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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Free Appetizer at Spaghetti Warehouse

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Get a Free Appetizer at Spaghetti Warehouse by signing up for their e-club.

Not only that, you can also score a FREE entree on your birthday through the club.
Sign up HERE

Sign up for the Häagen-Dazs Newsletter



Sign up for the Häagen-Dazs® newsletter HERE!

Why? According to one of the cashiers at the Häagen-Dazs® I spoke to signing up gets you awesome coupons to the locations near you as well as coupons you can use in grocery stores.


See this from the Häagen-Dazs® website:
"you share our passion for hand-crafted ice cream made from the world's finest ingredients. now we want to share with you an insider's look at Häagen-Dazs® ice cream. join our growing subscriber list and be among the first to receive quarterly email newsletters with exclusive coverage on new flavors, new products, and more."

Monday, July 30, 2012

Frugal Tip 7/30/12 Work From Home


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This one is sometimes easier said than done, but if it is at all possible, see if you can work from home. Saves you on gas and you won't need as many fancy office clothes! Bonus? You can sometimes claim expenses from working at home on your taxes!

Reminder- Free Monday Movies 7/30/12

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Just heard about free Monday Matinee screenings being held at the Largo Public Library from What's Doing Tampa Bay...

Mondays from June 4, 2012 through July 30, 2012 at  Largo Public Library in the Jenkins Community Wing the library will screen movies for FREE beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Info: Website

Here are the flicks being featured in June: 
— June 4: The Client/PG-13
— June 11: The Pelican Brief/PG-13
Richard Matheson
— June 18: Somewhere in Time/PG
— June 25: I Am Legend/PG-13
Michael Crichton

Here are the flicks being featured in July:  
— July 2: Timeline/PG-13
— July 9: Jurassic Park/PG-13
Stephen King
This week’s movie is not a family movie. They will be showing Stand By Me — rated R — on July 16.
Gary Wolf
— July 23: Who Framed Roger Rabbit/PG
Tom Clancy
— July 30: The Hunt for Red October/PG


Largo Public Library is located at 120 Central Park Drive in Largo. Zip for mapping is 33771

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Frugal Tip 7/28/12 Drop Your Gym Membership


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Why shell out hundreds of dollars at the gym when you can work out for free?!? Run, do pushups, do situps, lift jugs of water, dance to music on the radio! It's all free!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Frugal Tip 7/27/12 Email Your Favorite Brands


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Email your way to savings! Make a list of your favorite brands and reach out to them by email, Facebook and other social media avenues telling them you love them! Sometimes they will love you back with free samples and coupons for savings! Some brands have coupons directly on their Facebook pages, so start there ;)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

My Dirty Little Secret

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I have a very dirty little secret and after running this website for more than two years I'm finally ready to reveal what that dirty secret is...

I hate frugal living!!!
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ACK! 
did the freebie whore really just say that?

Yes, I did say that! I hate frugal living!! I can't stand it! The truth is I want to spend what I want, when I want, regardless of whether I have a coupon!!! I want to be able to go out to eat whenever the mood strikes me. I want to have drinks with my girlfriends even when the bills are due and I'm short on cash. I want to get a massage and then go to the movies with my husband. I love spending money and I am really good at  spending frivolously.

The truth is that I often times when I coupon I do it kicking and screaming until I'm actually at the grocery store!

There is nothing fun about sitting in on a Friday night when I know my friends are out whoopin' it up and having a great time.

I think it boils down to one simple thing... I hate frugal living because I HAVE to do it. I have to be frugal to be able to pay my bills on time. I have to be frugal to avoid NSF fees at the end of the month.

Once I am at the store I get stupid excited about the money I know I am going to save because I brought a crap ton of coupons. I get a thrill watching the original amount owed dwindle to a new significantly smaller total. When that happens I feel like I won a game that the clerk didn't even know we were playing.

