Patti Roth, a veteran Broward freelance writer, is the editor of Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap. Patti, who has lived in Florida since her teenage years, was previously a staffer at the Sun-Sentinel for about 14 years. As a freelancer, she’s written for many publications, including The Miami Herald, Florida Travel and Life, New Times, E Environmental Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, US Architecture and

Oct 312014

Entertainment. Art. Street performers. Mariachis. Food trucks.

The array of activities and festivities with Mexican flair are  November 1 and November 2 in Fort Lauderdale.

Information about the various events is on the Day of The Dead website.

They include 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. November 2 on Riverwalk, Southwest Third Avenue  and Huizenga Plaza.


Oct 302014

Savor the weekend without emptying your pockets. These are some of our favorite deals and free things to do during the weekend in South Florida, including events in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano Beach. To keep up with latest news on deals, discounts and free events in South Florida, sign up for the daily Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter. Here are our top picks for free and cheap weekend fun on the cheap: Free events

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Also in South Florida


Oct 302014

publix fPublix stores in Florida are offering a deal that saves shoppers $10 on gasoline.

The deal requires shoppers to spend $50 or more on groceries. With the minimum purchase and a coupon from the weekly ad, shoppers may buy a $50 gas card for $40. You can find the coupon in flyers at the entrance to the store or online.

The selection of eligible gas cards vary by store. For the minimum grocery purchase of $50, some products may be excluded. 

The deal is good Thursday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 2. Publix information line is 800-242-1227

Oct 302014

jazzThe Suntrust Sunday Jazz Brunch events offer an afternoon of free jazz in Fort Lauderdale.

The events are first Sundays of most months.

Musicians perform on four stage along the Riverwalk area off Las Olas Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  If you’d like, bring your own picnic or buy food from area restaurant vendors. Bring chairs and blankets.

For information, call 954-828-5363. Information and performance schedules are featured in the City of Fort Lauderdale website.


Oct 302014

halloween buyIf you’d like to do something sweet with all your extra Halloween treats, various dentists in South Florida are offering to buy back the sticky loot from kids.

The buy-back program offers kids a reward — sometimes money, toothbrushes or trinkets and toys  — for the sugary Halloween haul.

The heaps of candy  is  forwarded in to U.S. military troops by Operation Gratitude.

Participating dentists establish their own guidelines on when they hold their candy buy-back events and what prizes or incentives  offer.   It’s a good idea to phone a participating dentist for info.

Participating dentists by zip code are featured on the site for the Halloween Candy Buy Back.

Oct 302014
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Peek behind the scenes of theatrical productions with a free theater tour in Fort Lauderdale.
The free tours are the first Sunday of most months, when the theater schedule permits, amid the festivities of Sunday Jazz Brunch.

Guests interested in a tour of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts should sign up by 11 a.m. in the lobby of the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave. The tours are 11:15 a.m.

For information and for appointments for private group tours, phone 954-468-2683

Oct 282014
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Free entry.

The Museums On Us program offers free entry the first weekend of each month to participating museums, including several in South Florida, with eligible Bank of America or Merrill Lynch accounts.

The free access requires an appropriate credit or debit card.

Participating museums in Broward are:

Participating museums in Palm Beach are:

Participating museums in Miami-Dade are:

It’s a good idea to phone a particular museum to be sure they are participating the day you intend to go to make sure it is still participating in the program.

The free museum days include

  • June 7-8
  • July 5-6
  • August 2-3
  • September 6-7
  • October 4-5
  • November 1-2
  • December 6-7
Oct 282014

Lots of restaurants in Broward are participating in Dine Out Lauderdale.

The eateries offer special menus featuring $35 fixed price meals to November 6.

The $35 deals generally are designed to include three courses.

