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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Frugal Tip 6/30/12 Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent


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Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent to save money. These recipes are from WiseBread.com

Garlic Mosquito Repellent

  • Ingredients: Minced garlic, mineral oil, and lemon juice
  • Cost: Less than $5
  • Directions:
Mince a few cloves of garlic then cover with mineral oil. Allow it to sit for at least 24 hours. Next you take a teaspoon of *just the oil* and mix it with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Strain through a cheesecloth if you have any floaties then pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use.

Lemon Eucalyptus Mosquito Repellent

  • Ingredients: Lemon eucalyptus oil and sunflower oil or witch hazel
  • Cost: $9.50 for 8 oz. of lemon eucalyptus oil (can be purchased on Amazon.com)
  • Directions: Mix 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil for every 10 parts of sunflower oil/witch hazel. Rub or spray on skin.
Recipe modified from About.com

Lavender Mosquito Repellent

  • Ingredients: Fresh lavender (the flower)
  • Cost: Free (if you have lavender growing in your yard); otherwise Home Depot sells the plant for about $12
  • Directions:
Rub a lavender flower behind your ears, wrists and neck. Not only will you smell great but mosquitoes will leave you alone.
Recipe from Garden Mandy

Vanilla Mosquito Repellent

  • Ingredients: Vanilla extract
  • Cost: Less than $5 at grocery store
  • Directions:
Apply some vanilla extract or vanilla essence to your pulse points.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Frugal Tip 6/29/12 Clean Your Air Filter


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This tip is from SavingsNut.com

Remember to regularly change air filters in forced air systems.  A dirty air filter that restricts air flow can increase heating and cooling bills considerably, and may reduce the life of your system.  In systems with hot-water radiators, bleed trapped air once or twice a season to improve efficiency.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Frugal Tip 6/28/12 Make Your Own Party Favors


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Whether you are getting married or just having a party, you know that the cost of party favors can add up quickly. Consider making your own to save money.

Here are some cheap ideas for party favors you can make yourself:
1. A CD of music
2. Playdough
3. Homemade lolipops
4. Homemade truffles
5. Jumbo Cookies

Monday, June 25, 2012

Frugal Tip 6/25/12 Stop Printing!


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Today's Frugal Tip is to save money by not printing stuff off your computer! If you don't absolutely need a printed copy of something- don't print it! Simple as that!

What about stuff you really want to save? Well, why not print files to PDF instead of printing them out? Then, you can catalog them and organize them in file folders on your computer. Not only does this save paper, its saves ink AND it saves space because you don't have stacks of stuff sitting around!!

Try a program like Primo PDF. I've been using this for almost a year now and LOVE it! Best part? It's FREE!!!

Reminder- FREE Play at the Hard Rock Casino


My most popular post is STLL the one about how to get FREE casino play at Hard Rock Casino. Read all about it...HERE

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Frugal Tip 6/24/12 Bring Your Own Bags and Cups


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Today's Frugal Tip is to save money by bringing your own bags to the store and cups to coffee shops and gas stations.

Did you know that if you bring your own reusable bags to Target they will give you a $0.05 discount per bag used on your transaction? At CVS you can purchase a tag that gets you discounts for using reusable bags too.

Bringing your own cups to coffee shops and gas stations will save you some green as well. For example, at Starbucks you get a percentage off your order for bringing a refillable cup. At gas stations you can save as much as 50% off the cost of a drink for bringing in a refillable cup.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Frugal Tip 6/23/12 Make Your Own Wrapping Paper


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Today's Frugal Tip is to save money on wrapping paper by using grocery bags instead of buying traditional wrapping paper. You can color grocery bags, paint them, add stickers to them or even add photos for personalized paper making your gift even more special while saving money. Check out this link for ideas on how to make your own wrapping paper.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Frugal Tip 6/22/12 Don't Keep Up With the Joneses


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Today's Frugal Tip is to save money by using what you already have instead of keeping up with the Joneses. Anytime you get a raise or bring more money into your home put it into savings or a retirement account. Don't go buy the next upgrade or a bigger home, nicer car or product x, y or z just because your neighbor has it. Instead, focus on being debt free and buying things you can pay for in cash!

