Monday, October 31, 2011

Need Money To Travel? Quit Smoking - Florida Provides Free Patches and Gum

Even though I am thrify about travel and fun, we still do spend money. Our responsible friends and family suggest that move our travel dollars into a savings account or stuff our extra dollars under the mattress.  We will never do that, because we made a promise years ago to spend our cigarette money on travel and fun. 

When my husband and I were first married, we both smoked.  It was not only a dangerous habit, but expensive too.  At $5.00 a pack, and a pack a day each, we had a $300.00 a month habit.  We decided to quit smoking and spend all the money we would have spent on  cigarettes on travel and fun.  Can you imagine how much travel you can do on $300 a month, especially when you are being thrifty? 

Do you smoke?  If you do, Florida really wants you to quit.  So much in fact, that they will provide  you with free nicotine patches or gum.  Call Quitline at (877) 822-6669 to get started. 

It's not easy to quit smoking, but with the help of free nicotine patches or gum it is a little less painful.  It's even harder to stay quit, so spend your cigarette money on something wonderful and you will stay quit for good.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo - Free On Your Birthday!

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is free on your birthday!   Tickets are usually $23.95 for adults. 

The zoo has over 1,500 animals, housed in 56 acres of lush natural habitats. Your admission also includes some free rides:  Overland Express train ride, Gator Falls Flume Ride, Tasmanian Tiger Family Roller Coaster, Boomer's Flyin' Bananas, Carousel Jungle, and a Safari Ride. 

For the free deal, you must present proof of birth date: driver’s license, birth certificate, passport or military ID. If your birthday happens to fall on Thanksgiving or Christmas, you can go for free the day before or after. 

 Not valid for special events. / Offer expires 12/31/2011.

November 11 – Veterans Day – Free National Park Day

National Park and Recreation Day – Free for all

November 11, 2011 – National Park and Recreation Day – Free for all*
(*Excludes the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.)

Entry into Florida's state parks will be free on Friday, November 11, 2011.  There are 160 Florida parks to choose from.  (Find a park).
Some of these parks are free or cheap year-round. Use your free day wisely and go to parks with higher admission charges on your free day.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

I would suggest the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park  in Spring Hill, Florida, which is $13.00 per person the rest of the year  (Buccaneer Bay Water Park is not included with the free admission)
The Show Park is famous for its underwater Mermaid Shows. The Little Mermaid is performed daily in the natural spring water. Fish, turtles, manatees, and other wildlife are often part of the show, since the springs are not contained. Children and adults love the beautiful and graceful mermaids who breathe through tubes hidden in the scenery so they can perform the entire show underwater.
The park also offers free river boat cruises and animal shows. 

Another great choice is the  Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homasassa Springs, Florida.  This park is only about 30 minutes from the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, so consider visiting both parks on the same day.  The admission price for Homosassa Springs is also $13.00 per day, yet free on November 11th.   The park showcases native Florida wildlife, including manatees, black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, and river otters.  There is an underwater observatory which you can see manatees and fish in their natural settings.  They also provide free river boat cruises.

You'll still have to pay for some activities, such as canoe rentals and camping, but those are all optional.  Entrance to the parks is free.

If you love Florida State parks and plan to visit frequently, consider getting a  Florida State Parks Annual Pass.  The pass allows frequent visitors to enjoy parks for only $60.00 per year for one person, or $120 per year for a family pass. 

All Free National Park and Recreation Days for 2011
  • Friday, November 11 – Veterans Day – Free for all*
*Excludes the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

Free Dental Day Lakeland Florida November 18, 2011

Free Dental Day Lakeland Florida November 18, 2011

Fifty percent of Americans can not afford dental care, so they live without it.  Dr. William Nerestand and the team at Midtown Dental want to give back to the community and provide free dental services to those in need.
Every year, Midtown Dental provides one free day of dental care for Polk County residents who have no dental insurance and meet financial eligibility guidelines. 
You must preregister and get an appointment on October 28, 2011 between 9am and 1pm.  Appointments are on a first come, first serve basis.  You must bring your drivers license or picture id to register.  This is only for adults 18 and over. 
Midtown Dental will be providing the following services:
  • Comprehensive exams
  • X-rays
  • Dental cleaning
  • Up to 2 fillings
  • Up to 3 extractions
Free Dental Day Lakeland Florida November 18, 2011
607 S. Missouri Ave
Lakeland, FL - 33815

Monday, September 19, 2011

Free Tickets To LegoLand- No Kidding!

