Archive for February, 2015

Local discount days at Lumberjack Feud Feb. 16 – Mar. 5

From February 16 – March 5, Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge will offer discounted admission to residents or employees working in the following counties: Blount, Anderson, Knox, Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke, & Hamblen. You must bring local ID/current paycheck stub, along with (unexpired!) canned food items for Sevier County Food Ministries. More info above.

Thanks, Sevier County Days!


Add comment February 10, 2015

Annual used book/media sale to benefit Relay for Life

Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church will host its annual used book & media sale on Friday, February 20 (from 2:00 to 7:00) and on Saturday, February 21 (from 9:00 to 3:00). The sale will be in the Welcome Center of the church. There will be a good selection of children’s books, inspirational books, Christian novels, biographies, DVDs, CDs and more. I’ve always found fantastic books at this sale!

If you have books & media you’d like to part with, donations can be brought to the church prior to the sale. Mt. Lebanon is located at the corner of Wildwood and Peppermint Roads in Maryville. For more information, call Linda at 705-2213 or visit the church website.

Add comment February 10, 2015

Wonderworks’ local appreciation days: discounted rate through March 8

WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge is expanding its “Sevier County Days” local appreciation discount rate to those who live or work in Blount, Knox, Jefferson, Cocke, or Sevier County, now through March 8. The discount rate is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and kids 4-12 years old (tax not included).

Normal ticket cost is $23.99/adult and $14.99 child or senior.

Guests must present proof of local residency with a government issued photo ID or local employment with a paycheck stub. For more information, call (865) 868-1800.

Thanks, Sevier County Days!

Add comment February 9, 2015

Knoxville Opera offers free student performance of Bizet’s “Carmen”

The Knoxville Opera will be performing Bizet’s Carmen at the Tennessee Theatre on February 13 & 15. If you’re a student (or are the parent to students) and would like to see it at a really deep discount, consider attending the student dress rehearsal this Wednesday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. This full dress rehearsal is exactly the same as the regular performance (the show runs without stopping with full costumes/set) and is FREE for students and just $5 for accompanying adults!(Note: this performance is closed to non-student adults unless they’re accompanying students. Also, no concessions will be sold.)

For more info on the student dress rehearsal, go here.

Here’s what the show is about:

Passionate music tells the story of a dazzling gypsy seductress and the Spanish soldier she bewitches into a life of crime. Drawn magnetically to this femme fatale and mistaking her flirtation for true love, he forsakes all. Carmen’s fickle heart and his obsessive jealousy ultimately seal her fate!

Starring Audrey Babcock, one of America’s leading Carmens, and Zulimar López-Hernández, who won the hearts of Knoxville audiences in Romeo and Juliette.

Performed in French with projected English translations.

If you’re not able to attend the student dress rehearsal, you can attend the Sunday, February 15 performance at 2:30 p.m., where you can get a student ticket for just $0.01 with purchase of an adult ticket at regular price. Just let them know you’re interested in the Penny4Arts discount (more info here). Advance reservations recommended.

Add comment February 9, 2015

Circus giveaway #4 (Facebook): win a family 4-pack of passes to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents: Built to Amaze


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

You can currently purchase tickets at or by phone at 865-656-4444 or 877-995-9961. Enter code MOM for $5 off! (Not valid on day of show or for VIP, VIP Floor or front row seating.) You can also buy tickets in person at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Box Office.

Ticket prices: $15, $20, $25 with limited number of $35 VIP, $55 VIP Floor & $65 front row seating available. Ticket prices differ by day, with Thursday’s performance offering some discounts.

Show times are as follows:

Thursday, February 19 at 7 pm
Friday, February 20 at 10:30 am & 7 pm
Saturday, February 21 at 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, February 23 at 3 pm

I’m so pleased that the lovely folks at Feld Entertainment have given me passes to give away to you all! This giveaway is taking place on the Thrifty Christy Facebook page. Go here to enter.

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!

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Tuesday, February 10. I will choose a winner on Wednesday, February 11 using and will contact him or her 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.




Add comment February 9, 2015

Kids Eat Free!


