Central Florida Cyber Monday Deals Worth Checking Out #ShopLocal

Cyber Monday is the online equivilent to Black Friday, with tons of deals online. But there’s no reason you can’t buy local gifts when shopping online. Here are our picks for great local Cyber Monday deals, which include a few travel deals for staycations:

Orlando Science Center Cyber Monday

Orlando Science Center is offering 15% off of gift memberships which offer a year of admission to all of its exhibits, as well as free Hollywood films, parking, and special events like Otronicon. Visit bit.ly/OSCgifts and use promo code OSCCM15 when checking out.

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2015 Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Returns in August

Just in time to shop for school supplies, the Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday returns from August 7 to 16, 2015.

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During this holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on purchases of:

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Florida Sales Tax Holiday Returns August 2 – 4, 2013

One of the best times of the year to shop, especially for back-to-school items, is the annual Florida Sales Tax Holiday. During this time, sales tax is waived on select items. For 2013, the holiday runs August 2 through 4.

Florida Sales Tax HolidayItems that may be purchased without sales tax are:

  • Clothing
  • Footwear
  • Certain clothing accessories
  • Certain school supplies
  • Personal computers and certain related accessories (new for 2013!)

During this weekend, sales of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $75 or less per item, on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item, and on personal computers and certain related accessories selling for $750 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

This three-day tax holiday is in effect from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2013, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, 2013.

For a complete list of acceptable items, and rules for purchases, visit myflorida.com.

Also keep an eye out for great sales at Orlando-area stores this weekend, and multiply your savings!

Save 40% Off Already Discounted Orlando Deals at Half-Off Depot Today Only!

One of our sponsors in the right-hand column is Half-Off Depot, which offers half-price deals to Orlando-area restaurants, entertainment, spas, and more.

50% off is already a good deal, but today only (Feb 14, 2013), they’re running a Valentine’s Special of an additional 40% off their deals. Some of their merchants aren’t included in this deal, but most are.

Simply click the banner link below and use the coupon code: love40


Thorton Park Gears Up for Black Friday Shopping in Orlando

It’s an annual ritual – getting up early on the day after Thanksgiving to hit the stores before the sun comes up in hopes of getting those great deals.

This year, after the sun comes up and you’ve trekked through the local mall’s offerings, Thorton Parks wants you to consider swinging by for a look at the deals their businesses are offering.

Some of the discounts and deals already confirmed are:

  • BE Boutique – 50% off entire store from 10am-2pm
  • Kennedy’s – Boys get a free haircut and shave coupon
  • Marie France Boutique – Free gift with purchase
  • Mother Falcon – $10 custom-printed t-shirts and 50% off sneakers
  • Nube Nuve Salon – 20% off services

Several restaurants and bars will also be offering Black Friday discounts. These include:

  • Anthony’s – Happy hour all day with 2-4-1 wells/beer and 10% off food all day
  • Burtons – Keystone & Bush 5/$8; $3 domestics
  • Dexter’s – Happy hour all day with $10 off bottles of wine
  • Graffiti Junktion – Present receipt from Thorton Park merchant for a choice of a complimentary Mimosa, Bloody Mary, draft beer, house cocktail or glass of wine. Happy hour from 4pm-7pm featuring comp. food with beverage purchase.
  • Planet Smoothie – $1 off smoothies all day
  • Wildside – Happy hour 4pm-7pm feat $1.79 Bud Lights and Yuenglings

For further details on this shopping event, which runs from 10am to 7pm, check out the Thorton Park District Facebook page.

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