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Wednesday, Sep 02, 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.

$5 dog adoptions at pet center ‘Tailgate’ party

Published:   |   Updated: September 2, 2015 at 01:43 PM
By Janine Dorsey

Score a ‘touchdown’ when you adopt a new pet at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center’s football-themed ‘Tailwaggin’ Tailgate Party’ this weekend.

The party will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 and includes lots of family fun.

Adoption specials include a special price of $5 on all dogs weighing 40 pounds or more and reduced prices on all other available pets.

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Ride the mini trains for free this weekend

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By Janine Dorsey

It’s that time of the month again: mini train weekend at Largo Central Park!

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6, everyone ages 1 and older can ride the mini train for free, weather permitting. Pregnant women are not allowed to ride due to insurance regulations.

The event regularly takes place on the first full weekend of each month and is approximately 1.2 miles long, winding through the landscape and various features of the park. Rides are given until 4 p.m., weather permitting.

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Free mammograms offered for eligible Latina women

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For a limited time, Latina women meeting income and insurance requirements can get a free mammogram at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Through a grant provided by the National Breast Cancer Foundation and JCPenney Cares, the cancer center is extending the offer of the free cancer screening to Tampa Bay area Latina women meeting the criteria to qualify.

Moffitt is also providing two-hour education workshops conducted by bilingual community outreach workers teaching breast health and healthy lifestyle.

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First responders treated to free Busch Gardens, SeaWorld visits

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By Janine Dorsey

Florida first responders can treat themselves to a day at a theme park before summer ends with a ‘September Salute’ from Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando.

During the month of September, eligible first responders can receive free admission to both Florida parks, plus a special offer for additional tickets.

The offer includes a discount for up to four friends and family for just $50 per ticket, a savings of about half off.

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Try before you buy BJ’s warehouse club membership

Published:   |   Updated: September 1, 2015 at 10:44 AM
By Janine Dorsey

Want to try before you buy one of those big box warehouse club memberships?

BJ’s is offering a 60-day free trial to new members with no obligation.

The promotional offer is good for one per household and includes all the same benefits and savings of a regular membership.

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Kids treated to free entree, craft activity at Ikea

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By Janine Dorsey

School is out for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 7 but Ikea has you covered when it comes to feeding and entertaining the kids for the day.

The Ikea Tampa Kids Academy will be open and free for kids under age 12 while supplies last.

All participants will enjoy a fun craft or activity and a free kids entree in the restaurant.

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Buy one, get four free on Saturdays in September at zoo

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By Janine Dorsey

Saturdays in September just got a lot more fun and quite a bit cheaper.

Every Saturday in September, with each full-price paid adult admission, Lowry Park Zoo guests can bring up to four kids ages 3 - 11 for free.

Regular daily adult admission is $27.95.

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Free Kahwa coffee at Westchase location grand opening

Published:   |   Updated: August 31, 2015 at 11:48 AM
By Janine Dorsey

To celebrate the opening of their latest location in Westchase, Kahwa Coffee is giving away free cups of their popular brew.

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, visitors to their 11588 Fountainhead Drive location between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. will score their choice of any coffee-based drink on the menu.

The offer includes iced coffees, lattes, cappuccinos or regular hot coffee. There’s a limit of one free coffee per person. No purchase is necessary to get the free offer.

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Free skating for military and their families on Labor Day

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School’s out on Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor Day but that doesn’t mean kids have to sit around the house bored.

United Skates of America will be open for public skating from 2 - 8 p.m.

As a token of apprciation for their service, active duty military members and their families can skate for free on that day.

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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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