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Friday, Oct 09, 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.

Make a birthday card for Hope or Winter, score discount kids admission to CMA

Published:   |   Updated: October 8, 2015 at 12:34 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Beloved aquatic superstars Winter and Hope will be celebrating their birthdays this month at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

This weekend, visitors to the aquarium will be treated to party goodies to commemorate the occasion.

On Saturday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11 guests of CMA will enjoy games and crafts from 12 until 1 p.m. both days and free birthday cake while supplies last.

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Women can get free health screenings at Sam’s Club Saturday

By Janine Dorsey

Members of big box store Sam’s Club can make added use of their membership dollars with free health screenings offered on a regular basis at the store.

Coming up on Saturday, Oct. 10, stores that include a pharmacy will be offering free health screenings for women.

Tests offered include glucose, body fat percentage, total cholesterol, HDL, vision testing and more.

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Free coffee at 7-Eleven for seven days

Published:   |   Updated: October 7, 2015 at 12:55 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Those who have the 7-Eleven mobile app installed on their smartphones will be extra alert and on the ball all next week.

From Monday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 18 the convenience store chain will be giving away free coffee to those with the app every day.

To redeem any size hot coffee, customers just need to present the featured item along with their 7-Eleven app to be scanned at the register.

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Free dozen doughnuts for blood donors

Published:   |   Updated: October 6, 2015 at 09:40 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Generous donors will have the opportunity to replace the blood in their veins for doughnuts at this Friday’s blood drive in Tarpon Springs.

Dunkin’ Donuts will be giving away a dozen free doughnuts to everyone who donates at their Tarpon Springs location on Friday, Oct. 9 from 7 until 11 a.m.

Donors will also get a T-shirt and wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.

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Free bike helmets Saturday in Bradenton

Published:   |   Updated: October 6, 2015 at 08:54 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Amscot is teaming up with local law enforcement to keep kids safe on bikes.

On Saturday, Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and Palmetto Police Department will be gathering to give away new bike helmets for needy kids at Amscot Financial Services of Bradenton, 3611 1st St E., Bradenton.

Officers will also be available to chat about bike safety at the event.

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Free coffee and more at Remedies Coffee Bar grand opening

Published:   |   Updated: October 5, 2015 at 12:01 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Score some free coffee and other goodies when you attend the Palma Ceia Pharmacy’s Remedies Coffee Bar grand opening this weekend.

On Saturday, Oct. 10 the coffee bar will be celebrating the event with a few varieties of free coffee and entertainment for anyone who attends between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

In addition to live music, balloons, a dance demonstration and face painting for kids, there will be prizes and giveaways while supplies last, including Apple products and treats from the The Bacon Boss Food Truck.

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Free fire station open house on Saturday

By Janine Dorsey

The Temple Terrace Fire Department is hosting their annual ‘Open House’ on Saturday, Oct. 10.

The free family event takes place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Station Number 1 located at 124 Bullard Parkway, Temple Terrace. The event will feature interactive exhibits, firefighting equipment and a vehicle extrication rescue demonstration scheduled for 11 a.m.

Kids can learn what it is like to be a firefighter with simulation activities.

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Polk County History Center hosts free Family Fun Day

Published:   |   Updated: October 5, 2015 at 08:22 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Halloween takes on a historic angle when you celebrate early at the Polk County History Center.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. until noon the center will be hosting Family Fun Day.

The event will include several Halloween-themed activities including historic Florida costume ideas, trick-or-treat bag decorating, educational interactives and a family-friendly Halloween movie.

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Donate blood, score a Publix gift card

Published:   |   Updated: October 5, 2015 at 08:09 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Healthy blood donors age 16 and up can get rewarded when they help the community at an upcoming blood drive on Monday, Oct. 12.

Select Tampa Bay area Publix locations are hosting the bloodmobiles on-site from 1 - 7 p.m. and donors will be treated to a $10 Publix gift card at the event.

The offer is good while supplies last.

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Students invited to “rush” for Lightning game tickets

Published:   |   Updated: October 5, 2015 at 07:28 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Students with valid school I.D. can save big on home Tampa Bay Lightning games with the Coke Zero Student Rush.

Both high School and college students are invited to gather in line 30 minutes prior to game time to be eligible to purchase the discounted tickets starting at $20.

Those wearing Lightning fan gear will be given a wristband to effectively “hold” their place in line so that they may visit Thunder Alley. Those not wearing fan gear must remain in line.

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