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Sunday, Mar 29, 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.

Chick-fil-A blood drive offers generous rewards

Published:   |   Updated: March 27, 2015 at 12:09 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Those reluctant to become blood donors may be enticed by the rewards offered at this upcoming Chick-fil-A sponsored drive.

On Monday, April 6 from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., select Chick-fil-A locations will have OneBlood bloodmobiles on-site accepting donations and offering goodies.

OneBlood will be accepting donations at the following Tampa Bay area locations by either appointment ((888)936-6283) or as walk-ins:

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More free ice cream on the calendar

Published:   |   Updated: March 27, 2015 at 10:46 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops are at it again.

Once a year the ice cream giant gives away a free scoop of the frozen treat to anyone that visits their retail locations. This year the event takes place on Tuesday, April. 14.

There are eighteen participating Florida locations, unfortunately only one in Tampa, located on the campus of the University of South Florida.

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Discounted car seats for eligible parents

Published:   |   Updated: March 27, 2015 at 10:14 AM
By Janine Dorsey

There’s another opportunity to ensure your child’s safety with car seat education, this time from All Children’s Hospital.

Tampa Bay area parents are invited to register for appointments for the safety classes at their choice of nine outpatient centers or four alternative locations for the instruction.

If registered parents meet program criteria, they will have the option to purchase a convertible seat for $20 or a booster for $10, while supplies last, limited to one per child.

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Free tax prep offered in Wesley Chapel

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

By Janine Dorsey

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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