My Free Legoland Tickets
 Adults can go to Legoland in Florida or California for FREE between October 24-30, 2011.   The tickets are normally $65.00 for adults and $55.00 for children, so this is worth the trouble.  Also, Florida teachers can get an entire year free at Legoland. 
I can assure you though, that you will have to jump through a few hoops.  You need to be a VIP member to get your free tickets, and it's a little bit tricky.  To make it easier, I wrote out the instructions.  You can only get two tickets per household and this offer is only for adults. 

Legoland, Florida
You do not have to provide a credit card number, but you do have to provide some personal information.  You must provide them with your full name, address, telephone number, and birthday. 
How To Sign Up For Free Legoland Tickets
Step 1-  Create a Lego ID account for up to 2 Adults.  (Each adult needs their own account)
Step 2-  Call  (800) 835-4386  (Press 3)  And request a VIP Card.  Each person needs their own VIP number. You need your information about your Lego ID to complete this process.  They will give you a VIP number; write that down.
Step 3  - Create a Lego VIP account for each person.   You will need to enter the VIP number.  By going to "Sign In" in your Lego ID account. 
Step 4  Print out your voucher/Coupon 
Step 5-  Bring a copy of  the following:  Your photo Id,  the voucher/coupon, and your VIP card or VIP Welcome email to Legoland Between Oct. 24-30th, 2011. 

Exclusively for LEGO® VIP Members!
To celebrate the opening of LEGOLAND® Florida, VIP Members go FREE to any LEGOLAND Park!
(Limit 2 per household)

October 24 – 30, 2011

Download & print your FREE ticket voucher

PLUS… VIP Members also receive $10 off admission for any friends or family visiting the Park on the same day!
VIP Members must print and present the
original voucher, a valid VIP Card or Welcome VIP Email, and photo ID upon arrival at LEGOLAND to receive one free one-day admission to LEGOLAND Parks.
 There is also a free pass for Florida Teachers.  LEGOLAND® Florida is offering Florida teachers one year of free admission with a Standard Annual Pass*.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

FREE entry to Florida's State Parks (with library book or card)

This Sunday, Sept. 11, is FREE entry to Florida's state parks (except Skyway Fishing Pier) when you bring a library book, library card or gently used family book to donate. There are dozens of events taking place at parks throughout the state. Find one near you:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Museum Day Free Admission, For Florida and the Entire United States

Get a free ticket for yourself and friend to your favorite local museum.  Your tickets are good on Saturday, September 24, 2011 only.  If your museum is closed on Saturdays, check with the museum for their alternate day. 
  1. Select the museum you would like to go to.
  2. Fill out the "Free Ticket For Two" Form.
  3. Your ticket will be emailed to you within minutes.
  4. Print your ticket and bring to your selected museum.

The Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee, FL

Participating Florida Museums

African American Museum of the Arts


Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

Winter Park

Armory Art Center

West Palm Beach

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood


Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

Key West

Boca Raton Museum of Art

Boca Raton

Bok Tower Gardens

Lake Wales

Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum


Cason Cottage Historic House Museum

Delray Beach

City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center

Fort Walton Beach

Colonial Spanish Quarter

St. Augustine

Coral Springs Museum of Art

Coral Springs

Cracker Country


DeBary Hall Historic Site


Destination Archaeology Resource Center


Indian River Citrus Museum

Vero Beach

International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum

Fort Lauderdale

Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum

Key West

Lake Eustis Museum of Art


Lake Mary Historical Museum

Lake Mary

Lighthouse ArtCenter


Lightner Museum

Saint Augustine

Lowe Art Museum

Coral Gables

Maitland Art Center


Maitland Historical Museum and Telephone Museum


Mandarin Museum & Historical Society


McKee Botanical Garden

Vero Beach

Morean Arts Center

St. Petersburg

Morean Arts Center for Clay

St. Petersburg

Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

Daytona Beach

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

North Miami

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville


Museum of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg

Museum of Florida Art


Museum of Florida History


Museum of Geneva History


Museum of Science & History


National Naval Aviation Museum

NAS Pensacola

North Brevard Historical Museum


Norton Museum of Art

West Palm Beach

Orange County Regional History Center


Orlando Museum of Art


Pensacola Historical Museum


Polk Museum of Art



Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum


St. Petersburg Museum of History

St. Petersburg

T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum


Tallahassee Museum


Tampa Bay History Center


Tampa Museum of Art


The Armed Forces Military Museum


The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens


The Custom House Museum

Key West

The DeLand House Museum and Conrad Center


The DeLand Memorial Hospital Museum


The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts


The History of Diving Museum


The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art


Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket.

  • Only an official Museum Day ticket is eligible for free entry. Official tickets can be found here on the Museum Day website soon, stay tuned.
  • One ticket per household, for two people.
  • A ticket will gain entry to only one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits.
  • If museum reaches capacity, museum has right to limit the number of guests until space becomes available.