August 31, 2009

Welcome Weight Watchers!

Welcome to the Couponing in Critical Times blog!  To find out more about the site and why I post deals, click the “About Me” tab at the top. 

I’ve included some of the best buys for Weight Watcher attendees below.  For more of the best buys for the week, go to this post and look under “Stockpiling”.  You can click on the links for each store to view even more deals.  Happy Saving!

Target—I’ll be stocking up on Special K.

  • Special K Cereal (11-13 oz) - $2.39/ea
    Use $1/1 Special K Blueberry here or
    Use $1/2 in 8/2 Kellogg's insert
    Final Price = $1.39-1.89/ea; It's like getting these for as little as $0.14-0.64/ea with gift card!
  • Special K Bars (6 ct) - $2.39/ea
    Use $0.75/1 Special K Chocolaty Pretzel Bars here or
    Use $1/2 Special K Bars here or in 7/12 Red Plum insert
    Use $0.50/1 Kellogg's Fruit/Grain Snacks Target coupon here (some stores only allow 1 per transaction)
    Final Price = $1.14-1.39/ea; It's like getting these for as little as FREE to $0.14/ea with gift card!
  • Three Rivers Market/Or your local Co-op Advantage Store—These deals will run all of September: Organic Thompson’s Raisins $2.49/lb,  Organic Rolled Oats 89cts/lb.

    Kroger Knoxville/Atlanta area—Starkist Tuna Pouches $1 each.  Print two 50ct/1 coupons at this website when you sign up for the sweepstakes.  The coupon will be doubled with your Kroger Plus card, making them free.

    Free Sample Betty Crocker Potatoes

    Go here to snag a free sample of Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes or Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. These will be gone FAST!  Thanks Money Saving Mom!

    Magazine Coupon Listing

    Go to this website to see a listing of coupons available in September editions of magazines.  A friend and I were talking about how many great coupons have been out lately in magazines!  Thanks Organic Deals for the heads up!

    Hormel Printable Coupons

    Go to this website to print coupons for Hormel products.  We really enjoy the Hormel Natural Choice products. Thanks Colleen!


  • Save $.55 On One (1) Pkg HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® Deli Sandwich Meat

    Save $.55 On One (1) Pkg HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® Deli Sandwich Meat

  • Save $.55 On One (1) Pkg HORMEL® Pepperoni

    Save $.55 On One (1) Pkg HORMEL® Pepperoni

  • Save $1.00 On any One (1) Pkg HORMEL® Microwave Ready Bacon

    Save $1.00 On any One (1) Pkg HORMEL® Microwave Ready Bacon

  • Save $1.00 On any One (1) Pkg HORMEL® Party Tray

    Save $1.00 On any One (1) Pkg HORMEL® Party Tray

  • Save $2.00 On One (1) Pkg HORMEL® Refrigerated Entrée

    Save $2.00 On One (1) Pkg HORMEL® Refrigerated Entrée

  • Meal Planning Monday

    Here are the meals we have planned for this week.  I haven’t been posting our meal plans lately because I’ve been a little uninspired in the kitchen.  I hope that as the weather starts to cool I’ll get back into the cooking mode.

    Breakfasts—soaked oatmeal, cereals, cheese toast, pancakes from the freezer, egg dishes

    Lunches—leftovers, sandwiches, snack lunches





    • Monday—Sautéed shrimp, green beans, couscous salad (look for this recipe tomorrow, photo above)
    • Tuesday—Tuna Fish salad, crackers, garden vegetable soup
    • Wednesday—I’m helping to prepare the snack supper at the children’s program at church that night, and we’ll be eating there
    • Thursday—Garden Omelet  Zucchini, leek, and potato fritters
    • Friday—Baked potato bar with the works—salsa, cheeses, sour cream, onions, veggies, butter, etc
    • Saturday—Butternut Squash Soup (permitting that the weather remains cool)
    • Sunday—Vegetable meal using what veggies come in the weekly CSA basket and need eaten from the garden

    Walgreens Friends and Family Coupon


    Thanks Money Saving Mom—I’m not sure how I missed this coupon, but I was glad to see it on Crystal’s site today.  Bummer that I went to Walgreens yesterday.  I’m hoping that this will help someone else who hasn’t done their shopping yet.  There are some GREAT deals and money makers this week!  Common Sense with Money added a Velveeta Shells Cups deal to her site you might want to check out before going to Wags.

    Walgreens just released a brand-new 15% off coupon here which is good today only (August 31, 2009). The coupon should take 15% off your entire order.

    This would be a great way to further sweeten all the great deals to be had at Walgreens this week! 