Part of the reason I started this site was to force myself to try to have fun while still saving money. Every time I get something free it excites me. Every time I save money it excites me. I just have those moments of hating that I have to be frugal a little too often.

The best comparison I can make is it's like working out. I bitch and moan about having to go to the gym, but once I'm done I feel like a million bucks! I am really looking forward to the idea that all this frugal living will yield me a million bucks!

What do you think? Do you agree with me? Feel my pain? Let me know.

Frugal Tip 7/26/12 Start a Babysitting Swap


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To save money on dating after having a baby, start a babysitting swap group instead of hiring a sitter. First decide how often you and your spouse want to go out and then arrange with other moms/dads times that you can swap sitting duties. Make sure you swap times equally so that no one feels take advantage of. The fastest way to ruin something free is to not play fair!

Babysitters can charge up to $10 an hour and for a 4 hour date that $40 could have paid for the filet Mignon and a split slice of cheesecake!

Thursday Freebies 7/26/12


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Plan your day! If you like free activities, here are the Freebies in Tampa on Thursdays!

Free morning Movies at Muvico New Tampa

Free Pool Tournament at Peabody's 

Free Drinks for Ladies at Chase Club

Possible Free Groceries at Publix!! 

Free Bowling all Summer at AMF Bowling Lanes

 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Frugal Tip 7/25/12 Make Your Own Snack Bags


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To save money avoid buying prepackaged snack bags! Those 100 calorie bags and smaller bags of chips or crackers may seem like a good idea but they could actually be costing you a premium! Consider this:

A 15 oz bag of Oreos has 45 cookies in it and will run you about $3 at Wal-Mart but the prepackaged bag of 6 is $0.50. Instead of $0.06 a cookie, you're paying $0.08 a cookie. That's MY 2 cents!

I'd rather put 6 cookies in a reusable container and keep the savings thank you!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Frugal Tip 7/24/12 Get Your Oil Changed


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Make sure you keep an eye on your mileage and the dates you have had your oil changed. Why is it so important to maintain your oil changes? It saves you money in the long run!

- it helps your gas mileage! Check this out from Bruneel Tire Factory: "One of the first major benefits you’ll experience from an oil change on a regular basis is a slight increase in gas mileage.  As oil ages in your car, it begins to break down.  As it breaks down, it creates friction between the moving parts of your engine.  As friction increases, so does the heat produced.  Mixing heat and friction will burn more gas, which in turn will decrease the number of miles your car gets per gallon of gas.  This will cost you more in the long run because you’ll have to go to the gas station to fill up more often."
 - it prevents vehicle breakdown! Check this out from ezilon infobase: "In the long run, such parts grinding together without lubrication in such a stressful environment as an internal combustion engine could eventually lead to such parts fusing together, jamming up or altogether failing. This is catastrophic to your engine, as the engine could simply stop working or actually explode if enough parts refuse to work." 

- it gives your car's underside a chance to be seen! Check this out from The Car Connection: "The underside of your car is rarely seen. The oil change provides the technician a chance to easily look for undercar problems. These would include torn CV boots, broken exhaust parts, or problems with the transmission or differential. Anything that’s broken, loose or excessively worn is in clear sight. This idea of the lube tech or service facility disclosing legitimate problems only works to your advantage if you’re in the hands of a reputable shop."


Monday, July 23, 2012

Advertise Your Business FREE!

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 This just in!!! 
Free advertising opportunity for your business!

If your business has a freebie it would like to offer to the readers of Tampa Bay Freebies I want to feature it! Free drinks, free appetizers, free massages, free dance lessons, free fitness instruction, free eBooks, free spa service, etc...

For example, Bar 23 is offering a free drink for Tampa Bay Freebies readers. Click this link to print a coupon for one free drink!

For another example, Massage For You Studio is offering a free neck massage for Tampa Bay Freebies readers. Click this link to print a coupon for your free neck massage today!

If you are interested in advertising your business for FREE email me at famousashleygrant at gmail dot com for details!

