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

Sep 012014
fl museum

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
Sep 012014

senior-walgreens_thumb1Shoppers age 55 and older and those who belong to AARP are treated to extra Senior Savings  Day discounts at Walgreens.

Senior Savings Day events, usually the first Tuesday of the month in stores,  offer 20% discounts on most regularly priced merchandise. The offer is for  shoppers who signed up for the stores’ Balance Rewards program, which is free, and for AARP members. Some restrictions and exceptions apply.

The Senior Savings Day includes varying discounts on eligible online purchases.


Sep 012014

hd projectFor grown-up DIYers, Home Depot stores offer free workshops for an assortment of home improvement  projects.

The free  workshops are offered various Saturdays at 10 a.m. and some Sundays at 1 p.m.

Information and registration is on the website. Times may vary at specific stores.

The topics include painting, fixing drywall, installing tile, installing a toilet, adding storage to a garage and maintaining a lawn. Home Depot also features workshops specifically designed for women.

Aug 312014

Various spas in Broward are participating in a program that offers $99 deals. The selection of resort spas and day spas is featured on the website  for the Greater Fort Lauderdale tourism office. The $99 offers are available in September. These links feature some of the participating venues, and what they provide for $99.

Aug 282014

Goldstar is offering discount tickets for a live show in Fort Lauderdale that features favorite Prince tunes.

The deal price  is $18.25  for tickets valued at $25. The show that recreates the “Purple Rain” album is 8 p.m. September 11 at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale.

For information and tickets, follow this link: discounts for live performance of “Purple Rain” album.





Aug 282014

Youngsters who dine with their parents at participating  Original Pancake House restaurants in South Florida eat on the house.

Kids eat free with an eligible purchase of an adult meal Mondays to Fridays  at Original Pancake House restaurants in South Florida.

It’s probably a good idea to phone first to be sure the restaurant in your neighborhood is participating.

Broward restaurants

  • 8460 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 954-473-2771
  • 2851 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-8881
  • 6650 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches, 954-272-0825

Palm Beach restaurants

  • 105 South State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach, 561-296-0878
  • 8903 Glades Road,. Boca Raton, 561-395-2303
  • 4110 NW Federal Highway, Jensen Beach, 772-232-1796
  • 1840 South Federal Highway, Delray Beach, Florida,  561-276-7069
  • 4360 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561-721-2213

Miami Dade

  • 21215 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-933-1966

Various other restaurants offering kids eat free and kids eat cheap deals are featured on our website.

Aug 282014

Free hands-on projects for youngsters are offered at participating Home Depot stores.

The projects are often 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month. To participate, register on the Home Depot website.

The youngsters build a project from a kit, while picking up some information about tool safety.  Participants receive a Kids Workshop apron and keep their handiwork. The activities are designed for youngsters ages 5 to 12.

Aug 262014

bike station

uFolks who belong to a bicycle-sharing program in Broward are eligible for discounts at various restaurants and other businesses.

Several bicycle-friendly restaurants, pubs and other merchants,  offer discounts as part of the program.

Broward B-cycle provides bikes at  bicycle stations  in Fort Lauderdale and other parts of Broward. Members pick up bicycles at any of the stations, use them, and return to them to any station. For information, phone 754-200-5672

Aug 262014

For a fun, free activity, attend a free Art Walk event, featuring a leisurely stroll among art galleries and art exhibits. Broward offers an assortment of free art walk events, which sometimes also include musical entertainment, food vendors and other activities. If you’re interested in any of these, it’s a good idea to phone first or browse the web site to be sure event is on. Some of them are seasonal.

  • First Fridays — Art and Wine walk 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harbor Village Shoppes, 2800 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, includes vendors and entertainment, 954-786-5535
  • First Saturdays of most months — North Beach Art Walk,  7 p.m. to 10 p.m., A1A and 32nd and 33rd streets, includes artists, music
  • Third Thursdays — Art Walk Las Olas on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Third Fridays November to April —  Wilton Manors Arts and Entertainment District on Wilton Drive 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.,  Island City Art Walk web site, 954-547-9014
  • Third Saturdays — The Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street, 954-924-2980
  • Fourth or fifth Saturdays – FATVillage ArtWalk in Fort Lauderdale, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. most fourth or fifth Saturdays of the month on Northwest Fifth Street and Northwest First Avenue.
Aug 262014
spaghetti kids

It’s nice to dine out with the kids, especially with a deal for paying the tab.
Free kid’s meal promotions are popular at various restaurants in Broward.
Participating Carrabba’s restaurants are offering a kids eat free deal, with eligible purchase of an adult entrée.

The deal is valid to September 7, with a coupon from the website. The free meals are for guests age 10 and younger.


Aug 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 Labor Day 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

Aug 252014

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.

Aug 252014

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
  • 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