Free and Cheap
Janine is a 20-year veteran journalist who puts her sleuthing skills to use unearthing deals and discounts for families in the Tampa Bay area. Raising her own two daughters has taught her that some of the best things in life are “free” but not necessarily “cheap.”
Most Recent Entries
- Tour Christmas lights in the gardens
- Ikea “eat for free” deal returns this weekend for holiday shopping
- Kids admitted free at USF sporting events
- Tampa “snow day” is free frosty fun
- Starbucks tumbler comes with free coffee in January
- Turn a toy into a tasty free meal
- Save on Hallmark items with Facebook coupon
- Donate pet food, get a free nail trim
- Clearwater libraries waive fines with donated food
- Whole Foods Carrollwood continues kids-eat-free deal in December
- Donate during Kindness Day, score rewards
- Polk Pet Fest features discounted adoptions, vaccinations
- $5 day at MOSI includes added holiday fun
- Free museum visit, ice skating for military
- Free toothpaste trade-in on Sunday
Tour Christmas lights in the gardens
Posted Dec 13, 2013 by Janine Dorsey
Updated Dec 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Tour the Florida Botanical Gardens at night, by the glow of thousands of Christmas lights.
Holiday Lights in the Gardens takes place every evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. until Wednesday, Jan. 1.
The attraction is open until 9:30 p.m. each night.
In addition to laser lights, flora and fauna displays and decorated trees, there is a seven-foot gingerbread house with more than 600 lights, a 30-foot tall white swan and a five-foot tropical parrot have been added to the traditional array of light-lined paths.
Nightly free entertainment includes visits from Santa Claus.
Admission is $2 donation for ages 13 and older.
Florida Botanical Gardens is located at 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo
For more information, visit http://www.flbgfoundation.org/
Ikea “eat for free” deal returns this weekend for holiday shopping
Posted Dec 12, 2013 by Janine Dorsey
Updated Dec 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM
The Ikea “eat for free” deal returns this weekend, just in time for holiday shopping.
You can deduct the cost of your meal from a housewares purchase of $150 or more before tax on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15.
Here’s how it works:
1. Purchase your meal in the restaurant. Total can include a whole family’s dining experience, there’s no price limit.
2. Receive a coupon with your receipt.
3. Give your coupon and receipt to the check-out cashier and receive the total amount of your meal deducted from your purchase of over $150.
There are some restrictions, such as: the meal must be consumed on-site and only one receipt per purchase can be applied. Visit the Ikea website for more details and restrictions.
Ikea specializes in affordable housewares with a European flare.
Tampa’s Ikea store is located at 1103 N. 22nd St., near Ybor City.
Kids admitted free at USF sporting events
Posted Dec 12, 2013 by Janine Dorsey
Updated Dec 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Sports fans looking for cheap family fun need to look no further than USF athletics.
The University of South Florida admits kids through grade 12 for free at all home sporting events currently in season and on into the spring sports season.
This includes basketball, soccer, baseball and softball games.
Tickets can be “purchased” on game day only and could be sold out for some events.
Adult ticket prices are $7 per person.
For more information about USF athletics and season schedules, visit http://www.gousfbulls.com//ViewArticle.dbml?&&DB_OEM_ID=7700&ATCLID=219259 or call 1-800-GoBulls.
Tampa “snow day” is free frosty fun
Posted Dec 11, 2013 by Janine Dorsey
Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Don’t let the weather forecast fool you, Tampa is about to have a snow day.
Tampa was a winning city in a Twitter competition of those seeking a “Moment of Wonder.”
On Saturday, Dec. 14 from 1 - 6 p.m., McDonald’s McCafe will host a free Winter Wonderland event complete with real snow for this hot southern town.
The event will include giveaways, coupons and samples of white chocolate mochas on the Tampa Riverwalk next to the Convention Center.
Those attending the snow day can build snowmen, make snow angels and other frosty fun. A photographer will be on-site to send you home with photos of your snow day memories.
The Tampa Convention Center is located at 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa.
Starbucks tumbler comes with free coffee in January
Posted Dec 9, 2013 by Janine Dorsey
Updated Dec 9, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Here’s a great gift for the coffee lover in your life - actually two gifts in one.
Purchase this 16 oz. reusable tumbler http://www.starbucksstore.com/coffee-refill-tumbler-16-fl-oz/011029686,default,pd.html?cm_sp=HPA1US-_-coffee_refill_tumbler-_-120913 from Starbucks for $30 and the gift recipient can get free refills the entire month of January.
With 31 days in the month, that comes out to less than $1 a fill plus the reusable tumbler can be used far beyond January, making the gift “green,” too.
Visit http://starbucks.com for more details on the free coffee offer.