    Last Day of the Month—Print Your Coupons

    bs01864_ Just a quick reminder that today is the last day of the month.  Websites like and often update their coupons beginning at the first of the month.  While some of the same coupons might still be there tomorrow, you might want to check out the list and see if there are any you want to be sure you have.  Happy Couponing!

    Independence Days Update

    We participate in Sharon Astyk’s Independence Days Challenge.   This is our weekly update.

    Plant Something—Nothing planted last week.  I plan on putting fall seeds in the ground this week, as the weather is scheduled to be more fall like.

    Harvest Something—We harvested  butternut squash, cherry tomatoes, jalapeños, tomatoes, green beans, onions, 1 melon, red and green okra.

    Preserve Something—I froze green beans and potatoes, yellow squash and zucchini, and basil.  I dried some more purple hull peas for winter storage.  I saved seeds from the melons.  I canned Easy Jalapeño Rings.  I have a car load full of free canning pears to pick up tomorrow afternoon and hopefully more coming from Memphis later in the week.  Those pears should keep me busy for a while, and I’m very much looking forward to having them!

    Prep and Storage—Hubby worked on placing fence posts this weekend.  We added some more dog food to storage (free with coupons!).  We added organic ground beef to the freezer storage.  We thinned a few bags of toys from our daughter’s room for donations.

    Reduce Waste—We continue to do our other energy saving measures and recycle, compost, and use a rain barrel.   We continue to purchase a weekly CSA basket.  I was pleased to give some of the zucchini to my cousin this week—at least there are a few less that I have to worry about cooking and preserving!  Another cousin passed some hand-me-down clothes to us for our daughter.  We are bringing some donations to the church for a rummage sale they have planned in November. 

    Building Community Food Systems—I made up some boxes at the church food pantry for easy distribution this week.  I participated in a tamale making event at the church on Saturday.  Not only did most of the people there learn a new skill, but we also had a great day spent with people of all ages. 

    Eating the Food—I haven’t been really all that inspired by cooking this week.  The only “new” cooking I did was to add okra to my vegetable pasta.  I hadn’t added it previously because I thought it would get too gummy, but it worked quite nicely.  I cook pasta in one pot.  In a separate skillet I sauté vegetables in a little olive oil.  In this week’s pasta I had egg plant, zucchini, leeks, garlic, green onions, okra, green beans, and bell peppers.  Mix the drained pasta into the vegetables.  You can add olive oil, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese to taste. 

    Stockpiling, Emergency Preparedness, and Food Security

    Wondering why you are seeing this post on a couponing site?  View my posts here and here to find out why I believe these issues are important.

    Stockpiling-- Here are the weekly “best buys” I found for adding to your stockpile.  Some of the stores are regional.  If you do not have a store listed in your area, or if you do not eat the items mentioned, then consider taking $1-$5 from your weekly grocery budget to use for building your stockpile. 

    If you find some deals I missed, please post in the comments section.

    Walgreens—Since you can make a good chunk of change at Wags this week with coupons and RR deals, I’ve included a link and some ideas for free items.  Use the money made to purchase other shelf stable items.  Free after RR deals—Rembrandt Toothpaste, Reach Dental Care, Men’s Zone Razor, Carefree Pantiliners, Colgate 360 Actiflex Toothbrush, Breathe Right Strips, Theraflu, and Palmolive dish soap. 

    CVS—If you are lucky enough to still have coupons for the Contour blood glucose meters, use those as your starting place at CVS this week.  I do not normally shop at CVS, and therefore I try to use all the ECBs up during one trip.  Keep in mind with my plan, I’m buying for the church/tax exempt.  I’ll also be buying items we can use for our children’s snack supper we do one time per week.  I could roll these a lot further if I wanted to return next week.

    • Transaction #1—2 Contour Blood Glucose Meters, OOP $0, earn $10 ECB
    • Transaction #2—1 Glade candle $6.99, use $3 coupon, 5 Keebler crackers $1 each, use $1/2 and 75ct/2 coupons, 4 Dawn dish soaps 97cts each, use four 25ct/1 coupons, use $10 ECBs from first transaction.  OOP—12 cents, earn $7.99 ECBs
    • Transaction #3—4 Dole Fruit Cups priced 2/$4, use $1/2 coupons.  Buy one more item for $1.99 (I”ll look at the other food items we could use for the kids), use $7.99 ECBs from Transaction #2.  Minimal OOP expense based on the filler item used. 

    Kroger Knoxville/Atlanta area—Starkist Tuna Pouches $1 each, free after 50ct coupon is doubled. I’ll also be stocking up on Dial hand soap (35ct MC), paper towels (25ct MC), and Kotex pads (use both a paper and loadable coupon on the pads).  We do not normally eat Wonder Bread but I have a 55ct loadable coupon (shortcuts)  and a 55ct printable coupon.  I’ll check the price and see if it is worth buying for a donation.

