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

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Groupon is offering a deal for go-karts and other attractions at Boomers amusement parks in Dania Beach and Boca Raton

The deal prices are $16.99 for go-karts, mini golf and other attractions, up to $29.99 value; $32.99 for two guests, up to $59.98 value, or $63.99 for four guests, up to $119.96 value.

Information about the deal and purchasing is on the link, discounts at Boomers parks in Broward and Boca.


Jul 312014

The Bonnet House attraction in Fort Lauderdale offers occasional events with free entry for kids and discounts for adults.

The deals at Bonnet House Museum are August 2, September 6 and October 4.

The free entry is for kids ages 12 and younger, and a discounted entry fee for adults is $10.  The regular adult rate is $20.

Bonnet House Museum is at 900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-5393

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We love going to the movies, as long as we can do it “on the cheap.” If there’s a Visa Signature credit card in your wallet, you’re in luck for some blockbuster savings. Through Friday, August 8, cardholders can get 2-for-1 movie tickets from Fandango (up to $19.50, including Fandango’s convenience fee) every Friday. The offer is only valid for the same showing on each respective Friday with no advance purchases allowed. If previous years are any indication, the limited number of weekly tickets sells out quickly (especially during the summer months) – so plan ahead. Finally, there’s a limit of one FREE ticket per 30 day period, per credit card. Remember, you must use a Visa Signature credit card to make your purchase.

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Jul 312014

Youngsters bowl for free in the  Kids Bowl Free program, which includes Sawgrass Lanes in west Broward.

The program is for kids and teens to age 15. Parents sign up online for free games, usually two free games, each eligible day, which is most days. Shoe rental rates apply.

Additional information is on the website for Sawgrass Lanes, 8501 North University Drive, Tamarac, 954-722-2700


Jul 312014

Secret Woods park in Dania Beach is offering free programs on various home landscaping topics.

The free presentations, which are 7 p.m. various Thursdays, include urban farming July 31, insects in the yard August 7, landscape design August 14 and orchids August 21.

Secret Woods Nature Center is at 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach,  954-357-8884

Jul 302014

Flamingo Gardens in Davie offers  free food truck events with entertainment.

The events are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. most first Fridays of the month, with music by DJs in the parking lot.

During those events, the  garden and wildlife attraction stays open until 8 p.m. with discount $5 entry fees after 4 p.m.

Bands from the South Florida Bluegrass Association entertain in the courtyard and gardens during First Friday Late Nights at Flamingo Gardens. The lineup of bands and food trucks is here.

Flamingo Gardens is at 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie, 954-473-2955

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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
Jul 282014
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musicmusicmusicTickets for Jefferson Starship, Nicole Henry and other performers at JAZZIZ Nightlife in Boca Raton are offered at discount prices.

Information about the shows and purchasing discount tickets is on the links.

Sophie B. Hawkins performs August 5 and 6. Goldstar discount tickets are about $25 to $58. The regular tickets are $40 to $100.

Sandra Bernhard performs August 12 and August 13. Goldstar discount tickets are $36.50. The regular price is $60.

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

Jul 272014

Dust off your western boots and hats for a free festival in north Broward.

Live entertainment, a mechanical bull, an auto show are included in the festivities at the Deerfield Beach Main Beach Parking lot, 149 SE 21st Ave, noon to 9 p.m. August 2.

Free parking and shuttles are offered from the Cove Shopping Center to the event at the beach.

Information is on the web page for the  Deerfield Beach Country Music Festival, 954-480-4429




Jul 272014

supplies The state of Florida is offering shoppers a tax break — at least on some items. During the annual tax-free event in August,  eligible apparel, accessories, electronics and school supplies may be purchased without the usual six percent sales tax. The tax-free event is August 1 to August 3. It’s handy for back to school purchases, but shoppers don’t need to be students to receive the tax break. From among the lists of eligible items, individual garments may be priced at up to $100 or less. School supplies may be $15 or less. The tax-free break on eligible personal computers and accessories is valid for $750 of the total purchase. For information, phone 800-352-3671

Jul 232014

For active fun, several recreation venues in Broward, including Pompano Beach and Sunrise, are offering Groupon discounts.

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

For information on specific discounts, click on the links.


Jul 222014

food truck expoFor those who like food truck events, several are offered in Broward, including Hollywood, Tamarac and Plantation.

Some of the events include music, or other entertainment.  Most food truck events are free to attend, with food for purchase.

Jul 222014
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To encourage patrons to sign up for email newsletters, various restaurants offer incentives,  such as free food or discounts.

You provide your email address and possibly some more information, and they reply with an offer for  free food or other deal.

These are some of the offers, and restrictions and exceptions may apply.