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IHOP: Join me for free pancakes tomorrow

Head to IHOP for free pancakes tomorrow from 7 – 10 a.m. My girls and I will be there, and as is our tradition, we will be wearing pajamas. They really get a kick out of wearing pajamas to IHOP. Each person will receive a free small short stack of pancakes, and in exchange, IHOP is asking you to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Also, don’t forget to tip your waiter! My husband waited tables through college and seminary, so my family is big about tipping.

Gabrielle of Couponing in Critical Times has some interesting info about the history of this event, if you’d like to know more.

See you there!

1 comment February 28, 2011

Second Harvest loses all food in today’s floods

The floods today damaged all of the food at the Second Harvest food bank. I am posting the press release below. Melissa at Frugalissa Finds will be keeping us posted on how best to help Second Harvest right now. This is really sad because the food banks that Second Harvest delivers to will not be getting food for a while. Second Harvest delivers to 41 nonprofit agencies in Blount County, so this will have a local impact. Consider going through your stockpile to find food to donate to Second Harvest  if you’re planning on going to Knoxville any time soon. If you’re staying put, consider donating to the Community Food Connection, as I’m sure they will be seeing increased demand.


The warehouse at Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee at 922 Delaware Avenue in North Knoxville was flooded today after heavy rainfall caused the creek behind the facility to overflow.

Food stored in the warehouse has been tainted and cannot be used. The warehouse and administrative offices have been closed until further notice. Electricity had to be cut off. Five cars belonging to employees are under water.

Volunteers should not report to work, and agencies should not come to the warehouse for food. There will be no deliveries.

We anticipate the situation to last for the next few days, or perhaps until Monday.

We will keep the partner agencies and schools that depend on Second Harvest informed as more details become available.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, a member of Feeding America, has worked to eliminate hunger since 1982. In 2010, this organization provided food for more than 12 million meals in 18 counties in East Tennessee. With six major programs and 500 Agency/Food Partners, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee serves approximately 158,000 people each month.

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Upcoming consignment sales: Duck Duck Goose, Jack and Jules, Silver Lining

Here are three upcoming consignment sales in Knoxville. Jack & Jules is March 10-12, Duck Duck Goose is April 14-18, and Silver Lining is April 29-30.

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Statistics on people who coupon

In case you ever wondered, here’s some info on those of us who coupon (yes, that’s an acceptable verb):

 “Online coupon users have bigger households, are better educated, and are wealthier than the general population” according to the Coupons, Inc. Market Research Bureau.

 “More than one-half of US Internet users with household incomes of at least $100,000 reported using online coupons. By contrast, only 30% of users with incomes under $25,000 used coupons” according to eMarketer.

 Here are the percentage of coupon users at different income levels according to eMarketer:

<$25K : 30%

$25K – $50K : 38%

$50K – $75K : 42%

$75K – $100K : 43%

$100K – $150K : 51%

$150K and over : 53%

And here’s an interesting WSJ story that estimates that every hour spent couponing is worth $100. 

Thanks Coupon Gal!

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Join Julie from Sharing Savings With You for a free couponing seminar

Julie from Sharing Savings With You is giving a series of talks on couponing at the Burlington Branch of the Knox County Library (where she works). There is one tonight at 6 p.m.

Here’s the info:

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Junior League of Knoxville’s Bag-A-Bargain is Saturday!

The Junior League of Knoxville is having its huge annual garage sale event, called Bag-A-Bargain, this Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. If you bring a canned good for Mission of Hope you’ll get $1 of admission (which is $5). There is also a $1 off coupon in the Knoxville Schools coupon book. (You can’t combine these 2 offers, sorry!)

People line up for this event (even one year when it was snowing!) so if you want to be one of the first ones through the door, take note.

I will be there working my shift at 7:30 a.m., so stop by and say hello!

I am SO excited that Garage Sale Season is officially open!

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Couponing acronyms explained

Do you ever get confused reading couponing blogs because of all the acronyms used? Here’s a quick list to help you figure out exactly what people are talking about!

AC-After Coupons

BC-Before Coupons

HTH-Hope that Helps

MQ or MFR-Manufacturer’s Coupon

OOP-Out of Pocket Expense

Q or CPN-Coupon

YMMV-Your Mileage May Vary (A deal may work for someone else, but may not for you.)

TMF-Try Me Free offer

FAR-Free After Rebate

CAT-Catalina coupon (Manufacturer coupons that print out from a little machine at the register, triggered by what you buy.)

B1G1F, B2G1F-”Buy one get one Free”, “Buy two get one Free”

TEAR PAD- A pad of refund forms or coupons hanging on a shelf at the store.

BLINKIE-A machine that spits out coupons.

UPC-Universal product code (those black straight lines with numbers under them)

POP-Proof of purchase (like a product label or UPC)

DCRT-Dated cash register receipt

GC-Gift Card

P&G-Proctor and Gamble


SS-Smart Source coupon insert 

PG-Proctor and Gamble coupon insert

RP- Red Plum coupon insert

Jedi- The cashier you want!

Peelies-sticker like coupons found on products.

ECB-Extra Care Bucks (CVS money)

RR- Register Reward (Walgreens money)

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CVS and Walgreens deals for 2/27–3/5


Here are this week’s CVS deals from Coupon Mommie.


Here are this week’s Walgreens deals from Coupon Katie.

If you’re new to couponing I suggest starting with CVS because their Extra Care Bucks rebate program is easier to use. However, Walgreens has some great Register Rewards deals this week if you’re a seasoned shopper and can work with their process.

*Please read about my Sunday posting policy.

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My Kroger Trip 2/26/11 – 86% savings!

Just got back from Kroger, and I got all of the above (plus the Schick razor which I forgot to include) for $8.24 including tax PLUS 2 catalinas for $3 each! Crazy! Here’s what I did:

Used coupons for free Kroger brand diaper and wipes that were given out at the Knoxville Coupon Fair this morning. Giving these to diaperLove.

Used coupons for free Kroger brand pickles and hot dogs that were given out at the Knoxville Coupon Fair this morning.

Used $0.35/1 Vegall coupon from the Fair – I think it was at Gabrielle’s table – which doubled.

Got 6 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks and 4 Totinos Pizza Rolls for almost nothing after doing the deal Knoxville on a Dime posted here. I don’t even eat this stuff but I’m sending the fruit snacks to preschool and church, and the pizza rolls will feed our youth group.

The Schick razor was free. Check out Adrian’s post about that deal on the Thrifty Christy Facebook page.

The mushrooms were $2 and I had a $0.40/1 from a mailer. My husband loves these things. Also the Chiquita bites were on manager special for $1.99, and I love to buy these when they are the same price as normal apples. I’m lazy. It saves me the time it takes to slice apples.

I also had $6 in catalinas from earlier in the week. I love Kroger!

Make sure to enter my giveaway for a $25 Kroger gift card. It ends Thursday.

2 comments February 26, 2011

Welcome new readers from the Coupon Fair today!

If you’re stopping by this blog because I met you at the coupon fair: welcome! I had a great time getting to chat with a great group of couponers. Attendance is still being tallied, but there were way more than 500 people there. I was especially impressed with those of you who made the drive from Blount County, and it was so wonderful to meet you! I got to speak with people from Maryville, Alcoa, and even Townsend!

I had a great time working the freebie swap table, but the coupon exchange table was really the place to be. Check out these photos.

A special thanks to Gabrielle Blake and Faith UMC for getting this event together. You are beyond amazing. I’m already looking forward to next year!

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