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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ladies Night Off! Vendors Needed (*not a freebie)

I know this is not a freebie, but I really want to help out with this event and am plugging it everywhere I can....



Working Women of Tampa Bay is hosting a charity event benefiting My Hope Chest! The event will be held on August 9 at the Venue in Tampa from 5p.m. to 8p.m. They are in need of sponsors and sponsorships begin at just $25! If you are interested in being a vendor fill out the form below.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thank You! 20,000 Page View Mark!!!

Thanks to everyone who has been checking out Tampa Bay Freebies! I'm thrilled to announce we just hit 20,000 page views!!

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Free Bootcamp in New Port Richey or Tarpon Springs

I've been taking boot camp classes for a couple of weeks at Hammer Time Fitness. Today was day 1 of week 3 and to say the boot camp trainer Christine knows how to kick my ass is a huge understatement!
If you would like to try and see if you can get through an hour she is offering a free first class to anyone interested. Check out the info below!
Here's a sneak peak inside the studio in New Port Richey


Extreme Couponing Backlash Hurting Regular Couponers!

This article originally appeared HERE

Extreme Coupons: TV Show Draws Extreme Backlash

clipping coupons to save money at the grocery storeimage downloaded from http://www.dealseekingmom.com


Last month I described five reasons to steer clear of extreme couponing, and now I think I have a sixth: It brings out the worst in both consumers and retailers.

Industry watchers say TLC's popular reality show, Extreme Couponing -- which depicts coupon-obsessed men and women spending 30 to 40 hours a week cutting coupons to net pounds and pounds of groceries for pennies on the dollar (exhausted yet?) -- may be causing more harm than good in the real world.

On the retail front, some big retailers -- wary of couponing copycats -- are pushing back on former coupon allowances for ordinary shoppers:

• At Rite Aid, shoppers can no longer combine buy-one-get-one-free coupons or promotions -- a strategy that, in the past, allowed customers to get two free items. The chain is also limiting the number of coupons a shopper can use per item to four, as long as there is enough stock. Before, the store accepted "multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items."

Target now forbids "stacking," the act of combining manufacturer and store buy-one-get-one-free coupons, in order to receive both items for free.

Meanwhile, viewers are trying to take on the TV show's tricks to no avail -- and becoming depressed by their inability to replicate the savings achieved by the pros on the show. "Is Extreme Couponing Hurting Self Esteem?" asks Leah Ingram on her blog Suddenly Frugal. Phil Lempert, food industry expert and editor of Supermarketguru.com, told her that "shoppers no longer feel good about saving $10, or 10-to-20 percent. They're becoming depressed that they are not able to buy $1,000 or more groceries for 25 cents."

And, believe it or not, some of the coupon-obsessed across the country have reportedly turned to newspaper theft to take advantage of as many coupon circulars as possible. Some subscribers complain that their papers are missing coupon inserts, while some regional newspaper companies report papers have been stolen from coin-operated racks. Now, that's extreme.

Coupon Dos & Don'ts
Still, as wary as I am of coupon mania, I'm willing to concede that there are some smart ways to use coupons -- as long as you're buying something you actually want or need. Many stores still have lenient policies. Here's some advice for tactfully getting the most out of coupons and some coupon etiquette Do's and Dont's.

Do Know Your Limits. Save time, energy and embarrassment at the register by playing with the rules established by retailers and manufacturers. Visit their Web sites to learn if there have been any updates or changes to their coupon policies.

Do Ask Friends and Neighbors to Leave Aside Papers. Some people actually subscribe to newspapers for the articles, not the coupons. It's perfectly acceptable to ask these friends and family members -- politely -- to set aside the coupons for you to pick up at a later time.

Don't Barter for New Papers. According to a report in North County Times, local publishers say customers are asking to return papers for new ones with fresh coupon circulars. I'm all for trading up, but, really?