If you don't have a mass amount of goods to give away but still want to advertise for free let me know and we can see if there is a giveaway we can to on this site. The giveaway would have to be valued at $50 or more. For details on giveaway opportunities you can also email me at famousashleygrant at gmail dot com.

What kind of giveaways am I looking for? Free dinner for two at a restaurant, free night at the movies for two-four, free gift basket of wine, free limo service, etc...

Please no MLMs. Thanks!

Frugal Tip 7/23/12 Use Coupons When Dining Out


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If you are going to go out to eat, make it your mission to only go out when you have a coupon. For example, if there is a restaurant you and your sweetie want to check out, first go online and see if they have a coupon to save you money on dining. Check their facebook page to see if they offer discounts if you "check in" while at the restaurant. If you can't find a coupon, find another place to eat. It's always nicer to eat out when you are paying with someone else's money ;)

Reminder- Free Monday Movies 7/23/12

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Just heard about free Monday Matinee screenings being held at the Largo Public Library from What's Doing Tampa Bay...

Mondays from June 4, 2012 through July 30, 2012 at  Largo Public Library in the Jenkins Community Wing the library will screen movies for FREE beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Info: Website

Here are the flicks being featured in June: 
— June 4: The Client/PG-13
— June 11: The Pelican Brief/PG-13
Richard Matheson
— June 18: Somewhere in Time/PG
— June 25: I Am Legend/PG-13
Michael Crichton

Here are the flicks being featured in July:  
— July 2: Timeline/PG-13
— July 9: Jurassic Park/PG-13
Stephen King
— July 16:This week’s movie is not a family movie. They will be showing Stand By Me — rated R — on July 16.
Gary Wolf
— July 23: Who Framed Roger Rabbit/PG
Tom Clancy
— July 30: The Hunt for Red October/PG


Largo Public Library is located at 120 Central Park Drive in Largo. Zip for mapping is 33771

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Borrow Don't Buy

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Last night I had the honor of being a part of Tammy Levent's Birthday Bash at Jaguar of Tampa Bay. The experience inspired today's frugal tip!

Today's frugal tip is to borrow instead of buying! I had to dress to the nines for the party last night and a new dress could have cost me hundreds of dollars. Borrowing the expensive gown you see above from Lending Luxury was less than $70 for the night. The gown retails for $550 and considering for events like this you only wear them once, borrowing it for a fraction of that cost is a HUGE savings.I also borrowed the accessories from Nelly Wakim's online site Shop Fashion Outlet saving me even more money!!!

To save even more, see if your friends and family have things you can borrow for big events. Why buy when you can get a loaner?

Last Day to Eat Free at Ikea 7/22/12



You can eat for free at Ikea this weekend if you purchase furniture totaling $100 or more. See details below from Ikea's official website:

Eat for Free

Dine in the restaurant at your local IKEA store and deduct your restaurant receipt total from any home furnishings purchase over $100!

Offer valid Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22, 2012

Home furnishings purchase amount must be $100 before tax. Restaurant purchase must be consumed on the premises. Limit one restaurant receipt per store discount. Home furnishings purchase must be made same day as the restaurant purchase. Offer not valid for Bistro or Swedish Food Market purchases. Not valid on IKEA Gift Card purchase. Offer not valid at IKEA Home Shopping. Swedish meatballs not included in restaurant offer at IKEA Carson. See store for details.

IKEA Tampa is located at:
1103 N. 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33605

Free Party TONIGHT @ Datz 7/22/12

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The Sophisticates networking group will host their launch party at Datz Sunday. The event is FREE to attend. Read more about the free event HERE!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Frugal Tip 7/21/12 Save Money on Marinades


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I found this tip on a website called Frugal Living Freedom:

Inexpensive Marinade

Here is a great cooking related kitchen tip for those who like to cook meat. When you are marinating meat, use a jar with a lid that seals or a small plastic bag with a seal, instead of a tray. A tray uses lots of marinade to cover the meat in a pool. A jar or plastic bag can marinate the meat in much less space and much less marinade.

