January 23, 2010

The Knoxville Coupon Fair—Your questions answered

Hello everyone! It has been so exciting to hear from so many of you who plan on attending The Knoxville Coupon Fair on Saturday, January 30th at Faith United Methodist Church! I thought I’d include some additional information below answering some of the more frequently asked questions that I’ve received. If you’d like more information, please view my post about the coupon fair or e-mail me with any additional questions you might have. I really hope that you’ll visit my booth and introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting you in person soon!

Will there be door prizes?

We'll have a number of door prizes to draw throughout the day. You must be present to win. If you are a business that would like to donate a door prize for the coupon fair, please feel free to e-mail me. In addition the first 100 people present at the fair will receive a complimentary cloth shopping bag thanks to Andy Anderson of State Farm.

Will there be coupons given away?

We'll also have a couple of "swap" tables. One will be for "freebies" those items that you might pick up for free after a coupon or receive as a sample from a company. For every item you bring in, you'll be able to swap it for another item on the table. Any items left after the end of the day will go to the food and toiletry pantry at Faith UMC.

There will be another table where people can swap coupons--leave what you do not want and pick up what you can use.

Some of the resource booths will have coupons at their tables for attendees to pick up as they browse.

Do you have to make reservations for the childcare or is it just drop in?

Because the event will be set up like a fair where attendees can drop in and out at their convenience, visit the booths that are applicable to what they want to learn, and can speak directly to experts, we thought that reservations might be too difficult to set for folks. We have volunteers who will be at the church to help with childcare. If the childcare rooms are filled to capacity, parents are also welcome to bring their children to the fair in the sanctuary.

Do I have to leave my child in the childcare rooms?

Absolutely not. Since the sanctuary will be set up with booths, smaller strollers will also work. The reason we included the childcare information on the poster is that so many people from the community had requested it when we had our last coupon workshop at the church. We want people to know that they are happy to do whatever they feel comfortable with regarding child care.

Do I have to make reservations to attend the coupon fair?

No reservations are needed. Admission is free of charge and is provided as a community service by Faith UMC and the many generous coupon experts and resource booths that have volunteered their time.

Will I have to be present for the entire three hours?

No. The Knoxville Coupon Fair is unlike any other coupon workshops. There will be introductions of the coupon experts and resource booth representatives, but there will not be a formal presentation or speech. Instead you’ll find various topics addressed at different booths that address almost every aspect of couponing and saving money for your family. For example, Coupon Katie will have a handout and will be the expert addressing couponing and shopping at Target. Coupon Mommie will have handouts and information on shopping the drugstores (Walgreens and CVS). Because of the way the fair is set up, you’ll be able to come and go as your schedule allows. You’ll be able to focus on the tables that are of the most interest to you and meet your needs. I do hope you’ll check out each one, as all of them will contain great information!

What topics will be addressed at the booths?

How to organize your coupons, Learning the Coupon Lingo, Couponing on the Computer, Shopping at Walgreens and CVS, Couponing at Target, Saving Money on Organics, Meal Planning, Growing and Preserving Your Own Foods, Healthy Lunch Options, Saving Money on Items for Babies and Children, Starting a Coupon Ministry, Giving through Couponing, Budgeting, and more!

I know of a business or coupon expert that might like to host a booth. Is there still room available?

Yes, there is still room available for more booths. If you are interested in hosting a booth and think that you have information that would fit with the theme of the fair, please e-mail me as soon as possible.

What happens if it snows?

All throughout the planning of the coupon fair, the one wild card has been the weather. We are praying for good weather and that everyone who wants to attend will be able to do so. In the event that the coupon fair is cancelled due to a snowstorm or icy roads, I’ll post information on my blog with that information. Let’s all pray that the weather is nice on that day.

Thank you so much! I’ll look forward to seeing each of you soon!

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