Save more than $20 on Dollywod tickets through May 15!


Recently we had a chance to go to Dollywood with a friend who had three free “bring-a-friend” passes, which is the best deal ever! However, there are four people in my family so I nddede an extra child’s ticket. I was SO excited when a friend shared a discount code to get more than $20 off ticket prices! She said the code should work through May 15; I cannot promise that the discount code will work for you but I tested out and it made my daughter’s $52 ticket $35 before tax, so YMMV but I hope this proves helpful!


Go to the Dollywood website, and when you click on “tickets,” you should see the following promo code box, above. Before you do anything else, enter code XCEL and hit “apply”. This should make the $65 adult ticket $43.50, the $52 child’s ticket $35.50. You will need to be able to print these tickets and bring them to the park.

Thanks, Gymnastics Counts!

Add comment May 4, 2016

Poetry Teatime


Every Tuesday my girls and I have Poetry Teatime. This is a tradition we love, and one we discovered through the Brave Writer website. Brave Writer now has a new website dedicated entirely to poetry teatimes. When you visit the new website here you can get a FREE Quick Start Guide to Poetry Teatimes.


Here’s the fantastic poetry book I found at a yard sale!

The goal of Poetry Teatime is simple: foster a love of poetry in your children by associating it with beauty and fun. So, we get out Mom’s wedding china, light candles, eat delicious treats like scones, and read whatever poetry we feel like reading! For my children, this tends to include a lot of Shel Silverstein; for me, I’ve been reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. Another good source for poetry is the Ambleside Online website here. We have also been working on poetry memorization in our homeschool, and Poetry Teatime is the perfect time to recite!

As summer approaches, consider bringing this tradition into your home! For more information on how to get started, visit the Poetry Teatime website here or the Facebook site here.

This post is my entry into the Poetry Teatime contest. You can find more information about the contest here.

Disclosure: This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).

Add comment April 27, 2016

Opening day for the 2016 Maryville Farmers’ Market is April 23rd!

Opening day for the local Maryville Farmers’ Market is April 23rd! It is a happy, social farmers’ market with special events such as children’s activities and live music as well as beautiful vegetables, fruits, cheeses, plants, honey, herbs, coffee, and baked goods. For more info visit the Maryville Farmers’ Market FB page here.

Thanks, Downtown Maryville!

Add comment April 16, 2016

Regal announces 2016 summer movies lineup: see these movies for just $1!

Regal has announced the 2016 schedule for its Summer Movie Express, where families can see movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for just $1 each throughout the summer! Plus, a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. In our area, three Regal theaters usually participate: Regal Knoxville Center Stadium 10, Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX, and Regal West Town Mall Stadium 9.  All movies start at 10 a.m. and both movies play on both days. The exact start dates will vary depending on the location (you can find your location by zip code here). Here’s the general movie schedule, and then I’ve copied the specific movie schedule for the Regal Pinnacle at Turkey Creek below that.

  • Week 1
    The Lego Movie
  • Week 2
    The Iron Giant: Signature Edition
  • Week 3
    The Smurfs 2
  • Week 4
    Despicable Me 2
  • Week 5
    The Peanuts Movie
  • Week 6
    Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
    Curious George
  • Week 7
    The Book of Life
    Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Week 8
    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
    Shaun The Sheep
  • Week 9
    The Croods
    Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

2016 Summer Movie Express schedule for Regal Pinnacle Turkey Creek:

Week Dates Movies
Week 1 Tue June 7
Wed June 8
The Lego Movie
Week 2 Tue June 14
Wed June 15
Iron Giant: Signature Edition
Week 3 Tue June 21
Wed June 22
The Smurfs 2
Week 4 Tue June 28
Wed June 29
Despicable Me 2
Week 5 Tue July 5
Wed July 6
The Peanuts Movie
Week 6 Tue July 12
Wed July 13
Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Curious George
Week 7 Tue July 19
Wed July 20
The Book of Life
Hotel Transylvania 2
Week 8 Tue July 26
Wed July 27
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Shaun The Sheep
Week 9 Tue August 2
Wed August 3
The Croods
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

For more information on Regal’s Summer Movie Express, visit their website here.


Add comment April 15, 2016

2016 strawberry-picking season has begun!


Strawberry picking season at Rutherford Farms starts this Saturday, April 16! This local pick-your-own strawberry farm has delicious fruit, and we enjoy picking there every year. Make sure you bring your own containers – although if you forget, they have some for sale. Strawberries are $1.50/lb when you pick them yourself. They also have pre-picked strawberries available for purchase: a 4-quart bucket is $14.

Rutherford Farms is located at 3337 Mint Road in Maryville.


Mon: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wed: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm


Add comment April 14, 2016

Compass Classroom: huge sale, includes Homeschool Made Simple, Visual Latin, more

Compass Classroom is having a huge sale on their homeschool curriculum! One thing I plan to purchase is the above DVD series from veteran homeschooler and speaker Carole Joy Seid, called Homeschool Made Simple. I’ve watched the entire series twice, but at 40% off, I’ve decided I need to own it too!

Here are some of the other great things on sale:

Visual Latin is 30% off:

Modernity is 50% off…

and you can bundle it with Dav Raymond’s American History for 50% off that too!

Plus lots more! Go here to browse the sale.

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Add comment April 6, 2016

Giveaway: Win early-entry passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale at First Baptist Maryville April 8-9

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know there are a number of consignment sales in Maryville that I really adore. The Kidz Consignment Sale at First Baptist Maryville is one of these. I always find really great deals, and I’ve made quite a bit of money consigning as well!

I am excited to be able to give away passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale pre-sale to two Thrifty Christy readers! There’s nothing like shopping early!

The sale is Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, but these tickets will get you in beforehand to shop with consignors on the evening of Thursday, April 7.

Here’s more info on the First Baptist Church of Maryville’s Kidz Consignment Sale:

The church is located at 202 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy in Maryville, and the sale takes place in the church gym.

Sale Hours:

Friday, April 8 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Half-Price Sale Saturday, April 9 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (All items without a red dot will be half-price.)
Cash and credit cards only.

If you’ve already signed up to consign, you can enter to win a pass to give to a friend. Shopping early is a lot of fun, but remember to get there before the doors open as there’s always a line!

To keep up with all the news about the sale you can like their Facebook page here.

To enter to win one of two early-entry passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale (each one good for you plus a friend!), head to the Thrifty Christy Facebook page and look for this giveaway post – all the details are there! This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday, April 4. I will choose two winners on Tuesday, April 5 using and post their names on Facebook.

Add comment March 30, 2016

Get a free audiobook of “Bunnicula,” today only!

My kids love the book Bunnicula! It makes for a fantastic, not-too-scary read around Halloween, although it’s lots of fun anytime. For the next 24 hours, Penguin Random House Audio is offering a FREE download of the audiobook of Bunnicula inside their smartphone app, called Volumes. For all the info, visit their Facebook page here.

To download the Volumes app, go here.

Add comment March 22, 2016

Kids eat free on Tuesdays at Ruby Tuesday!

Every Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. – close, kids eat FREE at Ruby Tuesday! You’ll get one free kid’s meal for every adult entree purchased. I love supporting Ruby Tuesday, since its national headquarters are right here in Maryville, TN! As with all “kids eat free” deals, please call your location just to make sure they’re participating.

Thanks to my mom for sharing this deal with me!!


Add comment March 15, 2016

Free short stack of pancakes at IHOP today until 7 p.m.


Get a free short stack of pancakes at IHOP today until 7 p.m.! Then, please consider leaving a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network. More details above.


Add comment March 8, 2016

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