June 30, 2010

Tip of the day

It is the end of the month, don’t forget to print your coupons!  Coupon sites often refresh coupons at the first of the month.  If there are some you want to be sure to snag, print them before it is too late. 

June 29, 2010

Tanger Outlet Malls Free Coupon Booklet

Thanks to Squeezing a Dollar Out of a Dime for this great coupon info:

Go here and "Like" Tanger Outlet Malls and you'll be able to request a FREE coupon booklet! Make sure you click on the one nearest you, go here for more details.

Tip of the day

Read. It doesn't matter what you read—the newspaper, magazines, comic books, fiction, nonfiction, whatever—but find ways to read for pleasure and ongoing education. Talk about books you are reading with your children and help to inspire their life long love of reading.

Want to learn a lot about a person? Ask what they are reading.

June 28, 2010

Regal Free Family Film Festival

Free Family Film Festival

Don’t miss the Regal Free Family Film Festival!  Selected G or PG movies start at 10:00am every Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. Tickets and seating are first-come, first-served and are limited to theatre capacity.    Go here for more information or to find a location near you.

Knoxville Center Stadium 10
3051-B Mall Road North
Knoxville ,TN 37924

Kung Fu Panda - DP (PG)

Planet 51 - DP (PG)

West Town Stadium 9
7600 Kingston Pike
Knoxville ,TN 37919

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs - DP (PG)

Hotel For Dogs - DP (PG)

Pinnacle Stadium 18 & IMAX
11240 Parkside Drive
Knoxville ,TN 37922

Wallace and Gromit (G)

Madagascar 2 (PG)

Independence Day

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

It has been hot and dry in the East TN area.  We were so glad to get some rain from a late afternoon thunderstorm near the end of the week, but it wasn’t nearly enough.  The plants and rain barrel were and are still thirsty.

The garden started off with a bang this year, and it was full and rich.  After the colder season crops were done, the garden hit a plateau.  I’m not sure if it was poor planning on my part, the varieties of the plants that I chose this year, the weather, or a combination of all of the above, but the garden isn’t fairing as well as it was this time last year.  We still have food so I’m not complaining, but I am making notes for next year on things to do differently--

  • more zucchini, less yellow crookneck squash
  • a different variety of cucumbers
  • twice as many jalapenos and positioned at a different spot among the garden beds
  • even more beets than last year
  • more compost added to the beds and topped with straw in the fall
  • revisit whether or not Amish paste tomatoes is the right choice for us once the season is over
  • more room for more food
  • more containers of pole beans here and there
  • add eggplant to the list of foods to add to the garden next year

Plant— Nothing planted this week.

Harvest— blackberries, plums, a few blueberries, squash, zucchini, green beans, jalapenos, onions, green onions, 2 types of beets, the last of the Chinese Cabbage, a cucumber, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes.

Preserve—Borscht, chopped green onions, sautéed squash added to the freezer.

Waste Not/Reduce Waste— The rain barrel was dry earlier in the week.  Normally I use the water from our kitchen tasks (washing vegetables, cooking water, etc) for houseplants and plants on the porch, but I’ve been collecting it to water the vegetables in the garden so that we do not have to use the hose.  It is tedious, but we are working to reduce water waste. 

Want Not/Prep/Storage—We visited my cousin’s home early in the week and left with our arms full.  She is so generous to share with us, and it is greatly appreciated.  We left with a large bag full of clothes in excellent condition for our daughter, a copy of the Wind in the Willows, and a bag full of cucumbers, squash, and green beans. 

A friend from church gave us a few more hand-me-down shoes and a book for our daughter.

There was a lot of work to do in the gardens after an eventful month.  I’ve tried to make a daily routine of doing some form of gardening or garden care in the morning and checking the garden again late the afternoon/early evening.  I find that if I garden before the rest of the daily chores, errands, and activities, then I not only get more accomplished but I do not end the day feeling upset over not being able to get to the garden. 

We added a few more pounds of dried beans to the pantry storage. 

