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Thursday, Feb 26, 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 buttermilk short stack on National Pancake Day

Published:   |   Updated: February 26, 2015 at 01:11 PM
By Janine Dorsey

IHOP will once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day all day on Tuesday, March 3 until 10 p.m. or while supplies last.

This is the tenth year of the annual giveaway that supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During the annual event more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary short stack of IHOP’s buttermilk pancakes when they dine in. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities during the promotion. The offer is valid while supplies last and is not good with any other coupon or discount.

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Free movie with dinner at Red Robin

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Get treated to a movie when you buy dinner at Red Robin.

For a limited time, get a voucher for a free movie ticket to see ‘Mall Cop 2’ starring Kevin James when it comes to theaters on April 17.

The offer is good with the purchase of a limited edition $25 Red Robin gift card.

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Fill your cup with Froyo Fresh for $4

Published:   |   Updated: February 26, 2015 at 10:42 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Fill your cup all the way up with frozen yogurt and toppings for just $4 on Friday.

Froyo Fresh is offering a one day special offer for their Facebook friends when they redeem the special offer posted on their page.

The 16 oz. cup can be filled with your choice of frozen yogurt and toppings such as fresh fruit, candy, sprinkles, syrups and more.

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Free rabies shot, vet exam at Healthy Dog Day

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

This Saturday, Feb. 28 is Healthy Dog Day in Hillsborough County.

Bring your dog and proof of residence for a free veterinarian exam, free rabies shot and free county tag.

The offer is good for valid residents of the following zip codes only: 33614, 33615, 33625, 33626, 33634 and 33635.

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Zootastic family fun for only $5 this Saturday

Published:   |   Updated: February 25, 2015 at 10:36 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Let the zoo come to you at the Zootastic Family Fest on Saturday, Feb. 28.

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo team will be on-hand at Great Explorations Children’s Museum and Sunken Gardens to bring the zoo to St. Petersburg for only $5 with advance ticket purchase.

Guests can mingle with the zoo’s animal trainers and ambassadors, and attend animal shows as well as enjoy the facilities and programs of the two attractions at the reduced admission rate.

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Free hot dogs, more at Rays’ Spring Training Fan Day

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The Tampa Bay Rays are hosting a free Spring Training Fan Day this weekend at their spring training facility, the Charlotte Sports Park.

On Saturday, Feb. 28 beginning at 9:30 a.m. the Rays will take the field for their first full-squad workout of the season.

Families are invited to enjoy the experience along with free hot dogs, appearances by Raymond, inflatables for the kids, giveaways, music, autographs and merchandise specials; weather permitting.

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Free bookend craft for kids at Home Depot

Published:   |   Updated: February 24, 2015 at 12:06 PM
By Janine Dorsey

There’s another free workshop on the calendar for crafty kids.

Local Home Depot locations are sponsoring the free class to teach kids how to make sports or flower-themed bookends.

Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to register on the store’s website for the Saturday, March 7 activity scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

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Free strawberry smoothie giveaway on Friday

Published:   |   Updated: February 24, 2015 at 10:36 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Here’s a reminder so you can celebrate: Friday is National Strawberry Day.

Wear all red, exchange gifts with friends or just get a free Strawberry Scream smoothie from Xtreme Juice on that day.

On Friday, Feb. 27 from 6:45 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., visitors to the South Tampa shop can get a free 8 oz. strawberry smoothie, no purchase necessary.

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Ride for free on Election Day

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Leave your car parked at home on Election Day.

HART is offering free rides to everyone with valid voter registration cards on that day.

On Tuesday, March 3, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority will waive fares on their public transportation services excluding HARTPlus and the streetcar system.

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Swimsuit fitting event offers free swag bags to first to attend

Published:   |   Updated: February 24, 2015 at 08:19 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Are you helpless and hopeless when it comes to buying a bathing suit each year?

Get some free professional advice and fitting assistance at a Lands’ End swimwear event this weekend.

On Friday, Feb. 27, Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, visit the special display at The Shops at Wiregrass.

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