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Wednesday, Oct 22, 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.

Costumed kids eat free on Halloween

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Kids in costume can eat for free when they visit any participating Tampa Bay area Beef O’Brady’s on Halloween.

Ninjas, zombies, fairies, super heroes, cheerleaders and all the other “creatures of the night” who are age 12 and younger can enjoy a free meal from the children’s menu with the purchase of an adult entree.

Kids menu items include chicken quesadillas, chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, hot dogs and other options. Meals include choice of a side item and a drink.

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Donate food items, score free movie tickets

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Studio Movie Grill is celebrating their grand opening this weekend at University Mall with free movies.

The state-of-the-art movie and dining experience will offer a free movie ticket to anyone donating two or more non-perishable food items Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26. Collected donations will be given to Feeding America Tampa Bay.

Opening weekend first-run releases will include ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Fury’ and ‘Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day.’

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Bike safety classes feature free gear

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With the weather becoming more pleasant lately, more bicyclists may be choosing to be on the roads.

The City of Tampa wants to help keep those bikers safer on our streets with free safety classes.

Local recreation centers and parks will be the sites for ten sessions in November led by Tampa BayCycle.

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Costumed kids can score dinner, treats at Ikea

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Kids in costumes can get into the halloween ‘spirit’ early when they score treats and a free meal at Ikea’s annual ‘Trick or Treat’ event.

On Sunday, Oct. 26 from 3 - 5 p.m. all children ages 12 and younger are invited to gather treats in the store’s showroom.

The costumed kids are also invited to enjoy a free meal from the children’s menu, no purchase necessary.

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Tampa home improvement course just $50 after waiver

Published:   |   Updated: October 17, 2014 at 09:45 AM
By Janine Dorsey

D.I.Y. can be free and cheap when you register for a home improvement course through the City of Tampa.

Qualified City of Tampa Water Department customers are eligible for a $166 course waiver for eight weeks of classes through Hillsborough County Public Schools.

The next session covering topics from plumbing to electrical to construction starts Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 6-9 p.m.

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Chick-fil-A deals on Bay area calendars

Published:   |   Updated: October 16, 2014 at 12:53 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Some Tampa Bay area Chick-fil-A locations have some upcoming events on their calendars that include freebies and deals.

The Clearwater location at 2516 Gulf To Bay Blvd, has ongoing high school and college student meal deals on Wednesdays. High schoolers can buy a large side item and large drink and get a free chicken sandwich or eight count nuggets with current valid student identification from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. College students get the same deal from 5 - 10 pm. on those days.

The North Dale Mabry location at 15801 N Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, is having an “October Icedream Party” on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 5 - 8 p.m. Guests will be treated to free cups of Icedream with toppings.

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Streetcar Fest features 25 cent rides

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Take the scenic route through historic Ybor City for a song this weekend at the Streetcar Fest.

On Saturday, Oct. 18 rides all day long on the TECO Streetcar Line will only be 25 cents per person.

The discount rate will be in effect from 10 a.m. until 1:30 a.m.

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Free bike helmets for kids on Saturday

Published:   |   Updated: October 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Amscot Financial is once again sponsoring their annual bicycle helmet giveaway for children throughout Central Florida.

The event takes place this Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. until noon.

Local law enforcement officers will assist in fitting the over 12,000 helmets available for pre-school and elementary school age children. The helmets will be available in small, medium and large.

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Zephyrhills Water offering free plant tours, family fun at Open House

Published:   |   Updated: October 14, 2014 at 12:28 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Zephyrhills Water is celebrating 50 years in business and you’re invited to the party.

The popular beverage bottling plant is hosting a free open house on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The event will include games, bounce houses for the kids, giveaways, tours of the bottling facility, music and free food.

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Join in coastal cleanup, score tickets to see Winter

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Volunteers who want to join a coastal cleanup and help Keep Pinellas Beautiful, will get rewarded for their efforts.

On Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. volunteer crews can lend a hand to pick up trash along Memorial Causeway in support of Clearwater Marine Aquarium .

Pre-registered participants can gather in the aquarium’s main parking lot at 249 Windward Passage for refreshments, giveaways and clean up supplies, provided by Keep Pinellas Beautiful.

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