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Harry Potter Years 1 – 7 (part 1) DVDs on sale for $29.99, today only!

There is a really great deal on the Harry Potter movies on Amazon, today only! You can get Harry Potter Years 1-7 Part 1 DVDs for $29.99 + free shipping (was 78.92!) This includes all movies except DVD 7 Part 2.

This would be a great Christmas present for a Harry Potter fan!

If you prefer Blu-ray you can get the Harry Potter Years 1-7 Part 1 Gift Set on Blu-ray for $49.99 (was $134.99!)

Add comment September 26, 2011

Circle G Ranch: A Groupon review

Last week I purchased a Groupon for a drive-thru safari at the Circle G Ranch in Strawberry Plains, TN.  I do something called “Field Trip Thursday” with my girls, and often choose my destinations based on Groupons or Living Social deals I’ve purchased.

We went to the Circle G Ranch this week and had such an amazing time that I wanted to share my experiences with you!

Getting there:

I do not like driving long distances and I do not like getting lost. While this trip did involve about a 45 minute car ride for me, it was a straight shot to Knoxville where I took I-40 East to Exit 402. I was really pleased at how easy it was to get to Circle G Ranch! When you’re planning a trip to the drive-thru safari consider what type of vehicle you’re going to take. I took my husband’s Corolla since we would be driving a long distance and it gets better gas mileage than my van. There were pros and cons to having a small car. When some smaller animals like the pot-bellied pigs were close to the car, my girls were not high up enough to see them. However, they were closer to the windows than they would have been in the van, making for a more exciting experience when the larger animals put their noses to the glass. Also, if you have a vehicle with 4-wheel drive I would bring it. While I made it through the entire safari route in a little car, we did have a tiny bit of trouble getting traction on some of the steeper hills. Finally, before you get started I’d check to make sure the child lock for your automatic windows is on, otherwise your kids may get an unexpected kiss from a zebra.

Details to note:

Admission to the drive-thru safari is $9 for adults, $7 for kids, and free for ages 2 and under. This includes admission to the petting zoo after the safari. You can buy two types of feed buckets; they’re $4 each or $10 for 3. The larger nuggets are for the drive-thru animals and the smaller ones are for the petting zoo animals. While it’s a good thing to purchase feed, as I’m all for supporting the ranch, I did not find it to be necessary. My Groupon basically made it free, but next time we go I won’t purchase any, just to save money. More about that in a minute. If you have a garden they’ll allow you to bring a bag of produce to exchange for one bucket of feed.

Why I won’t buy feed in the future, or how the Bramblett girls are squealers:

Okay, so here’s something about me: I was not raised among large animals. We had a cat and dog growing up, and would see the occasional raccoon on our back porch, but the first time I saw a cow nose-to-nose was when my husband brought me to Maryville to meet his grandparents. All that to say I’m not a 4-H girl who is completely comfortable around most types of animals. My girls are proving to be the same. So while the nice gentleman at check-in said all the animals were harmless, and you can feed them the large pellets of food from your fingers (except zebras, donkeys, and pigs, and there’s a special way to feed emus) we were skeptical. I had the windows down as we entered the safari, and then an emu put his nose in my window. And I screamed. And my girls screamed. Poor emu. I gave him food, quickly rolled up my window, and explained the difference to my girls between “surprised” and “scared”. Then I cracked my window and we went on.We had an absolutely fantastic time, but I only fed an animal from my window twice, and that consisted of my tucking a feed pellet through my slightly cracked window. The rest of the time I waited until the animals were away from the car and threw it by the handful. The animals are so used to being fed by visitors that they will come up to your car and visit with your children even if you don’t have feed. Also, my girls were too timid at the petting zoo to feed many of the animals. They allow you to purchase corn by the handful for a quarter, which is what I’ll do next time.

The drive-thru safari and the petting zoo:

We spent about an hour and 15 minutes driving through the safari part of the ranch. Everyone I spoke to there said that you’re completely safe, and the huge animals will neither trample your car nor stab it with their giant pointy antlers. I was still a little nervous, and I think next time I’ll spring for a ride in one of their safari trucks. (Note, you must make reservations for these.) My girls were absolutely thrilled at the number of animals we saw. We were given a checklist when we checked in of all the animals living on the ranch, and we saw most. After we were done we walked through the petting zoo portion of the ranch. Next time I will put my girls in closed-toe shoes, as there are many animals milling about underfoot.

