Archive for August, 2015

Sam’s Club membership bundle: better than FREE!

Right now you can purchase a Sam’s Club membership from Living Social here and you’ll pay $40.50 for a $20 gift card and $21.94 in free food and food offers! So it’s like getting a Sam’s Club membership for better than free!

This deal is only for new Sam’s Club members, or people whose membership ended more than 6 months prior to August 16. You’ll get a membership for yourself and a spouse or other household member, a $20 gift card, a free package of sliced deli ham, a free package of hoagies, a free package of Sabra hummus, and $3 off organic petite carrots.
Go here to purchase your deal. The initial price is $45, but when you enter code SIZZLE  it will take 10% off , bringing your price down to $40.50. (This code expires 8/29!)

Disclaimer: The above is my referral link; making a purchase through this link benefits my household at no extra cost to you!

Add comment August 28, 2015

A trick for cheap audiobooks from Amazon: Audible narration


Update: this trick may not work on mobile devices. If it’s not working for you, try using a desktop or laptop.

My husband has had The Martian, by Andy Weir, on his to-read list for a very long time now. There’s a waiting list for this book at the library, and he didn’t want to spring for the full price of the book right now. (We often purchase books AFTER we’ve read them and they’ve reached the status of purchase-worthy.) When I saw that it was on sale for $1.99 for Kindle, I jumped at the chance to purchase it, although he’s not really a Kindle guy. Here’s why. He does love audiobooks – as do we all in my family – and Amazon sometimes has a little trick that allows you save big bucks on audio versions of books that you’ve purchased for Kindle. It’s called Audible Narration. Amazon allows you to add on the audio version of a book to a Kindle book purchase, often for much less than the price of just the audiobook alone! Here’s how that worked for The Martian. Along with the Kindle sale price of $1.99, Amazon is offering the add-on of Audible narration for $2.99. See the graphic below:


So, instead of paying $26 for the audiobook version of this book, we paid $5 total for the Kindle book and the audiobook! Plus, what’s even better is that through the miracle of technology, the two versions are linked, so you can stop reading and start listening and Amazon knows exactly where you are in the book! Go here to check it out. Once you’ve purchased the audiobook through Audible narration they walk you through the process of listening, step by step.

If you’re ever interested in an audiobook, check on the Kindle price first, because sometimes you can save a lot by purchasing the Kindle + Audible narration!

If you’re interested in reading The Martian, by Andy Weir, go here to check it out!

Disclosure: This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).

Add comment August 28, 2015

Free burrito at the new Alcoa Moe’s!


Want a FREE burrito? The new Alcoa location of Moe’s is opening its doors on August 27, and to celebrate, they’re offering a free burrito to their customers. Text MOES6529 to 81018, and reply YES, to receive your coupon code. You can send a text today to get this offer, which will be valid 8/28/2015 – 9/17/2015. This Moe’s location is at Hunter’s Crossing near Cheddars.

Add comment August 25, 2015

Chick-fil-a: NEW Breakfast BINGO starts Thursday, August 27!


Here’s a fun new event: The last Thursday of every month Chick-fil-a at Hunter’s Crossing will be offering Breakfast Bingo from 9 – 10 a.m. They will be giving away prizes and free food to Bingo winners. The first Thursday Breakfast Bingo will be this Thursday, August 27th. This event is for ALL ages!

Thanks, Brittany!

Add comment August 24, 2015

FREE OPI nail polish, other items

Right now you can get $10 off when you purchase one or more qualifying Lucky Star Gifts items on Amazon. Just enter the code AFIHXHQQ at checkout. This means LOTS of items are free!

You will know it qualifies when you see this offer mentioned in the Special Offers and Product Promotions section listed by the item description. Plus, shipping is free on many of the items!

Here’s what I purchased: two shades of OPI nail polish (total was $13.30, so with the code I paid $3.30. If I had just chosen one shade, it would have been completely free, but I wanted to use the entire $10 credit!) These are going in my daughters’ stockings!

Thanks, Coupon Katie!