Do Start a Small Coupon Swap. Rather than stealing your neighbor's Sunday paper to benefit from the extra coupon circular, create a support system through a small, local coupon exchange. Members can meet once a week in person for 30 minutes to exchange coupons for things they actually would buy anyway. (One person's buy-one-get-one-free instant oatmeal is another person's 50-cents-off cold cereal.) Online exchanges also exist at savingsadvice.com and thriftyfun.com.

Don't Copy Coupons. Many stores mention in their coupon policies that "coupons are void if copied, scanned, transferred, purchased, sold …" etc. Again, stick with the official policy. You'll still manage to save a good chunk of change -- and by skipping a long debate at the checkout, you'll also avoid unnecessary delays both for you and the shoppers waiting behind you.

Do Ask Manufacturers to Send Coupons Directly. If you can't find manufacturers' coupons readily on their Web sites, email or call them to request coupons be sent directly to your inbox. That's what many successful couponers claim to do. It sometimes earns them freebies, as well.

Tomorrow 6/29 Free Tweetup! Come Meet Me!

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When:

Event Phone Number:
813.265.2625
 
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
Neighborhood: Lake Magdalene
13020 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618 813.265.2625

As far as social media goes, Twitter is a polarizer—either you can’t get enough of hearing about what your friend had for lunch/reading what Ashton Kutcher is up to/telling the world about your promotion or the only definition for the word “tweet” you know is the sound a bird makes—and you’re totally fine with that.

We happen to love Twitter because it lets us get to know you, but we want to take our relationship to the next level. That’s why we’re hosting #WellDoneMix - the first Metromix Tampa Bay and Anthony's Coal Fired Tweetup from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza.

 
Come out and meet Metromix Managing Producer Jacqui Anderson (@captnjac), Marketing Coordinator Brandon Thompson (@Brandonpromo), Community Blogger Wrangler Summer Lott (@summerlott) and Photographer Ashley Grant (@TheAshleyGrant), as well as your fellow Anthony Coal Fired Pizza tweeters, have your photo taken and, most importantly, have some pizza. 

Make sure to follow us at @Metromix_Tampa and @AnthonysCFPizza to get details on the Tweetup. And if you're planning on coming out, let us know in the comments section below or just tweet us.

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza will provide pizza, wings, and meatballs for 100 people as well as t-shirts, and three $20 gift cards. Not to mention there will be tons of Metromix.com giveaways, free movie screening passes, and a raffle for DVD prizes.The first 7 people will get a Metromix swag bag at the door!

Tweeting in public is not only encouraged, it’s a must. If you’re part of the Twitterverse, mix and mingle with your fellow tweeps.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Reminder: Free Sushi and Drinks at Blue Martini tonight





Did you know that Blue Martini has been offering free sushi and cocktails for ladies each Wednesday?  I didn't until tonight and now that I know I might have to stop by more often.

With the help of Play 98.7 fm each Wednesday from 4-8 ladies get free sushi and a their first drink free.  The best part? Half off cocktails the whole night for ladies and FREE COVER!!!
Does it get better than that? Yes! It does...there are also giveaways for everything from spa treatments to designer handbags to concert tickets!!!  Not to mention the free live show from whoever happens to be playing the Wednesday you stop by.

Reminder: Free Comedy at Improv TONIGHT!!

Did you know that IMPROV hosts a free open mic night every Wednesday?
The Tampa IMPROV offers a free Open Mic Night in their Bar every Wednesday night starting at 10:00pm and you must 21 & up to enter (whether you’re performing or just watching).

A sign up sheet will be at the bar at 9:30pm and they accept the first 20 comedians who sign up.

Comics are given up to 5 minutes of on stage (and given a light at 4). A lottery system is used to determine the order in which the performers will go on stage (their name is assigned a number that will be drawn to determine what order they will perform).

IMPROV also runs drink specials and does ticket giveaways during those nights.

For more information, call (813) 864-4000.

Reminder: Free Tweetup! Come Meet Me!