Simply place the meat in the jar or bag (without stuffing it in tightly), and add a little marinade (about a 5th as much as you would normally use) and then turn the bag or jar occasionally while in the refrigerator. This allows all portions of the meat to be exposed to the marinating liquid while you use much less of it.
Try this kitchen tip next time you marinate meat. There is no sense soaking $8 worth of meat in $3.50 worth of marinade when you can do it for about 50 cents.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Frugal Tip 7/20/12 Refresh Your Disposable Razor


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I found this tip on a website called Living on a Dime:

Not So Disposable Razor
I have been using the same razor for months. When finished shaving, I rinse the razor with water and then drizzle with baby oil. This keeps rust, which leads to knicks in the blade, from forming.
Judy


What do you guys think about this? Would you use the same razor for months?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Frugal Tip 7/19/12 Go Paperless!


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by going paperless. Did you know that if you receive your bills and banks statements by email some companies give you a discount. It may only be $0.50 or a dollar per month but as we both know those dollars and cents can add up to big money in the long run. Check into whether or not your bills and bank statements can get you a discount if you go paperless!

Eat For FREE at Ikea 7/20-7/22/12



You can eat for free at Ikea this weekend if you purchase furniture totaling $100 or more. See details below from Ikea's official website:

Eat for Free

Dine in the restaurant at your local IKEA store and deduct your restaurant receipt total from any home furnishings purchase over $100!

Offer valid Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22, 2012

Home furnishings purchase amount must be $100 before tax. Restaurant purchase must be consumed on the premises. Limit one restaurant receipt per store discount. Home furnishings purchase must be made same day as the restaurant purchase. Offer not valid for Bistro or Swedish Food Market purchases. Not valid on IKEA Gift Card purchase. Offer not valid at IKEA Home Shopping. Swedish meatballs not included in restaurant offer at IKEA Carson. See store for details.

IKEA Tampa is located at:
1103 N. 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33605

Thursday Freebies 7/19/12


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Plan your day! If you like free activities, here are the Freebies in Tampa on Thursdays!

Free morning Movies at Muvico New Tampa

Free Pool Tournament at Peabody's 

Free Drinks for Ladies at Chase Club

Possible Free Groceries at Publix!! 

Free Bowling all Summer at AMF Bowling Lanes

 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Frugal Tip 7/18/12 Carpool


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Do you live near someone that works with you? If so, have you considered carpooling to save gas? If you like the person enough to ride together daily, carpooling might be a good idea to consider.

Today's Living Social Deal- Segway Tour

I know this isn't free BUT it's about a segway tour so I had to share because I have done it and LOVED it! I even wrote about it for tbt*!! Check out the link above to read my story about what it was like to go on a Segway Tour in St. Pete.

All About Fun Tours is offering a 90 Minute Segway Tour through St. Pete 50% off HERE!! When I went it was through St. Pete Segway Tours but I'm sure it's a similar tour and just as much fun!!

Have you ever been on a Segway Tour? Let me know what you thought of it!! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

BHG Free Plan-A-Garden Tool

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Here is a fun freebie! Better Homes & Gardens has created a neat Plan-A-Garden tool that will allow you to create the perfect garden digitally before you actually make it. This will save you money because you will get to see what you like and don't like without actually buying anything until you are ready to do so.  Check out the free Plan-a-Garden tool HERE!

Frugal Tip 7/17/12 Go Eclectic With Furniture


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Today's frugal tip is to go eclectic with your furniture. When you buy pieces that complement each other rather than match exactly it's usually easier to save money. The best way to save money on furniture? Don't buy it new. Get it on Craigslist, at yard sales and second hand!

Free Dance Classes at Dallas Bull Every Week!