With our third baby just a few weeks from arriving, my husband has taken over dinner duty. He specifically requested that I compile a list of all the places in Blount County that he could take our kids to eat free. Here’s the beginning of a list, but I need your help! Please email me (at thriftychristyblog or message me on Facebook with the restaurant deals that you know about, and I will add them to the running list. Please also let me know if any deals on the list are no longer valid. “Kids eat cheaply” deals are also welcome! And, as much as I like Knoxville and surrounding areas, please make sure all restaurants are located in Blount County, as that’s my husband’s travel radius for dinner. (Unless they’re having “Kids Eat Free” at Ruth’s Chris, or someplace like that!) Thanks to you all for your help!!

Here is a list of the current “Kids Eat Free*” promotions for restaurants in Blount County. Please remember that restaurants can change their promotions at any time, and it’s always a good idea to call ahead to confirm they are still participating.


Roland’s Bistro – Kids eat free from the children’s menu when you purchase an adult meal. Offer valid every day, no age restrictions.

Zaxby’s Alcoa location – Kids eat for free with purchase of adult combo. When I called I was told this was all day!

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant

Buffalo Wild Wings – Kids eat for $0.99

Old West Mexican Restaurant

Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant


Roland’s Bistro – Kids eat free from the children’s menu when you purchase an adult meal. Offer valid every day, no age restrictions.

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant

Old West Mexican Restaurant

Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant

Ruby Tuesday – 5 p.m. – close, get one free kid’s meal for each adult entree purchased.


Roland’s Bistro – Kids eat free from the children’s menu when you purchase an adult meal. Offer valid every day, no age restrictions.

McAlister’s Deli in Alcoa – Kids eat free from 5 p.m. – close. Two free kids’ meals per adult entree purchased. Includes a craft.

Firehouse Subs in Maryville: Kids eat free for dinner. Two free kids’ meals per adult combo purchased, dine-in only.

Old West Mexican Restaurant

Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant

Zaxby’s Maryville location – Kids eat for $0.99 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Roland’s Bistro – Kids eat free from the children’s menu when you purchase an adult meal. Offer valid every day, no age restrictions.

Ryan’s Buffet in Alcoa: Kids eat for $1.99 from 5 – 8 p.m. Includes cotton candy, balloons, and activities.

Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant


Roland’s Bistro – Kids eat free from the children’s menu when you purchase an adult meal. Offer valid every day, no age restrictions.


Roland’s Bistro – Kids eat free from the children’s menu when you purchase an adult meal. Offer valid every day, no age restrictions.


Roland’s Bistro – Kids eat free from the children’s menu when you purchase an adult meal. Offer valid every day, no age restrictions.

El Jimador

Hot Rods 50s Diner in Alcoa – dinner only

Il Sapore Italian Grill & Pizzeria

El Sazon

Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant

*”Kids eat cheaply” deals are always welcome, too!

1 comment February 7, 2015

FREE Frozen spelling pack, plus half off Magic School Bus!

I have a couple of Frozen fans in my house who are also early spellers, so I was super excited to see that Educents has a new FREE printable Frozen Themed Spelling Worksheet package. Go here to check it out, but if you’d like to download it, do so before it goes up in price on February 25.

If you don’t have a FREE Educents account yet, you can sign up for one here.

Also, while you’re there, check out the half off deal for the Magic School Bus Science Club. This 12-month subscription brings  Ms. Frizzle-approved, wacky experiments delivered to your doorstep for award-winning science FUN (with FREE shipping!). This deal expires 2/13. We haven’t signed up for the Magic School Bus Science Club yet, but I keep on thinking about it. I believe we’ll start our subscription in the Fall!

Add comment February 7, 2015

Kroger gas: Get an extra $0.20 off/gallon

Kroger is offering up a bonus of 200 Fuel Points (that’s $0.20 off per gallon) right now when you log in to your account and load a new offer to your shoppers card. Just go here, log in to your Kroger account and enter promo code “FUEL“.  On your next trip to Kroger you will need to spend $25 to activate the offer.  Then the next time you fill up you can redeem those 200 points along with any other points you may have in your account.

This did NOT work on my cell, but it did work for me when I loaded it using my laptop.

Offer void in AL, AR, CA, KS, KY, LA, NE, OR.

