February 26, 2010

The Knoxville Coupon Fair—TOMORROW 2/27


Tomorrow is the big day!  Faith UMC hosts The Knoxville Coupon Fair on February 27th from 9am-12n. Attendance is free and child care is provided on a first come, first serve basis. Local couponers and other money saving resources will host booths, answer all of your couponing questions, and provide information and education.

Browse booths, trade your extra coupons and freebies, hone your couponing skills, and learn all you need to know about saving your family $$$!

Where—Faith United Methodist Church, 1120 Dry Gap Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918 Go to www.faithseekers.org for directions and more information on the church

When—Saturday, February 27th from 9am-12n

Booths to watch for—Gabrielle of Couponing in Critical Times, Katie of Coupon Katie, Jennifer of Coupon Mommie, Melissa of Frugalissa Finds, Hannah of Frugally Farming Family, Jennifer of Living on More for Less, Isha of Knoxville Mamabelle, Kathryn of Knoxville on a Dime, Angel Food Ministries, East TN Rewards, Knoxmoms, Kroger of Fountain City, One Call Club for Seniors, Regions Bank, Silver Lining Children’s Consignment, Three Rivers Market, CheapKnox.com and more!

For more information, contact Gabrielle at Couponingincriticaltimes@gmail.com or phone the church at 865-688-1000.

Additional Information

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,  a coupon from Pilot Corporation for their yummy hot beverages, and a free trial at Curves!  The first 200 will receive a ready bag from the Knoxville-Knox County Emergency Management Agency.

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. Due to limited space, childcare is first come, first serve.  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, Saving Money at Restaurants, Savings for Seniors, and more!

We hope you’ll join us!

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