Disclosure: This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you).

Add comment August 19, 2015

Free Starbucks iced coffee at Target!

This week at Target you can get a FREE bottle of Starbucks iced coffee! Here’s how:

Starbucks Iced Coffee-$1.99
$1/1 Starbucks Iced Coffee coupon
Out of Pocket=$0.99
Earn $1 from the Ibotta app when you purchase Starbucks Iced Coffee
Final cost= Free

Thanks, Coupon Katie!

Add comment August 19, 2015

New Chick-fil-a Kids Club = free food and treats!


The Hunter’s Crossing Chick-fil-a has a new kids club! Sign up here to receive treats in the mail and info on special kids events! Once you enter your children’s information, you’ll receive a welcome packet in the mail. I’ll let you know what’s inside once ours arrives!

Add comment August 19, 2015

The East TN History Fair is this Saturday, August 15: free events, music, food, & more!


This Saturday is the East TN History Fair downtown! My family LOVES going to this event every year. There are so many fun things to do that you’ll want to plan to stay all day!

For more information and a detailed listing of event times, please visit the History Fair website. Activities include:
  • “History Hound” Dog Costume Contest: 9:30 – Registration, 10:15 – Judging. Fabulous prizes provide by PetSafe!
  • Barehanded Base Ball Game with the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball at the World’s Fair Park
    Knoxville Holstons vs. Oak Hill Travellers
    Emmett Machinists vs. Mountain City
  • Live Music from the WDVX and Clayton Country Music Stage with Emcees Freddy Smith and Russ Jeffers
    Dewey Beard – Songs from the Civil War
    Good Thymes Ceilidh Band
    David West and the Cider Mountain Boys
    Subtle Clutch
    Swill Sippers
    Russ & Becky Jeffers
  •  Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History including Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee and Memories of the Blue and Gray
  • The Battle of Kings Mountain miniature soldiers and weapons interactive display by the Historic Gaming Club of Knoxville
  • From Papers to Pixels — Knoxville News Sentinel digitization project
  • Friends of the Knox County Public Library Book Sale featuring books on American history and regional culture, vintage children’s books and comics from the 1980s
  • Display of Horace Kephart’s books and ‘V’ shaped bark basket
  • Knoxville, Then and Now show by members of the Art Market Gallery, as well as a special memorial show by artist, Vivian Shoemaker, of stained glass works of East Tennessee landscapes
  • Market Square Farmer’s Market from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Meet the Authors Book Signings with Allen Coggins, Jack Neely, Ron Rader, Bill Landry, Michael Williams, Alan Lang, Linda Gass, Daniel Paulin, Cheryl Baker, and Eva Wike
  • “Southern Exposure Film Festival” presented by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound at the Tennessee Theatre
    Familiar favorite tunes performed by Dr. Bill Snyder on the mighty Wurlitzer organ
    The Motion Picture Films of Jim Thompson, 1915-1950
    Picturing the Smokies: Vintage Views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1920s-1960s
    From the Vaults: The Heartland Series/ The Rolling Store
    Sounds and Silents: Found Footage & Mountain Melodies
    Stark Love (Paramount, 1927) with accompanying documentary Lost Masterpiece
    (Ticket required for this show only. Click here to purchase tickets)
Special Children’s Events:
  • Children’s Crafts and Activities
  • WDVX’s “KidStuff” Music Show with Sean McCullough at 1:00 p.m.
  • Davy Crockett’s Birthday Party – “Friend of Davy” Storytelling at 2:15 p.m., birthday cake & lemonade from Food City at 3:00 p.m.