Building Community Food Systems— I scheduled a time to go blueberry picking with my cousin and friends of ours.  I plan to go blackberry picking today unless the lack of rain has dried up the harvest. 

When visiting my sister, I went to her local farmers market.  I realized how spoiled we are here in Knoxville to have such a large market with a variety of farmers and vendors.  Most of the produce at her market came from two stands with much of it seeming to be shipped in from the surrounding area and neighboring states.  Much of the food there was similar to what you would find at a grocery. 

Hubby brought home some beets from the garden at the church that I plan to pickle this week. 

Eat the Food— The homemade borscht was delicious.  I joked with my dad that it was better than his, and he only grinned wryly in response. 

Hard Rock Cafe BOGO

Go HERE to print a B1G1 FREE coupon to Hard Rock Cafe, valid through June 30th.  Thanks Knoxville on a Dime!

Did you know that the Hard Rock recycles?  When we were there recently, they had a kids menu with an emphasis on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  I asked the waitress if it were just a marketing ploy or if they actually lived up to their talk.  She said that she was pleased to report that they do recycle, at least at the Gatlinburg location, even though the city doesn’t make it easy for businesses to recycle in that area.  Kudos to the Hard Rock!  I’m a fan, or should I say “groupie” in this context??  ;)

Office Depot—Labels for $1

This deal is good today only, June 28th! You can snag 250 full color labels + dispense at Office Depot for just one dollar WITH FREE SHIPPING. Use coupon code 854758859 at checkout.  Thanks Common Sense with Money!

FREE Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy

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I loved seeing this freebie info on Mojo Savings this morning!  Have you tried their Gardeners Hand Therapy yet?  It is my favorite! It is still too early to call our local store, but I’ll try and find out if they are participating later in the day.

Print this coupon good for “one free 50 mL Hand Therapy of your choice” – offer good while supplies last.   This is a $7 value.

You might want to make call your local Crabtree & Evelyn make sure your local store is participating and/or has some of these freebies still in stock before making a special trip.  Click here for store locator.

Thanks Mojo Savings!

AMG Bowling EClub

Sign up for the AMG Bowling eClub and get a "10 Frames to Spare" coupon to get a free game when you pay for a game.  Thanks Sharing Savings with You!

Three Rivers Market Weekly Deals 6/28-7/4

There are some great deals this week!!!



Organic Avocados
$1.29 each Save $.40 each

Great price!  I’ll be making some guacamole this week!!

Organic Red Cherries
$3.99/lb Save $1.00/lb

When I was at the grocery last, this was the price of the REGULAR cherries!  Why NOT buy organic???

Organic Watermelon
$5.29 each Save $.70 each

I saw nonorganic melons for $5 recently, so this looks like a good price, too!!

Tip of the day

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week--

Many of us will be celebrating Independence Day with fireworks and BBQs.  Make a point to have fire extinguishers and buckets of water handy “just in case”.  Check with your local authorities to make sure you can shoot fireworks in  your area.  Some cities do not allow them to be used in the city limits without permits.  Others do not allow you to use them in dry conditions.  Have a burn kit handy if someone is injured.  

June 27, 2010

Weekly Matchups 6/27-7/3


Family Dollar June 8-June 28


Earth Fare June

Co-op Advantage Stores/Three Rivers Market June Matchups

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Walgreens and more info here



What to watch for at local farmers markets:  raspberries, black raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, plums, peaches, fresh eggs, milk, meats, greens (think kale and Swiss chard), edible flowers, green cabbage,  garlic, onions,  hot peppers, bell peppers, summer squashes, green beans, cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, new potatoes, herbs, potted plants and flowers, honey, and home canned goods like jams and jellies.

Supper Planning Sundays

This is the weekly plan for suppers to feed 3 adults and 1 child.  We’re not sure how the end of this week will go, as we might be making a trip.  (Don’t worry, my dad will be here to watch the house and garden for us.)  I’ve learned that it helps me to plan meals even when we may not be able to eat them.  If plans change and we stay at home, I won’t be caught off guard with what to feed the family for suppers. 

