Archive for January, 2014

Staples deal of the day: Green Mountain Breakfast Blend or Donut Shop K-Cups for $0.35 each!

Staples’ deal of the day today is the Green Mountain Breakfast Blend K-Cups 36 Pack or the Original Donut Shop Coffee K-Cups 36 Pack for just $14.99 each (reg. $19.99!). To bring the price down even more, add 2 of these to your cart and then use the coupon code 37898 at checkout to save $5 off your purchase. This will make the final cost $24.98 for two 36-count boxes or $0.35/each K-cup! You will need to log in to your Staples account (or set one up for free) before you can use the coupon code.

Also, if you’re a Staples Rewards Member you will get an additional 5% cash back + FREE shipping! If you’re not yet a member, head on over here to sign up for free!

Thanks, Hip2Save!

Add comment January 22, 2014

WonderWorks & Lumberjack Feud Local Appreciation Days

Check out these two great attractions that are offering discounts for local appreciation days!


WonderWorks local appreciation days are January 21st – March 15th, 2014. General admission tickets are $14.99+ for adults and $9.99+ for kids. The Wonders of Flight Balloon Ride is $9.99+ for all ages! This deal is valid for residents of Cocke, Jefferson, Blount, Knox, Sevier Counties. You must show proof of residency and valid ID.  For information about WonderWorks you can call 865-868-1800 or visit their website. (Normally tickets are $22.99+ for adults and $14.99+ for kids)


Lumberjack Feud’s local appreciation days are January 20th – February 13th, 2014. Dinner and a Show tickets are $15.00 plus tax, or if you just want to see the show, tickets are $5.00 plus tax! This discount is valid for anyone who lives or works in Sevier, Cocke, Blount, Jefferson, or Knox Counties. You must present a local ID and local check stub to receive ticket. You can reserve your tickets online or by calling 865-428-8688.

This is a great deal, considering tickets for Dinner and a Show are normally $44.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids, and snow-only tickets are $29.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids!

Thanks, Sevier County Days!

Add comment January 21, 2014

Wilderness at the Smokies plans fun event for Sunday Feb. 9th!


Have you been wanting to take your family to Wilderness at the Smokies but didn’t want to spend the money to stay all night? Well, here is your chance to visit the water park all day, plus you’ll be supporting two local charities.

Starting at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 9th you can purchase a ticket to the Wild Water Dome indoor waterpark for $15 per person (ages 3 and up)! All proceeds will go to 2 great non-profits: the Sevier County Food Ministry and Keep Sevier Beautiful. From 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm there will also be a special event called “Recycling Games” where kids can learn fun facts about recycling from some special friends at Alcoa, Food City, Hard Rock Café Gatlinburg and Pepsi! The first 500 kids to participate in the recycling portion of the event will receive a goody bag! Here is a link to the press release with more information about this awesome event.

Add comment January 21, 2014

Review: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, by Crystal Paine (Money Saving Mom) plus FREE first chapter

I recently had the chance to read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life, by Crystal Paine (otherwise known as Money Saving Mom!). This nonfiction book will be released tomorrow, January 21, 2014 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

Calling the super busy, the stressed out, the overtired.

You know you’re made for a more fulfilling life. With this book, you’ll know where to start.

You wake up tired. Your to-do list is too long. The commitments—and the laundry—are piling up, but your energy keeps dwindling. You feel like you’re simply making it through the days, not living or enjoying any part of them.

In Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, you’ll find both practical ideas and big-picture perspective that will inspire you to live life on purpose. As a wife, mother of three, and founder of the wildly successful blog, Crystal Paine has walked the road from barely surviving to living with intention. With the warmth and candor of a dear friend, she shares what she’s learned along the way, helping you:

  • feel healthier and more energetic by setting priorities and boundaries
  • eliminate stress with savvy management of your time, money, and home
  • get more done by setting realistic goals and embracing discipline
  • rediscover your passions—and the confidence to pursue them

Packed with straightforward solutions you’ll use today and inspirational stories you’ll remember for years, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is a must for any woman who’s ever longed for the freedom to enjoy life, not just survive it.

My Verdict:

I have read Crystal Payne’s blog, Money Saving Mom, for years now, and have always enjoyed her clear, encouraging writing style. I was pleased to be able to review her last book, The Money Saving Mom’s Budget (which is currently on sale for $10!), and when I heard Crystal was releasing a new book, I knew I had to read it. I’m glad to say that it is just as fantastic as I’d hoped it would be! Crystal shares very honestly about her journey from an overwhelmed, overtired young mom to the organized, goal-achieving person she is today. For a blogger who averages 1.5 million readers every month she is very humble, and I love that she doesn’t claim to be good at everything; in fact, one of the ways she helps moms work toward having a more peaceful existence is by eliminating some of the things that we attempt – but don’t personally have the aptitude for. In her case, these areas to eliminate included decorating, gardening, sewing, and even complicated cooking. The first chapter of the book is available to read for free here, and I suggest you take a look. It is so freeing to have an “expert” tell you that you don’t have to do it all! I think you’ll really enjoy reading this book, and as we all begin the new year with resolutions to eat better, save money, do more etc., I think this book will show you how to give yourself grace while at the same time giving you a blueprint to start making and setting realistic goals to actually accomplish great things. Highly recommended!

You can get a FREE 40-page printable packet that goes along with the book. It includes menu planning printables, shopping list printables, house cleaning checklists, a printable daily docket to help you keep your home and life in order, printable 2014 monthly calendar pages and more! Here’s how to get your free printables.

If you’d like to check out Say Goodbye to Survival Mode it is currently on sale for $14.99 for the Kindle version right now, which is 35% off. (Regularly $22.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the hardcover version is currently on sale for $17.36. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Add comment January 20, 2014

Circus giveaway #4: win a family 4-pack of passes to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Super Circus Heroes!


