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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.