    Ingles—White Rice store brand 2/$1 for 1 lb bags, Dixie Crystals sugar $1.88/4 lbs

    Target—I’ll be stocking up on Special K.  I have a coupon for a free pop tart, and so I’ll probably work that deal as well. You can also stock up on Skittles and Mars Candy Bars for Halloween, Chef Michael dog food, bananas, and an assortment of travel sized items for free.  While not a shelf stable item, I’ll be picking up the free Edy’s ice cream after coupons for the church.

    • Special K Cereal (11-13 oz) - $2.39/ea
      Use $1/1 Special K Blueberry here or
      Use $1/2 in 8/2 Kellogg's insert
      Final Price = $1.39-1.89/ea; It's like getting these for as little as $0.14-0.64/ea with gift card!
    • Special K Bars (6 ct) - $2.39/ea
      Use $0.75/1 Special K Chocolaty Pretzel Bars here or
      Use $1/2 Special K Bars here or in 7/12 Red Plum insert
      Use $0.50/1 Kellogg's Fruit/Grain Snacks Target coupon here (some stores only allow 1 per transaction)
      Final Price = $1.14-1.39/ea; It's like getting these for as little as FREE to $0.14/ea with gift card!
    • Kellogg's Pop Tarts (12 ct) - $2.39/ea
      Use $0.75/1 Target coupon here
      Use $1/2 in 8/2 Kellogg's insert or $0.55/1 here
      Final Price = $1.09-1.14/ea + FREE OJ or Milk when you buy 2

    Three Rivers Market/Or your local Co-op Advantage Store—These deals will run all of September: Annie’s Homegrown Crackers $1.99 each, use coupons from Annie’s calendar if you have them.  (I have not received mine yet).  Bulk buys--Organic Thompson’s Raisins $2.49/lb,  Organic Rolled Oats 89cts/lb.

    Emergency Preparedness—With all of the talk about the flu season and the H1NI, this week might be a good one to be thinking about prevention. This is a great article that addresses what supplies you might need if a loved one becomes ill.  I keep Thieves Oil or Medieval Mix (alternate name) on hand as a basic health care item in our home.  If you have someone who has sensitive skin, it can be applied to the clothing for a similar result.  I was talking with a fellow church member this morning about hand washing and how we are taught in health care to wash our hands.  Just as important as keeping your hands clean, it is important to teach our children how to wash their hands properly.  Our daughter even at age 3 knows to wash in between her fingers and to scrub her nails on her soapy palm to help get them clean. 

    Food Security—This week is a good time to check your stockpiles and rotate out any items that need using.  Before the end of the month, I try to take stock and see what items I should replenish in the pantry and emergency kits.  Those items are the first ones that make it to my “needs” list for shopping for the next month.  Not sure what you should include?  Here is a food storage calculator.  Here is a good resource for non-food related items to keep on hand. 

    New Red Plum Printables

    Save $1.00 on Success Rice
    My dad buys the brown rice version of Success, and this coupon makes it a great deal.  Go here to print this and other coupons at Red Plum.

    Free Kashi Cereal Sample


    Kashi is offering  a free sample of their cereals. You can choose among: Honey Sunshine, heart to Heart or Kashi Go Lean.  You can choose to be surprised if you can’t pick.  Thanks Common Sense with Money!

    Three Rivers Market Weekly Deals

    Three Rivers Market is a cooperatively-owned natural foods grocery store serving the Knoxville community and all of East Tennessee. They offer many certified organic foods, as well as fresh produce and offerings from our many local growers and producers. You'll find more than 200 herbs and spices, a large bulk buying section, freshly prepared deli foods, as well as refrigerated, frozen, and packaged groceries.

    Aug 31st-Sept 6th—Check out the price for the organic grapes!  They’ve been having some really good deals on fruits and vegetables lately!  I am waiting until the first of the month to put up the monthly sales match-ups for September in hopes that some new coupons might surface.

    Organic Red and Green Grapes
    $1.79/ lb. Save $ .70/ lb.
    Mali's Gourmet Natural Hardwood Lump Charcoal   10 lb. Bag                         $4.99 Save $3.00
    Lakewood Organic Lemonade 32 Oz.                                 $1.99                                   Save $1.50

    Alba Botanica Sport Sunscreen SPF 32  (4 Oz.)  $5.99
    Save: $2.36

    August 30, 2009

    Free Organic Gardening Dowload

    Thanks Coupon Mommie for this info.  I am looking forward to checking it out!

    This would be an awesome book to read over the winter.

    Go here to download your free Organic Gardening Book.

    Ingles Deals 8/30-9/5

    advantage_card Go here to view the deals this week.  I wasn’t as impressed with the deals this week, but maybe there are some items on there that are of interest to you.  Happy Shopping!

