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Friday, Feb 05, 2016

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 egg roll on Chinese New Year

It’s the Chinese New Year soon and Panda Express will be celebrating, of course.

The fast food chain is offering everyone who visits a participating location a free Gold Bar chicken egg roll when they present a coupon on Monday, Feb. 8.

No purchase is necessary and the offer is good for one per person, while supplies last.

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Free bagel with shmear at Einstein Bros. on National Bagel Day

Einstein Brothers is “spreading bagel love” on National Bagel Day.

On Tuesday, Feb. 9 the restaurant is giving away a free bagel with shmear with any purchase at participating locations.

You must visit their website at http://www.einsteinbros.com/ for a coupon to present at the register to get the offer.

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Free rain barrel, micro-irrigation kits for Hillsborough residents with class registration

Hillsborough County residents who want to have lush landscaping with very little water can learn from the experts with the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County office when they sign up for a free home waterwise workshop.

The Saturday, March 5 8:30 a.m. event takes place at the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County office, located at 5339 County Rd. 579, Seffner and lasts about three hours.

Class participants will get a free micro-irrigation kit when they attend the workshop.

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Free tows for impaired drivers offered from AAA during Super Bowl weekend

AAA wants to keeps travelers safer on the highways during Super Bowl weekend by keeping impaired drivers off the roads.

The auto club says just call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO for a confidential tow within a 10-mile radius to a safe location when you’ve had too much to drink during the big game.

The program is provided as a service by AAA and is free for drivers in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, and not just current AAA auto club members.

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Cheap lunch at Arby’s with sandwich coupon

What’s for lunch today?

If you have no ideas and low funds, perhaps a trip to Arby’s is in the cards.

Through Tuesday, Feb. 9, get a free small fries plus a drink with the purchase of a Kings Hawaiian Fish Deluxe sandwich when you score a coupon at Arbys.com.

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Free froyo this week at several locations

Several of Tampa Bay area frozen yogurt shops are offering free froyo over the next week in celebration of the treat.

On Saturday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Yogurtology will offer the first six ounces of the self-serve treat for free to customers.

There are several Yogurtology locations in the Bay area including St. Petersburg, Brandon, Citrus Park, South Tampa, Gandy Boulevard and Carrollwood. To find a Yogurtology near you, visit http://yogurtology.com.

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College students treated to BOGO admission, rides on opening day of fair

College students looking for a cheap night on the midway can score a buy-one-get-one free deal on Thursday.

On opening day of the Florida State Fair, current college students with valid I.D. can get a free admission ticket and unlimited ride armband when they purchase one admission and unlimited ride armband at a ticket window.

Adult admission at the gate on opening day is $11 for adults (unless you are a Hero and get in free) and a weekday armband is $25.

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Free Orangetheory fitness classes, salad samplings this weekend

Two Orangetheory Fitness studios are hosting free classes and organicgirl greens sampling this weekend.

The organic greens and salad dressings company will offer tastings of their Sweet Pea and Peppergreen salad mixes and dressings.

Class participants will also get salads to enjoy at home and a chance to win free greens for a month.

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Free shake on Friday for those wearing red

Call attention to the health epidemic of heart disease in women and do something good for yourself at the same time on ‘National Wear Red Day.’

On Friday, Feb. 5 if you wear red and visit any participating Evos location during regular restaurant hours, you will get a free red shake.

The red shake flavor is strawberry banana and is made with fresh fruits and all natural juices.

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Renaissance Fest fans can score free ticket with blood donation

Those with a taste for jousting and other entertainment of the Middle Ages can score a ticket to the 2016 Bay Area Renaissance Fest without spending a single shilling.

Healthy adults age 16 and older are invited to donate blood at the OneBlood mobile collection centers outside the gates of the event on the following Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.:

♦  Feb. 6 and Feb. 7

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