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Free classes at the Dallas Bull every Wednesday through Saturday! See info below from the Dallas Bull website:

Wednesday
Beginner to Intermediate Lessons
7:30 - 9:30pm
Thursday
Intermediate Lessons
7:30 -9:30pm
Friday
Beginner to Intermediate Lessons
7:30 - 9:30pm
Saturday
Intermediate Lessons
7:30 - 9:30pm
*Lessons may be canceled on Special Event Nights, please check our upcoming events page for future schedules*

Save $1,000 on Monthly Bills


Farnoosh Torabi wrote an article about how to Save $1,000 on Monthly Bills for Yahoo Finance. Check it out:

Paying bills is about as fun as a trip to the dentist. From your phone to cable to insurance, monthly expenses can shockingly add up to a small fortune. But a few phone calls and some old-fashioned negotiating can go a long way in helping you shrink your bills by as much as $1,000 a year. Read more HERE!!

Get the Best Dollar-Store Deals

Consumer Reports has written an article on how to Get the Best Dollar-Store Deals:

If images of dusty mazes of shelves packed with shoddy and weird off-brand products come to mind when you think of dollar stores, maybe it’s time for a shopping trip, as a lot has changed at these discount emporiums.

Here’s what our secret shoppers and shopping experts across the country found during their dozens of trips to mostly big-chain dollar stores like Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar:
Read more HERE!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Free Party at Datz Sunday 7/22/12

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The Sophisticates networking group will host their launch party at Datz Sunday. The event is FREE to attend. Read more about the free event HERE!

Reminder- Free Monday Movies 7/16/12

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Just heard about free Monday Matinee screenings being held at the Largo Public Library from What's Doing Tampa Bay...

Mondays from June 4, 2012 through July 30, 2012 at  Largo Public Library in the Jenkins Community Wing the library will screen movies for FREE beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Info: Website

Here are the flicks being featured in June: 
— June 4: The Client/PG-13
— June 11: The Pelican Brief/PG-13
Richard Matheson
— June 18: Somewhere in Time/PG
— June 25: I Am Legend/PG-13
Michael Crichton

Here are the flicks being featured in July:  
— July 2: Timeline/PG-13
— July 9: Jurassic Park/PG-13
Stephen King
— July 16:This week’s movie is not a family movie. They will be showing Stand By Me — rated R — on July 16.
Gary Wolf
— July 23: Who Framed Roger Rabbit/PG
Tom Clancy
— July 30: The Hunt for Red October/PG


Largo Public Library is located at 120 Central Park Drive in Largo. Zip for mapping is 33771

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Frugal Tip 7/15/12 Don't Hesitate With Your Health

Save money by taking care of colds, cuts and other ailments immediately. If you feel like you have the flu rest up and drink fluids and take care of yourself pronto! If you get a cut that seems like it needs extra care don't wait on cleaning it and bandaging it properly. Waiting around and putting things like these off til later can cost you money in the long run.

If you get sicker you may lose time at work or end up at the doctor needing meds. Not taking care of a simple scratch properly could lead to an infection and possible doctor visits too.

When it comes to your health err on the side of caution. Not only could it save you money it could save you unnecessary suffering!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

FREE Bulls Fan Fest 8/19/12

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Save the Date! Bulls Fan Fest is Sunday, August 19, 2012 !!!!

The USF Fan Fest at Raymond James Stadium will return for 2012 on Sunday, Aug. 19 (Time TBD). The event is FREE for all attendees with parking available in Lot 4, so grab your footballs, hats, jerseys and any other memorabilia and join us for a day with the USF Football team.

There will be plenty of opportunities for autographs and pictures with your favorite Bulls. In addition, the field at Raymond James will be filled with interactive experiences, which will offer plenty of fun and excitement. Also, fans will be able to sit in available seats, meet with our sales staff and lock in their 2012 tickets on site.

GoUSFBulls.com will continue to release information on Fan Fest as we get closer to the event, so continue to check back.

Make your plans now to get up close and personal with the 2012 USF Bulls at Fan Fest.