  • Historic Homes Bus Tours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (depart from Krutch Park, Gay Street) Visit Blount Mansion, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Bethel Cemetery & Museum, and Underground Gay Street
  • Tours of Underground Gay Street: 100 Block of Gay Street – Emporiumfrom 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Civil War Bus Tours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the hour, reservation required, register in Krutch Park
  • “Knoxville’s Literary Heroes” Walking Tour with Knoxville Walking Tours at 11 a.m & 1:30 p.m. (departs from the front steps of the History Center)
  • “Knoxville, Summer of 1915” Walking Tour with Jack Neely at 3 p.m. (departs from the front steps of the History Center)

All Day Events:  

  • Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History
  • Living History Timeline–from the Cherokee to the Vietnam War
  • Historic Craft Demonstrations: Salt Making, Chair Caning, Basket Making, Woodworking, Spinning, Dying with Natural Fibers, Lye Soap, Primitive Craft Items, and More
  • 45+ History, Genealogy, and Preservation Groups from across the region
  • Make your own raku pot with Peter Rose
  • Food by the Museum of Appalachia, Holy Smokin’ BBQ, Breezy Weenie Food Truck, Dale’s Fried Pies, and Cruze Farm Ice Cream
And so much more!! (more…)

Add comment August 13, 2015

Free preschool storytime at Vienna Coffeehouse for Fall 2015


The free preschool storytime at Vienna Coffeehouse starts back August 13. This event will happen every Thursday at 10 a.m. while Maryville City schools are in session.

I’ve seen friends’ photos from this event, and it sounds like a fantastic time!

Add comment August 11, 2015

Discount Days at the 2015 Tennessee Valley Fair, plus a giveaway for a family 4-pack of tickets!

UPDATE: The winners are # 17, Deb H., and #12, Tika B. Thanks to all who entered. I’ll have another giveaway very soon!

Are you planning on attending the 2015 Tennessee Valley Fair, September 11-20? Admission tickets, ride armbands, and concert tickets are discounted through September 10, so if you plan ahead, you’ll save money! The fair also offers a number of discount days, which are as follows:

Opening Day Special – $1.00 Admission!

Friday, September 11, 2015
In celebration of our 96th year, fairgoers can enter the Fairgrounds on Friday, September 11 for only $1! Discount begins at 3:00 p.m. and ends promptly at 4:36 p.m.

Tailgating Day

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Wear University of Tennessee colors and get $1 off each adult admission.

Scout Day

Saturday, September 12, 2015
All current Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts (18 years and under) receive FREE admission with proper identification. Come enjoy activities just for Scouts and earn a special patch.

Guidebook $3 Off Coupon

Monday, September 14 – Thursday, September 17, 2015
Take advantage of $3 off an adult admission (w/ coupon) when you come to the Fair on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Coupon available in our 2014 Guidebook or exclusively from the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Student Day

Monday, September 14, 2015
Students 12th grade and under receive FREE admission from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Senior Home Assistance of Tennessee Senior Citizen’s Day

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Seniors age 65+ receive FREE admission all day. Special entertainment, events and contests for seniors in the Pepsi Community Tent.
Presented by Senior Home Assistance of Tennessee.

Penny 4 Arts Day

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Students 12th grade and under participating in the Penny 4 Arts Program offered by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville receive FREE admission from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (Participants must obtain voucher from Penny4Arts website)

Tennessee Education Lottery Day

Thursday, September 17, 2015
$3.00 off adult admission with any non-winning Tennessee Lottery ticket.
Presented by: Tennessee Education Lottery

Tailgating Day

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Wear University of Tennessee colors and get $1 off each adult admission.

Hometown Heroes Day

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Current and past military, police, deputy sheriffs, firefighters, first responders, nurses and teachers receive FREE admission with proper identification.
Presented by: Regions Bank

**Please Note: Discounts cannot be combined with other offers**
Questions? Call (865) 215-1471


The generous folks at the Tennessee Valley Fair have given me some family 4-packs of tickets to give away to you all! Here’s how to win my first giveaway. I will pick two winners who will each receive 4 tickets!

Required Entry:

Leave a comment below on this post and let me know if you’ve ever been to the Tennessee Valley Fair. That’s it!

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 Monday, August 10. I will choose two winners on Tuesday, August 11 using and will contact them via email. Giveaway open to US readers only.

Disclosure: I received passes to the fair for my family plus additional passes 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.

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