Note—when estimating the cost of the meal I add the cost to the initial serving.  Any leftovers are then priced at $0.  When we go out to a restaurant, it comes out of a different part of our family budget, and therefore, the estimated cost is not listed here.


Pasta Bake ($1.50 cheese, free pasta, free vegetables from the garden)

Approximate cost $1.50


Italian Sausage (from a local farmer) $9

Boiled potatoes with dill and butter (from farmers market, organic butter bought on sale, dill from the garden) $2

Summer squash from the garden $0

Any beets that couldn’t fit in the jars from pickling $0

Blackberry cobbler (blackberries picked with a friend at her place)  $1

Approximate cost $12


Organic chicken drumsticks roasted $6

Brown rice seasoned with pan drippings $1

Leftover squash

Cucumbers and tomatoes

Approximate cost $7



Approximate cost $0


Either BLTs or just tomato and cheese sandwiches $3

Homemade hummus and veggies $1

Soup from the freezer

Approximate cost $4


Beans, rice, and cornbread

Any sliced tomatoes or cucumbers available from the garden

Approximate cost $3


Dinner out

Or if we are at home, we’ll have burgers on the grill, baked beans, and veggies from the garden.  (Hamburger meat from a local farmer, no buns, beans bought with a coupon)

Approximate cost $7

A Happy Thought


“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.”

― Martin Luther

Tip of the day

As part of filling your pantry and building your stockpile, have a few extra items on hand in for all of those last minute things that come up. 

  • Ingredients for Rice Krispie treats work well for hospitality tables, bake sales, or fast after school snacks when your children’s friends come over.  No they aren’t the healthiest of foods, but for an every once in a while sweet snack, they are fast, inexpensive, and yummy. 
  • Teas and cookies work well for when girlfriends, neighbors, or church friends come over for a quick visit.  Watch when teas go on sale and stock up.  Many teas sold as hot teas also work well as iced tea.  Pick up cookies when you can buy them for free after a coupon.  Or, if you are more industrious, make a few batches of cookies and freeze the dough for your own version of slice and burns bakes.
  • Add make ahead meals to your freezer so that you don’t have to hesitate to invite a friend to stay for supper.  These also work great for when you are too tired to cook a full meal.  You can easily make your own freezer meals by doubling recipes when you are already baking or cooking.  Lasagnas freeze really well.  To shorten your cook time of a frozen lasagna, prep them in 2 loaf pans instead of a 9x13.  You can pull one out when you need a small portion or both when serving a larger crowd.  Soups, stews, and all sorts of casseroles work for this too.  If you aren’t one for cooking, load up on Stouffer or other freezer meals when you catch a sale or have a great coupon.
  • Never underestimate the power of cream cheese and crackers.  You can do all sorts of things with them, and they are very handy when you need to bring something to a potluck, need a fast appetizer for a dinner party, or when you are asked to bring something to a friend’s dinner party. 

What are your go-to foods that you are always sure to have on hand?

June 26, 2010

A little light reading

  • This Jon Stewart excerpt is both funny and deeply depressing.  The shock value alone of hearing different Presidents talk about the same thing over and over and over again is worth the listen.
  • Here are some great tips on mindfulness when eating.
  • This is a very important post on pool safety.
  • Ooooh, I’m going to try and make these this year.  They sound delicious!
  • I loved this post on unplugging kids.  For me, TV isn’t the screen that is the hardest to stay away from—it is the computer.  I have a friend who started a no computer day on Sundays.  I’m not sure if I’m ready for a whole day away, but I have recently found that if I turn the computer off when not in use, I’m much less likely to hop on it and much more likely to accomplish the chores on my to-do list!

Have a great weekend!

Tip of the day

Little Red Hen Consignment Taging

This week’s Tip from the Expert comes from Kristen Yartz of Little Red Hen Consignment Tagging Service.

I first met Kristen through Three Rivers Market where she works as the Membership Services Coordinator.  She’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and every time I get together with her I learn of yet another talent that she possesses. 

