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Melina I. De Rose is a veteran editor and communications specialist with a special love for all things Miami. The longtime resident spent 22 years at the South Florida Sun Sentinel in roles such as section editor, department head, social media specialist and web producer. Melina has much experience in the freebies-and-bargains arena, having edited the popular Sun Sentinel feature, “Doreen’s Deals,” for many years. She also is editor of ArtburstMiami.com, a media hub for local music, theater, dance, visual arts and independent arts coverage. Contact her at editor@miamionthecheap.com.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden is now free

Have you visited the Miami Beach Botanical Garden lately?  This 3-acre tropical oasis sits in the heart of Miami Beach, at 2000 Convention Center Drive, and is brimming with beauty. It’s open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays, except some holidays, and admission is free! (Previously entry cost $5 …

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Enjoy free Jazz at MOCA concerts outdoors

The long-running, popular – and free – Jazz at MOCA is back. The monthly event presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami features an exciting lineup of South Florida musicians playing on the last Friday of every month at 8 p.m. The concert series is offered free of charge at the MOCA Plaza, 770 …

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Free food for students during summer

Public parks, schools, libraries and other venues in South Florida offer free food for kids and teens during summer. Free meals are for kids 18 and younger. Participants in Summer BreakSpot include U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Florida Department of Agriculture.  Food distribution locations are offered via phone, via text or online. log on …

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Miami Heat win means 50% off Papa John’s pizza

When the Miami Heat wins, so do the team’s fans. Take advantage of the “HEAT Win, You Win” deal available at Papa John’s locations throughout Miami. Use the promo code HEATWIN the day after a Miami Heat victory to get 50 percent off your entire pizza order. For example, you can get a large Original …

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Papa John’s promo code: 50% off when Inter Miami wins or ties

Remember Papa John’s Miami Heat deal (50 percent off when the team wins)? Well, the pizza chain now also offers a similar promotion for South Florida’s soccer team. Inter Miami CF can now score you half-off pizza!  Use the promo code INTERMIAMI the day after a team victory or tie to get 50 percent off …

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Fairchild Garden offering 2 promo codes for admission deals

Want to visit Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden? Admission to this Coral Gables attraction typically costs $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and $15.95 for students. (Tickets usually cost $12 for children age 6-17 and are free for those who are younger.) But we’ve got promo codes for you – plus other discounts! Fairchild Garden discounts  …

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Visit airplane museum for just $10 ($6 for kids!)

Feeling grounded? Let your spirits soar at the Wings Over Miami Air Museum!  Located at Miami Executive Airport, the museum is open to the public and ready for action. If you’re looking for activities that don’t break the bank, this might be a good choice – especially if you have flying fanatics in the family! …

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Best pizza deals in South Florida

Looking for a pizza deal? We’ve rounded up the best discounts available throughout Miami-South Florida. No matter which restaurant is your fave, hopefully we’ll find you a deal. So keep checking back for updates!   Marco’s Pizza Marco’s Pizza, which has locations in Miami and Hialeah, is offering unlimited, 1-topping medium pizzas for $7.99 each. …

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Miami Beach hotel offers free live music in every day

Want to hear live music? The Betsy Hotel in the heart of South Beach offers a free live music series every day. It’s a nice way to enjoy some tunes amid beautiful surroundings – and give yourself a little break any day of the week. All performances are free, with no cover or drink minimum. …

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Free Florida-themed webcams to enjoy

Need to entertain the kids at home? Or maybe you’re seeking entertainment for yourself! Live webcams offer delightful virtual diversions and opportunities to peek in on activity throughout Florida. Check out meerkats, sharks, airplanes, cruise ships and more with our listing below. We will be updating this list, so keep checking back. And, as always, let …

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