Reminder: Free Wine Tasting 6/22/12

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Total Wine and More hosts weekly wine tastings that are FREE. The store is located in the Walter's Crossing at 1720 North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. Below are the free events for Friday, June, 22, 2012


A Taste of the Loire Weekly Tasting - Free

Friday, June 22, 2012 at 12pm - 6pm

Every week, our store features a new theme at our Tasting Table. Join us as we taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by our Wine Manager.
Coupons available for tasting selections. Selection subject to availability.


Crosby Lake Spirit Tasting Meet the Expert - Free

Friday, June 22, 2012 at 2PM-5PM

Crosby Lake Spirits Company is located in the heart of St Paul Minnesota, just feet from the mighty Mississippi River. It is named after an English immigrant, Thomas Crosby, whose family was one of the first settlers in Minnesota. New innovative products and great packaging is what they are about.

Free Tai Chi Class - Friday Freebies 6/22/12

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Hillsborough County residents are welcome to attend free Tai Chi classes on Fridays in May and June at the Jan Platt Public Library. Details below:

Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 2:30 PM
Library: Jan Kaminis Platt located at 3910 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa, FL 33611
Location: Witt Community Room
Description: Tai Chi reduces stress, increases stamina, flexibility and alertness.
No movement is too difficult or strenuous as Bonnie modifies each movement to fit every student's needs. Many of her students can work at different levels within the same class whether you are doing chair work due to an injury or studying in preparation to teach. Wear athletic/comfortable clothing.
Other: Funded by the Friends of the Jan Platt Library.
Register by phone:  (813) 273-3652

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Frugal Tip 6/21/12 Bring Snacks Everywhere!


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Today's Frugal Tip is to keep snacks and water or the beverage of your choice with you all the time. Having them in the car, at the office or wherever you happen to be will keep you from wasting money on overpriced vending machines and fast food joints!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Laura Reiley on 970 Talks Free Food!

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Laura Reiley from the Tampa Bay Times was a guest on 970 WFLA this morning with Jack, Ted and Corey discussing how to get free food in Tampa Bay. Her entire segment is available on podcast HERE. For those who don't want to listen to it, however, here are some of the highlights:

1. Publix is the best place to sample food. You can get a free cookie for your kids in the bakery, sample deli meats and cheeses at the deli and then try a little plate of food at the Apron's station if they are cooking when you visit.
2. Sam's Club, Costco and BJs has folks on the weekends sampling miscellaneous foods.
3. Fresh Market is Laura's pick for wine tastings.
4. Baksin Robbins is the best place for free samples of ice cream. Jack chimed in that Pinkberry is another great option and Laura added Yogurtland on Dale Mabry is a good choice.
5. For free bottles of water your best bet is the UPS store in Wesley Chapel.

Where do you go for free food? Chime in with a comment below!

Deal Websites to Save Money in Tampa

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Here are all the Deal websites I'm aware of in Tampa Bay:

Deal Chicken

Groupon 

Eversave

Living Social

Creative Loafing Daily Deals

Amazon Local

Restaurant.com

Half off Depot Tampa

Do you know of one I missed? Chime in with a comment below!

Frugal Tip 6/20/12 Get Free Prescriptions


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I just saw the Publix weekly sales flyer and inside there was an ad for free medications including antibiotics. If you are on any medications, it might be a good idea to see if you can get it free. See below from Publix and check out all the relevant information HERE. Do you guys know of any other pharmacies offering free meds? Chime in with a comment below!!!

Free Medications
Good news. Save money and feel better with the Publix Pharmacy FREE Medications Program.
At Publix, we're always looking for ways to make your life easier. And helping you manage healthcare costs is no exception. That's why we're proud to offer a variety of some of the most-often prescribed medications to you absolutely free.

It doesn't matter who your prescription insurance provider is or the number of prescriptions you need filled. There's no limit to the number of refills and no forms to fill out. How's that for easy?

