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Tuesday, Sep 23, 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.

Free opportunities to enjoy parks, public lands this weekend

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Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales is one of the several gardens that are participating in the annual free admission offer presented by Smithsonian Magazine this weekend.

Museum Day Live! offers two free tickets per household to your choice of participating venues for use on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Admission includes a short film about the Lake Wales Ridge in the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. and a guided trail tour at 11 a.m.

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‘Safety Saturday’ is $5 day at MOSI

Published:   |   Updated: September 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM
By Janine Dorsey

It’s Safety Saturday and MOSI is protecting your wallet from attack with discounted admission.

On Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., admission to the Museum of Science and Industry is reduced to just $5 per person.

Regular admission is $22.95 for adults, $20.95 for seniors and $18.95 for kids ages 6 - 12. Children under 5 years of age are always admitted free. Parking is $5 per car.

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Free brew at Krispy Kreme on Coffee Day

Published:   |   Updated: September 22, 2014 at 10:32 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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Bust a move with free weekly zumba class

Published:   |   Updated: September 19, 2014 at 12:51 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23 Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will be hosting a free weekly, year-round Zumba class.

What is zumba? It’s described as “an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance, performed primarily to Latin American dance music.” Think about how that Enrique Iglesias song “Bailando” makes you want to move.

What it isn’t - anything but boring!

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Visit Tampa Museum of Art for free on Family Day

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By Janine Dorsey

Tampa’s Museum of Art is one of the 70 museums across the state participating in the Smithsonian Museum Day Live! free admission program on Saturday, Sept. 27.

But Tampa Museum of Art is going one better and making it a free family day; waiving admission for all visitors.

Under the conditions of the Smithsonian program, admission to the participating museums is limited to two members of a household.

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iPhone 6 owners treated to free doughnuts, coffee at Dough

Published:   |   Updated: September 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Got your order in for the new iPhone?

There's a free sweet treat offer to go along with that sweet new gadget at Dough in South Tampa.

On Friday, Sept 19, Dough is giving away free apple glazed doughnuts to the first 60 people who present their new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at the counter. A confirmation email proof of order placed is also acceptable to get the deal.

 

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Eat for ‘free’ this weekend at Ikea

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The Ikea “eat for free” deal is on again this weekend, just in case you’ve been waiting for just the right time to treat yourself to that ekne or malin figur you’ve had your eye on.

You can deduct the cost of your meal from a housewares purchase of $100 or more before tax on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21.

Here’s how it works:

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Free booster seats, safety inspections Saturday

Published:   |   Updated: September 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Safe Kids Greater Tampa in conjunction with St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital will be giving away free child booster seats and conducting car seat safety inspections this Saturday.

The event is in honor of Child Passenger Safety Week and the new enhanced car seat law which goes into effect January 1, 2015 stating that all children under 6 years of age must be in a child restraint, not just a seatbelt.

Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. until noon technicians will be available at the Children’s Hospital entrance on Habana to conduct the safety inspections and distribute the booster seats to those eligible.

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Clearwater Whole Foods Market opening features gift card giveaways

Published:   |   Updated: September 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Tampa Bay is welcoming a new Whole Foods Market - this time in Clearwater.

The natural and organic foods supermarket will open its doors at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 with giveaways for those in attendance.

The first 500 customers in line will receive a Whole Foods Market gift card with a value between $5 and $50.

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Dress for Success liquidating excess inventory in sale

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Dress for Success will have its semiannual Excess Inventory Sale from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Bayshore Baptist Church.

The clothing, shoes and accessories are mostly priced at less than $10.

Dress For Success helps women in need seeking employment by providing them with professional attire. Funds raised at the excess inventory sale are used to purchase needs not met through donations.

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