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When:

Event Phone Number:
813.265.2625
 
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
Neighborhood: Lake Magdalene
13020 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618 813.265.2625

As far as social media goes, Twitter is a polarizer—either you can’t get enough of hearing about what your friend had for lunch/reading what Ashton Kutcher is up to/telling the world about your promotion or the only definition for the word “tweet” you know is the sound a bird makes—and you’re totally fine with that.

We happen to love Twitter because it lets us get to know you, but we want to take our relationship to the next level. That’s why we’re hosting #WellDoneMix - the first Metromix Tampa Bay and Anthony's Coal Fired Tweetup from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza.

 
Come out and meet Metromix Managing Producer Jacqui Anderson (@captnjac), Marketing Coordinator Brandon Thompson (@Brandonpromo), Community Blogger Wrangler Summer Lott (@summerlott) and Photographer Ashley Grant (@TheAshleyGrant), as well as your fellow Anthony Coal Fired Pizza tweeters, have your photo taken and, most importantly, have some pizza. 

Make sure to follow us at @Metromix_Tampa and @AnthonysCFPizza to get details on the Tweetup. And if you're planning on coming out, let us know in the comments section below or just tweet us.

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza will provide pizza, wings, and meatballs for 100 people as well as t-shirts, and three $20 gift cards. Not to mention there will be tons of Metromix.com giveaways, free movie screening passes, and a raffle for DVD prizes.The first 7 people will get a Metromix swag bag at the door!

Tweeting in public is not only encouraged, it’s a must. If you’re part of the Twitterverse, mix and mingle with your fellow tweeps.

Monday, June 20, 2011

FREE Chocolate Fondue at Melting Pot

Melting Pot Tampa Florida, photo by http://www.thefamousashleygrant.com/


From MeltingPot.com:

May 29 - July 3, 2011
In honor of Memorial Day, Independence Day and the launch of our Big Night Out® America, The Melting Pot is partnering with Treats for Troops to show appreciation to our armed forces!

May 29 - July 3 only, bring in 'A Bag and a Buck' to receive a FREE PB & Chocolate Fondue - from our Big Night Out America Menu.

Our PB & J Chocolate Fondue is a timeless classic which is sure to put a smile on your face!  Milk chocolate, crunchy peanut butter with a puree of blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.
It's easy - just fill a gallon size baggie with items listed below and put a $1 bill inside to pay for shipping to the men and women of our military.

NON-FOOD  ITEMS:
Feminine Hygiene Products, Shampoo, Body Wash, Body Lotion, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Floss, Mouthwash, Large Baby Wipes, Soap, Disposable Cameras, Batteries (AA and C), Visine or other Eye Drops, Envelopes, Stationary, Pens, Hand Sanitizer, Travel Games, Playing Cards, Lip Balm, Sun Screen, Q-Tips, Shaving Cream, Razors, *Small Hotel Soaps & Shampoos (very popular)

FOOD  ITEMS:
Instant Soups, Instant Beverages (drink mixes), Ice Teas, Lemonade, Kool-Aid (with sugar already mixed), Coffee, Tea, Cookies, Crackers (plain & cheese) especially lunch box packs with individual servings, Cereal Bars, Granola Bars, Microwave Popcorn, Power Bars, Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, Foil Bag Tuna or Tuna Snack "Kits"

Note: Don't mix food with soap - the food will taste like soap! No Chocolate - it will melt!
 **One FREE chocolate fondue per couple with a purchase of $50 or more and the donation of 'a bag and a buck!'

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Reminder: Freebies for Father's Day

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My husband just sent me this from his office and I had to share!
Here are a few free finds around the Tampa Bay area for Father's Day....