UPDATE: The winner is comment #2, Trina M. Thanks to all who entered!

The circus is coming to town! This year, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present a show called Super Circus Heroes at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, and tickets are on sale now!

Here’s the official show description:

Showcasing wonders from the marvelous to the magnificent, every day is extraordinary in this action-packed super circus, filled with superhuman athleticism, power and pageantry that will have Children Of All Ages discovering their own superhuman strength. Amazing Asian elephants, horses, camels and more alongside astonishing acrobats, awe-inspiring aerialists and some over-the-top clowns that will have audiences in stitches… of laughter of course! Come join us in celebrating the bravery, courage and honor that lives inside all of us at Ringling Bros. Presents Super Circus Heroes: far from ordinary, beyond extraordinary!

Ringling Bros. offers real face-time with performers starting at the interactive All Access Pre-show, which takes place on the arena floor one hour before the show and is FREE TO ALL TICKET HOLDERS. One Ring. A Thousand Memorable Moments. Don’t miss this opportunity to get closer than ever to The Greatest Show On Earth!


I’m so pleased that the lovely folks at Feld Entertainment have given me passes to give away to you all!

First, here’s a deal for everyone. You can currently purchase tickets at or by phone at 865-656-4444 or 877-995-9961. You can also buy them in person at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Box Office. Mention code BLOG for $5 off! (Not valid on day of show or for VIP, VIP Floor or front row seating.)

Ticket prices: $15, $20, $25 with limited number of $35 VIP, $55 VIP Floor & $65 front row seating available.

Show times are as follows:

Thursday, February 20 at 7 pm
Friday, February 21 at 10:30 am & 7 pm
Saturday, February 22 at 1 pm & 5 pm
Sunday, February 23 at 1 pm & 5 pm

Now for the giveaway…

I am giving away a family 4-pack of passes; these passes can be exchanged for tickets at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum box office, and are good for all reserved seating tickets except for front row and VIP tickets. You’ll want to redeem passes as early as possible to get the best seats! If you don’t win this giveaway, don’t worry, as I’ll have a number of giveaways coming up in the new year!

Here’s how to win the family 4-pack of passes:

Required Entry:

Leave a comment on this post and let me know if you’ve ever been to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. That’s it! (If you came here from Facebook make sure you’re commenting on the website post rather than the FB post.)

Additional Optional Entries:

You can do each of the following things for an additional entry in the giveaway. You can only do each of these once, for a possible total of 5 entries. Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Tuesday January 21. I will choose a winner on Wednesday January 22 using and will contact them via email. Giveaway open to US readers only.

Disclosure: I received passes to the circus for my family plus additional passes from Feld Entertainment to share with my readers. Tickets will be mailed out to winners at the addresses provided. I cannot be held responsible for any problems with postal delivery. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

41 comments January 20, 2014

York Photo: 11 oz photo mug for $2; great Valentine’s Day present!


You can get an 11oz photo mug from York Photo for just $2, plus shipping! This offer is for new customers only, and you must use code LOVEMUG to bring the price down. These would make great Valentine’s Day gifts! Standard shipping is $5.99.

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Add comment January 18, 2014

Piperlime: get an additional half off clearance items = great deals on boots!

Get an additional 50% off final sale items at Piperlime with code NEED. You can get some really great deals, especially on boots like the super-cute Mia boots pictured above for $30 or the Nine West boots below for $32, plus free shipping! Sale is through today, only.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

Add comment January 18, 2014

Visit Titanic Museum Attraction for just $8.50/person during local discount days, includes audio player

Through January 31, residents of Sevier, Knox, Jefferson, Blount & Cocke Counties can visit the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge for just $8.50/person! This price includes the audio player (which really adds to the experience, and has a special kids-only tour track!) I LOVE the Titanic Museum Attraction and am so excited they’re offering this discount to local familes! If you’ve never been, make sure you take advantage of this opportunity.

Also, during the month of February, all teachers and principals from Tennessee Schools (private or public) can purchase tickets at the special rate of $8.50/each with proper ID. Each teacher/principal may bring one guest OR their immediate family (up to 2 adults and 4 children) for $8.50 each.
To see how the Titanic Museum Attraction can providing students with unique learning experiences, click here.

Titanic Teacher Appreciation reservations can be made by calling 800-381-7670 or by purchasing at the door. Your teacher’s ID is required to receive admission at this special rate.

2 comments January 18, 2014

Get a KitchenAid mixer for $123.99 after rebate and Kohl’s cash!

Right now, you can get a KitchenAid Classic Plus Mixer for just $123.99 with a code, Kohl’s cash and rebate. Here’s how:

  • Use coupon code SNOW to take $46 off (or if you’re a Kohl’s card owner, use code Savebig30 for $69 off!)
  • Get $30 Kohl’s Cash(sent via email after the purchase is completed)

That’s like paying $123.99 (+$3.25 shipping surcharge) after the coupon code, Kohl’s cash, and rebate! Plus, if you go through Ebates to make your purchase you’ll get an additional 6% rebate!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

Add comment January 18, 2014

Through Sunday: save an additional 50% off deals from Half Off Depot, plus special sale on Monday

This weekend you can receive an additional half off certain deals at Half Off Depot, including a full highlight and cut at Curl Up and Dye in Maryville for $27.50. Just head to Half Off Depot and look for the Select50Knoxville link on the left menu, and enter code select50 at checkout. This offer is good through Sunday.

Also, on Monday, they’ll have a sale for the MLK holiday where you can get 20%off EVERYTHING using code mlk20.

Add comment January 18, 2014

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