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Patti Roth, the editor of Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap, scouts out state and national deals, discounts and coupons for our readers, finding the real deals and presenting them in an easy-to-read format. A veteran newspaper and magazine writer and a longtime South Florida resident, she has written for The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Travel and Life, E Environmental Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, US Architecture and Earth911.com. Send your cheap tips to her at info@fortlauderdaleonthecheap.com.

Rainy days and hot days in South Florida offer an opportunity to focus on indoor fun. Be a tourist in your in your town and savor fresh sights, attractions and things to do. If you’re on a budget, various venues offer free or inexpensive entry, and some offer deals. It’s a good idea to phone …

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Regardless of the weather, live webcams offer virtual excursions to South Florida sights and attractions, including shorelines, and piers. Waves roll ashore. Sunshine — or rain — sparkles on the ocean’s surface. Palm fronds sway. From home, soak up dazzling ocean scenes and other sights from South Florida, including zoos, parks and shopping districts. Some …

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Walk into a library and walk out with a digital tablet. Or a robot. Or a Frisbee. Participating libraries in South Florida loan items like electronic devices, robotic devices and bird watching gear. Use your library account number. Obtaining a library account is free for eligible residents.  Broward libraries loan  Digital tablets for ages 18 …

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Library branches in Broward occasionally feature free live entertainment. Shows in 2024 include: Steel Pans Steel pan performance by Steel Away is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Miramar branch library.  The library, 954-357-8090, is at 2050 Civic Center Place. Juggling A juggling performance is featured 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Southwest Regional …

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Organizations in South Florida offer free food distribution for families needing help. Some sites provide drive-through pickups, while others offer doorstep deliveries for eligible participants. Food distributions are in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach. Often the organizations accept volunteers and donations. This list is periodically revised to reflect new distribution sites. It’s wise to phone …

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Entry is $10 for the vibrant and popular Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival in Broward if you purchase tickets prior to the event. The fee is $13 for purchasing tickets at the event, which is on Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors.  Entry is free for kids 11 and younger.   Stonewall Pride Parade in 2024 …

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Foreign films are offered for free in Deerfield Beach, presented by Deerfield Beach Historical Society. The international films often include refreshments related to the nation where the film was produced. Donations are appreciated. International Film Night is usually 7 p.m. the third Friday of the month at the Deerfield Beach Historical Society Museum & Cultural …

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Some attractions, restaurants and entertainment venues in South Florida offer deals and extra perks to delight dads for Father’s Day.  For frugal fun, lots of lovely parks and delightful attractions in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach  region offer free or relatively inexpensive entry fees. With Dad’s Day deals, participation may vary, and restrictions and exceptions …

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Festive Juneteenth events in Broward include entertainment, speakers, and festivals with activities for kids. Juneteenth is a federal holiday representing freedom from slavery in the United States. In Broward, Juneteenth events are various dates, and plenty offer free entry. In 2024, Juneteenth events  include Hollywood Juneteenth event is 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June …

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When kids are out of school for the summer, parents in South Florida appreciate ideas for fun and interesting things to do. Maybe educational. Especially, if those activities are free, cheap or come with a discount. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties offer lots of fun and entertainment for families. both indoors and outdoors.   We …

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Lots of July Fourth events in Weston, Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield and other towns in Broward feature fireworks, parades and plenty of live entertainment. Many are free, with free parking. Kids’ activities are often featured. Lots of events include live bands and food trucks.  Usually, Fourth of July events in 2024 are on Thursday, July 4, …

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