Restaurants offering Dine Out Lauderdale menus are are featured on the Dine Out Lauderdale section of the website for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

These are just some of the participating venues

Amatsu Sushi & Sake at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale
Beauty and The Feast at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa
Dapur, Asian Tapas & Lounge
Eduardo de San Angel
15th Street Fisheries
Indigo Restaurant at the Riverside Hotel
Johnny V
The Melting Pot
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Piccolo Ristorante
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Seasons 52
Shula’s on the Beach at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale
Sky Thai Sushi
Sunfish Grill
Steak 954 at the W Fort Lauderdale
3030 Ocean at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

III Forks in Hallandale Beach

Rivals at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood


Oct 282014

bru kidsVarious restaurants in South Florida offer  family-friendly deals, including free food for kids.

Many free kid’s meal deals require purchase of at least one adult entrée.

With these deals, participation at individual restaurants may vary.

  • Free kid’s meal with adult entree purchase at participating Bru’s Room restaurants in South Florida 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, many restaurants feature  kid-friendly entertainment
  • Kids eat free Tuesdays at Ikea in Sunrise. The free  meals for youngsters are valued at $2.99. Ikea is at 151 NW 136 Ave., Sunrise, 954-838-9292
  • Duffy’s restaurants in South Florida offer a kids-eat-free deal Wednesdays, with purchase of an adult entrée. Duffy’s restaurants in South Florida include Fort Lauderdale, North Miami Beach, Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, North Palm Beach and Coconut Creek.
  • Kids eat free deals are offered at participating Denny’s restaurants, usually 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays.
  • Kids eat free Wednesdays at Pizza Loft in Davie, with eligible purchase of an adult meal
  • Some Lime Fresh Mexican  restaurants offer a free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entrée  5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.  The offer is for kids age 10 and younger. Participating restaurants are 1535 N Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, 754-200-6631, and 4425 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, 954-586-2999
Oct 272014

Entry to displays and exhibits at Young At Art in southwest Broward is offered at 2-for-1 prices for guests who belong to the IKEA loyalty program, which is free

Young at Art Museum is 751 SW 121st. Avenue on State Road 84,  954-424-0085

The regular fees are $11, $12 and $14, with the lower rates for Broward residents, military families and seniors.

Information about Ikea, with a store in Sunrise, is on the website.




Oct 272014

boat showPurchase tickets to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show online for discounts.

The boat show website features  $2 discounts on various types of tickets.

The International Game Fish Association is offering opportunities for  $5 discounts on its website.

General adult tickets are $22 online and $24 at the event.

The boat show events are October 31 to November 3 at various venues in Fort Lauderdale, including Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina, Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina and The Sails Marina, 954-764-7642

Oct 272014

For those who appreciate discounts for dining out, Groupon offers deals at various restaurants in South Florida. The variety of deals includes international fare, brunch and treats. Some of the deals are about 50% off, or more. Some of the deals include restrictions, such as when the voucher may be redeemed. To spark your interest, some of the deals are featured on these links:

  • $12 for $20 worth of food at Salsa Fiesta in Fort Lauderdale
  • $25 for $40 worth of food at Paladar Latin Kitchen & Run Bar in Hallandale Beach
  • $35 for $60 worth of brunch Sundays at JAZZIZ in Boca Raton
  • $37 for $60 worth of food or $79 for $120 at Sette Bello in Fort Lauderdale
  • $8 for $16 worth of food or $15 for $32 at Waffleworks in Hollywood

More restaurant deals are featured on the link, Groupon restaurant deals

Oct 262014


The free Tow To Go program, a partnership of AAA and Bud Light,  works to keep drunk drivers off the road on holidays.

It’s a good reminder to think before you go out, and designate a driver who’ll stay sober.

Tow To Go, which is offered various holidays in Florid such as Halloween weekend  provides AAA tow trucks — when possible based on the  workload — to transport inebriated drivers and  vehicles to a safe location.  To request a ride, phone 855-2-TOW-2-GO or 855-286-9246

Oct 222014
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For a budget-friendly approach to festivals in South Florida, snap up tickets at discount prices.
These are some of the deals from Living Social for local events.

More deals for activities and events in South Florida are featured on the Entertainment Page and the Daily Deals headquarters