    Target Deals 8/30-9/5

    Check out the Target Deals for the week here and the Target Special K bar and cereal deal here.  I’ll be stocking up this week at Target!

    Is your name Dave, David, Davy? Free BBQ Today!

    Location Photo

    Famous Dave’s 
    officially declares
    August 30, 2009

    DAVE’S  DAY!

    For Anyone Named Dave!

    Every Dave’s a Famous Dave to us, but to celebrate Dave’s 15th, we’re giving
    a free entrée – up to $15 – to every Dave, David or Davy in the house!* And on
    Dave’s Day, close counts! If your middle name is Dave, David or Davy you’ll get
    your entrée for half price! Up to $7.50.*

    *Offers available only at participating locations with a valid picture ID.

    A Happy Thought

    DSC_9444 "We tend to get what we expect."--Norman Vincent Peale

    Knoxville School Coupon Books about to expire


    Remember: you still have until August 31st to take advantage of savings in the 2008-09 book

    2009 School Coupon Book sales date: September 17 - October 2

      For More Information call (865) 594-1928 or 594-1909

    You have just a few more days to use the school coupons.  I suggest that you swap any coupons you won’t be using with someone who can use them. 

    We bought 4 coupon books last year, and we’ve made our money back and MUCH more.  We’ll be buying at least that many again this year.  Happy Couponing!

    Tip of the day

    Have a clothing swap with friend—Want to rejuvenate your wardrobe, but you don’t want to bust your budget by purchasing new or consignment clothing?  Host a clothing swap.  My cousin in Memphis does this each season with friends who are similar sizes as she.  She returns each time with a huge bag full of “new” clothes for her wardrobe. 

    August 29, 2009

    Free Perfume Sample


    Grab yourself a sample for free of Halle Berry’s new scent called “Halle”.  Go here to get yours. Thanks Deal Fanatic!!

    Mark Your Calendars—Ladies Night Out Fundraiser


    Faith United Methodist Church is planning a Ladies Night Out fundraising event on Thursday, September 10th from 6-8pm.  Vendors are donating a portion of their revenue for the evening to our church’s outreach program.  I look forward to getting some of my holiday shopping taken care of and a fun and relaxing night with friends, and I hope some of you will be able to make it!  Everyone is welcome, and we hope you will bring your friends.  Admission is free and childcare is provided while you shop.

    More details: Faith United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Dry Gap Pike and Rifle Range Road at 1120 Dry Gap Pike, Knoxville, TN  37918.  (865) 688-1000. 

    I’ve included information on the vendors below.  I’ve also added links to the websites whenever applicable.


    Avon—If you think that Avon only sells make-up, you are in for a surprise!  I was impressed with the jewelry that they have in their catalog.

    Celebrating Home—Everyone who has told me about Celebrating Home has raved about their candles!  I look forward to picking some up for some special people on my holiday list.

    Curves—They will be giving out some free one week trials to the gym.  I am very much looking forward to trying it out! There will also be a chance to win a FREE MONTH!

    Homemade Gourmet—In addition to gourmet and up-scale food mixes, they offer a bundle deal to help save some money. 

    Knoxville Soap & Candle Company—I have a friend who moved to Indiana, and every time she comes back through Knoxville will visit this store.  Not only do they offer great soaps and candles, but their specialty gift selection is terrific. 

    La Selva MedSpa—I am thrilled that they will be coming!  They will have massage therapists present to make the evening even more relaxing.  I will be first in line!  Even the music on their website is relaxing.

    Longaberger--  Everyone I know who has owned one of these baskets talks about how well they are made.  I look forward to seeing some in person.

    Mary Kay—I love this company for how they empower women!  The Satin Hands gift set makes a wonderful gift.

    Pampered Chef—If you do not get any other item from Pampered Chef, I’d like to recommend their trifle bowl as a must have.  I use trifle dishes for a lot of recipes, and I was always so frustrated with how I had to store them.  The Pampered Chef trifle has a pedestal that fits inside of the bowl AND a lid for easy storage.

    Premiere—The jewelry on their website is amazing.  I look forward to finding out more about their company.

    Private Quarters—You’ll find luxurious bedding and bath accessories on their website.  Looks dreamy!  (I know, bad pun, but it is true!)

    Rainwater Farm—Not only am I happy to have Colette joining us because she is a local business, but also because her soaps are amazing.  One year for Christmas, I made up gift baskets with an assortment of soaps for friends and neighbors, and they were a huge hit.  E-mail her for more information--

    Southern Living at Home—Love the Southern Living magazine?  Well, you are in for a treat.  I have a friend who has most of their entertaining pieces, and when she throws a party, it looks professional.