We are currently reading Charlotte’s Web, and that made for some great conversations with my girls. Here’s my two-year-old chosing the tiny pigs and shouting, “Wilbur! I love you!”


The ranch offers a military discount with valid ID, and they are one of the four attractions included in the K-town Adventure Pass.

In conclusion:

My girls have been talking about this trip nonstop for the past two days. Even without a Groupon I will definitely be back. Just with closed-toe shoes. And possibly with a reservation for the guided safari truck tour.

Here are more details about the Circle G Ranch from the Groupon website:



  • 105-acre USDA-licensed ranch
  • Indigenous & exotic animals
  • 3-mile driving trail
  • Access to petting zoo

For centuries, the only way to see a zebra and a camel on the same day was to ride a saddled camel all the way to the Serengeti. You can witness climatological opposites coexist at the Circle G Ranch.

Circle G Ranch’s environmentally minded staff conserves a USDA-licensed, 105-acre ranch at the foot of the Smoky Mountains over which 500 indigenous and exotic animals saunter as guests gawk from slow-moving cars. Founder Matt Michel admits vehicles to peruse his drive-thru zoo, brimming with roaming zebras, ostriches, buffalo, and grazing zoologists. Supply handfuls of feed to the mouths of wild turkeys and llamas through car windows along a 3-mile trail, or nuzzle a rotating cast of mammals up close in Circle G’s petting zoo. For an additional fee, Groupon customers can upgrade to a truck safari tour, during which guests perch in the open bed of a vintage military truck. A portion of every purchase goes to animal feed and medical care, as well as education and conservation efforts. Circle G Ranch is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last park entry at 4 p.m.

Add comment September 26, 2011

Get Nature’s Own bread for $0.73/loaf at Kroger with printable coupon

Nature’s Own bread should be on sale for $1.48 at Kroger starting today.

Use this printable coupon for $0.75/1 Nature’s Own product (use zip code 90210) to get it for just $0.73/loaf!

Thanks, Time2Save Workshops!

*Please read about my Sunday posting policy

Add comment September 25, 2011

CVS and Walgreens deals September 25 – October 1

Here are this week’s CVS deals from Pirates of the Supermarket.

Here are this week’s Walgreens deals from Money Saving Mom.

*Please read about my Sunday posting policy

Add comment September 25, 2011

Printable RedPlum and Coupon Network coupons 9/24/11

Here are the latest lists I’ve received of printable coupons from Coupon Network and RedPlum:

CouponNetwork Coupons
75¢ off when you buy TWO FARMER JOHN® Roll Sausages
$5.00 off Philips Norelco 7000 Series Electric Razor
$10.00 off Philips Norelco Speed XL/Nivea for Men Razor
$1.00 off when you buy ONE Purina ONE® brand Dry Cat Food
$2.00 off Veet® Hair Removal products
$1.00 off on Totino’s® Crisp Crust Party Pizza® Products
50¢ off on Pillsbury® Rolled Refrigerated Pie Crusts
50¢ off when you buy Betty Crocker® Fruit flavored snacks
75¢ off when you buy Wheaties® or Wheaties Fuel® cereal
Save 70¢ on Softsoap® Liquid Hand Soap
$1.00 off on Pillsbury® Sweet Moments® Refrigerated Desserts
75¢ off when you buy TWO any flavor select Yoplait® Yogurts
50¢ off when you buy EIGHT CUPS any variety Yoplait® Yogurt
40¢ off on Pillsbury® Sweet Rolls OR Grands!® Sweet Rolls
30¢ off Pillsbury® Refrigerated Grands!® Biscuits
40¢ off on Pillsbury® Refrigerated Italian Meal Breads
40¢ off on TWO any flavor/variety Totino’s® Rolls Snacks
$3 off 1 Multi-pack AVENT BPA-Free Baby Bottles
$1.50 off 1 AVENT Pacifier Pack
$20.00 off on Philips Norelco SensoTouch/3D Electric Razor
$1.00 off SIX Mighty Dog® 5.5 oz single cans
Buy THREE get one FREE Purina® ONE® SmartBlend® Wet Cat Food
$1.50 off when you buy any TWO Sundown Naturals® Product
$2.50 off when you buy any THREE Disney or Marvel Items
$1.60 off any TWO Nature’s Bounty® Vitamins or Supplements
$2.00 off when you buy any TWO GoodBelly® Quarts
50¢ off when you buy any TWO Gold ‘n Soft® 15oz Tubs
$1.25 off when you buy any two Marie’s® Dressing
$5.00 off any Philips Norelco Shaving Replacement Head
$1 off when you buy any two bags of SENSEO® COFFEE PODS
$2 off when you buy any Osteo Bi-Flex® Supplement or Powder

