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Running a startup doesn’t give you a lot of time for eating out, but as the CEO of a personal finance website, you better believe that when I do, I want a deal!
For the past eight years we’ve featured ways to save money at The Penny Hoarder, but some of my favorite deals are actually right here in St. Petersburg.
So whether you’re in the mood for a quiet afternoon or a night that’ll have you wishing you could nap your day away on the beach, here are some of the best places to save around town.
Make the Whole Weekend Feel Like Sunday Funday
You might not think about going to a sushi hotspot for brunch, but hear me out. The Lure, nestled on the trendy 600 block of Central Avenue, serves up $12 bottomless mimosas from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Soak up the champs with a crab cake benedict or a Belgian waffle. (If you’re feeling sushi, you can order from the dinner menu.)
I usually just want to nap and Netflix after brunch, but if you still have some energy, use your library card to check out a free museum pass from the Mirror Lake Library, a short walk away, and visit the Instagram-worthy Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center. Admission is valid for up to two adults and three kids.
Survive — No, Thrive — the Workweek With These Lunch Deals
Listen, I’m all for packing a lunch for work, and I do it as much as possible, but sometimes I just need to get out of the office and treat myself.
If it’s Monday, head over to Lonni’s Sandwiches. It’s been around since 1975, but I admittedly passed this unsuspecting gem dozens of times before stopping in for the Sunny Bird sandwich. Nestled between the fluffiest pieces of bread, it consists of turkey, cream cheese, sunflower seeds, sprouts and mayo, all drizzled with a magical honey French dressing. On Mondays, the normally priced $8.99 sandwich is only $6.99. So worth it.
Any other day of the week, visit 9 Bangkok, and order the lunch special, which includes a spring roll, soup and an entree for $6.95. Pro tip: The pad thai is plentiful — and just as delicious leftover for dinner or the next day’s lunch.
And if you just want to caffeinate? (Me… all the time.) Before heading to Kahwa for a cup of joe, download its app to get a $3 credit.
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Plan a Date Night to Break up Your Week
I’m guilty of working long hours, but it’s important to break up the week and have some fun. On any weeknight, grab a date or a friend, and stop by The Canopy. The views of Tampa Bay from the rooftop bar are priceless. Pop in for happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday until 7 p.m. You can get wine, cocktails and beer for $3.
I’m a huge movie buff, so if it’s a Tuesday, I walk over to the Sundial. If you join the free AMC Stubs Insider program, you can get $2 off movie tickets plus free large popcorn refills on Tuesdays. If it’s a Wednesday, venture to The Avenue, where, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., you can get a $5 classic burger. Pro tip: The Avenue just unveiled its new Wednesday night $5 Moscow Mule bar, where you can build your own Mule with toppings like blueberries, basil and sour candy worms.
Celebrate Friday With Freebies
Honestly, by the time Friday rolls around, I’m ready to unwind. One way to do that? Grab a hammock, a blanket or some beach chairs, and drive — or, better yet, bike — to Lassing Park. On your way, stop at Old Southeast Market. Grab a fresh poke bowl for $7.99 and a local craft brew to go. Set up in the park and watch the sun begin to set behind the bay.
Afterward, finish your night at the iconic St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, where it’s free shuffle starting at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Bring your own beer — and even your pup — and start shuffling with new friends.