Archive for September, 2015

National Coffee Day = FREE coffee!

It’s National Coffee Day, and that means FREE coffee for you! Here are the deals I’ve found so far. Please let me know if you see others!

  • Dunkin Donuts is offering a free medium Hot or Iced Dark Roast coffee on September 29th*Participation may vary. Valid only on 9/29.
  • Chick-fil-a Hunter’s Crossing is offering FREE small coffees all day! Other Chick-fil-a locations may also be offering freebies. Contact them directly to verify.
  • Pilot/Flying J Travel Stores: Free 16 oz coffee, hot or iced. Pull this coupon up on your phone or print it out.
  • Whole Foods Market: All September long, stop in to get a 12oz coffee for just $0.25.
  • McDonalds: Participating stores will offer a free small coffee.
  • Krispy Kreme: Free small java with doughnut purchase at participating locations.


Add comment September 29, 2015

Fall music round-up: fun albums your kids (and you!) will enjoy, plus a giveaway!

My kids and I have been listening to some fantastic music this season. Here’s a Fall music round-up of our favorite releases for kids (and adults!) to enjoy:

(Giveaway update: the winner is #51, Dawn S. Thanks to all who entered!)

We really enjoy the genre of music known as “Kindie,” which is indie rock for kids. One great kindie album that we currently love is Smiles Ahead: Cool Music for Cool Families. This CD compiles music from great Kindie bands such as Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could, The Okee Dokee Brothers, The Pop-Ups, and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. The new label producing this CD, Mighty Mo Productions, was born out of love and is rooted in the heart – the heart of music, the heart of family, and the heart of America. Mighty Mo looks for “genuine, passionate, independent artists who create quality music for families to enjoy together.” This CD is a great introduction to some of the popular Kindie artists, and would be a perfect first album. Listen to all the songs, and decide who you’d like to hear more from! Smiles Ahead will be available at various retail and digital outlets on October 16 ($9.99 CD, $8.99 digital).

Ralph’s World Rocks and Reads features songs from many of Ralph’s popular picture books, including Ralph’s World Rocks!, Me And My Animal Friends, and Sawdust and Spangles. The CD includes a picture book called “Do The Math” which introduces children to Larry Line and his friends who come in all shapes. Ralph creates books and music in order to “help in the process of unlocking the magical world of stories and reading.” You can purchase Ralph’s World Rocks and Reads as well as Ralph’s other music and books here.

Hot Peas ‘N Butter‘s seventh album, Put Our Heads Together features the song “Amistad” with Dan Zanes. This NYC-based band celebrates friendship and cooperation in song. In my family we love CDs that offer bilingual songs – what better way to introduce new languages into your home that through fun music? This CD was released yesterday (Sept. 25) and is available here. You can listen to a sample of the music here.


Sprout Channel host Tim Kubart‘s Home is out now, with guest spots by Laurie Berkner, Matt Puckett (Mother Falcon), and Carly Ciarrocchi (check out the debut of “Breakfast Club” music video via Zooglobble).  Tim performs a Rumpus Room show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Kids Place Live this weekend! Tim tours nationally with his band (the Space Cadets) and plays songs about familiar and iconic childhood experiences with indie flair. Songwriters Tim Kubart and Matt Puckett weave their own childhood memories through textured pop tunes that bridge the gap between innocence and wisdom in a way for listeners of all ages to appreciate and understand. You can purchase Home here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Fall music round-up and have found some new CDs to play for your kids (or when you’re alone in the car…I won’t tell!)

Would you like to win the above albums? One lucky winner will receive a copy of each of the four above albums to enjoy with your family this Fall!

Required Entry:

To enter to win, just leave a comment below letting me who would enjoy listening to these CDs: you? your kids? your classroom?

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 7 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, September 29. I will choose a winner on Wednesday, September 30 using and will contact him or her via email.

Thanks to the above artists for providing me with a copy of their CDs for review and an additional copy to give away. All opinions in this review are solely my own. Links in posts may be referral links that help support this site. Read my disclosure policy here.

68 comments September 26, 2015

Tupelo Honey: FREE biscuit sliders for college students on Thursdays in September

Thursday nights in September are College Nights at Tupelo Honey Cafe! Here’s more info:

Welcome Back to Campus!

It’s time to get back into the swing of things on campus and we’re welcoming you back with bacony, biscuity goodness.  When you need a little after school pick me up to fuel your late night studying enjoy a Bacon Biscuit Slider on us. These little bites of perfection are made with maple peppered bacon, whipped cream cheese and orange jalapeño marmalade.

Every Thursday night through the end of October, show your valid college student ID after 4pm and receive a free biscuit slider. Offer valid for Knoxville and Raleigh locations only.

