Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Boca burger coupon

Target currently has a $1 off Boca burger coupon.

Library Holiday Events listings

Wow, it's a jam-packed schedule at the library this holiday season. Julie at Sharing Savings with You has all the library event listings as part of the Holiday Savings Series from Knoxville area coupon mom bloggers.

The Knox Co library system is offering holiday open houses, Santa sightings, crafts, caroling, movies, special holiday-themed story times, how-tos on holiday photos, wrapping paper, holiday food and lots more. Get the details here. She also has holiday listings, including a concert series for Blount Co libraries here.

Stay tuned for future posts from:

Coupon Katie
Coupon Mommie
Couponing in Critical Times
Coupons Are Money
Frugally Farming Family
Knoxville Mamabelle

So far in this Holiday Saving Series:

Frugalissa Finds on Black Friday Tips
Knoxville on a Dime's Guide to On-line Shopping
KnoxMom's Holiday Event Listings
Blue Frog Creations's Couponing for Charity
Sharing Savings with You's Library Events at Blount & Knox libraries

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Don't forget the holiday markets!

With the Christmas shopping season now in full swing, I wanted to remind you of two great holiday markets. Both have plenty of locally made crafts that'll make for wonderful gifts and support our local community.

Market Square Holiday Market
Saturdays: December 4, 11 and 18
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Find them on Facebook.

New Harvest Holiday Market
(in the community room) 
Thursdays: December 2, 9 and 16
3 - 6 p.m.
Find them on Facebook.

I have to say that as fond as I am of Market Square, I also really, really like heat, so I'll probably visit the New Harvest Market this season!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Earn $25 on your American Express account on Small Business Saturday

I received a couple timely emails today. One, my regular subscription to Disc Exchange and second, an email from Frugally Farming Family. Both were reminders of how important it is to support local businesses!

Tomorrow is the first-ever Small Business Saturday (by American Express), when you are urged to spend your dollars of support not at nationally owned chains or corporations, but at "the shops and restaurants that employ our neighbors and reinvest our money close to home. The businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities and local economies," --from their Website.

Disc Exchange, Knoxville's local music store is participating. If you make a $25 or more purchase with your registered American Express card at Disc Exchange on Saturday, November 27, 2010, you will earn you a $25 credit on your Amex statement. That sounds like quite a deal. You MUST register at Small Business Saturday to participate.

Since I don't have an Amex card, I'd be very interested to know how this works out for anyone who participates, so please leave a comment if you have any details.

The second email I read was one of concern for a local business that is struggling financially, Cedar Springs Christian Store. If you are interested in supporting their store, Frugally Farming Family has a post about their holiday deals and how to score a coupon before you go.

Black Friday Giveaway

This Black Friday, I'll be at home working on our kitchen remodeling project. Some of you might be standing in lines right now, or maybe you've decided to stay home and do a little on-line shopping. Either way, this Black Friday giveaway is good for a week, so you don't have to rush!

One pair of earrings, made by yours truly, shipped anywhere in the U.S.

There are multiple ways to enter, and each way you enter gets you another chance at winning. For each item you choose, post a comment stating what you've done. In other words, if you are a follower, and you are a fan on Facebook, enter one comment saying you are a follower and a separate comment saying you are a fan.

FIVE Ways to Enter:
1. Leave a comment saying what colors of earrings you'd like to see given away in the future (hint, hint!).
2. Become a blog follower with Google Connect or a subscriber by e-mail (or state that you already are).
3. "Like" Knoxville Mamabelle on Facebook (or state that you already are).
4. Post this giveaway on your blog.
5. Comment on or share this giveaway with your friends via Knoxville Mamabelle on Facebook.

Five chances to win!

If you do not have a google account, etc, you will need to choose to post as "anonymous" and list your name with your comment.

Giveaway ends at midnight on December 3, 2010.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Blue Frog Creation's Plan for Couponing for Charity at CVS and Walgreens

The second post I'm sharing today in the Holiday Saving Series from Knoxville-area coupon mom bloggers is all about couponing for charity. Blue Frog Creations has been scoring free stuff at CVS and Walgreens for over a year, and Black Friday will be no exception. In fact, she's planning on getting  45 free items
this coming weekend!

