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Thursday, Feb 11, 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 disposal of hazardous materials in Hillsborough, Clearwater

Upcoming opportunities in two Bay area counties will save homeowners on disposal fees for unwanted items.

This weekend, Hillsborough County residents can dispose of up to ten old tires on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 4115 S. 66th St, Tampa.

Proof of residency is required at the 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. event and businesses are not permitted to drop off tires.

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Two can dine for $9.99 with Pollo Tropical deal

You don’t have to be in love to enjoy a great deal on dining out on Valentine’s Day.

Pollo Tropical just asks you to text your request for a coupon code whether you’re in a loving relationship or not.

Simply text the word “LOVE2016” to 52198 to receive the Valentine’s Day “Two Can Dine For $9.99” coupon code.

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Free ‘heart health’ screenings offered at Sam’s Club this Saturday

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, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., stores that include a pharmacy will be offering free screenings with an emphasis on heart health.

Tests offered include blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), glucose, body mass index (BMI), vision (at some locations) and hearing (at some locations).

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‘Play Ball’ with Rays at free event

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.

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Students can ride HART for free beginning in March

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.

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‘Ikea Family’ members can eat for free with qualifying purchase this weekend

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:

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Free skating for honor roll kids

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.

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Free Chipotle for a limited time

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.

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‘Shred your ex’ and score BOGO wings at Hooters

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.

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Discounted rabies shots, microchips in Pasco on Saturday

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.

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