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Friday, Aug 28, 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.

Tampa’s Coast bikes to offer cheaper memberships beginning Sept. 1

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By Janine Dorsey

Have you seen the people tooling around downtown and South Tampa on those cute blue bikes?

They’re getting fit and being green for just a few dollars an hour with Coast Bike Share.

With cooler temps coming, the popular bike rental program is announcing new, cheaper membership rates.

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Stock up on cheap books at library sale

Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2015 at 11:27 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Book lovers and avid readers can stock up on the cheap at the upcoming Friends of the Safety Harbor Public Library book sale.

The event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 12 5 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and all genres and age appropriate books in good condition will be available for sale.

The sale will also include DVDs, music CDs and other items will also be available.

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Zoo members get free Florida Aquarium, MOSI visits in ‘Swaptember’

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Lowry Park Zoo members get treated to free admission at two reciprocal Tampa attractions during “Swaptember.”

From September 1 through 30, current zoo pass holders will be admitted free to the Florida Aquarium and Museum of Science and Industry.

Valid ID and current Lowry Park Zoo membership card must be presented at ticket counter to claim free admission.

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Howards treated to free pizza at Hungry Howie’s

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If your name is ‘Howard’ this deal has your name written all over it - literally.

On National Cheese Pizza Day - Saturday, Sept. 5 - anyone with the first, middle or last name of Howard is invited to visit a participating Hungry Howie’s location for a free small cheese pizza.

Howies are also invited to score the free pie, too.

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Patel hosts free audition workshop for kids

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Kids with theatrical aspirations can benefit from a free audition workshop presented by Patel Conservatory next week.

The Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts will host the two-hour workshop on Thursday, Sept. 3, beginning at 5 p.m.

Students in grades second through eighth are invited to learn how to prepare, build and execute a professional theatrical audition.

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Visit Glazer Children’s Museum for free

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Kids and adults are all admitted free on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the Glazer Children’s Museum when they visit from 2 - 7 p.m.

Regular daily admission is $9.50 for kids up to age 12, $15 for adults and $12.50 for seniors.

The multi-level exhibit area offers over 170 ‘interactivities’ in multiple themed areas including a temporary exhibit of ‘The Wizard of Oz.’

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Free kids meal with purchase of adult entree at Carraba’s

Published:   |   Updated: August 26, 2015 at 12:49 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Harried parents struggling to get back in the school routine can treat themselves to a break from the kitchen - and at a discount.

Through Thursday, Sept. 3, those who purchase an adult entree at participating Carraba’s Italian Grill locations can get a kids meal for free with a copy of the printed coupon.

The kids meal is available for kids ages 10 and younger and includes a beverage.

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Free, cheap admission available to weekend home show

Published:   |   Updated: August 26, 2015 at 12:43 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Those seeking ideas for sprucing up their homes may want to make plans to catch Florida’s Largest Home Show when it comes to town the weekend of Sept. 4 - 7.

The event will take place at the Florida State Fairgrounds with opportunities for attendees to score free or discounted admission to the show.

♦ On Friday, Sept. 4 everyone is admitted free, sponsored by ABC Action News.

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Free dog exams, vaccinations at Saturday adoption event

Published:   |   Updated: August 26, 2015 at 10:34 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Lennar Homes Tampa will host its Dog Day of Summer dog adoption and pet health event at K-Bar Ranch, 19322 Paddock View Drive, Tampa on Saturday, Aug. 29.

The free event takes place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and can be accessed via Bruce B. Downs in New Tampa.

Lost Angels Pet Rescue will be on-site with adoptable dogs in addition to Affordable Pet Hospital which will be offering free exams, vaccinations, DAPPv, heartworm tests, bordetella and nail trims.

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Enjoy Plant Museum at dusk with free ‘First Fridays’

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Local landmark and architectural treasure, the Henry B. Plant Museum, invites you to visit for free on certain Fridays.

On the first Friday of each month, the museum opens its doors from 5-7 p.m. and waives regular admission fees.

On Friday, Sept. 4 enjoy live music from the Matt Weihmuller’s Jazz Trio and a ‘tastings table’ in addition to browsing the parlors with displays from the Victorian era.

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