graeter’s Ice Cream Truck stops in town.

Graeter’s will be offering free samples of their small batch artisanal ice cream, plus coupons and giveaways when they visit various locations in the Tampa Bay area. Stops include:

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Free prom makeovers for Tampa students

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Remington College is offering local high school students the chance to look and feel their best for prom for free at its Tampa campus.

Students in the cosmetology program will take part in the annual Prom Night Makeover to provide free updos, manicures, pedicures and makeup for girls; plus haircuts for boys.

All salon services will be done in The Salon at Remington, at 6302 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa.

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