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Friday, October 19, 2012

Tampa Bay Freebies is Now Hiring!!

TBFreebies is now hiring 

Tampa Bay Freebies is gaining notice in the Tampa Bay Area and the faster it grows, the more I'm going to need some help with the website. I've decided it's time to call for back up! With that said, I'm now HIRING bloggers to write for the website.

These positions will be PAID positions!

I need bloggers for the following topics:
- Birthday freebies in Tampa Bay
- Cheap and Easy meals to cook at home
- Frugal Living Ideas for the holidays
- Cheap date ideas in Tampa Bay 
- Food freebies in Tampa Bay
- Drink freebies in Tampa Bay
- Entertainment freebies in Tampa Bay
- College Student freebies in Tampa Bay

If you are interested in being a blogger for Tampa Bay Freebies, please shoot an email over to TampaBayFreebies at gmail dot com with the topic you are interested in written in the subject line.

I'll send out an email to all interested folks on Monday with all the details on payment, requirements and all that jazz! This could be a great opportunity for stay at home moms, college students (even high school students), folks looking to get into blogging, etc... HTML knowledge is NOT a requirement to be hired!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Darn Near FREE Burritos at Chipotle 10/31/12

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If you need some extra incentive to dress up for Halloween, here it is! If you stop at any Chipotle dressed in costume from 4 p.m. to close you can get a $2 burrito! That's more than 66% the normal price!!!Plus, if you enter the costume contest they are having you could win up to $2,500!! Get all the details HERE!

Need costume ideas? Check some out HERE, HERE and HERE!

What I Might Be For Halloween 2012!!


I found the coolest homemade costume website and it just so happens to be called Coolest Homemade Costumes!! Homemade costumes are often much cheaper than store bought ones and that makes my frugal self super happy and my crafty self even happier! Check it out! I might just have to go as the Queen of Hearts as shown above!!!

Free Shutterfly Photo Book Through 10/24/12!

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New customers that "like" Shutterfly on Facebook can score a free photo book now through October 24, 2012!

See details HERE!

Fine print via Shutterfly's Facebook Page: * Offer expires October 24, 2012 (11:59 P.M. PST). Offer is good for one (1) free, 20 page, 8×8 hard photo cover photo book at Offer valid for one–time redemption per billing address. Any additional pages will incur a per–page fee. Storytelling™ styles and elements will incur additional fees. Offer not valid on licensed premium photo books, premium photo books, layflat pages, leather, padded, cloth, crocodile, faux lizard and soft cover photo books. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. This offer is not redeemable for cash and cannot be sold, transferred or combined with other offers, discounts, promotions or credits. This offer is governed by the laws of the State of California. ™ and © 2012 Shutterfly, Inc.

Free Meditation Audio From Omharmonics

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Have you ever wanted to meditate but couldn't really get to that "zone" you were aiming for? Some people believe that listening to music will help the brain in meditation and Omharmonics has created audio that they say "seamlessly guides you to deep, immersive meditation in minutes – even if you’ve never successfully meditated before".  They are giving away one of their audio tracks completely free. If you want to try it out you can get your FREE audio from Omharmonics HERE!

Repost: Darn Near Free Halloween Costume Ideas!

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Looking for a cheap and easy Halloween costume?!? Well, you're in look. I found a bunch of darn near free costume ideas. Some can even be made with stuff you might already have in your house.

Go as an ipod
Posterboard, black and gray markers and scissors is all you need to create this cute costume.

Kitty Cat
Adorn black clothes with a white cardboard belly, facepaint and purchased ears and tail (or create ears out of construction paper and tape or glue to a head band)

A purple sheet and sash puts a fresh spin on the traditional black witch costume

Maid Marian
Pair a flowing dress with flats, a headband and exotic silk flowers for a feminine feel this holiday

Leap towards your greatest green getup to date in green sweats, googly eyes and gardening gloves

Chocolate Chip Cookie
Two pieces of posterboard cut out in circles and colored to look like cookies is all you need.

Create this simple look by topping a plain white button down and apron with a charming white chef's hat

White sidewalk drawing chalk drawn on black long sleeve shirt and black pants creates the perfect skin-and-bones effect. Best part is it will come out in the wash to be used again after Halloween

Ms. Dracula
Create she-Dracula's gold medallian out of cardboard to adorn her black cape and daintily painted-on fangs

Grab a cardboard box, red spray paint, glue and red solo cups. Spray paint the bod red and glue the cups on to look like a lego and you've got a costume!

Dress in white and wrap in toilet paper. Tape it down to keep it on. What could be easier?

Ace of Hearts
Draw an ace of hearts on two pieces of poster board. Connect them with string and wear it like a street salesman. Wear with a white top and a white pair of pants.

