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  1. Coupons? Cords? Giving your makeup bag a second life

    Deal Divas

    Recently I was chatting with Times managing editor Jennifer Orsi about the plight of the makeup bag. If you're a makeup-wearing human, you probably also have an abundance of these lying around your house, whether from free Clinique or Estee Lauder gifts with purchase, or from a subscription service like Ipsy. They always seem fun to get when they arrive, but then, it's like, what do you DO with them?  …

  2. Hillsborough begins school bus driver training, promises raises

    K12

    TAMPA — The healing for Hillsborough County's ailing school bus system began Monday, a student day off, at King High School. Superintendent MaryEllen Elia promised an auditorium full of drivers that, subject to a School Board vote, they will all get pay raises. …

  3. Autumn Art Walk debuts in downtown New Port Richey

    Visual Arts

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The temps are dropping some and it's finally feeling like autumn is kicking in. Might be a good time to take a stroll. New Port Richey provides the perfect destination Saturday when sidewalks in the historic downtown area transform into a pedestrian art gallery. …

  4. Publix restricts coupon use to discourage extreme couponing

    Retail

    Calling all extreme couponers. Publix is on to you. Florida's largest grocery chain tightened its coupon policy Wednesday to discourage shoppers from overusing coupons and buying up everything on a shelf. …

  5. Walmart stops matching Florida competitors' buy-one-get-one offers

    Tourism

    BOGO is a no-go at Walmart. Starting Monday, the discount retailer will no longer match buy-one-get-one free offers at competitors' grocery stores in Florida, including Publix, its top rival. …

  6. Bowlers put up big numbers at Spring Hill Lanes

    Community

    Recreation notebook Spring Hill Lanes has opened the fall season with a flurry of honor scores over the first six weeks. …

  7. Happy International (or not) Coffee Day, everybody — find your freebies

    Consumer

    Today, Sept. 29, is International Coffee Day (which, as Wikipedia points out with a straight face, is also apparently called by two less international names — Coffee Day and National Coffee Day). …

  8. Cardboard Boat Race, Seafood Fest set for Saturday in Hernando Beach

    Human Interest

    HERNANDO BEACH — When a group of yachtsmen announced in 2013 that they were having a cardboard boat race, a lot of people conjured up images of little toy boats. "No, this is boats you sit in," said Jackie Farmer, the event's organizer for the Hernando Beach Safe Boating Support Group. …

  9. Think beyond regular coupons to save more money

    Consumer

    Ever hear this piece of investment advice, "You've got to spend money to make money"? It's usually said by someone trying to sell you something. I have, and it goes against my every tight-fisted instinct. How can I be sure that I will make back the initial outlay? …

  10. Pasco Recreation Notebook for the weekend of Sept. 26

    Briefs

    Recreation notebook …

  11. 16 museums offer free admission Saturday

    Events

    Culture aplenty is free for the taking Saturday. • Between the Smithsonian Museum Day Live and St. Petersburg's Arts Alive, many local museums will offer free admission Saturday. A few unaffiliated locations will also offer free or reduced admission. • Some are offering special activities or events, like Tampa Ballet Theatre performing excerpts of its upcoming production of Dracula (yes, Dracula ballet) at the Henry B. Plant Museum. Particularly good bets are the Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, to see the "My Generation: Young Chinese Artists" exhibit they're sharing before it ends Sunday. • Smithsonian magazine started the Museum Day 10 years ago in the spirit of the institution in Washington, D.C., which offers free admission daily. Most but not all of museums affiliated with the Smithsonian event require a free ticket. Play it safe and sign up and print your tickets for two at smithsonianmag.com (or many will accept your ticket on the screen of your smart phone). …

  12. Catalina adds digital coupon business

    Retail

    Catalina, the St. Petersburg-based global retail marketing company, is expanding its digital coupons business. Catalina has bought Cellfire, a top provider of online coupons redeemed through grocery store loyalty cards. …

  13. Coupon insert RedPlum pulls out of Tampa Bay area newspapers

    Business

    Coupon insert RedPlum will no longer be included in Sunday editions of the Tampa Bay Times and other local newspapers starting Sunday. …

  14. Five easy steps to start lowering grocery bills through couponing

    Consumer

    Recently I introduced couponing to a friend. She was hesitant to start because she assumed couponing meant time and hassle. Not so! Here are five small steps to get into couponing using just an hour a week: …

  15. 'Cops on Doughnut Shops' fundraiser offers Krispy Kreme coupons

    Human Interest

    The sight of law enforcement officers swarming local Krispy Kreme rooftops through Saturday shouldn't be cause for alarm. Police in Tampa and St. Petersburg took over the doughnut chain's local rooftops Thursday in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics charities.  …

  16. Make healthy choices when using coupons at the grocery store

    Health

    With cases of obesity in the United States at record numbers, it's important to look at all the ways that we, not only as individuals, but as a society, can have an impact on helping to correct the problem.  …

  17. Customers camp out for 52 free-meal coupons from Chick-fil-A

    Food & Dining

    TEMPLE TERRACE Richard Coley eats at Chick-fil-A six days a week. He loves the food, obviously. But, even more, he loves the restaurant and everything it stands for. "I like the fact that they believe in God and Christian principles and they don't compromise," he said. …

  18. Confusion over Walmart's matching BOGO policy doesn't win over shoppers

    Retail

    Imagine trying a new restaurant and your server spills your drink and your chicken arrives pink in the middle. You probably won't go back. Same goes for grocery stores. Have a bad experience and you'll quickly move on to the store down the street. …

  19. Courting with coupons

    Personal Finance

    A survey by Coupon Cabin found that 26 percent of adults have used a coupon on a first date. The question: Would you walk out on a date if the guy or woman used a coupon? Here are two of the responses: …

  20. Let your voice be heard when products get smaller

    Consumer

    The price stays the same, but the product gets smaller and smaller and smaller. It's called product "shrink" and it's the result of rising manufacturing costs. As costs rise, companies must make a decision — raise the price of the product accordingly, or keep the price the same while reducing the size of the product. …

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