When Kristen told me about the consignment tagging service that she was starting, I thought it was a fantastic idea.  When I’ve asked friends about consignment sales, I usually get two responses, “Yes, we do them and love them” or “I don’t have the time to do all of the prep work.”  Are you one of those busy families with no time to consign? Kristen is making it easy for you to participate!

Here are their Services:

  • Little Red Hen Consignment Tagging Service will register you as a Consignor for the sale of your choice and tag your items with a consignment number specific to you.
  • They’ll iron, hang, pin, bag (if necessary), tag and price your items for you.
  • All supplies are provided as part of the Little Red Hen Consignment Tagging Service.
  • They’ll even take care of delivery to and placement of your items at the sale of your choice!

You can find out more about the Little Red Hen Consignment Tagging Service and upcoming sales in the Knoxville area on their website.  Kristen also has a business Facebook page , where she’ll provide updates on Little Red Hen, answer commonly-asked questions, and post links and information to upcoming children’s events around town. In case you missed the Knoxville News-Sentinel article highlighting Kristen, I encourage you to check it out here.


Children’s Consignment Sale Shopping Tips

1. Make sure you are shopping with a rolling cart – either a stroller where you can pile a bunch of stuff on, a rolling laundry hamper, or even a rolling cart with straps for your laundry baskets to be strapped on. This is essential! Sales are busy places, and you need to be able to keep your items with you, move and maneuver quickly from section to section, and keep your arms free for sorting through all the great items.

2. Have an amount in mind that you plan to spend. Take a calculator to the sale and take a moment to tabulate how much you are about to spend before you get up to the registers; make sure you add sales tax to your total, so you’re not gob-smacked at the final checkout by your total. Remember that you are spending your money (if you are also a consignor) before you make it; many’s the time I’ve been elated to find out what I’ve made at a sale, only to have to reduce that sum considerably, due to what I’ve already spent.

3. Make sure you take time to sort what you’ve picked up, and edit your choices (after one sale I actually came home with two pairs of identical pants – I had picked them both up, intending to see which one was “nicer” and then forgot about that little fact and purchased them both.)

4. When doing your final sort before purchase, double-check items you have selected for stains, rips, tears, working zippers, stretched out elastic, missing buttons (a biggie!) that may have been missed and ensure that the size on the tag is the same as the size on the interior tag of the item. If an item is being sold as a set, check both sets of tags. I’ve come home from sales with items marked in one size, only to find that they are really another size, as well as matching tops and bottoms in different sizes altogether. Oops!

For more of Kristen’s great tips, go to her Tips and Tricks page here.

Thanks so much Kristen!

June 25, 2010

Coupon Preview 6/27

bs01864_ Southern Savers has the coupon preview for this Sunday posted.  The Finish dishwashing detergent coupon is back!!!

Tip of the day

Once a month check your food stores.  This not only helps to prevent spoilage and waste, but it also helps you to keep better tabs on what you have on stock to use for meals.

  • Check your freezer.  Discard what is freezer burned or what might be beyond use.  Give it a good wipe down and refresh the baking soda box.
  • Look in your fridge.  Use any leftovers, the last of the olives, that last teaspoon of jelly, anything that might need eating to make way for fresh foods.  Give everything a good wipe down and replace the baking soda box in there.  Check the temperature and make sure it is at the proper level.  Vacuum the coils so that it is running properly.
  • What do you have in dry storage?  Onions starting to sprout?  Chop them and put them in a bag in the freezer.  This will help to streamline your prep work for supper on busy nights.  Potatoes starting to sprout?  Consider planting them this year as part of your garden.  Garlic getting tough?  Roast or dehydrate it so that you can use it before it goes bad.  With warmer and more humid temperatures, check for signs of molding.  Also note that insect problems tend to worsen this time of the year.  Watch for ants in your honey or sugar or moths in your flour.
  • What about your pantry?  Organize.  I like to put the cans so that I can see the labels, because I’m anal because I like to see what is available with a quick scan.  Make a habit of putting the new cans and jars in the back so that you can use them in a first in first out method.  Check any food that you have preserved at home for spoilage and discard what is unsafe to use. 
  • Check your spices.  If you can’t smell them, then they are probably too old to use.  Most spices do best if stored for 1-2 years. 
  • Plan a meal or two using the odds and ends that you found in your kitchen quest. 