CHARLEY’S:  Free Rib eye steak (with purchase) http://www.charleyssteakhouse.com/  

FLEMING'S STEAKHOUSE:  $25 dining card (with purchase) http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/FMG/seasonalselections/fathersday/  
FIREHOUSE SUBS:  Buy-Combo; Dad Gets Free Sub (Tampa area locations) http://www.firehouse.com  
McDONALD'S:  Free breakfast (no purchase necessary, child must be present) http://www.mcdonalds.com  
SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE:  Free Spaghetti or Lasagna http://www.facebook.com/SpaghettiWarehouse  
TCBY:  Free scoop or cone (participating locations) http://www.tcby.com  
TEXAS CATTLE COMPANY:  Free Rib eye steak (with purchase) http://www.texascattlecompany.net/  
FLORIDA AQUARIUM:  Dad free (with one paid admission)
http://www.flaquarium.org/cm/templates/planvisit.aspx?articleid=326&zoneid=42  

HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM:  Free Admission for Fathers http://www.plantmuseum.com/  
LOWRY PARK ZOO:  Dad’s Admission free (with son/daughter’s paid admission) http://www.lowryparkzoo.com/calendar_events.php  
SPLITSVILLE:  Free bowling and menu item: http://www.splitsvillelanes.com/  
STUMPS SUPPER CLUB:  Free appetizer (with purchase) http://www.stumpssupperclub.com/  
SUNKEN GARDENS:  Dad free (with one paid admission) http://www.stpete.org/sunken/  
BEEF O'BRADY'S:  Free Entree (with purchase) http://beefobradys.com/default.aspx  

Friday, June 17, 2011

Free Tweetup! Come Meet Me!

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When:

Event Phone Number:
813.265.2625
 
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
Neighborhood: Lake Magdalene
13020 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618 813.265.2625

As far as social media goes, Twitter is a polarizer—either you can’t get enough of hearing about what your friend had for lunch/reading what Ashton Kutcher is up to/telling the world about your promotion or the only definition for the word “tweet” you know is the sound a bird makes—and you’re totally fine with that.

We happen to love Twitter because it lets us get to know you, but we want to take our relationship to the next level. That’s why we’re hosting #WellDoneMix - the first Metromix Tampa Bay and Anthony's Coal Fired Tweetup from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza.

 
Come out and meet Metromix Managing Producer Jacqui Anderson (@captnjac), Marketing Coordinator Brandon Thompson (@Brandonpromo), Community Blogger Wrangler Summer Lott (@summerlott) and Photographer Ashley Grant (@TheAshleyGrant), as well as your fellow Anthony Coal Fired Pizza tweeters, have your photo taken and, most importantly, have some pizza. 

Make sure to follow us at @Metromix_Tampa and @AnthonysCFPizza to get details on the Tweetup. And if you're planning on coming out, let us know in the comments section below or just tweet us.

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza will provide pizza, wings, and meatballs for 100 people as well as t-shirts, and three $20 gift cards. Not to mention there will be tons of Metromix.com giveaways, free movie screening passes, and a raffle for DVD prizes.The first 7 people will get a Metromix swag bag at the door!

Tweeting in public is not only encouraged, it’s a must. If you’re part of the Twitterverse, mix and mingle with your fellow tweeps.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Free Culinary Demonstration at Williams-Sonoma

The Tampa Bay Williams-Sonoma stores are offering a free culinary demonstration Sunday, June, 26 at 11 a.m.

The demonstration will celebrate Kansas City and Texas American Barbecue.
Class participants will learn how to combine wet and dry rubs as it's done in Kansas City, and how to produce succulent, juicy Texas style meat. There will also be a discussion of popular ways to serve barbecue brisket.

Class sizes are limited. For more information contact the Williams-Sonoma at these locations:

CITRUS PARK
8066 CITRUS PARK TOWN CENTER
TAMPA, FL 33625
(813) 920-6939
7.2 miles
SHOPS @ WIREGRASS
28250 PASEO DR
WESLEY CHAPEL, FL 33544
(813) 991-0311
11.5 miles
INTERNATIONAL PLAZA
2223 NORTH WEST SHORE BLVD
TAMPA, FL 33607
(813) 353-0700
13.5 miles
OLD HYDE PARK VILLAGE
700 S VILLAGE CIRCLE
TAMPA, FL 33606
(813) 258-5818
15.3 miles
You can also sample different BBQ sauces from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Freebies for Father's Day

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My husband just sent me this from his office and I had to share!
Here are a few free finds around the Tampa Bay area for Father's Day....