Read Couponing for Charity: Black Friday's freebies & money makers for all the details.

Stay tuned for future posts from:

Coupon Katie
Coupon Mommie
Couponing in Critical Times
Coupons Are Money
Frugally Farming Family
Knoxville Mamabelle
Sharing Savings with You

So far in this Holiday Saving Series:

Frugalissa Finds on Black Friday Tips
Knoxville on a Dime's Guide to On-line Shopping
KnoxMom's Holiday Event Listings
Blue Frog Creations's Couponing for Charity

FREE and Cheap Family Fun for the Holidays

Today I'm sharing two posts in the Holiday Saving Series from Knoxville-area coupon mom bloggers. First, Ali at KnoxMoms.com has Holiday event listings from all over Knoxville, and the best thing is, most are FREE or cost very little! Read her article, Holidays Made Easy - Free Holiday Events and Actitivities for Kids in Knoxville on KnoxMoms.  

She's got all the details--from parades, lights to chances to visit Santa.
Stay tuned for future posts from:
Blue Frog Creations
Coupon Katie

So far in this Holiday Saving Series:
Frugalissa Finds on Black Friday Deals
Knoxville on a Dime's Guide to On-line Shopping

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Homemade Automatic Dishwashing Detergent

I'm a detergent snob. I don't want to spend any money on something that doesn't work! I usually do the best I can with coupons and sales to find gelpacs or tab detergents such as Electrosal or Cascade. Though I want the product to work well, I haven't been particularly happy with my methods of affording those items. Let's face it, sometimes it's tiresome.

I'd heard of making your own laundry detergent, and when I posted something on facebook, a friend responded with this site:

So, I finally made my own automatic dishwashing detergent! You'll need to check the above site for the exact recipe and details, but these are the ingredients needed:

1 box of Arm & Hammer® Super Washing Soda
1 box of 20 Mule Team® Borax
1 box of coarse Kosher Salt
(minimum) 2 ounces container of food-grade Citric Acid

I checked both Wal-mart and Target for Arm & Hammer and Borax. Fail.

Kroger, however, had both. The citric acid can be found at EarthFare in the health & beauty bulk section (many thanks to the kind employee there who always patiently answers my questions). Three Rivers Market may carry it as well.
I'm guesstimating the cost per load is about 4 cents! So far, I've done two loads of dishes, and they are just as clean as usual compared to powder cleaners. I have tried Seventh Generation powder in the past, and it certainly works as well as that. So, the switch is complete at my house, and I won't be chasing down bargains on gelpacs and stressing out when I nearly run out while no deals are to be had. Relief!
The product does lump a bit, but it's still fine to use it that way. You might add a little rice to it to help absorb moisture. Read through the comments on the diynatural page for more tips.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Kroger / Shell gas program, deal sweetened

If you aren't taking advantage of this program, you are truly missing out. If you've looked through this week's Kroger sales ad, you might have seen this:

Earn 4X (4 times) your fuel points for every gift card purchase at Kroger from November 21-December 11. Let's add this up... I buy a Home Depot card for $100, and get not 200, but 800 points?! That would be $0.80 cents off/gallon at my next fill up. If I put in 19 gallons, that will be a savings of about $15. If I buy a Target gift card for the same amount, $15 is a much better return than Target's new 5% card (so just keep that card in your wallet during this promotion).

Kroger has a plethora of cards available--JoAnn's, JC Penny, just to name a couple, and so many restaurants.

But wait! What if you don't want to buy gas at Kroger, and you don't want to buy any gift cards for these stores? Why not buy a Shell gas station gift card at Kroger? Yes, you can buy Shell gift cards at Kroger, earn fuel points, buy your gas at Shell, AND THEN (until February 28, 2011) bring in your Shell receipt to Kroger when you check out and earn double points on that purchase on qualified items, such as normal grocery purchases. The shell receipt promotion does not include gift cards.