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Family Fun

Repost: Free Pumpkin Carving Templates

In 2011 I posted about the Free Pumpkin Carving Templates that Totally Target found and it was so popular I though I would post it again. See the round up of templates below my pumpkin carving image.
For use on
me and my husband Jeremy with our awesome pumpkin from Halloween 2009

Martha Stewart – 46 different templates from Martha.
Better Homes & Gardens – animals, spooky scenes, faces and more.
Hershey’s – A variety of templates categorized by difficulty level.
Pumpkin Masters – Four free patterns – A unique collection of easy and advanced stencils.
Betty Crocker Templates – Monster Cereal characters – Count Chocula, Franken Berry plus others.
Reader’s Digest – 12 basic patterns
Disney Family Fun- Family friendly patterns
HGTV (Beginner) - 8 beginner templates
HGTV (Advanced) - 11 advanced carving templates
Nick Jr.- Pablo & Uniqua from Backyardigans

Thanks again Totally Target for posting this last year ;)

Repost: My Darn Near Free Halloween Costume 2011

 Halloween is Monday, but there is still time to get ready! It took one hour to make the costume above and it was only $2.50.  How did I make it? The wig was $2.50 on clearance after last Halloween. The jacket I already had then I made it 3-D by adding cardboard. I got the cardboard at a recycle bin and cut it into 14 mini pyramids. With staples, safety pins and black paint they were Gaga ready. The makeup was free with a coupon for $8 off 2 Cover Girl products and the black eye shadow was $3 making it free!!! Put it all together and I was like OH MY GAGA!!! This proves with a little creativity you can make a cheap costume!! 

If you are not very creative...good news... is there are plenty of Darn Near Free Halloween Costume Ideas HERE!!!
If you still need to carve your pumpkin be sure to check out the FREE Pumpkin Carving Templates post HERE!!!
If you would like to read about my experience making my own Halloween Costume for the first time please check out my article in the tbt* HERE

Monday, October 15, 2012

10 Wendy's Frosties for $1

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Wendy's restaurants are selling booklets of Frosty Coupons for $1 to raise money for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption through October 31, 2012. Each book has 10 free Jr. Frosty coupons in it that are valid through February 2013. So, if you are planning on getting a frosty any time soon, you might as well get yourself a book of coupons for charity ;)

Kids Eat Free at Outback Steakhouse 10/31/12

kids eat free Halloween at outback 

On Halloween, kids eat free at Outback Steakhouse. 

"We carved out two delicious deals for you this Halloween:

1. Free Kid's Meal with any purchase
2. Find the Treat and you'll get a Free Steak Dinner for your next visit

Get the details:

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Reminder: Free Comedy Show @ Chase Bar 10/13/12

The Chase Club in Westchase is hosting a free comedy Saturday night, October, 13, 2012 at 9 p.m.

Grab your pals and come spend the evening with Chase Club. They will have $3 Sailor Jerry, $3 Bacardi Flavors, and $3 Stoli Flavors during the show.

More Info HERE and below:

Show up early to make sure you have a seat for this one.

Chase Club is located at the corner of Countryway Blvd and Linebaugh Ave next to Publix.

Address is
12129 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL 33626

Friday, October 12, 2012

5 Under $5 From tbt* 10/12/12 Edition!

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Below are the 5 activities Under $5 from the tbt* 10/12/12 Weekend Edition (page 26):

We're in the middle of the sixth annual St. Pete Beach Concert Series, a family friendly event in Horan Park every Friday in October. The park is adjacent to the St. Pete Beach Community Center at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Opening act Frank Cannon will take the stage at 6 p.m. Friday and the Backtrack Blues Band plays at 8. Food, beer, wine and other refreshments are available for purchase and free valet parking is avail­able at the community center.


Browse through the
Artists' Market to find original artwork including wearable art, paintings, prints and more, while supporting local artists and the education mission of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. It's free to roam the market this weekend, and museum admission is also free both days. It's from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m.

Sunday at the museum, 600 Klosterman
Road in Tarpon Springs.


Lisa Fleming will be at the Tampa Barnes and Noble to sign her celebrated children's book Cat and Crow: An Amazing Friendship

. A portion of the proceeds from every book benefits the St. Francis Society Animal Rescue. Representatives of St. Francis will be on hand with photographs of cats that need homes. They also will answer questions about their organization. It's free at 1 p.m. Saturday at the bookstore at 11802
N Dale Mabry Highway.

Wednesday is dollar day at the Hillsborough County Fair, with $1 admission and $1 rides. Admission to this harvest of midway rides, carnival foods, livestock shows and live music is normally $7, $5 students age 6 through high school, 5 and younger free. 5-11 p.m. Wednesday. The fair continues through Oct. 21 at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Corner of Sydney Washer Road and State Road 60,
Brandon. (813) 737-3247.

In our upside-down state, fall is the planting season in Florida. Our tomatoes grow from October to May, and our orchids are just now showing off their lovely blooms. You can find those, plus bougainvillea, begonias, African violets, tropical plants, garden accessories, decor and more at t
he Fall Plant Sale at the USF Botanical Gardens. Check out 60 vendors and plant clubs and even stroll through the scarecrow display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. $5, kids under 12 and members free, at 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Free Comedy Show @ Chase Bar 10/13/12

The Chase Club in Westchase is hosting a free comedy Saturday night, October, 13, 2012 at 9 p.m.

Grab your pals and come spend the evening with Chase Club. They will have $3 Sailor Jerry, $3 Bacardi Flavors, and $3 Stoli Flavors during the show.

