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

Apr 262015

For frugal folks who appreciate saving a few bucks, discount tickets are on sale for entertainment and fun in South Florida. Information about the money-saving deals is on the links.

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

Apr 252015
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For discounts to an African Violet Show & Sale at Flamingo Gardens in southwest Broward, log on the website.

The event  is 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 9 and May 10.

The website features a link for a coupon that offers discounts of $4.50 for teens and adults and $2.50 for kids. With the discounts, the entry fee is $13.50 for guests older than 11 and $7.50 for kids ages 3 to 11.

Another deal opportunity is offered May 10, with free Mother’s Day entry for mothers when accompanying a guest paying regular price.

Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, 954-473-2955

Apr 232015

Free events and deals on activities and entertainment offer budget-friendly things to do for the weekend in Broward.

That includes free music performances, free movies and discounts for popular attractions.

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.

These are free events and deals for the weekend in Broward.

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Apr 232015

Frugal shoppers, Groupon is offering an appealing deal with extra perks at a popular business.

The deal includes a Sam’s Plus membership and extra bonuses for $45.  The value of the deal is listed as $142.94

The offer is valid for new members.

The extras in the Sam’s Club deal include a $20 gift card and three fresh-food certificates.

Information about the deal is on the link, discount for Sam’s Club


Apr 232015
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For free entertainment, several towns in Broward, including Weston and Hollywood,  show family-friendly films occasionally outdoors in a park.

These are some of the movies-in-the-park events in Broward.  Some events may be rescheduled for weather reasons.  Feel free to tote along portable seats or blankets.


ArtsPark,  Hollywood Boulevard at U.S. One, 954-921-3500

8 p.m. most Fridays




Apr 232015

For free entertainment, Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach is offering outdoor performances featuring an assortment of bands.

The free music is presented most Saturdays 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Village at Gulfstream Park, an open-air shopping, recreation and dining plaza, is at 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 378-0900

The featured performers are on the Gulfstream Park website.


Apr 232015

Participating attractions that usually require an entry fee, including an assortment in South Florida, are offering opportunities for free entry or discounts.

National Public Gardens Day is May  perfect event to enjoy the spring displays on show at botanical gardens and other public gardens in Florida. For a free or discount ticket, you need to register online at the National Public Gardens Day website.

Some participating gardens are featuring  special events, family activities and workshops.

Information about  participating venues is on this link.


Apr 222015

Free streaming of films and TV shows to desktops, smartphones and tablets is offered by Broward Library.

The library is affiliated with Hoopla, which loans digital movies, digital books and digital music.

Users download a free app and sign up for Hoopla online using a library card number and PIN, which is  four digits from their phone number.

Broward Library provides free access to a variety of other digital and online services.


Apr 212015
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It’s a treat to go to the theater — especially when it’s free.

A musical with the appealing title ‘Dog Loves Books’ is presented for free in Hollywood 2 p.m. May 2

The show is presented by the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and ArtsPower at Hollywood  Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe Street.


Apr 212015

For frugal folks who enjoy dining out, discounts at restaurants in South Florida are always appreciated.

This is a deal for 15 percent on the tab.

Carrabba’s restaurants are offering the deal to April 29, with a printable coupon from the Carrabba’s Facebook page.

This deal is good at participating restaurants. Alcohol, tax and gratuities are excluded.

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Apr 212015

Eco-friendly ideas and fun activities are featured at an assortment of free Earth Day events at  Broward libraries.

The events include a flea market and an art project.

  • April 21 Reducing Your Carbon Foot Print by Going Organic! Presented by Whole Foods  6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Miramar Branch Library & Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar,  954-357-8090April 22 South Florida, A Birders Paradise 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Main Library, 100 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, 954-357-7444
  • April 22  Recycling Craft Using Plastic Bottles, children, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Main Library, 100 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 954-357-7444
  • April 22 Shark Science and Conservation Lecture, presented by SharkTeamOne, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Main Library, 100 S Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, 954-357-7444
  • April 22 Earth Day Flea Market, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines,  954-201-8825
Apr 192015
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Tickets to Deerfield Beach Wine and Food Festival are offered at discount prices.

The deals from Living Social are featured on the links

  • $11 for a ticket to Deerfield Beach Food and Wine Festival, $16 value
  • $29 for a ticket to Deerfield Beach Food and Wine Festival with unlimited beer, $41 value
  • $57 for two tickets to Deerfield Beach Food and Wine Festival with unlimited beer, $82 value

The festival with entertainment and kids activities is May  30 at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road,  Deerfield Beach.


Apr 192015
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by Patti Roth

For a great outdoor activity to savor lovely South Florida weather, several food truck events 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.

Apr 192015
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Kids eat free at participating Ikea stores, including Sunrise, on Tuesdays.

The free  meals for youngsters are valued at $2.99.  Kids age 12 and younger are eligible.

Ikea is at 151 NW 136 Ave., Sunrise, 954-838-9292

Other kids eat free deals are featured on our post Kids eat free deals Tuesdays & Wednesdays at restaurants in South Florida.