Patti Roth 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

Aug 312015

General entry tickets for a tasting festival at Key West BrewFest are $5 less if purchased before the event.

BrewFest includes various events is September 3 to September 7. The tasting festival is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. September 5 at Southernmost Hotel Beach, 1405 Duval St. The price for general tickets is $35 before the event or $40 that day. Information about when tickets go on sale and how to purchase them is on the BrewFest website.

 Posted by on August 31, 2015
Aug 312015

Registering early is suggested for folks interested in free seminars that are part of REEF Fest in Key Largo.

The seminars focusing on varied sea life and reef topics are September 24, September 25 and September 26 at the government building, 102050 Overseas Highway. Register online.

REEF Fest, September 24 to September 27, is presented by Reef Environmental  Education Foundation and includes social events and diving events.


 Posted by on August 31, 2015
Aug 292015

Installing light fixtures, installing faucets and decorative paint techniques  are among the free workshops at participating Home Depot stores in South Florida.

The participating stores also feature free building activites for kids, usually the first Saturday of the month 9 a.m. to noon. The project September 5 is a football toss toy. Register online.

The free in-store workshops and activities are listed on the Home Depot website, with links to register online.

 Posted by on August 29, 2015
Aug 292015

The Key West Express ferry offers opportunities for discounts.

The ferry whisks travelers between Key West and Fort Myers Beach. Occasionally, the ferry rolls between Key West and  Marco Island.

The website features a coupon for $3 off  full-price round-trip adult fares or use promo code INTERNET for online reservations.

Other discounts are offered for those booking early and buying tickets online. Round trip tickets for adults purchased at least eight days early are $119 Mondays to Thursdays, a savings of $30. Round trip tickets purchased at least eight days early are $134 for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, a savings of $15. Round trip tickets purchased at least four days early are $134, a savings of $15.

Please note that  discounted fares are not refundable. Most of the monetary balance may be used for travel another time. A  $25 fee for no-shows and modifications applies. For information,  phone 888-539-2628 or log on to the website.

 Posted by on August 29, 2015
Aug 262015

walgreens deals

Shoppers 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.

 Posted by on August 26, 2015
Aug 162015

Stroll among art galleries and shops at free art walk events in The Florida Keys.

The art walk festivities in Key West and Islamorada are most Third Thursdays of the month, about 6 p.m.

The Morada Way Arts District in Islamorada offers its art walk festivities most third Thursdays. The events are presented by the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, between mile marker 81 and mile marker 82,  phone 305-664-9100

In Key West, the  various art galleries and shops around White Street from Southard to United streets  participate in  The Walk On White Gallery Walk  most third Thursdays of the month,  6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Some of the venues may offer refreshments and free entertainment


 Posted by on August 16, 2015
Aug 062015

When out and about in Key West, snag deals at restaurants, attractions and  stores.

Browse the Shell Out Less deals online.

The coupons are  featured on the website for the Chamber of Commerce.

The deals include

— 10 percent off at Island Safari Rentals

— discounts on eligible bookings at Southernmost Point Guest House

— discount for locals at Tavern N Town



 Posted by on August 6, 2015