Hurry and drop your prescription off at your neighborhood Publix Pharmacy and get the generic medication you need, free. Bet you're feeling better already.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Frugal Tip 6/19/12 Buy Produce in Season


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Buy produce when its in season. Usually grocery stores will have sales on in season produce. What to do with all that produce? Consider home canning :) Here's a tutorial on how to do it

Monday, June 18, 2012

Frugal Tip 6/18/12 Pretend to be a Tourist

Save money on going out to eat, drink and be entertained by pretending to be a tourist in your own area. Take advantage of coupons in guide maps like the one in the picture!

Inside this one I found buy one get one (bogo) free mini golf, bogo free breakfast, bogo free portraits and so much more!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Frugal Tip 6/17/12 Save Money on Textbooks


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This tip is mainly geared towards college students looking to save money... I found this awesome article about saving money on textbooks and here are the key points of it:

Save money on textbooks by not buying all of them! Wait and make sure you actually need them before you run out and buy them.

As a last resort, go to the library to read the book your teacher wants you to read.

Buy the books used. Try to always find them used!

Read the entire article HERE

Happy Father's Day! Freebies for Today!

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Here's a quick recap of the Father's Day Freebies I've found so far! Do you know of one I missed?

UPDATE: I found a MUCH list of freebies for Father's Day HERE!

Dad Eats Free Spaghetti Father's Day 6/17/12

Free Breakfast for Dad @ McDonald's 6/17/12

Free Bowling for Dad 6/17/12


 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Free Rides Around St. Pete Beach Area



Did you know that you can get FREE rides around the beaches, bars and other businesses in the locations below?

Pass-a-grille
St Pete Beach
Treasure Island
Tiera Verda
DOWNTOWN

If you don't want to pay premium fees for parking, pay to park in a cheaper area and snag a beach ride ;)

Need a ride right now?  
Call (727) 776-7553 (Open 8am till 3am)

Check this out from Free Beach Ride

Established since April of 2009 , by local resident Dave Green ” Free Beach Ride ” is designed to give back to the community . 100% FREE . The drivers work solely for tips , and can pick up guests at their homes , accommodations , restaurants , shopping centers , and anywhere else . The carts themselves are 100% electric , environmentally friendly with zero emissions . With up to 7 vehicles operating at once , pick up time is typically 15 minutes and often less. During weekends ( our busiest time ) please allow additional time . We cover all of Saint Pete Beach, Pass-a-Grille , Treasure Island , and Johns Pass as a Free Service . Business owners and large groups have no worries , “FREE BEACH RIDE” has the ability for pick-up and drop-off of up to 55 guest at one time

Relax and Ride with ease ” FREE BEACH RIDE ” is licensed through the City of Saint Petersburg , City of Saint Pete Beach , Treasure Island , and is a proud member of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce .

Open 8am till 3am , 727-776-7553 your driver is standing by to assist , please let us know if we can help and thank you for choosing us.

Frugal Tip 6/16/12 Cancel Your Cable


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Cancel cable to save money! Did you know that a lot of shows can be viewed through the internet? Bonus...get an HDMI cable to connect from your computer to your TV and you can watch them on the TV!! (Thanks to my pal Kim Sonefeld for telling me about this!!!) 

For example, at ABC.go.com you can watch full episodes of your favorite shows. They have shows like Revenge, Modern Family, Suburgatory,  Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, and The Bachelorette. On Fox's website you can watch full episodes of shows like American Dad, Bones, Family Guy, Fringe, Glee and Hell's Kitchen. How awesome is that?!?

No enough for you? Get a subscription to Netflix. For less than $10 a month you can watch all kinds of shows and movies. Worried about missing the news? Watch it or read it online! It's all there!


Friday, June 15, 2012

Reminder- Father's Day Freebies 2012!!

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Here's a quick recap of the Father's Day Freebies I've found so far! Do you know of one I missed?

Dad Eats Free Spaghetti Father's Day 6/17/12

Free Breakfast for Dad @ McDonald's 6/17/12

Free Bowling for Dad 6/17/12


 

Frugal Tip 6/15/12 Don't Throw Away That 'Junk' Mail!

I know it sounds nuts, but by throwing away your "junk" mail you could be potentially throwing away money! If you eat out for lunch, order pizza on weekends or indulge in the occassional smoothie your "junk" mail could be holding the key to amazing savings!