CHARLEY’S:  Free Rib eye steak (with purchase) http://www.charleyssteakhouse.com/  

FLEMING'S STEAKHOUSE:  $25 dining card (with purchase) http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/FMG/seasonalselections/fathersday/  
FIREHOUSE SUBS:  Buy-Combo; Dad Gets Free Sub (Tampa area locations) http://www.firehouse.com  
McDONALD'S:  Free breakfast (no purchase necessary, child must be present) http://www.mcdonalds.com  
SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE:  Free Spaghetti or Lasagna http://www.facebook.com/SpaghettiWarehouse  
TCBY:  Free scoop or cone (participating locations) http://www.tcby.com  
TEXAS CATTLE COMPANY:  Free Rib eye steak (with purchase) http://www.texascattlecompany.net/  
FLORIDA AQUARIUM:  Dad free (with one paid admission)
http://www.flaquarium.org/cm/templates/planvisit.aspx?articleid=326&zoneid=42  

HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM:  Free Admission for Fathers http://www.plantmuseum.com/  
LOWRY PARK ZOO:  Dad’s Admission free (with son/daughter’s paid admission) http://www.lowryparkzoo.com/calendar_events.php  
SPLITSVILLE:  Free bowling and menu item: http://www.splitsvillelanes.com/  
STUMPS SUPPER CLUB:  Free appetizer (with purchase) http://www.stumpssupperclub.com/  
SUNKEN GARDENS:  Dad free (with one paid admission) http://www.stpete.org/sunken/  
BEEF O'BRADY'S:  Free Entree (with purchase) http://beefobradys.com/default.aspx  

Free Ocean Spray Sample

Just heard about this awesome freebie from my pal Kim! Go HERE to find out how you can get a free  Ocean Spray® Sparkling Juice Drink sample.

Reminder: Free Comedy at Improv TONIGHT!!

Did you know that IMPROV hosts a free open mic night every Wednesday?
The Tampa IMPROV offers a free Open Mic Night in their Bar every Wednesday night starting at 10:00pm and you must 21 & up to enter (whether you’re performing or just watching).

A sign up sheet will be at the bar at 9:30pm and they accept the first 20 comedians who sign up.

Comics are given up to 5 minutes of on stage (and given a light at 4). A lottery system is used to determine the order in which the performers will go on stage (their name is assigned a number that will be drawn to determine what order they will perform).

IMPROV also runs drink specials and does ticket giveaways during those nights.

For more information, call (813) 864-4000.

Reminder: Free Sushi and Drinks at Blue Martini tonight





Did you know that Blue Martini has been offering free sushi and cocktails for ladies each Wednesday?  I didn't until tonight and now that I know I might have to stop by more often.

With the help of Play 98.7 fm each Wednesday from 4-8 ladies get free sushi and a their first drink free.  The best part? Half off cocktails the whole night for ladies and FREE COVER!!!
Does it get better than that? Yes! It does...there are also giveaways for everything from spa treatments to designer handbags to concert tickets!!!  Not to mention the free live show from whoever happens to be playing the Wednesday you stop by.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Shops at Wiregrass Birthday Club

Yesterday I went to the Shops at Wiregrass with my mom and sister and found this sign promising a free gift for your birthday:

regarding http://mybdayclub.com/ for Shops at Wiregrass

I confess this is one freebie I know nothing about...I just signed up for it myself...

Basically I went to the website on the sign HERE, then clicked Shops at Wiregrass, filled out a survey with my birthdate and submitted the form.

I have no idea what birthday freebies will come from this, but hey when I find out- I'll update the post.

Have any of you signed up for this? If yes-what did you receive?