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Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert: kids’ tickets start at $8!

Did you know that kids’ tickets to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas concert start at less than $8? Here’s where to get more info on the concert and all of the special Christmas events happening in Knoxville.

I’m so excited to be going to this concert!!

Add comment November 30, 2011

Freebies: PowerBar Ironman drink, baby formula, Victoria’s Secret underpants, etc. A motley crew as always.

Here are a few freebies that were sent to me recently:

Free bottle of PowerBar Ironman PERFORM drink

Free limited edition panty from Victoria’s Secret (today 11/30 only)

Free sample of Babies R Us baby formula

Free sample of Nature’s Bounty Fish Oil

Register for Qdoba Rewards and get free chips & salsa or a free regular drink

Add comment November 30, 2011

Winners of the Thomas & Friends, Kimochis, and Nest giveaways are…

I have a bunch of giveaway winners this morning! Here you go:

The winner of the Thomas & Friends TrackMaster set is #49 Suzanne H.

The winner of the $15 gift card from The Nest of Knoxville is #9 Brianne.

The five winners of the stuffed Kimochis are #54 Niecey D., #47 Angela L., #21 Mary Beth E., #238 Karrieann, and #234 C. Hulsey.

I’ve emailed you all, so check your inbox. Thanks to all who entered!

1 comment November 30, 2011

Scholastic Storybook Treasures 75% off – two of the Christmas presents my girls are getting has the Scholastic Storybook Treasures: Treasury of 100 Storybooks Classics on DVD for just $30 (normally $100!!) It doesn’t ship for 2-4 weeks, but it might arrive in time for Christmas. If you have a Red Card (either debit or credit), you can get 5% off plus FREE shipping. Plus, go through Ebates or ShopAtHome first for an additional 3% back. (Once you’ve gone through the rebate sites and are on, search for Scholastic Storybook Treasures and you’ll find the above set easily.) Plus…

You can also get the second volume on Amazon right now for $33 (also normally $100!) and this one ships free automatically and is almost certain to get there by Christmas! Remember, these prices could go up at any time.

I can personally endorse Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs. I love them!! They read classic children’s books aloud to your kids. I’m not a big proponent of TV, but we put these in during long car trips and then my girls want to go to the library and get the book version of the stories they’ve just seen. We have a couple of the DVDs that have 8-10 stories on them, so I can’t wait to give them both of these boxed sets!

Here are the stories that are included in the second volume, if you’re interested:

All the Colors of the Earth
Amazing Grace
Antarctic Antics
Bark, George
Bear Snores On
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
By the Light of the Halloween Moon
Caps for Sale
Changes, Changes
The Chinese Violin
James Marshall’s Cinderella
Come On Rain!
Crazy Hair Day
A Dark, Dark Tale
The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash
Dem Bones
Diary of a Fly
Diary of a Worm
Dooby Moo
The Dot
Duck for President
Each Peach Pear Plum
Elizabeti’s Doll
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Frog Went A-Courtin’
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Giraffes Can’t Dance
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Good Night, Gorilla
The Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon
Hansel and Gretel
Happy Birthday, Moon
The Happy Lion
The Happy Owls
The Hat
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
Hush Little Baby
I Could Do That! Esther Morris
Gets Women the Vote
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
In the Month of Kislev
In the Small, Small Pond
Is Your Mama a Llama?
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Keeping House
The Librarian from the Black Lagoon
The Little Drummer Boy
The Little Match Girl
The Little Red Hen
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge
Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
Madam President
Max’s Christmas
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Miss Nelson Has a Field Day
Miss Nelson Is Back!
Morris’s Disappearing Bag
Musical Max
My Senator and Me: A Dog’s Eye
View of Washington, D.C.
The Napping House
The Night Before Christmas
Noisy Nora
Over in the Meadow
Owl Moon
The Rainbabies
Ralph S. Mouse
Reading to Your Bunny
Red Riding Hood
The Red Shoes
Seven Candles for Kwanza
Shrinking Violet
Smile for Auntie
So You Want to Be President?
Space Case
Stanley and the Dinosaurs
The Swineherd
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
The Teacher from the Black Lagoon
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
This Land Is Your Land
The Three Little Pigs
The Three Robbers
The Three-Legged Cat
Too Many Tamales
The Ugly Duckling
Uncle Elephant
A Very Brave Witch
The Wheels on the Bus
Will I Have a Friend?
The Witch in the Cherry Tree
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin

Spanish versions of:

Amazing Grace
The Day Jimmy’s
Boa Ate the Wash
Duck for President
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Is Your Mama a Llama?
Monty Musical Max
Noisy Nora
Too Many Tamales

Thanks, Couponing to Disney and Coupon Katie!

Add comment November 29, 2011

$1.25/1 Reynolds Wrap product printable coupon

Hurry here to print a new $1.25/1 any Reynolds Wrap prod­uct!  Just click on the Household category to find it easily. I’d print this one quickly as it’s sure to be gone soon.

Thanks, Real Housewives Clip Coupons!