My "junk" mail this month got me 6 buy one get one free Subway coupons, discounted pizzas at Hungry Howies and Pizza Hut and buy one get one free smoothies at Smoothie King!

My past junk mail has gotten me free groceries thanks to high value dollar off coupons!!

What's the best deal you ever got from some folks perceive as "junk" mail?? Chime in with a comment below!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Frugal Tip 6/14/12 Buy What You Can Afford


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This may seem like it goes without saying, but only buy what you can afford! That hot new car may seem like it would look great in your garage, BUT if you can't be 100% sure you can make the payments every single month you are asking for trouble. Not being able to pay every month can lead to late fees and worst case scenario repo fees. Do yourself a favor, get a cheaper car with lower payments until you have extra funds that ensure you will be able to pay on time EVERY time!!

Free Drinks at Chase 6/14/12



LADIES NIGHT and KARAOKE show Thursday nights beginning at 9 p.m. at The Chase Club. Ladies drink Free 9pm to 11 and Half Price all night long. Come on out and enjoy the fun.

Address is
12129 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL 33626

More info on Chase:
Happy Hour
Monday - Friday 2pm-8pm
Sat and Sun Noon - 8pm
2-4-1 Drafts, Liquor and Wine



The Chase Club is Tampa's best friendly neighborhood cheers bar.

Best of the Bay Happy Hour.

Nightly drink specials

Happy hour 2 pm to 8 seven days a week.

Well over 150 Micro brews and Imports

Games and entertainment for your enjoyment including Golden Tee golf and Silver Strike Bowling

Live acoustic music Friday's from 6pm to late.

Hospitality industry welcome. 20% off for all hospitality industry people. Tuesday nights is Hospitality night and all hospitality workers get 30% off.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Frugal Tip 6/13/12 Buy it Frozen


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Almost forgot to get this frugal tip up because of all the excitement over my Fox 13 segment, but hey-it is still before midnight so it still counts! :)

Today's frugal tip is to save money on food by purchasing frozen fruits and veggies. They are often cheaper, last longer and many reports lately have indicated carry just as much nutritional value as fresh produce.

My favorite thing about frozen fruit is that its already cold for when I whip up smoothies :) Yum!

Welcome Fox 13 Viewers! 6/13/12

Videographer Robin Carter, the Famous Ashley Grant and Reporter Chris Chmura 
Videographer Robin Carter, the Famous Ashley Grant and Reporter Chris Chmura

Hi there and welcome to Tampa Bay Freebies! Thanks so much for stopping by! I loved filming with Chris and Robin for our segment on free and cheap stuff you can do this summer!

The specific link we were referring to in the segment about 100 Free Stuff to Do With Your Kids This Summer can be found HERE. See the bottom of the post for info on the amazing coffee house where we filmed the segment ;)

If this is your first time here at Tampa Bay Freebies, I urge you to check out my birthday freebies link, places you can drink free, the popular posts list on the right side of the page and of course my section About me!

Unlike most websites about freebies, I don't focus much on couponing at the grocery store. I leave that to awesome experts like Liza Ford of Addicted to Saving. My focus has always been on eating, drinking, going to the movies and other forms of entertainment for FREE!

This site was created out of my desire to be able to have a busy nightlife and continue being entertained even when my pockets are on the lighter side. My husband and I began budgeting to get out of debt and he challenged me that if we were going to continue going out to bars, restaurants and entertainment venues I would have to find a way to make it free or darn near it. This site answers that challenge!

Hope you like what you see here and if you know of freebies that you don't see on this website, feel free to let me know what's out there so I can post more freebies here!

More pics from filming day:
the Famous Ashley Grant and Reporter Chris Chmura 
The Famous Ashley Grant and Reporter Chris Chmura right before filming began

 Videographer Robin Carter and the Famous Ashley Grant
Videographer Robin Carter, the Famous Ashley Grant and Reporter Chris Chmura while filming


HUGE thanks to Rani Chehal of Felicitous Coffee House for allowing us to use her coffee shop for filming the segment and for taking the pictures in this post!
Read awesome stuff I've written about Felicitous HERE and HERE. You should definitely check out the coffee house at 11706 North 51st Street, Tampa, FL 33617 and "like" them on Facebook too HERE.