So, the ways to earn fuel points are:
1. Spending on groceries (normal exclusions apply): $100 in Groceries = 100 Points
2. Non-federally funded prescriptions: 2 Prescriptions = 100 Points
3. Double gift card points (normal exclusions apply): $50 in Gift Cards = 100 Points

To recap:

Until December 11, 2010, earn 4X fuel points on gift card purchases.
Until February 28, 2011, bring in your receipt, and give it to your cashier when buying your groceries and double your points on that purchase.

For general rules, see http://www.kroger.com/in_store/fuel/Pages/knoxville.aspx
For details about bringing in your Shell receipt, see http://www.kroger.com/in_store/fuel/Pages/fuel_promotion.aspx

Thank you, local bloggers, for the tip about the Shell receipt program!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Free Yoga Classes

Couponing in Critical Times has the details about a free day of yoga at The Glowing Body, December 5, 2010, 9 a.m.--5 p.m.

Glowing Body is located at 711 Irwin St. right off Central Avenue and offers many course offerings.

The details on the free yoga day are TBA, so if you're interested, bookmark their page, The Glowing Body.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Vegan & Vegetarian Thanksgiving Potluck Nov 21

Image from http://www.tibits.co.uk/e/about-us/

The Vegetarian Society of Tennessee hosts an annual Thanksgiving dinner of vegetarian and vegan dishes. This year the event will be held on Sunday, November 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Knoxville First Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3611 Kingston Pike.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 5-10 years, and children under 5 are free.

From their site:
POTLUCK Dinner: Please bring a family-sized vegetarian or vegan dish, with a serving spoon, to feed 6-8 people. [From my attendance in the past, it's best to have a print out of ingredients for your dish, or if you're a sweetie, bring multiple copies of your recipe to share]

Please invite your family and friends and enjoy conversation and compassionate dining.

Live music and door prizes from local businesses.

Come prepared to buy "Treasures from the Vegetarian Attic."

For more info call 865-681-7691 or e-mail laurabroderick@mindspring.com.


I've regretfully missed out on this event for several years now. When I did attend, I found many new dishes and recipes to try!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Carpe Librum Booksellers to close

As a book lover, it's with great sadness that I point you to Metro Pulse's article, http://www.metropulse.com/news/2010/nov/03/carpe-librum-booksellers-set-close/.

According to the article, they'll be closing down December 31 and may have liquidation sales into January.

I don't often purchase new books, but one day I did. It was the day I found out about Rebecca Walker's book, Baby Love, about her journey to motherhood. Not only am I an avid Walker fan, I was pregnant too. [I know, a verb-tense change in the middle of a sentence. Yikes.]

I called a couple places and then located it at Carpe Librum. That was a while before I became a "crazy coupon lady," but I ripped out my "25% off one item" coupon from my Knox Co. Coupon Book and rushed there on my way home from work.

I devoured it that afternoon!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Win tickets to Fantasy of Trees from KnoxMoms.com

Would you like to attend Fantasy of Trees for free this year? If so, check knoxmoms.com for a chance to win tickets--constest ends November 22. The contest is open to members of knoxmoms--sign up and don't miss out on all it has to offer!

Guide to Online shopping from Knoxville on a Dime

The next post in the Holiday Saving Series from Knoxville-area coupon mom bloggers is all about on-line shopping. Kathryn at Knoxville on a Dime has written a thorough post to prepare you to use comparison shopping strategies, save on shipping, find discount codes and manage "Cyber Monday"!

So far in this Holiday Saving Series:
Frugalissa Finds on Black Friday Deals
Knoxville on a Dime's Guide to On-line Shopping

More to come from these money-saving moms:
Blue Frog Creations
Coupon Katie
Coupon Mommie
Couponing in Critical Times
Coupons Are Money
Frugally Farming Family
Knoxville Mamabelle
Sharing Savings with You

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Giving Free Holiday Concerts

I'm so glad my spouse told me about this--Mark your calendars now to attend one of these FREE holiday concerts by Knoxville Symphony Orchestra!