Add comment November 28, 2011

Blount Moms Today Webisode: Secret Safe Place

Here’s the latest webisode from Blount Moms Today, above. This one honors Secret Safe Place for a “Decade of Difference” that led to the safe surrender of 37 newborns in Tennessee. For more information, go here.  attended their Luau fundraiser this year and had a wonderful time, so when that rolls around again please make plans to go.


Add comment November 28, 2011

Grocery University 80% off before 8 a.m. – Cyber Monday sale!

Grocery University one-day sale
I often get emails asking me if I am going to teach a series on couponing. I am not. I’ve just got too much going on right now to prepare a class like that in the detail that I feel would make it worthwhile. Plus, why reinvent the wheel when I don’t think I could do a better job than the folks at Grocery University? Grocery University is a coupon class that I’ve promoted for a long time. You can learn the ins and outs of couponing and you don’t even have to leave your home or get a babysitter! You can listen to the audio files in the car, at the gym, etc.  You also get a 40-page student workbook and a bonus Rock Bottom Price List (which was updated to reflect rising prices.)

I’m so excited to let you know that while it’s always a decently affordable price, on Cyber Monday you can get Grocery University for only $5!  You’ll have to go here sometime between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. to purchase it at that price. After 8 a.m. the price will go up by $1 each hour until it reaches $9. then, on Tuesday it’ll be $9.95.

So, if you’ve been meaning to attend a coupon class, get this one while it’s on super-sale!
Grocery University

Add comment November 26, 2011

Free $2 Amazon MP3 credit, good through 11/28

Amazon is offering $2 free in MP3 credits! To get it, go to the deals page on, type in the coupon code STUDYBRK (don’t copy and paste, that won’t work) and you’ll get your free $2 credit automatically added to your account! This credit will expire 11/28.

Also, once you’re there check out the Gold Box deals. They’ll have some amazing things on sale now through Cyber Monday.

Thanks, STLMommy!

Add comment November 25, 2011

This month’s Thrifty Christy article on Blount Moms Today: Couponing at Walgreens

Here’s my article on the Blount Moms Today website this month. This guide to couponing at Walgreens is the second in a two-part series on shopping at drugstores. The first in the series was about shopping at CVS and can be read here.

Couponing at Walgreens

Last month in this column I detailed all the ways to save money by shopping for items (not just medicine!) at one of our two local drugstore chains, CVS Pharmacy. This month I’m going to explain the various money-saving programs available at the second drugstore chain we have in Blount County, Walgreens.

There are two basic ways to categorize Walgreens deals: those that involve Register Rewards (RRs) and those that don’t. Register Rewards are Walgreen’s version of store credit, much like the Extra Care Buck program available at CVS.

When you walk into a Walgreens store, look immediately for the store coupon book available near the front. This is a book Walgreens publishes monthly, and it’s about the size of a thick brochure. All of the coupons inside this coupon book are store coupons that can be stacked with manufacturer’s coupons for additional savings. Sometimes you can combine manufacturer coupons and store coupons to get items for free! One rule to note is that Walgreens only allows you to use the same number of coupons as items purchased, so if you’re getting three items, and you have four coupons, you’ll need to pick up a small item (called a “filler” item in couponing jargon) such as a pack of gum. I’ve found that Walgreens store coupons do not seem to count toward your number of coupons used, but that could change at any time.

Register Rewards are coupons that serve as store credit, and they print out after you purchase qualifying items, often listed in the weekly circular. RRs can then be used to purchase other items in the store in a separate transaction. Walgreens does not have a frequent shopper card that tracks your spending, so theoretically you could do a RR deal more than once, but only in separate transactions. A rule to note here is that if you receive a RR for purchasing an item, and then turn around and use it as store credit to purchase an additional one of those items, you will not receive another RR. Here’s what I mean: let’s say toothpaste is $2, and you receive $2 in RRs for having purchased one tube. If you purchase two tubes in one transaction you’ll only receive one $2 RR. If you broke it into two transactions you’d receive two $2 RRs. You can use the $2 RR from the first transaction to purchase the second tube of toothpaste, but now the computer knows you’ve bought that item before and it won’t print you another $2 RRs. Make sense?

Using the Walgreens’ store savings programs can sometimes feel like cramming for a Calculus exam. However, there are times when it works like magic, and you’re able to combine manufacturer’s coupons and store coupons, pay very little or nothing (plus tax), and receive store credit to spend on other items. Just remember:

  •  You need the same number of manufacturer’s coupons as items purchased (RRs count as manufacturer’s coupons) so you may need a few filler items.
  • When you use a RR from one deal to purchase another of that same item you won’t get another RR.
  • The RRs expire very quickly. Don’t let them expire! If you feel like there’s nothing you need, then use them to buy milk or bread.

Don’t forget, you don’t have to match up the coupons and RR deals yourself! Let someone else do the work for you. Blogs that I recommend that do this include Southern Savers and Hip2Save.

Add comment November 25, 2011

Christmas at the Courthouse will be 12/1/11

Christmas at the (Blount County) Courthouse  will take place December 1 at 6:30 p.m. My family will be there, as we love this event! For more info visit the Hometown Christmas events page.

Add comment November 25, 2011

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