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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.

Moms get in free at Florida Aquarium for Mother’s Day weekend

Treat your mom to a fun day at the aquarium, without sinking your budget, when you visit The Florida Aquarium this weekend.

On Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., all moms are admitted for free when accompanied by someone paying a full-price admission.

Regular daily admission is $24.95 for adults, seniors pay $22.95 and kids ages 3 to 11 are $19.95.

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Give blood, score eats from Taco Bus

Healthy people 16 and older who weigh at least 100 pounds can donate blood at an upcoming Tampa Bay area donation drive and score a little reward for their efforts. On Monday, May 9 from noon to 5 p.m., stop by one of these Taco Bus locations to give blood and get a $10 Taco Bus gift card. Just look for the big red OneBlood bus at the following locations:

♦  301 S. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa

♦  2324 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

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Evos celebrates teachers, nurses with BOGO meals

To celebrate teachers and nurses, Evos is giving away free “feel good food” this week.

Teachers with valid professional I.D. will be treated to a free meal or salad with the purchase of a meal or salad on Tuesday, May 3.

Nurses can get the same deal on Friday, May 6 with valid professional I.D.

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Bonuses with gift cards make for great gifts for grads, dads

This time of year seems to require a bit of gift-giving.

Occasions include graduations, teacher appreciation, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and more.

There’s a way to give a generous gift, while also treating yourself or including a bit more in the bag, when you purchase select gift cards with bonus deals.

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Teachers shown appreciation at Chipotle with BOGO deal

Chipotle Mexican Grill is honoring teachers with a celebratory meal to finish up the school year.

All teachers, faculty and staff are invited to bring their valid school identification to any participating Chipotle on Tuesday, May 3 from 3 p.m. until restaurant closing to get a buy-one-get-one free deal for Teacher Appreciation Day.

Educators from preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, community college on up to university level are eligible to participate. Home school ID cards may also be presented to get the deal.

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Freebies, deals to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

If everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, then everyone is Mexican on Cinco de Mayo.

Celebrate your spicy side with freebies, deals and giveaways on this annual holiday:

Moe’s Southwest Grill - the first 50 people in line at participating Moe’s locations will get a free “Cinco de Moe’s” t-shirt on Thursday, May 5.

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Discounts offered to military, teachers and their families at Explorations V

Explorations V children’s museum offers discounts on admission for local heroes.

The interactive museum, which is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., discounts tickets for both military families and teacher families by 50 percent.

Regular daily admission for children and adults is $9. Military members and teachers and their immediate families only pay $4.50.

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Free drink for educators at World of Beer teacher appreciation event

Teachers can raise a glass and toast the end of another successful school year with the World of Beer teacher appreciation event.

On Tuesday, May 3, World of Beer taverns are offering a free Angry Orchard cider or Sam Adams beer to teachers when they present vaild professional identification.

The offer is good from tavern open till closing, no additional purchase necessary. There is a limit of one free beer per person and is only valid for those of legal drinking age.

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Culver’s offers free scoop of custard with FFA donation

Culver’s wants to give their customers a “Scoop of Thanks” for all they do for agricultural organizations.

On Thursday, May 5 participating locations will offer a free scoop of fresh frozen custard with a $1 donation to local and state Future Farmers of America clubs.

No additional purchase is necessary to get the frozen custard deal.

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Military treated to free admission at Saturday Tampa Yankees games

Every Saturday this summer, when the Tampa Yankees play a home game, all military receive a free upper level reserved ticket.

The offer is good for one free ticket with valid military identification at the box office only.

The 6 p.m. games feature access for kids to run the bases before the game from 5 to 5:15 p.m. and player autographs on the concourse from 5:10 to 5:30 p.m.

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