Saturday, February 27, 2010

Information Overload

I had the wonderful opportunity to join other couponers at the Knoxville Coupon Fair this morning. The event was coordinated by Gabrielle Blake of Couponing in Critical Times and was attended by nearly 300! I finally had the privilege to meet face-to-face with two of my heroes: Jennifer of Coupon Mommie and Katie of Coupon Katie.

When I started couponing I felt overwhelmed by all the information. Getting free and cheap stuff at CVS & Walgreens seemed too complicated. Over time, though, I learned how much I could do, and as my couponing became more habitual, I was able to add more to money-saving tricks to my routine.

My coupon journey began when I attended a small workshop put on by a woman at her home. She taught us how CVS works. She explained barcodes and showed us how she managed her coupons. I really needed the demonstration to get rolling.

So, if you are new to couponing, I highly recommend attending a couponing workshop. The next workshop I know of is Monday, March 29, 6 p.m. at the Burlington Branch Library. Gabrielle Blake will be presenting. She'll teach strategies for organizing coupons and explore resources that make couponing easier.

In the meantime, I recommend going to one or both of the following sites: and Both have outlined how to get started and are stocked with resources for beginning couponers.

Both also blog about deals they see on nationally famous blogs and on events and savings specific to Knoxville, so I subscribe to their daily digest e-mails and also keep up with a few other sites, such as Blake's site, mentioned above.

Remember that you may feel overwhelmed at first, but as you learn, it will be easier and easier. You can read more about my coupon journey HERE.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

1/2 price appetizers at Veg-O-Rama

Veg-O-Rama, Knoxville's only all vegetarian restaurant, now has delicious appetizers at 1/2 off after 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I forgot to take my camera, but I highly recommend the chili & cheese nachos. Much to my delight (since I'm a big eater) the nachos are too big for one person.

You can find Veg-O-Rama at 1204 North Central Steet, Knoxville, TN, 37917, (865) 540-8346. (Menu on their Web site hasn't been updated with appetizer listings)

Monday, February 22, 2010

1/2 price Burt's Bees at Asheville Hwy Kroger

In a shopping cart by the health section at Asheville Highway Kroger are Burt's Bee's products on manager's special. The cart had about 30+ items remaining including some day lotion, mama belly butter, hand soap and shampoo & conditioner. So, if these are items you need, go quickly!

Knox County Library Book Sale

Coming up soon is one of my favorite events! I love books and I especially love to buy them at great prices at the Knox County Library Book Sale.

From their site:

The Friends Annual Used Book Sale will be Saturday, Feb 27 through Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the Knoxville Convention and Expo Center, World's Fair Park. We have received a record number of books and have not raised our prices in years! Most books for adults are $2 or less and $1 or less for children’s books. Be sure to check out our “Special Editions” room, too.

We have some great changes this year:

Member’s Preview Day has a NEW DAY and EXPANDED HOURS: SATURDAY, FEB 27; doors open at 11:00 a.m.

Expanded Weekday hours til 8:00 p.m.

Free Curbside Delivery: “You buy’em; we load ‘em.” Drive right up to the front door and we will load your purchases for you!

Enjoy more weekend shopping – The sale opens to the public on SUNDAY, Feb. 28 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

And the sale concludes with our can’t-be-beat “Bag Sale Day” on Saturday, March 6 with NEW HOURS til 3:00 p.m. ($3 per bag or $5 per box!)

The event will be held at the Knoxville Convention and Expo Center at the Holiday Inn on the World’s Fair Park located on the downstairs level of the Holiday Inn Select. Nearby parking is available throughout the week and weekend. Note that many of the municipal lots do not charge parking fees on weekends or evenings.

For more information including a map to the event, visit

Knoxville Coupon Fair

The Coupon Fair originally planned for January is rescheduled for this coming Saturday. See the details HERE!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pregnancy and Free Tulips

First things first: I'm pregnant! About 10 weeks. I haven't been able to spend time on the computer or really do much at all because I get very sick during the first trimester. I'm hoping by the first couple weeks in March, I'll be much better! During my last pregnancy, I did end up having an IV for dehydration, so I'm happy I've been able to avoid that so far.
For now, I'm not couponing because I'm not even going to the grocery store or doing the cooking. I still come across deals from time to time, but mostly I feel too sick to even use the computer.
UPDATE: I don't have the pathology reports yet, but I'm afraid we've had what's called a partial molar pregnancy. I will post a new blog once I learn the details and will include information about pregnancy loss.

Here is a deal I really wanted to post, though unless I send the husband, I won't be able to attend. I learned about it from Nick Della Volpe, District 4 Councilman, Knoxville City Council.


There are still more than 50,000 tulip bulbs available for free or for a deeply discounted price off of regular retail prices. Knoxville's chief flower promoter, Maria Compere, estimates that she and her beautification group sold or gave away 33,000 bulbs during blustery winter weather last Saturday -- but there are still another 50,000 to 60,000 bulbs which Mrs. Compere hopes to distribute this coming Saturday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. To make sure people do not have to stand in line in cold weather, the distribution on Saturday will take place in a vacant but heated store front building in the Windsor Square Shopping Center, which is located in the 9500 block of Kingston Pike, west of Cedar Bluff. Pick up a package of 25 bulbs for free! Additional bulbs can be purchased for 25 cents each. Proceeds go to efforts to beautify Pellissippi Parkway and other parts of the city. Any individual or group can participate.