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Thursday, Sep 03, 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 Chick-fil-A sandwiches for those with team spirit

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By Janine Dorsey

This is a Labor Day deal that you won’t have to work too hard to score.

On Monday, Sept. 7 from 10:30 a.m. until closing, Tampa Bay area Chick-fil-A restaurants will be giving away free original chicken sandwiches, no purchase necessary. All they’re asking from you is that you show your team spirit.

All customers dressed in “team apparel” - hats, jerseys, T-shirts – whatever they have supporting their favorite sports team, will get the deal. There is a limit of one free sandwich per person.

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Free Vidalia-Q at Krystal locations on Wednesday

Published:   |   Updated: September 3, 2015 at 12:33 PM
By Janine Dorsey

It’s a great taste that always goes together: burgers and onion rings.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9 you can sample the latest incarnation of the dynamic duo when Krystal gives away their new creation: the Vidalia-Q Krystal.

The sandwich combines a classic Krystal burger topped with cheese, a golden Vidalia sweet onion ring and a drizzle of sweet barbeque sauce.

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Free lunchtime event includes giveaways, chance at Bucs tickets

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It’s a mash-up of Latin style and football for this month’s Eat at Joe’s lunchtime concert series.

The free event takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, at the corner of Pierce Street and Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa.

Scheduled activities include:

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Ride the mini trains for free this weekend

Published:   |   Updated: September 3, 2015 at 09:39 AM
By Janine Dorsey

It’s that time of the month again: mini train weekend at Largo Central Park!

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6, everyone ages 1 and older can ride the mini train for free, weather permitting. Pregnant women are not allowed to ride due to insurance regulations.

The event regularly takes place on the first full weekend of each month and is approximately 1.2 miles long, winding through the landscape and various features of the park. Rides are given until 4 p.m., weather permitting.

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$5 dog adoptions at pet center ‘Tailgate’ party

Published:   |   Updated: September 2, 2015 at 01:43 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Score a ‘touchdown’ when you adopt a new pet at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center’s football-themed ‘Tailwaggin’ Tailgate Party’ this weekend.

The party will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 and includes lots of family fun.

Adoption specials include a special price of $5 on all dogs weighing 40 pounds or more and reduced prices on all other available pets.

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Free mammograms offered for eligible Latina women

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For a limited time, Latina women meeting income and insurance requirements can get a free mammogram at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Through a grant provided by the National Breast Cancer Foundation and JCPenney Cares, the cancer center is extending the offer of the free cancer screening to Tampa Bay area Latina women meeting the criteria to qualify.

Moffitt is also providing two-hour education workshops conducted by bilingual community outreach workers teaching breast health and healthy lifestyle.

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First responders treated to free Busch Gardens, SeaWorld visits

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Florida first responders can treat themselves to a day at a theme park before summer ends with a ‘September Salute’ from Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando.

During the month of September, eligible first responders can receive free admission to both Florida parks, plus a special offer for additional tickets.

The offer includes a discount for up to four friends and family for just $50 per ticket, a savings of about half off.

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Try before you buy BJ’s warehouse club membership

Published:   |   Updated: September 1, 2015 at 10:44 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Want to try before you buy one of those big box warehouse club memberships?

BJ’s is offering a 60-day free trial to new members with no obligation.

The promotional offer is good for one per household and includes all the same benefits and savings of a regular membership.

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Kids treated to free entree, craft activity at Ikea

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School is out for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 7 but Ikea has you covered when it comes to feeding and entertaining the kids for the day.

The Ikea Tampa Kids Academy will be open and free for kids under age 12 while supplies last.

All participants will enjoy a fun craft or activity and a free kids entree in the restaurant.

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Buy one, get four free on Saturdays in September at zoo

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Saturdays in September just got a lot more fun and quite a bit cheaper.

Every Saturday in September, with each full-price paid adult admission, Lowry Park Zoo guests can bring up to four kids ages 3 - 11 for free.

Regular daily adult admission is $27.95.

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