Thanks Real Housewives Clip Coupons!

Add comment February 7, 2015

CVS deals on P&G products February 8-14

CVS is having a special promotion kicking off this weekend on a large assortment of P&G products. Several P&G products will be on sale at CVS with ExtraCare Bucks (ECB) rewards offered on the purchase of many of them. Combining printable manufacturer coupons (links below) for the items on sale PLUS special ECB rewards will equal big savings on your favorite P&G products at CVS this weekend.

Want to save even more? Be sure to visit this printable coupon page between 2/8 – 2/14 for special coupons. Print them out at home and bring them with you to CVS! Check this Sunday’s paper for the CVS circular to see what’s on sale and what you can also use these great print at home coupons on!

Here are some deals to note:

Dawn (9oz)

Pampers Jumbo packs (Crusiers, Swaddlers and Baby Dry)

Vicks (NyQuil, DayQuil Severe, QlearQuil + Vaporub)

Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner (see circular and store for specific details)

Olay Regenerist (see circular and store for specific details)

Tide (40-50oz)

Thanks to ShopHer Media for the deal lineup!

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Add comment February 5, 2015

Book review: Living Well Spending Less, by Ruth Soukup

I recently had the chance to read Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life, by Ruth Soukup. This nonfiction book was released on December 30, 2014 by Zondervan.

About this book (from the back cover):

Have you ever felt that your life–and budget–is spiraling out of control? Do you sometimes wish you could pull yourself together but wonder exactly how to manage all the scattered pieces of a chaotic life? Is it possible to find balance?

 In a word, yes. Ruth Soukup knows firsthand how stressful an unorganized life and budget can be. Through personal stories, biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire you to make real and lasting changes to your personal goals, home, and finances. With honesty and the wisdom of someone who has been there, Ruth will help you:
* Discover your “sweet spot”–that place where your talents and abilities intersect.
* Take back your time and schedule by making simple shifts in your daily habits.
* Reduce stress in your home and family by clearing out the clutter.
* Stop busting your budget and learn to cut your grocery bill in half.
* Bring order to a messy life and create a practical cleaning schedule that works.
Living Well, Spending Less was written to bring hope and encouragement to every woman who currently feels overwhelmed or stressed with a life–and budget–that feels out of control. It speaks to the mom trying to juggle all the demands of a busy life with the pressure to keep up with those around her. It is a practical guide for those of us who often long to pull ourselves together but don’t always know how. It is real, honest, packed with practical tips, and speaks to the heart of the matter–how can we live the life we’ve always wanted?

Want to know if this book is for you?
* Do you ever find yourself comparing your life to those around you?
* Have you ever wished for the courage to follow your dreams?
* Do you ever struggle to stay organized or get things done?
* Have you ever felt loaded down with stuff you don’t really need….or even really want?
* Do you ever struggle to keep your finances on track?
* Have you ever wished for a cleaner house?
* Do you sometimes long for deeper, more authentic relationships in your life?If the answer to any of these questions is YES, this book provides real and practical solutions from someone who has been there. Ruth doesn’t just offer advice, she walks it with you, and shares with brutal honesty her own mistakes, failures, and shortcomings. It is encouraging, motivating, and life-changing.

My Verdict:

I adored this book. It’s split into two sections (living well and spending less) and I assumed I would read quickly through the “living well” section to get to the “spending less” section, since that’s a subject I’m particularly passionate about. I was wrong. The “living well” section was actually my favorite! Soukup writes about time management, efficiency, life goals, and more, and all in such an interesting and motivating way! I have already started making changes based on the suggestions from this book. I am streamlining my morning routine and clearing out the clutter in my home. I often read this kind of book, think “that was good!” and move on unchanged. This book actually got me to make changes in my life! Highly recommended for those who are already fans of Soukup’s Living Well Spending Less blog, as well as those who’ve never heard of her but want to learn to be more efficient with both their money and their time.

If you like video trailers for books, here’s one for Living Well Spending Less:

If you’d like to check out Living Well Spending Less it is currently on sale for $9.11 for the Kindle version right now (regularly $15.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $9.59. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. 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.”

1 comment February 5, 2015

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