Redplum Coupons
IHOP at Home™ – SAVE $1.00
Right Guard® – $1 off
Fiber Choice® – SAVE $2.00
Sprayway® – SAVE $0.50

Add comment September 24, 2011

Theraflu for $0.50 starting Sunday at Walgreens

There’s a great Register Reward deal on Theraflu starting Sunday at Walgreens!

$5 RR wyb 2 Theraflu Products at $5 each

Buy 2 Theraflu Caplets at $5 each
Use two $2/1 off Theraflu Warming Relief Syrup or Caplets printable coupons
Total Due: $6
Get Back: $5 RR, making them $0.50 each!

I love Theraflu and always try to keep some on hand. This would be a great way to stock up!

Some regions will also get a $2/1 Theraflu coupon in the Sunday paper this week, but in case you don’t I’d print these coupons now.

Thanks, Southern Savers

Add comment September 24, 2011

Keep your kids safe online with the KiDSBrowse software for $3 (was $20!)

My friend Cindy asked me for a deal on internet safety software for kids. This is about as inexpensive as it gets!

Keep full control over which sites your children visit with KiDSBrowse, the top rated and user-friendly web browser for young users. At 85% off the list price, you can rest assured that your kids are surfing the net in a fun and safe environment. Right now, you can get download the Kids Browse software for just $3 via Mamasource with promo code: SAFETY2. This is a $20 value & they have both PC & Mac versions available.

Thanks, Savings and Stewardship!

Add comment September 23, 2011

Softsoap hand soaps $0.30 at CVS with printable coupons

Print the following coupon now for a great deal on Softsoap Hand Soap starting this Sunday September 25th at CVS.

Softsoap Liquid Handsoaps or Body Washes will be $3 each with $4 in ECBs when you buy 2
Use two $0.70/1 Softsoap Pampered Hands coupons (you may have to scroll through the pages to find this one, but it’s there)
Pay $4.60 and get $4 back in ECBs
Like paying $0.30 each

Thanks, Couponing to Disney!

Add comment September 23, 2011

Save $93 on the Kolcraft giant dollhouse – Christmas?

Amazon has the giant Kolcraft dollhouse on sale right now – $93 off plus free shipping. That still makes it $153.99 (gasp) but if you’re looking for that one big Christmas present that knocks your daughter off her feet, this may be it.

I am such a sucker for dollhouses, and so are my girls. My husband just told us we need to do away with one of the four we own. I sent it to Grandmas. 🙂

Add comment September 23, 2011

The Palace Theater showing National Velvet on September 30

The Palace Theater Film Club  is presenting a special viewing of the movie National Velvet on September 30 at 7:30 p.m. following the Last Friday Art Walk. Tickets are $6.

If you have a kid who loves horses, he or she might really enjoy getting to see this movie at the Palace! You might want to make it a reward for having read the book.

Make sure you mark your calendars for the Palace Theater’s showings of White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life this December, too. I’ve been there to see White Christmas and had a fantastic time! The Palace Theater really is a jewel.


Here are more details on National Velvet:

Mi Taylor was a young wanderer and opportunist whose father had given him “all the roads in the Kingdom” to travel. One of the roads, and a notation in his father’s journal,
leads him to the quiet English country-side home of the Brown family. The youngest daughter, Velvet, has a passion for horses and when she wins the spirited steed Pie in a town lottery, Mi is encouraged to train the horse for the Grand National – England’s greatest racing event!

Add comment September 22, 2011

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