    Tastefully Simple—I have a friend who raves about their soup mixes.  These products sound like they would be handy for hostess gifts or a quick recipe to bring to a potluck.

    Thirty-One—Check out the bags on their website!  I have a college student that I mentor, and I plan to pick up one for her.

    Tupperware—My favorite item in the catalog is their sandwich keeper.  We have been impressed with how well the ones we have had held up over the years.

    Uppercase Living—Does that wall space in your kitchen need a little pizzazz?  Check out the Uppercase Living catalog to get the designer look for a lot less.

    Usborne Books—I hosted a book party a year ago, and I received enough free books for most of my young relatives for the holidays.  We love their Spanish DVD, and my nephews went on and on about how cool the dinosaur books were.

    Freebie Search Engine

    I came across this website when a person commented on having found my site through using the search engine.  I thought my readers might like to check it out.

    Free Sample Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters

    Nature Valley Granola nut clusters  Thanks to Coupon Mommie for this sample reminder:

    Want a free full size sample of Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters.  Go here to sign up.

    I was able to sample 4 bags of this courtesy of MyBlogSpark here and have to say they were absolutely amazing!

    Money Saving Mom said she received her sample yesterday and it was a full size bag plus a coupon.  WoW!

    Print your coupon now

    One of the great things about websites like I Heart Wags and I Heart CVS is that you can look ahead to future deals.  On the week of 9/13, Walgreens will be having a register reward freebie deal for True North nut clusters.  They will be $3 and you will receive $3 RR.  To make this a money maker, go here and print  your coupon for $1 off.  It is my experience to not wait on printing, as the coupons may not be there when you return later.  Cha-ching!  I love it when they give me stuff for free, but I REALLY love it when they pay me to take their stuff!

    Free Fiber One Samples

    Stretching a Buck Blog reminds us about this freebie—have you received yours yet?

    I originally posted about this promotion back in July, but thought it was worth mentioning again. Request a free sample of Fiber One Honey Clusters cereal & a Fiber One Oats & Chocolate bar here. You will also receive $5 worth of Fiber One coupons with your samples!

    Free Movie Ticket Rebate

    spot shot

    Check out this awesome info from Thrifty Mama:

    I just saw this awesome rebate in my August All You Magazine.   Purchase any Spot Shot product between 9/7 /09 and 12/31/09 in the US, and get a Free ticket to see Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, up to a $12 value!  Limit one per household.  Must include the UPC number and store receipt along with the form to receive the rebate.

    You can fill out the info and print your form online HERE.

    There are $1 coupons for Spot Shot  in the 7/26 SS insert that don’t expire until 9/30.  We’ll have to watch for more coupons and sales to really maximize this deal.  Remember, this doesn’t start until 9/7!   Do you guys know of any deals or sales coming up around that time on Spot Shot?

    By the way, this movie looks super cute, and I can’t wait to take my son to see it!

    Free Greeting Cards


    Go here to request a catalog from The Gallery Collection, and you can also request six free greeting cards. You can choose between holiday greeting cards or all-occasion greeting cards. Thanks Common Sense with Money for this info!

    A little light reading

    • This post is such a nice reminder that we do not have to be perfect.
    • Go here to read more about the green-eyed monster and what to do about it. “From Envy to Admiration”
    • Go here to get inspired to reduce debt.

    Have a great weekend!

    Tip of the day

    This week we have focused on organizing.  How does it feel to have a little less junk in your home?  Now, here is the trick, don’t replace the items you glean with something else new!  Use the extra space to store items that do not already have a home.  You do not have to go out and buy “organizing supplies”-frankly, the whole gimmick is a little ridiculous to me!  Use what you already have in your home.  The basket that held a Christmas gift can be used for storing your knitting.  The box from your tea bags can be used to store your spices.  You get the idea.  I hope you have been able to bring in a little extra income this week from gleaning out the unneeded items from your home—now, just make sure you don’t blow it on a bunch of “stuff”.  Have a great weekend!

    I’m in the Metro Pulse!!

    Last night I was having dinner out with friends, and my friend Honor asked, “Do you know you are in the Metro Pulse?”  I was so surprised and excited when she pulled out the article to show me.  I had no idea!  Coupon Katie and I are mentioned as Knoxville based coupon bloggers, and it mentions some of the ways we try and help people save money.  If you’d like to check out the short article, go to page 22 here.

    Free Going Greener Guidebook

    Thanks to Organic Deals & Coupons for the following information.  If you are interested in adding more organics and natural products to your lifestyle, I encourage you to check out the Organic Deals & Coupons blog. I stumbled upon it a few weeks ago, and I’ve been very impressed with the frequency she posts deals and freebies.

