Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hase kurz nach der EiablageImage via Wikipedia

I received the following information from UT Gardens. If you like Easter egg hunts, this will be a gorgeous location for hunting!

The University of Tennessee Gardens is holding its annual Easter egg hunt “Eggstravaganza” on Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

Children’s Easter crafts, spring activities and visits with the Easter Bunny will be held on the Gardens’ Friendship Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Egg hunts will be held in the Gardens and will begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children will be divided into three age groups for each egg hunt. The Eggstravaganza is a family friendly event and intended for children ages 12 and under. Bring your Easter basket and a camera!

The cost for Eggstravaganza is $5 per child ages 12 and under. Due to limited capacity and to ensure that everyone has an opportunity for an enjoyable visit, advanced registration is required. Please reserve your child’s space by calling (865) 974-7151 or write esmith27@utk.edu by the end of the day on Thursday, April 1.

The schedule for the summer Books and Blooms will be coming soon along with summer camps, youth programs and family workshops!

See you in the Garden!

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Morning Star Farms $2.49 at Kroger

MorningStar Farms Lasagna with Sausage-Style C...Image by theimpulsivebuy via Flickr

Morning Star Farms products are $2.49 (through tomorrow) at Kroger stores when you buy 8 or more (or combine with other participating items). It's a great time to stock up!
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Couponing 101 Workshop March 29

Please join me at the next couponing workshop! Details:

Learn how to save 50-75% on your grocery purchases by using smart shopping strategies and coupons!

Gabrielle Blake, author of the local blog Couponing in Critical Times, will teach strategies for organizing coupons, explore resources that make couponing easier and demonstrate ways to buy many items for free or even at a profit. Registration is recommended but not required, call 865-525-5431.

Monday, March 29, 6:00 p.m. at the Burlington Branch Library. (4614 Asheville Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37924

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day is March 23

"Ben & Jerry's" "ice cream"...Image by osde8info via Flickr

It's almost that time again--FREE ICE CREAM!
Stop in between 12-8 for a free cone. Though the line was out the door last year, it was only a 10 minute wait, which I didn't mind at all for free Ben & Jerry's!

Check out the details here:
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream - Scoop Shops - Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Lowest price on Silk soymilk

Silk Soy MilkImage by missnexus via Flickr

The lowest price in town on Silk soymilk is at Target, $2.69/half gallon (Though Wal-mart may have a similar price, I don't regularly shop there). Use the $0.55 off coupons you probably nabbed from the smart source blinkie machine at Kroger over the last few weeks for an even better price.

If they have other coupons you could use, www.thecouponclippers.com has $1.00 off/half gallon coupons that expire 5/31/10. I'm all stocked up!
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Morning Star Farms for cheap at Target

Morningstar Farms - Sausage PattiesImage by frozenfoodjournal via Flickr

You'll have to hurry for this deal--not included in the sale circular (that I noticed, anyway) is a deal on Morning Star Farms breakfast products, i.e. veggie bacon, sausage patties & links. Buy four and receive a $5 Target gift card.

All Morning Star farm items are on sale for $2.99, but only the breakfast products will earn you the gift card, so choose carefully.

Including the gift card (which can be used on your next purchase) the price per box is only $1.74. If you happen to have a manufacturer's coupon, this deal will be even sweeter.

Sale ends tomorrow!
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Yves bologna discontinued at Kroger

At Asheville Hwy Kroger, you can purchase Yves bologna and salami at a "discontinued item" price (less than $2.00). One or both products are vegan and available in the Health food section.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Are you shopping at CVS yet?

Photo of 1950s Mountain Dew ad in Jakes Corner...Image via Wikipedia

This week at CVS was a dream! They have a killer deal on my husband's evil Mountain Dew and several free & cheap things.

The best deal for me was the following:

Clairol Nice'n Easy hair color. On sale for $4.97 and you get $1 extra care buck, which means it costs $3.97. Limit 2. (Regular price at Walmart and Target is $6.99! When on sale, they are usually $5.99)

In this Sunday's paper was a coupon for $5.00 off any two Clairol hair color products... so, I bought two for $7.94 minus $5 coupon = $2.94 plus tax. That's a little over $1.60 a box. Best deal I've gotten so far! Sure beats Walmart. I didn't even have to wait in line, or run over anyone to get a parking space.

(By the way, these are Christmas 2010 presents for the mom (shhh), and below is her color, too!)