Frugal Tip 7/14/12 Save Money on Hotels


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This frugal tip is from SavingsNut.com

"Even if you have a reservation, you may want to consider, before disclosing your reservation to the desk clerk, asking what rooms they have available and the price. If plenty of rooms are available, you may be quoted a rate lower than your reservation rate for the same type of room. If so, mention to the clerk that the rate is lower and ask that they honor the lower rate. They should be more than willing to do this."

Friday, July 13, 2012

Free Haircuts for Kids in August at JCPenney

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Do your kids need a Back to School Haircut?! JCPenney just announced that it is offering up Free Haircuts for kids grades K-6th the entire month of August! Find a JCPenney Hair Salon near you!  Don’t forget to call and make an appointment before they get booked up. I called JcPenney to confirm this!! =)

Thanks Super Coupon Lady!

Free Friday "Flicks in the Park" 7/13/12

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Just heard about Free Friday "Flicks in the Park" in June and July being held at the Treasure Island Community Park from What's Doing Tampa Bay...

Treasure Island Community Park will host Friday Flicks in the Park select Fridays in June and July beginning at 7 p.m.


From the What's Doing Tampa Bay website:
Bring blankets and lawn chairs and settle in for a movie under the stars. The event begins at 7 p.m. with food vendors and children’s activities, followed by the movie at 9 p.m.

Here are the flicks being featured in June and July:
— Friday, June 8: Dolphin Tale/PG
— Friday, June 22: Puss in Boots/PG
— Friday, July 13: Big Miracle/PG
— Friday, July 27: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows/PG-13

Treasure Island Community Park is located at One Park Place 106th Avenue, Treasure Island, FL 33706

Reminder! TODAY- Free Starbucks Refreshers 7/13/12

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Check this out from Starbucks' website:

July 13, from noon to 3 p.m. enjoy a free Tall (12 fl. oz.) handcrafted Starbucks Refreshers™ beverage at participating stores. No purchase necessary. Limit 1 per person.

For more information and to find your local Starbucks, click HERE.

Thanks Freebies4Moms!



Reminder- TODAY Dress Like a Cow to Get Chicken

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Chick-fil-A sent me am email stating that if you dress like a cow you get free chicken on Friday 7/13/12!

See this from the Chick-fil-A website:

Join us July 13, 2012 at your favorite Chick-fil-A Restaurant!

For one day only, black and white spots, cow bells and furry ears will be appropriate attire at Chick-fil-A restaurants all across the nation. In celebration of July 13, Cow Appreciation Day (an unofficial yet nationally recognized holiday), Chick-fil-A will award a FREE Meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) to any customer who comes to one of our 1,600+ restaurants fully dressed as a cow.

For more information, click HERE

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Free Starbucks Refreshers 7/13/12

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Check this out from Starbucks' website:

July 13, from noon to 3 p.m. enjoy a free Tall (12 fl. oz.) handcrafted Starbucks Refreshers™ beverage at participating stores. No purchase necessary. Limit 1 per person.

For more information and to find your local Starbucks, click HERE.

Thanks Freebies4Moms!

Dress Like a Cow to Get Chicken

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Chick-fil-A sent me am email stating that if you dress like a cow you get free chicken on Friday 7/13/12!

See this from the Chick-fil-A website:

Join us July 13, 2012 at your favorite Chick-fil-A Restaurant!

For one day only, black and white spots, cow bells and furry ears will be appropriate attire at Chick-fil-A restaurants all across the nation. In celebration of July 13, Cow Appreciation Day (an unofficial yet nationally recognized holiday), Chick-fil-A will award a FREE Meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) to any customer who comes to one of our 1,600+ restaurants fully dressed as a cow.

For more information, click HERE

FREE Enfamil New Beginnings Baby Kit - $250 Value

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According to the website Addicted to Saving, EveryDayFamily.com is giving away FREE Enfamil New Beginnings Baby Kit that is worth up to $250.00!