    Members of the Stoneyfield community can download a FREE copy of "The Going Greener Guidebook." Not a member of the community? Sign-up here. Go to your "My Stoneyfield" page to download the guide.
    The guide has great articles about reading food labels, organics 101, how to kick the bag habit, companies that are going greener and much, much more!

    August 28, 2009

    Guest Post--Just What Does It Mean to be an Organic Farmer or Gardener?

    Below is a guest post from the Good Earth Farmers, a co-op of farmers serving the Eastern Tennessee area. I’ve included some information about the farmers below.  If you’d like to sign up for their free weekly newsletter, please e-mail-- Even if you are outside of the East TN area, I encourage you to sign up. Their newsletter always has great information on eco-conscious living, organic farming, and in season recipes.

    Just What Does It Mean to be an Organic Farmer or Gardener?

    Much confusion still exists over the term "organic" when used to describe both organic farming practices and food grown and sold using those practices. Volumes could be (and have been) written about the meaning of this simple word when applied to the growing and selling of food.

    According to the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients,  sewage sludge, bioengineering or ionizing radiation.  Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.  Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified,too.

    The National Organic Program (NOP) allows growers to identify their food as "organic" if they sell less than $5,000. worth of food per year and meet the standards prescribed in the NOP, but have not been officially certified. This is known as the $5,000.00 exemption. Only certified producers or processors can use the official USDA Certified Organic seal.

    So just what does this government language mean to us, practically, as farmers, gardeners and consumers? It means that "organic" products cannot be sprayed with pesticides or herbicides and must be grown in soil on which no synthetic chemical fertilizers have been used. The soil can only be enhanced by "organic" substances such as grass, wood chips, straw and compost which have not been exposed to pesticides, herbicides, etc.

    Some pesticides and fertilizers are allowed, if they are OMRI certified. However, even these allowable substances can be detrimental to beneficial insects, and microbes in the soil.

    In addition, produce must be handled carefully to avoid contamination. The NOP also requires that food be grown in soil which has been free from
    non-organic fertilizers/pesticides for at least three years. The Good Earth Farmers believe whole-heartedly in these organic practices and follow them closely. However, because we've surpassed the $5,000. exemption so we can no longer use the term "organic" in describing our produce.

    Becoming a USDA Certified Organic grower is not only expensive, but time- consuming for the small farmer, as it entails a great deal of record keeping.

    There are now ways other than the USDA Certified Organic label to help consumers identify  produce  grown according to organic standards. One increasingly popular designation is that of "Certified Naturally Grown". Some natural foods markets, such as Three Rivers Market in Knoxville, are encouraging local growers to use this new label. Good Earth Farmers is in the process of researching this certification.  We'll keep you posted...

    (The use of "USDA Certified Organic" on processed foods is another complicated story which we'll address in a future newsletter.)—So be sure to sign up for their weekly newsletter!

    Some information about Good Earth Farmers

    Good Earth Farmers consists of two separately owned small farms in New Market,TN : Tall Cedar Farm and Bird Song Farm.

    Stephen Clements and Theresa Schroeder farm at Tall Cedar and Garth and Lois Symington have Bird Song. The farms both use the same pesticide-free method of farming, without synthetic chemical fertilizers. Tall Cedar and Bird Song cooperate to have a greater variety of produce available to our customers. We've been working together now for over two years. We have no employees.

    Last year Good Earth Farmers sold our food at several local farmers markets as well as starting a program called Garden Delivery. However, working all the farmers markets left us little time to plant,weed and harvest! So this season, starting in late spring, we have sold only through the Garden Delivery program and the Dandridge Farmers Market, which we helped start last year. Our produce is also sometimes available through Three Rivers Market on Broadway in Knoxville. The recently opened Veg-O-Rama restaurant, on Central Ave. in Old North Knoxville is dedicated to buying local, pesticide-free produce, and also features our food.

    For more information on the Garden Delivery program, please write us at To subscribe to our free weekly email newsletter or ask us questions, write

    All About Women, Knoxville—Tomorrow

    The All About Women experience is one day, one place, just for you. It's a fun interactive experience designed to help you improve your life. Come engage in over 100 different free activities covering your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. We have pooled resources and services to make it easy for you to focus on all the things you've been meaning to: your job, home, finances, stress, kids, and most of all, your health and happiness.

    All About Women, a new, interactive, day-long experience is coming to Knoxville on Saturday, August, 29, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Knoxville Convention & Exhibition Center located at World's Fair Park.

    Women from every walk of life are encouraged to break free from their everyday obligations, grab their mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, and take advantage of the more than 100 different FREE services and activities geared especially for them.

    Go here for more information.

    Tip of the day

    This week we are focusing on organizing. Today we are focusing on the kitchen. 