Add comment September 16, 2015

Save the date for the Fort Loudoun 18th Century Trade Fair October 17 & 18

One of our favorite events we attend together as a family each year is the 18th Century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun. This year the Trade Faire has been scheduled for October 17 & 18, which should make for perfect weather for this fun event! The hours for the faire will remain the same as past years, with the gates opening to the public at 10:00 a.m. for both days, and the grounds remaining open until 5:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars, and plan to be there! Plus, stay posted for a giveaway for tickets that I’ll have here in a few weeks!

Add comment September 16, 2015

Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, TN features local favorite EmiSunshine!

If you’ll be in or near Franklin, TN on September 26-27 you will want to take your children to the Pilgrimage Music Festival to check out the fun lineup at the Little Pilgrims Stage! Bands will include Farmer Jason (a favorite of ours), Jazzy Ash (who you may have heard featured on NPR recently), and local East Tennessee singer EmiSunshine, who hails from Madisonville! Other great groups include Ralph’s World, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, and more.

Here’s additional info:

Hohner’s Little Pilgrim’s Family Stage will feature a variety of musical entertainment that will entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. The lineup will feature talented young music-makers in their own right, and the play area will be the perfect location for the little ones to run off some steam. Children 10 years or younger receive FREE admission when accompanied by a paying adult.

For more information on the festival, and to purchase tickets, visit the official website here.

Add comment September 16, 2015

$7 Sundays at Carmike during September

During the month of September, Carmike Rewards members can get movie tickets for $7! Here’s more info.

Add comment September 11, 2015

Get a Pumpkin Spice Latte before they’re available Sept 8!

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin spice lattes may be arriving in Starbucks stores a little later this year, but fans don’t have to wait until September 8 — in fact, you can get one right now. Starbucks’ new spin on their signature fall coffee (with actual pumpkin, which I think is a little odd) can be in your reach in just a few clicks with the “PSL Fan Pass.” Here’s how:

1. Go to

2. Enter the “super-secret” password (“pumpkin”  not case sensitive).


3. Get your code. (You can also add your name and a picture, if you so desire.)


4. Take the code to Starbucks and enjoy!

You can only get one code per computer/mobile device, but there’s no reason you can’t ask a friend to give you theirs….or, you can wait patiently until September 8.

Thanks, Starbucks & People!

Add comment September 5, 2015

$5 Ripleys attractions during local discount days!

September 13-17, anyone who lives or works in Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, & Sevier Counties can get deeply discounted admission to all Ripley’s Tennessee attractions – just $5/person! This would be a wonderful opportunity to take your kids to the aquarium. Here’s more info.

Thanks, Sevier County Days!

Add comment September 5, 2015

Giveaway: Win early-entry passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale at First Baptist Maryville September 11 & 12

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know there are a number of consignment sales in Maryville that I really adore. The Kidz Consignment Sale at First Baptist Maryville is one of these. I always find really great deals, and I’ve made quite a bit of money consigning as well!

I am excited to be able to give away passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale pre-sale to two Thrifty Christy readers! There’s nothing like shopping early!

The sale is Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12, but these tickets will get you in beforehand to shop with consignors on the evening of Thursday, September 10.

Here’s more info on the First Baptist Church of Maryville’s Kidz Consignment Sale:

The church is located at 202 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy in Maryville, and the sale takes place in the church gym.

Sale Hours:

Friday, September 11 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Half-Price Sale Saturday, September 12 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (All items without a red dot will be half-price.)
Cash and credit cards only.

If you’ve already signed up to consign, you can enter to win a pass to give to a friend. Shopping early is a lot of fun, but remember to get there before the doors open as there’s always a line!

To keep up with all the news about the sale you can like their Facebook page here.

To enter to win one of two early-entry passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale (each one good for you plus a friend!), head to the Thrifty Christy Facebook page and look for this giveaway post – all the details are there! This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday, September 7. I will choose two winners on Tuesday, September 8 using and post their names on Facebook.

Add comment September 3, 2015

Giveaway: win a family 4-pack of tickets to the 2015 Tennessee Valley Fair!


UPDATE: The winners are Michelle W., Michelle O., Amanda P., and Sara F. Thanks to all who entered!

The Tennessee Valley Fair will be September 11-20 of this year, and my family is so excited about attending! Remember, 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 I’ve listed here.

The generous folks at the Tennessee Valley Fair have given me some family 4-packs of tickets to give away to you all! If you’d like to win one of the sets of passes (4 winners!) head to the Thrifty Christy Facebook page and look for the above photo to enter!

If you’d like to go ahead and order tickets without waiting on a giveaway, you can do that here.

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Thursday, September 3. I will choose four winners on Friday, September 4 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.

1 comment September 2, 2015

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