Included in your kit is:
  • Reusable shopping tote with inside pocket 
  • A box of 12 nursette bottles of Enfamil formula 
  • A bottle cooler with strap that you can attach to your diaper bag or tote 
  • A reusable ice pack 
  • Coupon clutch 
  • Coupons for Lysol and Enfamil products!
To snag your FREE kit click HERE


Thanks Addicted to Saving!

Extreme MudWars Free for Spectators! 7/14-15/12

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Did you know that it is FREE to be a spectator of Extreme Mud Wars?!? 

Extreme Mud Wars is a messy and muddy multi activity physical event in which teams sign up to compete. Mudwars 2012 will be held at Spa Beach Park on July, 14 and 15, 2012, in St. Pete. 48 teams have signed up to compete and the activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Each team paid between $300-$400 and the event proceeds will benefit the City of St. Pete’s TASCO program which provides opportunities for teens year round, as well as the Pier Aquarium and Hands4Hope.

From the Extreme Mud Wars info packet:
Spectators are welcome to watch and are free. However, no unaccompanied minors will be allowed in. Also, no person without a wristband will be allowed on any event and spectators are entering the event arena at their own risk.


WEATHER:
This event will be played rain or shine. Of course we will take cover for any dangerous conditions, lightning, etc. However all attempts will be made to delay and wait out the weather in order to finish. Should the event have to be cut short, an attempt to award winners based on events completed will be made and no refunds will be offered.


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LOCATION & PARKING:
The event is held at Spa Beach Park in downtown St. Pete. It is immediately at the base of the pier on the water. If you were to drive out 2nd Ave NE onto the pier the park is to your left. We expect over 500 people each day at this event so arrive early and allow for plenty of time to park. You can find a map to the park online at https://www.tampabayclubsport.com/Info/MudWars.htm. There are parking lots to the right and left of 2nd Ave NE. All day parking is available and you must get a dashboard ticket from one of the automated stations. Additional parking can be found throughout downtown as well including the Baywalk garage.


Counterfeit Coupons SUCK!



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I'm a huge supporter of coupons! I love coupons and I use them as often as possible to help my grocery bill go down and the balance in my bank account go up. When people create counterfeit coupons it ruins things for everyone because stores make it harder to use the legit ones. Sadly, three women in Arizona have been arrested and will face jail time for a bunch of counterfeit coupons. They created them and sold them and upon their arrests $25 million worth of bogus coupons were found in their possession. I first heard about this story from Liza Ford of Addicted to Saving...I have to say, this story disturbs me in a BIG way! Read about ethics in couponing HERE

Check out this article from the Business Insider:
Early Tuesday morning, local law enforcement raided four Phoenix, Ariz. properties and arrested three women accused of running the largest counterfeit coupon ring in the country.

During the bust, investigators also uncovered more than $25 million worth of bogus coupons and confiscated 22 assault weapons and 21 vehicles, along with a 40-foot boat, local law enforcement told CBS 5.
 
What do you think about this story? Chime in below!

Free Drinks for Ladies at Chase Club Thursdays



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.

Free Pool Tournament Thursdays at Peabody's

Peabodys Freebies 


FREE Pool Tournaments are held Thursdays at Peabody's
Pool Tournament begins at 9pm! Come play some free pool and shoot for your chance to win a bar tab at Peabody's! 

Other specials of the night: $3.50 Drink menu for Ladies Liquor Pitchers Starting at $6.50 1 Hour of Free Pool for Ladies and College Students (w/ valid student ID) and DJ Tommy Who will be spinning the beats

To find out about other FREEBIES at Peabody's click HERE !

Frugal Tip 7/12/12 Try Rechargeable Batteries

 

Try to use rechargeable alkaline bateries as often as possible to save money on batteries. To save extra money try this tip from the 7/2/12 issue of Woman's World magazine- Take them out of their charger as soon as they reach their full capacity. "Overcharging can damage them!!! "

Free Movies at Muvico New Tampa

Muvico Free Summer Film Fest 

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Muvico will be showing FREE family films for you to enjoy! Kiddy Combo Popcorn is $3.50 per person.