    • Clean out your container drawer or cabinet.  If you do not have a lid for it, is it really worth keeping?  Place all of those Cool Whip and sour cream containers that you saved in the recycling bin.  Think about how much time you will save next time you need something from that cabinet!
    • Take a few minutes to clean out your refrigerator.  I cleaned out ours last week, and I was so pleased to find the last of the boysenberry jam that had been hiding behind the pickles.
    • Look in your pantry and see what needs used before it expires.
    • Streamline your cooking utensils, pots and pans, and small appliances.  Do you really need those 4 stockpots!? Have you ever used that Fry Daddy you received for a wedding present?  If you are not planning a yard sale, donate these to a women’s shelter.  When the women are moved into independent living, they are often in need of pots, pans, and kitchen supplies. 

    Cascadian Farm Coupons

    cascadian farm printable couponsYou can print $5 worth of Cascadian Farm coupons when you sign up for the Cascadian Farm newsletter here.   Thanks Stretching a Buck!

    80% OFF: Get $25 Gift Certificates for only $2!

    Go here for more details.  Offer ends 8/31/09.

    Bath & Body Works Free Lip Item Coupon

    This Weekend IN STORES ONLY! FREE LIP ITEM WITH ANY PURCHASE (up to a $7.50 value)

    Go here to print your coupon. Valid through 8/30/09.

    Free Chocolate Friday

    Go here to sign up for your free chocolate bar. You can sign up each week until you have received 4 candy bars.  The free chocolate bars from Mars are available through September on every Friday from 9:00am-11:59am.  I’ll try to keep these posted until the giveaway ends.  Go here to sign up.

    August 27, 2009

    Random Acts of Kindness

    I’ve posted this with the Saving and Giving “A Time to Give” posts.

    I know, I know—Random Acts of Kindness—the cheesy catch phrase for being a nice person, but please read on.  I’ve been thinking a lot about giving lately.  I was thinking about the types of giving that energize me the most, and those random little deeds that are performed anonymously are perhaps the most fun for me.  There is something exciting about giving and being kind to a stranger who never expects it, who will never ask more from you, and who never feels a need to reciprocate.  Some of the ideas that the Random Acts of Kindness movement proposed, though, were things that we should already be doing anyway.  We have become so out of touch in this day and age with the idea of community that we often need a movement to remind us to be courteous, give others the benefit of the doubt, be mannerly, and to lend a hand to others.  Is it a random act of kindness to give a pregnant woman your seat on the bus or is it just good manners?  I’ve included some of my favorite random acts of kindness below, and I encourage you to add your own ideas in the comments section so that others might benefit.  Get creative and have fun with it!

    • Pay the bill for the person behind you in line
    • Give a really good tip to the waitress or waiter
    • Offer to take someone else’s tray to the trash when you are on your way with yours.
    • Call the regional or national office and report the excellent service you received by a worker.  Be sure to note the person’s name, location, and date.
    • Bring flowers from your garden to a local nursing home
    • Bake a pie for a domestic violence shelter
    • If you see someone stranded on the side of the road, call someone to help them.  You do not have to get out of the car or even stop the car.
    • When visiting someone in the hospital, bring snacks to put in the waiting room for others. 
    • Have magazines you are done with?  Bring them to your doctor’s office, a nursing home, domestic violence shelter, hospital waiting room, dialysis clinic, or any place you think they will be appreciated.
    • Be a coupon fairy and share your extra coupons with people in the store. 
    • Have some extra craft supplies?  Bring them to a local school or daycare where they might be needed.
    • Pay someone else’s toll or fill their meter.
    • Roll down the paper towels for the next person to use the bathroom sink so that they do not have to touch the dispenser.
    • Pick up trash when you see it out at a park.
    • If you find someone in the grocery looking perplexed, see if you can help them find what they need.  I guess it is because I’m a heavy duty couponer, but strangers come up to me all of the time to ask me where things are. 
    • Offer to bring in a person’s grocery cart so that they do not have to make the extra trip.  This is especially appreciated by folks with kids!
    • If you see a parent struggling with a grumpy child in the store, do two things.  First, do not judge them or offer advice.  Second, distract the child politely.  “My what beautiful eyes you have.”  “Is that Dora on your shirt?” 
    • Talk to someone who looks like they could use it.  Because I work with older adults, I’m especially sensitive to how lonely some people can be.  Offering a kind word can be so appreciated.
    • Offer a compliment.  Pay attention to how people carry themselves, dress, act.  “You have such a caring face.”  “That shade of green is lovely with your eyes.”  “You really handled yourself well with that grumpy customer.” 
    • Smile, Smile, Smile.  I have heard people who move to the South talk about how we as a whole tend to smile a lot.  Give it a try—you might like the results you see.