June 24, 2010

East TN: $10/$50 Fireworks Coupon

For all of you locals, check out this great find from Knoxville on a Dime:

Now I know fireworks are not legal in Knoxville but I know people will be shooting them anyways.  So here's a way to save $10.

Go HERE and fill out the form to get a coupon (via email) for $10 off a $50 purchase at TNT Fireworks. Out closest location is at: 140 John McGhee Blvd., Caryville, TN 37714, Phone: 423-566-7686

Free Blockbuster Kiosk Rental

Use the coupon code THREE at any Blockbuster Kiosk on 6/28 for a free rental.


Free Sample Bioré

Head over to the Bioré website to sign up for a FREE sample of Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes or Bioré Steam Activated CleanserThanks Hip2Save!

Tip of the day

I recently had a check up with the eye doctor and left with a few tips that might be helpful to some of you:

  • Bring your kids to appointments with you.  Young children might be afraid of their first eye visit if it is thrust upon them without any preparation.  Watching someone else go through the check up and processing it afterwards with them helps them to be better prepared later.
  • Check with your insurance to see if you have coverage for vision.  Ask if it is a regular visit/check up or if it is for medical to be sure a routine appointment is covered. 
  • The doctor told me that unless you have a problem or a history of eye or vision problems, there isn’t a need for routine visits until age 40. 
  • Know your history and family history of illness.  A healthy lifestyle is as good for your eyes as it is for your heart.  If you or your family members have a history of diabetes, heart disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration or any other eye problems, let your doctor know. 

June 23, 2010

JC Penney Rewards Program

Have you signed up for the JC Penney Rewards Program yet?  If you shop at JC Penney’s at all, I highly recommend signing up for the free program.  You can earn points towards JCP Rewards Certificates to be used for future purchases.  I recently bought presents for 3 family members at JC Penney and could kick myself for not knowing about this program sooner.  Oh well. 

More info about the program:

When you shop at JCPenney, you earn at least one point for each dollar you spend in the store, at jcp.com or through our catalog, on all regular-priced and sale-priced merchandise (not including clearance merchandise).

Shop this month, and no matter how little you spend, even $1, you'll earn double points all next month. Shop each month, and you'll earn double points all year long.
Earn 250 points in a month – with double points (2 points per dollar) spend as little as $125 in a month to earn your $10 reward. We'll send you an email telling you a reward is waiting. Click on the link in the email and print your JCP Rewards Certificate. Easy!
Shop with your JCPenney Card and earn an extra 25% in points.
And, there'll be lots of other bonus opportunities throughout the year for shopping on special days and for buying select merchandise. Just watch for your member-only email.
Be sure you’ve registered all the cards you use when you shop at JCPenney so you can earn rewards month after month. Thank you for joining JCP Rewards!

FREE Bragg Sample Pack

If you haven’t yet signed up for this Bragg sample pack, the nutritional yeast pack is alone worth the effort.  I like to sprinkle it on top of homemade popcorn for a delicious salty treat!

Here is the info from Hip2Save:

Go here to score a FREE Bragg Health Facts Info Package with sample packets of Bragg Sprinkle & Sea Kelp Delight seasonings, Bragg Premium Nutritional Yeast, and Bragg Liquid Aminos! Note: To confirm your sample request make sure to click on the confirmation link they will send you via email.

Blockbuster Kiosk BOGO Coupon Code

Rent 1 movie at a Blockbuster Kiosk and use code G216B4 for another free movie through midnight 6/23/10.  Movies are $1 prior to tax.  You can use the code online when you reserve your movie.  Blockbuster Kiosks are found outside of or in many Pilot stations.  Enjoy!

