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.
Baseball and softball loving kids can run, catch and play with the Rays on Play Ball Day.
On Sunday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Tampa Bay Rays invite the community to gather at Tropicana Field for a day of family fun.
The event will include baseball instruction, inflatable games, jugglers, face painters and stilt walkers. Former Rays players Andy Sonnanstine and Mike DiFelice will be on hand.
This spring, Hillsborough County middle and high school students can ride HART for free when they present a valid school identification card.
Beginning March 1, local teenagers will just need to show their school I.D. to ride any HART Local, Limited Express, MetroRapid, In-Towner or HARTFlex bus.
If a student doesn’t have school identification, they can purchase a HART youth I.D. for $2.50 at the Marion Transit Center, located at 1211 N. Marion Street, Tampa. The office is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Ikea ‘eat for free’ deal returns this long holiday weekend for Presidents’ Day.
Ikea Family members can deduct the cost of their meal from a housewares purchase of $100 or more before tax on Saturday, Feb. 13 through Monday, Feb. 15.
Here’s how the offer works:
Hard-working kids who hit the books deserve a reward when they get an honor roll report card. United Skates of America is offering free skating fun to celebrate their accomplishments this weekend.
Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14, the Tampa rink will offer free admission to all kids who made honor roll (all Ss and Es for lower elementary children and all As and Bs for older kids) for the second nine weeks grading period.
Just present a copy of their most recent report card at the ticket window to claim the free admission.
For a very limited time, just until 3 p.m. today, text Chipotle for a free burrito.
The restaurant chain closed all of their locations for four hours today in order to have a company-wide meeting to discuss issues the stores have been faced with lately.
If this disrupted your lunch plans, Chipotle is inviting guests to text “RAINCHECK” to 888222 for an offer for a free burrito on another day.
Nothing soothes a broken heart like ... chicken wings?
This Valentine’s Day, “shred your ex” and score ten free boneless wings when you buy ten wings.
Hooters is offering therapy for the broken-hearted on their website at http://shredyourex.hooters.com/. Virtually “shred” (or burn or bury) a picture of your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend on the site and you will score a coupon via email.
The first 300 pets in line at Pasco County Animal Services this Saturday can get vaccinations and microchipping at a deep discount.
On Saturday, Feb 13., from noon until 4 p.m., dogs and cats can get up-to-date on the rabies vaccine for $5 as well as get a microchip for identification purposes for $15. The rabies discount applies with the purchase of a county license tag at $35 for an unaltered dog and $10 for those which are spayed or neutered.
Pasco County Animal Services is located at 19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O’ Lakes.
Rise and shine for a free Chick-fil-A breakfast ‘surprise’ in South Tampa.
Each Wednesday in February and March the Chick-fil-A located at 3678 W. Gandy Blvd. in Tampa is offering a free breakfast entree to customers.
The offer is good for one free entree per customer per day during the breakfast hours of 6:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.
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.
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.