String quartets from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform FREE holiday concerts for the Knoxville community throughout November and December.

Sunday, November 28
1:00 PM
West Town Mall

Wednesday, December 1
Clayton Bank and Trust, downtown Knoxville

Friday, December 3
5:00 PM
The Emporium Center, downtown Knoxville

Saturday, December 4
1:30 PM
Mathnasium, Franklin Square

Friday, December 10
Home Federal Bank, Downtown Knoxville

Sunday, December 12
1:00 PM
West Town Mall

Sunday, December 12
4:00 PM
Borders Books, Deane Hill Shopping Center

If you can't wait until Nov 28, KSO is offering a free concert on Nov 21 at 4 p.m: Sunday with the Symphony at Borders Books on Morrell Road.
Thank you KSO!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mambo Sprouts Internet coupons

It's easy to forget about checking http://www.mambosprouts.com/ for printable coupons, so here's a reminder! I'm signed up for their email newsletter, "Messenger," which this month features an article on Vegetarian Holiday Fare, some recipes and more.

A great thing about Mambo Sprouts is that they also offer giveaways. Right now they are offering ten $50 American Express gift cards. To enter, subscribe to the Messenger, "like" them on Facebook or post your green, eco-friendly wish list item on their Facebook wall. (If you are already a fan on Facebook, you are already entered to win!) View the Messenger for the full details.

Now, I'm off to go post something on their wall!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Black Friday Tips from Frugalissa Finds

A group of Knoxville area coupon mom bloggers, including me, will be posting a series of Holiday posts to help you with everything from Black Friday tips to budgeting. 

Many of the bloggers are featured in today's Knoxville News Sentinel article, http://bluefrogcreations.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-first-article-in-knoxville-news.html.

Today's post is from Frugalissa Finds, and as I always tell my husband, it all starts with a LIST.

Read all about her list of tips for Black Friday shopping. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Finally, a Facebook page for Knoxville MamaBelle!

Going vegetarian

I enjoyed reading a post by Trent at The Simple Dollar on his switch to a plant-based diet for health reasons. I especially appreciated this statement:

As I thought about the options, I asked myself whether it was really important to me to eat certain foods. “How many years of good health is it worth for me to give up food X?” I realized that, when I thought of it in that context and in relation to watching my kids grow up and do whatever life has in store for them, I didn’t really have to add too much good health to my life to make it worth some significant dietary changes.

I couldn't agree more. This level of thought is exactly what I think many of us need. We need to always consider how our current actions are shaping our future. If we are doing something everyday, we must think to ourselves, how does doing this everyday add up at the end of a year, at the end of ten years? If it's exercise, we'll see some major benefits, but if our everyday activity is smoking, ignoring our children, eating a fast-food burger or driving recklessly, we might reconsider our current actions or have serious future consequences.

Back to food, here's some resources:
http://www.vrg.org/ Vegetarian Resource Group
http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/articles/protein-veg-diet.php (phenomenal and thorough article about the protein myth)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Do you owe library fines? Get Amnesty now!

On Tuesday, November 16, the Knox Co. Library system will be having an amnesty day: Food for Fines.

Library users with overdue fines can bring in cans of food to donate to Second Harvest food bank which will in turn eliminate library fines! To participate in amnesty day, bring your overdue item along with a can of nonperishable food to any library location. Up to $50 of fines can be forgiven per account.

There are restrictions, so check out full story including library locations and hours for amnesty day at http://www.cityofknoxville.org/Press_Releases/Content/2010/1110.asp

Thanks Sharing Savings With You!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Have you joined Kigits Club yet?

What are you waiting for? Get in on the fun! Sign up your kids for only $5 each. For that, they'll recieve a Simon Kidgits T-shirt, bag and other prizes. Kigits members can take advantage of activities throughout the year such as family fun nights during the summer, which include discounted and/or free food, crafts & prizes. 