Birthday Freebies- Free Bowling at AMF Lanes

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 Because I got the email about free bowling for kids for the summer, I looked into AMF's eClub and sure enough they have a special free offer for birthdays!!!

Check this out-The AMF eClub is an online club that scores you access to tons of great offers, coupons, free bowling and more, including:
  • $20 off your next visit ($5 off per person, up to four people)
  • Exclusive email offers delivered to your inbox
  • A special deal every year for your birthday
  • News about upcoming events and promotions
Sign up for their eClub HERE

Free Bowling ALL Summer at AMF Lanes! 2012

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Just got this email from AMF lanes saying that kids can bowl free all summer long. Check out the details below:
At AMF, kids 15 and under can bowl for free all summer. Simply register and you'll get a weekly voucher for two free games per child per day through September 3, based on lane availability. Shoe rental is not included.

Free bowling available until 8 p.m., 7 days a week.
AMF summer is May 14 – Sept. 3, 2012.

Register for your vouchers and find your local AMF lanes HERE 


For those with no kids check this out:
An AMF Summer Pass is just $29.95!
Just one AMF Summer Pass allows up to four family members ages 16 and up to bowl two games per day all summer. That's less than $7.50 per person! You can add a pass at the end of the Summer Unplugged registration process. Details on the summer pass HERE

Free Drinks for Ladies at Vue 19 6/13/12

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At Vue 19 Ladies drink FREE till 12 tonight!

Details from the Vue 19 facebook page:
##Ladies-18up to party##
##Fellas-21up to party harder##

Ladies 21up=Free All Night
Guys 21up=$5 (First drink free)

Groups of 5 ladies receive FREE bottle of champagne if you book it with us (limited available), If you wanna get involved with the night or to book your Vip bottle service message 813.481.9647

  
Vue 19 is located at 200 Central Avenue in Saint Petersburg. For more information on Vue 19, call (727) 821-4600 or visit their website HERE

BOGO Wine at Primi! 6/13/12

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Primi Urban Cafe in St. Pete is offering 50% off wine on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. To me that is like getting your one buy one get one FREE =)The best part? Drinking wine gets you free food too!

See this from their facebook page:
ENJOY THE BEST ITALIAN WINE as .. Brunello, Barolo, barbaresco, Barbera, Amarone...Chianti, Prosecco, Pinot grigio... 50% OFF ! ! ! ... every Tuesday and Wednsday in addition FREE BRUSCHETTA! !

For more information  call, (727) 895-4909 or visit their website HERE

Primi Urban Cafe is located at 27 4th St N in Saint Petersburg

Darn Near Free Wednesdays at Green Iguana 6/13/12

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Tonight at the Green Iguana Anderson everyone gets in free and well drinks are just $1!!!
Green Iguana Anderson is located at 9202 Anderson Rd, Tampa, FL 33634-1297
There will be two parties, two rooms, two DJs-  D.j. Domi , D.j. Nemeses
Ladies must by 18 and up to enter, guys 21 and up.

Free Parking
For more info call Tampa's Xavier 813-598-3946 or visit the Green Iguana Anderson website HERE

Possible Free Groceries at Publix!! 6/14-6/20/12

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I love free groceries! Who wouldn't right? There is one place I go every single week when I am looking for free groceries. My favorite store to shop at is Publix and the absolute best website I have found that is just plain awesome at telling you how to get free groceries is Addicted to Saving. Run by Liza Ford, Addicted to Saving tells you not only what is on sale at Publix, but also what coupons are available to match up with the sale prices getting you closer to that awesome FREE deal that couponers and freebie addicts crave!! Rather than just post exactly what Liza posts weekly, I choose to give you a link to her page with all her match-ups. So, check out Addicted to Saving's Publix Deals and Steals (and possible free grocery) post for this week HERE

The Video from the Fox 13 Segment! 6/12/12

In case you missed the broadcast, here is the video with me as the "expert" on freebies!! Yay!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Welcome Fox 13 Viewers! 6/12/12

Videographer Robin Carter, the Famous Ashley Grant and Reporter Chris Chmura 
Videographer Robin Carter, the Famous Ashley Grant and Reporter Chris Chmura

Hi there and welcome to Tampa Bay Freebies! Thanks so much for stopping by! I loved filming with Chris and Robin for our segment on free and cheap stuff you can do this summer!