    I tend to be more of an extrovert, and so I realize that not all of these ideas are going to be for everyone.  For more ideas for individuals, community organizations, or classrooms go to this website.

    Free Tennessee State Map

    Go here to order up to 5 free copies of the Official Tennessee Transportation Map.  Organizations can request a maximum of 100 maps. 
    Go here to link to other state website and request maps if applicable.  Happy Travels!

    Tip of the day

    This week we are focusing on organizing.  Today we are focusing on your home office or wherever you store your office supplies and books.  Look through the book shelves and glean the books that you no longer have any use for.  Find a trade in store for books in your community and try and earn some money from what was once taking up space and gathering dust.  Many of these stores will also take CDs and DVDs so take a few minutes and clean out what you are not using in those categories.  Take another few minutes to organize your office supplies and drawers so that you do not buy something at the store that you might already have at your home.

    Coupon Preview 8/30

    bs01864_ Go here to check out the coupon preview for this upcoming Sunday.

    Free Lip Balm Sample

    EOS is giving away FREE Lip Balm sample to the first 50,000.  Allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. Samples available to U.S. residents only.  Go here to get yours.  Thanks Deal Fanatic!

    August 26, 2009

    Body + Soul Magazine

    I have had this magazine subscription in the past and have really enjoyed it.  It is not only beautiful but full of resources and information on living a healthier lifestyle.  Dr. Andrew Weil is a regular contributor if that tells you anything about the quality of the content.  Little People Wealth gave this information on how to get a very cheap subscription:

    And the magazine of the day is Body and Soul. Today you can get a year subscription for only $4.50 at Best Deal Magazines. Use the code PXCJ830 to get an extra 15% off the special $5.29 price (which will make it $4.50)!
    Body & Soul brings you the best in whole living. Body & Soul will teach you how to live a healthy, natural life. Learn how to relax, eat right, treat your body right, destress, exercise for your health and so much more. Each issue is filled with features, columns and departments that help readers explore natural, holistic health and wellness, personal growth, the environment, spirituality and social change. If you are looking for a healthier way of living, this magazine is just for you!!

    Free Card from Walmart

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    Go HERE to get a free Hallmark Card courtesy of Walmart.  Thanks Thrifty Mama!

    Beech-Nut Starter Kit

    Thanks to Stretching a Buck for the following info:

    If you have a little one in the house, here is an awesome freebie for you. Sign up for the Beech-Nut eNewsletter and they will send you a FREE Beech-Nut Starter Kit! Plus you will receive money saving coupons with your newsletter each month! You can sign up here. (Thanks, Lori!)
    Another great offer that I have posted about in the past is the Beech-Nut Parents Pack. Call 1-800-523-6633 (8 AM - 5 PM CST) to request yours. This offer does not expire and I received my pack (FULL of coupons!) within 2 weeks.

    Earth Fare Deals Valid 8/26-9/1

    Other deals:

    Top Sirloin Steak

    Whole Pineapple


    $6.99 lb … save $2.00

    $2.97 lb … save $1.52

    $9.99 lb … save $3.00

    Tip of the day

    This week we are focusing on organizing.  Today is my birthday, and so we’ll focus on cleaning out your gift closet or wherever it is that you store your gifts.  

    • Take inventory of what wrapping materials you have on hand and what you might want to watch for when shopping at thrift stores, yard sales, and dollar stores. 
    • Take sticky notes and label the gifts that you have for relatives and friends.  I buy a lot of our holiday gifts throughout the year.  One year I made the mistake of wrapping all of them ahead of time, but I failed to label what they had in them.  I knew this gift was for my aunt, but I couldn’t remember what was in it. 
    • Since that time, I also started a gift list.  I record what we buy for friends and relatives for their birthdays and Christmas and how much it cost.  This makes it easier to prevent redundancy and overspending.  I know what we have spent on Christmas for the last 4 years! 
    • Make sure to have a few extra gifts on hand.  These gifts do not have to be store bought.  Homemade gifts such as hair bows, knitted socks or scarves, candles, or jams/jellies help for those last minute gifts. 

    Happy Birthday to me!

    Today is my birthday!  Yippee!  As for how old I am, a psychiatrist pal of mine whom I worked with years ago said that he always answers, “Old enough to know better than to tell.”  I’ll stick with that answer for today. 

    While on the subject of birthdays, this website has a listing of freebies for your birthday.  I rarely end up using all of the freebies, but signing up costs nothing and most are sent via e-mail so that there is no paper or money wasted.  

    August 25, 2009

    Load up your coupons!

    coupons, coupon, free coupons, grocery coupons  Have you updated your Cellfire account yet? 

    Wonder® Bread Classic White  What about your Shortcuts account

    There are some new coupons available on both sites.  Be sure to check them out.  Happy Savings!