So, what are you waiting for? Shop at CVS!
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Should you subscribe to a newspaper and/or buy coupons?

Should I subscribe to the News Sentinel?

Expired?Image by Jocelyn McAuliflower via Flickr

I've been trying to answer this question for myself for months now.

They do now offer a SUNDAY ONLY delivery package (for my zip code, but maybe not yours? Enter your zip code to find out), which you can check out HERE. The cost works out to be $2.10 per week--sounds pretty reasonable. However, I currently receive my parent's Sunday coupon inserts for free. Though I could use more, and do get a few leftovers from friends, at times I clip only a few coupons from the plethora of available coupons in the inserts. $2.10/week works out to nearly $110/year. $110 seems like too much to spend considering I'm only feeding a family of three, but in a few years, that could change.

So, for now, I regularly get one full set of Sunday coupon inserts from my parents, one incomplete set from a friend, and swap coupons at the coupon exchange at my local libraray. In addition to that, I occasionally purchase coupons from http://www.thecouponclippers.com/. The site has a minimum purchase amount, a small service fee plus the price of a stamp. Below is an example from my last order.

It's best to shop around or have several brands you like so that you can buy what's on sale with a coupon, but let's face it, that's not always possible. For instance, I only like one kind of margarine: Land O Lakes Fresh Buttery Taste Spread, so I ordered 15 coupons for it at 8 cents each. The coupon expires April 3, giving plenty of time for it to go on sale at Kroger. If it does, I'll get these $0.50 coupons doubled and purchase the maragine for free or nearly free. But, if it doesn't go on sale, I'll still buy it because it's the only kind I like. I'll then pop them in the freezer to use over the next several months.

On the down side, I get the Sunday paper on Monday so I occasionally miss a deal at CVS or Walgreens because I don't have a coupon from that week's paper. Also, I have to look a the sale fliers on-line to plan my shopping trip. (I find it much easier to look through them in print.) That doesn't happen often enough to warrant a subscription, though.

Many couponers do not pay for coupons, but I find that making an order every so often--maybe once a month (or twice at most)--is very beneficial. I only order coupon on items I can and will stock up on regardless of price. Beside margarine, another example is soy milk. I also ordered coupons for Silk soy milk worth $1.00 off a half gallon. I buy soy milk whether it's on sale or not and whether or not I have a coupon.

NOTE--cheap soy milk: Silk soy milk is only $2.69 currently at Target ($2.99 at Kroger), which means, you can get them for $1.69 with these coupons if you want to order them.

For me, buying multiple coupons at a coupon clipping site is much cheaper and easier than buying mulitple newspapers.


A Sunday newspaper subscription would probably be very convienent, but until I have a bigger family, I'll probably hold off. Eventually, I'll order it and try it out.

Couponers who purchase a Sunday paper at the store, should probably consider getting the Sunday only delivery for convenience, be sure to check out the link below before you make your order.

Those same couponers might also want to consider occasionally purchasing coupons on items they wish to stockpile.

Couponers who purchase multiple Sunday papers have much less or no need to purchase coupons.

Need more coupons? Read CouponMommie's post about where to get coupons and how to get a discount on newspaper delivery.

The upcoming time change & your little one

With "Spring Forward" (Daylight Savings Time) coming this weekend, parents of little ones can't help but be a little apprehensive. Actually, we're all a little worried we'll be too tired.

sleeping baby loveImage by storyvillegirl via Flickr

Here's what I do to make the transition a little easier, and the key is just that you have to remember!

Since we're losing an hour of time, I make sure to put my toddler to bed earlier--in 15 minute increments leading up to the time change, or 30 minutes ahead for two nights in a row leading up. So far, it's worked well.

So, this is mine and your reminder note! Put up a sign on the wall... mark your wall calendar or planner... and hopefully this spring forward won't be as tiring.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Consignment sale in East Knoxville

Those in the East Knoxville area may be interested in an upcoming consignment sale of about 50 consignors:

Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church
4615 Ashville Hwy, Knoxville 37914

Infant-Teen Consignment Sale
Friday, March 5, 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday, March 6, 8:00am-12:00pm (Half off day)

This large church is located across from the Burlington Branch Library. Parking and entrance for the sale is in the rear.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

All You Magazine for $0.70 an issue

All You magazine is loaded with coupons. I sometimes have two subscriptions at once--view http://www.couponmommie.com's post HERE for all the details on how you can subscribe!
Offer ends March 15.