Archive for July, 2012

Papa John’s: get a large pizza for 15 rewards points instead of 25

If you participate in Papa John’s reward points, here’s a great way to get a large pizza for just 15 points (regularly 25). Make sure you enter your code BEFORE you place your order; otherwise it’ll give you problems. Papa John’s rewards points are fun. I ordered our free pizza for my husband for dinner when I was out-of-town. Gotta love technology.

Add comment July 31, 2012

Groupon field trip: Circle G Ranch

We are celebrating my daughter’s last week of summer vacation before she starts Kindergarten by going on lots of field trips! Today’s outing: Circle G Ranch (using a Groupon, of course!)

Add comment July 30, 2012

Pottery Barn Kids birthday club = discounts for your child!

Pottery Barn Kids has a Birthday club for children ages 9 and under.

According to the site, “Once your child is enrolled, a birthday card will be mailed to your home during their birthday month; it includes a special offer that must be redeemed by the end of their birthday month. If your child’s birthday is within 8 to 10 weeks of signing up for the birthday club, they will receive their initial birthday card and special offer the following year.”

Go here to enroll.

Add comment July 25, 2012

Library book sale starts today!


From the Blount County Public Library’s FB page:

“Like-new books of all types will be available at bargain basement prices at the Used Book Sale Thursday through Saturday of this week, July 19-21. Friends of the Library sponsor the sale & offer first dibs to members only (memberships available at the door) on Thursday from noon to 6 pm. Friday and Saturday the sale will be open to the public from 9-5.”

So that’s where I’ll be today 🙂

Add comment July 19, 2012

Giveaway: 2 early entry passes to the fairview UMC Consignment Sale

Fairview United Methodist Church is having its annual Children’s Consignment Event this Saturday July 21, and you’ll definitely want to make plans to be there. The sale starts at 8 a.m. and closes at noon for an hour. At 1 p.m. they reopen and everything without a red dot is on sale for half price. Sale items include clothing for all seasons for newborn to children’s size 16; all things for baby–furniture, strollers, pack-n-plays, etc., costumes, sports equipment, toys, puzzles, books, DVDs and gaming systems.

For more information, call the church office at 865-983-2080.

I am excited to be able to give away two passes to get you and a friend in to shop early this Friday night! (Of course, if you choose to consign you’ll shop early as well!)

This giveaway is going to take place via Facebook, so head to the Thrifty Christy Facebook page and look for the above flyer to participate!

This giveaway will end on Wednesday July 18 at midnight EST. Winners will be announced Thursday July 19 via Facebook.

Add comment July 16, 2012

Review and giveaway: Sarah Myers Photography

I try to have family photos made at least once a year. I recently had the pleasure of a family photo shoot with Sarah Myers of Sarah Myers Photography.

Yes, I took kids (and husband) out into the record-breaking heat we’ve been having and made them sit still and smile. It was really a great experience! Sarah brought some props and had suggestions for other items for us to bring, which led to some really creative photographs. My girls loved having their photos made with their favorite stuffed animals, and I love this photo with the cross:

Sarah is really good with kids. Patience is definitely required when attempting to get my girls to smile and stay put. Here’s a shot of my Alice:

One of the main things that stands out to me about Sarah’s pricing is that her session fee includes a CD with all edited images and a print-release form so you can get prints wherever you find the best deal! She doesn’t charge per print (like many photographers) and she doesn’t charge an additional fee to purchase the CD. If you – like me – get canvases printed for your wall, this is a really important money-saving detail! Here’s the canvas I’m having printed:

Sarah’s photography sessions are $110 each, which includes the following:

  • One hour photo session in location of your choice
  • One outfit change
  • Several hours of post-shoot editing
  • Password-protected online gallery for easy proofing
  • Print/usage-released photos on a CD (you may print as many as you like, post on Facebook, etc.). This alone is an outstanding option that typically costs several hundred dollars!
Newborn Sessions are $110 for the first hour, and 50% off any additional hours. Her “Baby’s First Year Package” is only $80 per session (after newborn session) for 3, 6, 9, and 12-month sessions.
Although the majority of Sarah’s photo shoots are of families and children, she also offers birth sessions and wedding or special event photography. Local wedding packages start at $800. If you know of any engaged couples that are looking at wedding photographers, Sarah is currently offering a $50 referral fee (upon booking). I’ve been married for 9 years, but I still remember trying to find the perfect wedding photographer. One of the things that stands out about Sarah is her creativity, which is so important in a wedding photographer. She has fantastic ideas for posed shots, and also captures unposed moments elegantly.
Sarah is giving away a free photo shoot during the month of August! To win, go here to “like” Sarah Myers Photography on Facebook and then follow the instructions in the contest flyer posted on her wall. The winner will be announced July 31st.
For pricing and contact info as well as a gallery of Sarah’s work, please visit the Sarah Myers Photography blog or website. Also, Sarah is a fellow thrifty living blogger as well!
Thanks, Sarah!

Add comment July 16, 2012

Big Lots: 20% off tonight and tomorrow (with coupon)

Big Lots is having one of its occasional 20% off weekends, making it a great time to stock up on basic groceries! This is when I buy A LOT of Nutella- it’s priced at $3, so after the discount it’s $2.40.

They also have 18 packs of K-cups for $9, so $7.20 after the discount.
To get 20% off everything tonight you just have to have a frequent shopper card. They’re free and you can get one at checkout. Tomorrow you’ll need a printable coupon found here.

Add comment July 14, 2012

Blueberry-picking season has started

The blueberry farm across from the drive-in movies has officially opened for the season. When we went last week there were some ripe berries but also a lot of green ones (as you can see above.)

If you’re going for a field trip with your kids, you’ll have a great time. If you’re looking to pick as many blueberries as possible, you may want to wait until next week, according to the owner. Here are the days they’re open as well as their hours:


Add comment July 11, 2012

McAlister’s free tea day is July 26!

McAlister’s Free Tea Day will be July 26.This always seems to happen around my birthday, which is convenient, since I love McAlister’s tea!

Add comment July 9, 2012

Half off honey and free shipping at Tropical Traditions

Right now you can get free shipping on any Tropical Traditions order of $16 or more with coupon code 97212.

You can combine this  code with their weekly specials to get some great deals! My favorite right now is their Tropical Traditions Organic Raw Honey (17.6 ounce jar) which is half off (was $19.99, now $9.99). You could get two of these to bring your order total to above $16 so they’ll ship free, or you could add some of their other specials to your cart. I have personally bought coconut oil and Antioxidant Greens (also on sale!) from Tropical Traditions and have been very impressed with the quality of their products.

The free shipping expires at midnight on Monday July 9, and the half off honey deal expires July 12.

Add comment July 7, 2012

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