The specific link we were referring to in the segment about 100 Free Stuff to Do With Your Kids This Summer can be found HERE. See the bottom of the post for info on the amazing coffee house where we filmed the segment ;)

If this is your first time here at Tampa Bay Freebies, I urge you to check out my birthday freebies link, places you can drink free, the popular posts list on the right side of the page and of course my section About me!

Unlike most websites about freebies, I don't focus much on couponing at the grocery store. I leave that to awesome experts like Liza Ford of Addicted to Saving. My focus has always been on eating, drinking, going to the movies and other forms of entertainment for FREE!

This site was created out of my desire to be able to have a busy nightlife and continue being entertained even when my pockets are on the lighter side. My husband and I began budgeting to get out of debt and he challenged me that if we were going to continue going out to bars, restaurants and entertainment venues I would have to find a way to make it free or darn near it. This site answers that challenge!

Hope you like what you see here and if you know of freebies that you don't see on this website, feel free to let me know what's out there so I can post more freebies here!

More pics from filming day:
the Famous Ashley Grant and Reporter Chris Chmura 
The Famous Ashley Grant and Reporter Chris Chmura right before filming began

 Videographer Robin Carter and the Famous Ashley Grant
Videographer Robin Carter, the Famous Ashley Grant and Reporter Chris Chmura while filming


HUGE thanks to Rani Chehal of Felicitous Coffee House for allowing us to use her coffee shop for filming the segment and for taking the pictures in this post!
Read awesome stuff I've written about Felicitous HERE and HERE. You should definitely check out the coffee house at 11706 North 51st Street, Tampa, FL 33617 and "like" them on Facebook too HERE.

TB Freebies on Fox 13 Tonight at 10!! 6/12/12

Videographer Robin Carter, the Famous Ashley Grant and Reporter Chris Chmura 
Videographer Robin Carter, the Famous Ashley Grant and Reporter Chris Chmura 
Tonight Tampa Bay Freebies will be featured on the Fox 13 news at 10 p.m. for its segment on summer time freebies and deals! Check it out!!!

Reminder- TONIGHT - BOGO at Cody's


If you visit Cody's Roadhouse for dinner on Tuesday June 12, 2012 you will be given a gift certificate for a free dinner of equal value valid for your NEXT visit! For more details and to find the location near you visit http://www.codysoriginalroadhouse.com

Freebies for Father's Day 2012 Recap

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Here's a quick recap of the Father's Day Freebies I've found so far! Do you know of one I missed?

Dad Eats Free Spaghetti Father's Day 6/17/12

Free Breakfast for Dad @ McDonald's 6/17/12

Free Bowling for Dad 6/17/12

Free Aquarium Admission for Dad 6/17/12

Free Zoo Admission for Dad 6/17/12

 

Free Aquarium Admission for Dad 6/17/12

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The Florida Aquarium is offering free admission for dad Father's Day weekend. See below from their website:

Father's Day Weekend

June 16 - 17, 2012

This year, give dad a different kind of gift. Something real exciting and truly unforgettable. On Father’s Day weekend, dads get in free to The Florida Aquarium with the purchase of a full paid admission. Bring the whole family and encounter over 20,000 amazing creatures and make some real lasting memories. 

Click HERE for location info and directions!

Free Zoo Admission for Dad 6/17/12

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Lowry Park Zoo is offering free admission to the zoo for Father's Day weekend! See below from their website:

Father’s Day Weekend at the Zoo
June 16-17 • 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Zoo is wild about dads – bring yours for free!  In honor of Father’s Day, dads receive free admission on Saturday, June 16 or Sunday, June 17 with the purchase of their son’s or daughter’s full-priced admission ticket (son or daughter can be adult or child ages 3-11).

