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Tuesday, Jun 30, 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.

‘ZooQuarium’ combo ticket saves visitors a bundle

Published:   |   Updated: June 29, 2015 at 11:23 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Planning trips to both The Florida Aquarium and Lowry Park Zoo soon?

You can save money when purchasing a new combo ‘ZooQuarium’ ticket.

For a limited time, visitors can save 25 percent on admission to both attractions with a single purchase.

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Secret password offers free admission to kids museum today

Published:   |   Updated: June 29, 2015 at 10:15 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Today only: say the secret password and score free admission at Glazer Children’s Museum.

For one day only - Monday, June 29 - say the secret word “Dorothy” at visitor services and score free admission all day today.

The password is a nod to the temporary exhibit ‘The Wizard of Oz’ which will only be at the museum for a short while longer.

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Shoppers at market will score free watermelon, streetcar ride

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The Ybor City Saturday Market will be open on Saturday, July 4 for all your holiday picnic needs.

Shoppers who spend at least $10 at Tungett Produce & Citrus on that day will get a free watermelon as a bonus.

The offer is good while supplies last.

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Free physicals, health screenings available for needy kids

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Summer time is the time to get all your ducks in a row for back-to-school and that includes wellness checkups.

The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County is helping needy families get those tasks taken care of, for free.

In July and August, The Children’s Board will be hosting health and screening days with mobile clinics at various sites around the county.

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Free shakes on Evos’ birthday

Published:   |   Updated: June 26, 2015 at 10:26 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Evos Feel Great Food is celebrating a birthday soon.

On Wednesday, July 8 the healthier answer to fast food is offering free shakes to customers to celebrate, no purchase necessary.

The organic dairy shakes are available in vanilla, chocolate or cappucino. Fruit shakes are made with fresh fruit and natural juices and come in mango guava, banana berry and strawberry banana varieties.

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Free Olive Garden ‘breadstick sandwich’ samples this weekend

Published:   |   Updated: June 26, 2015 at 09:04 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Olive Garden fans eager to try their newest creation are in luck this weekend.

The ‘Breadstick Nation’ food truck tour will be making a swing through St. Petersburg and New Port Richey with stops at Tropicana Field and the Main Street Blast.

Olive Garden food trucks are stopping at various sites around the country offering free samples of their breadstick sandwiches as part of a promotion to introduce the new product.

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Little Greek celebrates anniversary with food specials, free cake

Published:   |   Updated: June 26, 2015 at 08:30 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Little Greek Restaurants are celebrating eleven years in business with a name change: Little Greek Fresh Grill.

To get the word out, Tampa Bay area locations will be celebrating the change with a discounted mini-Greek Salad with charbroiled chicken special from June 29 through July 5.

The item, which is normally offered at $7.48, will be available for just $5 during the promotion period. No other purchase is required to get the deal.

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IHOP celebrates anniversary with 57 cent pancakes

Published:   |   Updated: June 24, 2015 at 11:54 AM
By Janine Dorsey

IHOP is turning 57 and there will be cake - or more precisely, pancakes.

In celebration of the restaurant chain’s 57th anniversary, participating IHOP locations will offer guests a short stack of its enduringly popular buttermilk pancakes for just 57 cents.

The offer, good for one per person, is good from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7. No other purchase is required to get the deal.

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Historian to speak about mermaids, manatees, more at cheap evening event

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The St. Petersburg Museum of History hosts an evening of “wine, words and wisdom” every other month.

Guest historians speak on a variety of topics including the culinary traditions of Florida, history of transportation, Florida during wartime and other subjects.

Coming up in July, the “Happy Hour with the Historian” speaker will be professional photographer Cathy Salustri speaking about “US 19: Watermelon Queens, Manatees and Mermaids.”

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Military and their families admitted free to museum

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It’s Military Appreciation Day at the Tampa Museum of Art on Sunday, June 28.

From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on that day all military, veterans and their immediate families will be admitted to the museum for free with valid identification.

In addition to the museum’s permanent holdings, visitors can enjoy temporary exhibits ‘The American Spirit: Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’ and ‘In Living Color: Andy Warhol & Contemporary Printmaking.’

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