Kidgit's upcoming event is Santa's arrival parade on Saturday, Nov 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Knoxville Center and Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at West Town Mall.

Additionally, Kidgits members receive a prize for their birthdays!

My daughter enjoying a Kidgit's craft from this past summer.

Sign up for Kidgits at your local participating mall, and visit Simon Mall's Kidgit's site.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Free Zoo Day Reminder

My daughter enjoys a reptile friend at Knoxville Zoo.
Actually, I haven't announced that the Knoxville Zoo is having another free day, but nearly everyone else has, and I MEANT to annouce it long ago... so, if you don't have a membership to the Zoo, Saturday, November 13, is the day to go. Free day begins at 10 a.m., and I'd recommend getting there at or near that time if you want to get in at all. This free day, as was the one last year, is sponsored primarily by Kroger. Attendees are urged to bring a donation for the visit, so please read the details at Knoxville Zoo.

Note that last year's free day was a mad house. There were so many cars trying to get in, we could barely get out (and this was around noon!). There were families walking and pushing strollers all the way from Magnolia Avenue, down Prosser Road and into the zoo. The Interstate at the Rutledge Pike exit was bumper to bumper...

If you DO have a membership, I'd recommend staying away!

Hormel brand Chili

If you purchase Hormel brand vegetarian chili, you may have noticed they are on sale this week at Kroger for $0.85/can if you buy 10 of them or them with other participating items. The sale is one of Kroger's Buy 10, Save $5 events.

This week's Sunday paper had a coupon for $0.55 cents off two cans, and coupons.com has a current listing. Additionally, if you might use them in the future, you can order from http://www.thecouponclippers.com/.

With coupons, the price per can will be $0.575.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Plans are in the works for the next coupon fair

Today I had the privilege of meeting with some like-minded coupon mom bloggers, and I wanted to thank Couponing in Critical Times for all her time and diligence in getting us together and for jump-starting the plans for next year's Coupon Fair. This year's fair in February was a great success, and plans are in the works for next year, so stay tuned for details!

I also met Christy of Coupons are Money for the first time who was kind enough to arrange a meeting place for us--Thank you to Courtyard Grill.

Gift store discounts

When I visit places like the Knoxville Zoo or the Knoxville Museum of Art, I love "window shopping" in the gift stores. Recently, I noticed that some of Knoxville Zoo's Melissa & Doug items were cheaper than those same items at places like Toys R Us. Then, not long after, I recieved my zoo newsletter, which gave dates for double discount days. If you're a zoo member, you'll recieve an additional 10% off purchases for a total of 20% off on Nov 19-21.

A friend sent me the following info about discounts at the McClung Museum Shop: Now through through Nov 14, all items (except books) will be 30% off. 

So, if you've had your eye on something special at a gift shop, now is the time to call and find our if they are having a holiday sale. Doesn't hurt to ask!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Harvest Park Farmer's Market open through December

When I went to the last day of early voting last Thursday, I saw that the New Harvest Park Farmer's Market is still going strong. Their regular, outdoor market will be open every Thursday in November (except for Thanksgiving Day) from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Additionally, the first three Thursdays in December, the Harvest Market will open their Holiday Market inside the building at New Harvest Park from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

This is a great place to purchase some unique and affordable Christmas gifts! Plus, you can still purchase  locally grown produce. Spread the word!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at the library

This morning, my tot and I enjoyed music with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Afterwards, they even let her "play" a violin and cello! Don't miss out on these wondrous free offerings from our local library system.

From the library's listing: Listen in on a special story time as members of a string quartet read stories about music and play for preschool aged children and their parents. It's great fun and also highlights the connections between music and literacy while introducing the instruments to children.

November 3, 11 a.m. at Karns Branch Library
November 5, 10:30 a.m. at Powell Branch Library
November 5, 4 p.m. at Cedar Bluff Branch Library
November 9, 10:30 a.m. at Sequoyah Branch Library
November 10, 11 a.m. at Halls Branch Library
November 12, 10:15 a.m. at Fountain City Branch Library