For dads to receive free ticket offer, the son’s or daughter’s paid ticket must be purchased on June 16 or 17 only. Offer not combinable with other discounts.

Click HERE for Zoo information and directions!

Frugal Tip of the Day 6/12/12 Don't Buy Too Much!


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Today's Frugal Tip is to save money by not buying too much! All too often my husband and I have purchased the gallon size milk container and then not used it all by the expiration date. We switched to the half gallon size and even though we still don't always use all of it by the expiration date we feel like we are not wasting as much because we got a size more appropriate for US. When it comes to perishable items, only buy what you NEED. Just because the bigger item or the bundle of the item is cheaper per ounce doesn't mean you will consume all of it before it expires. Nothing is worse than throwing away food that has gone bad simply because you bought too much of it! That is why planning ahead is SO crucial!

This goes along with the post I wrote in April about Buying in Bulk! Check it out HERE!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Frugal Tip of the Day 6/11/12 Get a Bus Pass


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Today's Frugal Tip is to save money on gas by instead taking the bus. If you are lucky enough to live close to bus stops, consider taking the bus to places. One catch, however, is that although taking the bus is cheaper than gas in many cases the time it takes for the bus to arrive may not be worth the saving of money. Check out your local transit websites and see if it is cost effective for you.

Last week I took the bus from MLK to International Plaza. The gas would have been approximately $5.95 at the current gas prices but the bus ticket to get there was $1.70. Sadly though it took me 2 hours to get there when the drive is normally only 45 minutes max. Was the hour worth it? I did get to people watch and catch up on some writing, so I guess I would have to say- sort of, yes.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Frugal Tip of the Day 6/10/12 Use a Dryer Bag


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Today's Frugal Tip is to save money on clothes by using a dryer bag for your delicates! I never really thought of this until this tip was found HERE  but it makes total sense when you think about it! A dryer bag protects them from getting tangled around your other clothes. I've actually ruined a few bras because the straps got so tangled around other clothes that when I finally got them untangled they were too stretched out to wear anymore :(

From the original article: "Tossing delicate bras, stockings and sweaters in the wash with all of your other items can be like tossing money out the window. Protect your delicates from getting snagged, torn or stretched out by placing them in this washer bag."
 
To protect your delicates even more consider just hand washing them in the sink and hanging them to dry. A girlfriend of mine does this and says her bras last MUCH longer doing it this way!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Frugal Tip of the Day 6/9/12 Travel During the Week


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Save money on travel by visiting places during the week. The catch to this? Make sure there is not a conference in town! Hotel rooms are often more expensive on weekends, so visit during the week and be home to recover over the weekend.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Frugal Tip of the Day 6/8/12 Collect The Rain


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Today's Frugal Tip is to save money by collecting rainwater on rainy days like today. Instead of spending money on running water, you can collect rainwater and use it for everything from gardening to washing your car. You can collect in buckets, jugs affixed with funnels or there are some nifty rain barrels you can buy that collect 50 and 60 gallons. I even saw one that held 100!

Although I personally would not do this, I have heard of some folks that boil and filter rain water they collect for cooking and drinking. Have any of you ever done this? Do you think it is safe or is it just going too far with frugal living?

Check out some of the rain barrels I found on Amazon*:



  

*clicking the link for any of the rain barrels takes you to an amazon referral link to purchase them.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Free Dinner Certificate at cody's Roadhouse 6/12/12

If you visit Cody's Roadhouse for dinner on Tuesday June 12, 2012 you will be given a gift certificate for a free dinner of equal value valid for your NEXT visit! For more details and to find the location near you visit http://www.codysoriginalroadhouse.com

Frugal Tip of the Day 6/7/12 Make it a Happy Hour!


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If you like going out for drinks with pals, save money by making it a happy hour date! Can't do happy hour? Check the website of the place you are headed and only go on nights that the bar offers specials! To save the most money buy a bottle, split the cost and invite your friends over to your place!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Frugal Tip of the Day 6/6/12 Save by Subscribing


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Don't buy it at the news stand! If there is a magazine or newspaper you buy and read regularly, save money by subscribing!!! You can sometimes save up to 75% off (or more!) news stand prices simply by subscribing!