More Info HERE and below:

Show up early to make sure you have a seat for this one.

Chase Club is located at the corner of Countryway Blvd and Linebaugh Ave next to Publix.

Address is
12129 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL 33626

Wednesday Freebies 10/10/12

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

Free drinks and Sushi at Blue Martini

Free Comedy at Improv 

Free Drinks for Ladies at Vue 19 

Bamboozle Cafe Free Fitness Classes Wednesdays


Possible Free Groceries at Publix!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

How to Get $50 Free @ Bar Louie

Bar Louie has a deal right now that gets you $50 in Bar Louie spending money by visiting and trying 10 things on their "Passport". Each page of the passport features between 1&3 items and if you try 10 before 11/18/12 you will receive $50 in reward money to use @ the bar. Basically it's like spending $100 and getting $50 back. Bonus: Purchase some of the items during happy hour and save even more money!

Free Engagement and Wedding Announcements Mondays

Did you know that every Monday Tampa Bay Times announces engagements and weddings for free in it's free daily tbt*?!? Well, they do! You can share your engagement or wedding news completely free in the tbt*. Simply send in your info HERE and the announcements come out every Monday in the "bliss" section!

Monday, October 8, 2012

BOGO Burgers at Hamburger Mary's Tuesdays

On Tuesdays at Hamburger Mary's the burgers are buy one get one free. Hamburger Mary's is located at 1600 E 7th Avenue in Centro Ybor.

Happy Hour is 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and features half-price well drinks & domestic draft beers MON-SAT

Bamboozle Cafe Free Fitness Classes Wednesdays

Bamboozle Cafe hosts a free fitness class every Wednesday from 6 - 7 p.m.
Details from the Bamboozle Cafe website:
"FitClub every Wednesday evening starting at 6:00 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park. Free workout in the Park and Yoga cool down at the Bamboozle Cafe. Get 20% off your tab for being part of the event. Don't forget to bring your mats!"

 Bamboozle Cafe is located 1 block from Curtis Hixon Park at 516 N Tampa Street in downtown Tampa.

Birthday Freebies: Koto Japanese Steakhouse

Koto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar is offering a free birthday dinner with the purchase of a second adult dinner. This offer is valid on a meal up to $15 with an ID. The restaurant requests that you inform your server before they take your order. Koto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar is located at 533 S Howard Ave. in Tampa. Complimentary valet is available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Hours are Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Free Yoga Class from Yoga 4 All and Serene Body Massage

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Yoga 4 All and Serene Body Massage are offering a free beginners yoga class for new students.
For more information on free classes click HERE!

Yoga 4 All is located at 8836 Seminole Boulevard in Seminole, FL.

Howl-O-Scream: Text to Win Tuesdays

The Shops at Wiregrass is hosting Text to Win Tuesdays every Tuesday through October 27. Text SCREAM to 55800 every Tuesday for your chance to win tickets to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream!

Free Meditation Thursdays with Shiva Dharma

Thursdays Shiva Dharma Holistic Healing Academy hosts free meditations at 6 p.m.

Check this out from the event page:

Meditation is the practice of entering the sacred space in your own heart, that can’t be touched by the world.  The regular practice of meditation brings peace, balance, energy, strength, health, wisdom and compassion into your life.

The silent meditation that we offer is called The Meditation of the Heart.
This meditation practice opens the space in your own heart where unconditional love, compassion, truth and inner guidance are found. It helps you to uncover the gifts that you have for yourself as well as for this world . The practice paves the way for you to be in balance and harmony with your own true self.

Should you decide that you would like to make this your regular meditation practice, a free meditation initiation ceremony is available, which guides and strengthens the energy flow through your own heart chakra.

Come and try it! Bring a friend!
Every Thursday at 6 p.m. Followed by an Arathi (guided fire cleansing ceremony)
Location: Can San’s, 2838 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707
phone 727-327-4111,

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Thirsty Thursdays at Hyde Park Cafe

Ladies get free drinks from 10-midnight on Thursdays at Hyde Park Cafe. Guys can get a similar deal for just $10! (Still a great deal even at $10)

Hyde Park Cafe is located at
1806 W. Platt Street, Tampa, FL, 33606

Check out details below directly from their facebook event page:


CAFÉ COURTYARD- Live music w/ miss Cleo
VELOCITI- 10PM-CL, DJ Prophet and James

Playing the best in Hip-Hop, Top 40, Reggae & International

Complimentary Sponsored Open Bar

$10 Sponsored Open Bar

50% off Select Cocktails and Draft Beer (excluding premiums)
$3 House Wines

$1 Three Olives Flavor of the month including specialty drinks (ladies only)
$4 Stella Bottles
$4 Three Olives and Flavors
$5 Select Liters
$5 Johnny Vegas w/Arandas, $7 w/1800, $9 w/Corzo
$6 Long Islands
$7 Corzo Shots
$9 Hennesy
$50 Chandon Rose
$125 Bottles of Three Olives
$175 Bottle of Hennesy

(10pm-Midnight, Excluding Special Events)
Guys No Cover 10-Midnight!

Open from 10pm - Close