Earth Fare: Half off Hot or Salad Bar

Go here to print your coupon.

The Great American Backyard Campout: Sat, June 26th

Fantastic Find reminds us that this weekend is the Great American Backyard Campout.  Her post has some great links, so be sure to check it out.  Thanks Chels!

Tip of the day

Preventative health measures are not just good for your wallet, they could save your life.  Today perform your monthly self check breast exam and encourage those you love to do the same. 

June 22, 2010

GNC: 20% off online and in store orders


Go here to start shopping. Go here to print your coupon to use at GNC stores.

FREE Movie Ticket WYB $10 or more at World Market

Win A FREE movie ticket.

Hurry in to grab this deal!!!  Go here to find a store near you.

Kohl’s 15% off everything

Lowest Prices of the Season. Save an extra 15% on everything (all sale, regular and even clearance-priced merchandise).

Go here to print your coupon.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies: 1/2 priced admission to Blount County Residents!

UPDATE--Squeezig a Dollar Out of a Dime learned that this is also for Loudon County residents!!

Since we recently went to Ripley’s, I have to reinforce what a good deal this is. Unfortunately it is just for Blount County residents, but I hope some of you who live in that area can take advantage of this deal from Squeezing a Dollar Out of a Dime:

Has summer boredom set in and are you looking for some entertainment this week? Ripley's Aquarium is 1/2 price to Blount County residents now thru this Thursday 6/24. All you have to do is take a canned food item and something showing you live in Blount Co. (paycheck or utility bill).

Tip of the day

When shopping, keep your eyes peeled for hang tags and other coupons that are in store aisles.  You may not need the item now, but these coupons often have an extended expiration date as compared to other coupons.  Hang on to them and wait for a sale, especially if you know that the coupon will be a good one to have.  High dollar coupons, ones for free items with another purchase, and/or ones for items you regularly buy are great finds.  Don’t just look at the grocery.  You might be surprised at all of the places you’ll find them—the gym, gas stations, drug stores, pharmacies, doctor offices, hardware stores, and super centers. 

June 21, 2010

Cascade Action Pac Free Sample

If you’re a Sam’s Club member, you can go here to sign up for a FREE sample of Cascade ActionPacs.  Thanks Hip2Save!

Free Redbox today only


Don’t forget that today only, 6/21 you can go to the Redbox Facebook page for a free code. Look under the Fan Freebie for the code. 

Regal Free Family Film Festival

Free Family Film Festival

Don’t miss the Regal Free Family Film Festival!  Selected G or PG movies start at 10:00am every Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. Tickets and seating are first-come, first-served and are limited to theatre capacity.  Go here for more information or to find a location near you.

Knoxville Center Stadium 10
3051-B Mall Road North
Knoxville ,TN 37924

Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel- DP (PG)

Monsters Vs. Aliens - DP (PG) 

West Town Stadium 9
7600 Kingston Pike
Knoxville ,TN 37919

Flushed Away - DP (PG)

Surf's Up - DP (PG)

Pinnacle Stadium 18 & IMAX
11240 Parkside Drive
Knoxville ,TN 37922

Rugrats The Movie (G)

Shrek The Third (PG)

Three Rivers Market Weekly Deals 6/21-6/27


June 21st-June 27th

Organic Bananas
$.89/lb each Save $.10/lb

Organic Cabbage
$.99/lb Save $.20/lb

Organic Pears
$1.49/lb. Save $.50/lb.  

Weekly Matchups and Deals 6/20-6/26


Family Dollar June 8-June 28


Earth Fare June

Co-op Advantage Stores/Three Rivers Market June Matchups


Fred’s June 7-June 25 Matchups

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Target and info on eco-friendly deals here

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What to watch for at local farmers markets:  raspberries, black raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, plums, peaches, fresh eggs, milk, meats, greens (think kale and Swiss chard), edible flowers, green cabbage,  onions, the first of the hot peppers, summer squashes, green beans, cucumbers,  tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, new potatoes, herbs, potted plants and flowers, honey, and home canned goods like jams and jellies.