Muvico Starlight 20 is located at 18002 Highwood Preserve Pkwy in Tampa.

Here's the list of flicks you can watch for free this summer:

Kung Fu Panda 2 
June 12, 13 and 14 

How to Train Your Dragon 
June 19, 20 and 21

Monsters v Aliens 
June 26, 27 and 28

Megamind
July 3, 4 and 5

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 
July 10, 11 and 12

Rango 
July 17, 18 and 19

Madagascar  
July 24, 25 and 26

Shrek Forever After 
July 31, August 1 and August 2

Puss in Boots 
August 7, 8 and 9

Over the Hedge
August 14, 15 and 16

*Clicking on the movie titles will direct you to an Amazon referral link to purchase the movie in said title.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Frugal Tip 7/11/12 Save Money on Cabs

When dealing with cab drivers while traveling from the airport to your hotel know your route in advance and find out the usual fee for that route. Ask the cab driver to take you to your hotel for the flat fee of the average and if he says no, ask the next driver in line at the airport.

Doing this can save you money overall for your ride. (this tip is from First for Women magazine 6/18/12 edition)

I'll add to this- see about free transportation from the hotel you are staying at or consider a service like Super Shuttle since they are sometimes cheaper than a cab.

Free Movies at Muvico New Tampa 7/11/12

Muvico Free Summer Film Fest 

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Muvico will be showing FREE family films for you to enjoy! Kiddy Combo Popcorn is $3.50 per person.

Muvico Starlight 20 is located at 18002 Highwood Preserve Pkwy in Tampa.

Here's the list of flicks you can watch for free this summer:

Kung Fu Panda 2 
June 12, 13 and 14 

How to Train Your Dragon 
June 19, 20 and 21

Monsters v Aliens 
June 26, 27 and 28

Megamind
July 3, 4 and 5

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 
July 10, 11 and 12

Rango 
July 17, 18 and 19

Madagascar  
July 24, 25 and 26

Shrek Forever After 
July 31, August 1 and August 2

Puss in Boots 
August 7, 8 and 9

Over the Hedge
August 14, 15 and 16

*Clicking on the movie titles will direct you to an Amazon referral link to purchase the movie in said title.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Frugal Tip of the Day 7/9/12 Give Your Blooms a Boost

Today's frugal tip is to save money on floral arrangements by making them yourself. As an added bonus save money on floral foam by using leftover packing peanuts from mail to stuff your container with and slip the flowers in.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Frugal Tip 7/8/12 Fake a Citronella Candle to Lose Gnats

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Avoid the cost of pricey citronella candles with this frugal tip from First for Women magazine's May edition- "fill a few small bowls with a solution of three parts vinegar and one part dish soap, then set the bowls around the party area (at least three feet awat from food)." This trick woll keep gnats away from your party!

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Frugal Tip 7/7/12 Stop Animals From Eating Your Plants


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Having trouble keeping animals out of your garden? Do they ruin your plants by eating them?!? Save money on having to replace them by using this frugal tip from First for Women magazine's May edition-simply take soap slivers and scatter them around the plants. "One whiff will trick their sensitive noses into thinking people are nearby, and they'll quickly decide it's safer to take their appetites elsewhere."

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3 Yard Sale Lessons Learned in Kentucky

On the Kentucky trip I'm learning a whole bunch of stuff about yard sales and here are three tips I've picked up:

1. Gather a bunch of stuff you want and offer one price to the seller. Start at half the tagged price and go from there.
2. Don't commit too much to an item where the seller can see your excitement. If they know you really want it they will try to sell it for the full tag price.
3. Beware the sales that have multiple sellers that are not present at the sale. You are less likely to haggle a price if the sellers aren't at the sale because people aren't willing to speak on behalf of others.