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Tax Free Weekend: Eight Shopping Tips To Maximize Your Savings

Tax Free Weekend is almost here! Starting Friday , at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday at 11:59 p.m., you’ll save 9¾ percent on clothing, school supplies and computers!

You will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less. Here are eight tips to help you maximize your Tax Free Weekend savings!

  1. Get organized before Friday. Take an inventory of what you have and what you need. Look through clothes, shoes and  school supplies. Make a list of what need and set a budget.
  2. Plan ahead for big purchases. If you are considering buying a computer or tablet, this is the time to do it since the tax savings can be more than $100 in some cases.  Items like computers  with a purchase price of $1,500 or less, including laptops and tablets (iPads, etc.) are tax free! Do your research ahead of time. Look through sale ads now and find the computer you want to purchase, then get to that store early.
  3. Make sure you look for coupons!  Stack coupons and in store promotions with tax  savings to get some great deals. Many retailers will put out coupons either online or in their print ad for this weekend.
  4. Online Retailers will participate in Tax Free Weekend too.  Historically several of them offer sales and free shipping deals.
  5. Do Not over buy.  This is especially true on school supplies. Buy what you need to take the first day but save the major stocking up until after schools starts. Stores will clearance all their supplies and you can get a better deal then.  Same goes for clothing. Buy what you know is a good deal or what you need, then watch for clearance.
  6. Families with young children not in school can save too!   Diapers are tax exempt this weekend. So grab you diaper coupons and look for a sale. Clothing and shoes for all ages  and things like art supplies are also tax exempt.
  7. Read over the list of tax exempt items.  You might be surprised what all you find included!  Also, it will help clear up any questions like: computers are included but smartphones are not. Backpacks are included but briefcases are not. Cowboy boots are exempt, but ski boots are not.
  8. If you want to save time and money- Price Match.  Staples has a 110% Lowest Price Guarantee They will matches any competitors’ prices, plus gives customers an additional 10 percent of the difference between the Staples price and the competitor price at time of purchase. Target will also price match items you find for a lower price in a competitor’s local print ad.   Look through your ads and find all the best deals on the items you need. Then head to a price matching store with your ads and get everything you need at the best possible price!

Best Back to School Deals at Staples July 17-23, 2016

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Here are the best deals I see at Staples for the week of July 17-23, 2016:

Staples 2 Pocket Folder with Fasteners – $0.17

Staples Pink Wedge Erasers (3-pack) – $0.25 (in-store only, Limit 5)

Staples Ruled 3″ x 5″ White Index Cards (100-pack) – $0.48

Staples College Ruled Composition Notebook – $0.50

Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Stic Pens (5-pack) – $0.75 (in-store only, Limit 5)

Staples #2 Dozen Yellow Pencils – $0.75

Crayola Colored Pencils (12-count) – $0.97

Crayola Fine Line Classic Markers (10-count) – $0.97

Staples Multipurpose Paper, 8 1/2″ x 11″ (500/ream) – $2.99 (after $5 Easy Rebate, Limit 4)

Free Donuts Today for National Donut Day : Krispy Kreme, Makers Donuts & More

Reminder it is National Donut Day!! That means free donuts for you. 🙂

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Makers Donuts

Stop my Makers Donuts this morning from 7-10AM for a Free donut! Also, Makers Donuts is giving away Free Donuts for A Year!

Post a photo on Facebook or Instagram this weekend (June 3-6) and show  how much you love your Makers Donuts. They’ll choose their favorite and the winner will receive a free dozen donuts every week for a year! Be sure to use the hashtag ‪#‎makersdonuts‬ so they can find your photo.

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Krispy Kreme

In honor of National Doughnut Day, on Friday, June 3, stop in to any Krispy Kreme US or Canadian location for a FREE doughnut of any variety–including its world famous Original Glazed® doughnut.

No purchase necessary. Excludes Connecticut.

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Dunkin’ Donuts

On June 3rd, get a free classic donut with the purchase of ANY beverage! Go here for more details.

Target

Today only, June 3rd, head here to load a Cartwheel Savings Offer valid for 50% off Single Serve Donuts from the bakery at all Super Target locations. And this offer is valid on 12 items per transaction so you can save 50% off an entire dozen of donuts.

Free & Frugal Summer Fun with 10 News This Morning on Foxville 43

Summer is almost here so today we are talking frugal summer fun on  10 News This Morning on Foxville 43.  You can stay up to date on all the latest deals by following Coupon Katie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by signing up for daily emails!  You may also want to check out my Coupon Calendar!

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Children’s Festival of Reading

Kick off a summer of reading with a full day of music, storytelling, arts, crafts, science exploration, food, and fun! The Knox County Library Children’s Festival of  Reading is happening Saturday, May 21, 2016 at World’s Fair Park from 10 am – 3 pm. Admission and parking are FREE!

Meet the authors of Ladybug Girl, Paperboy, Dragonbreath, and many others!

 

Summer Movie Express 1 Dollar Movies

Regal Summer Movie Express- $1 Movies

Regal  Cinemas will once again host their Summer Movie Express! Family friendly movies are just  $1 each throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

In our area, Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX, Regal Knoxville Center Stadium 10 and Regal West Town Mall Stadium 9 are participating in this promotion.  Movies will start June 7, 2016. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days.
Here is the schedule:

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***Carmike offers their program at Wynnsong 16. Carmike 7, and Carmike 10 from June to August on Thursday at 10am. Admission is $4 and includes a small popcorn and small drink. They have not yet released informoation for 2016.

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Free Fishing Day 2016

June 11th is Free Fishing Day!   TWRA allows all residents and non-residents to fish without a license on public waters.

Children that are 15 years of age or younger may fish without a license for the entire week starting on Free Fishing Day and continuing through the following Friday. Children younger than 13 may fish without a license at any time of the year. The TWRA sponsors many Kids Free Fishing Day events and stocks thousand of pounds of catfish to help make the events quality experiences for young anglers.

The Cove at Concord Park Free Fishing Day is happening June 11th from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. There will be prizes and snacks!

Alcoa, Lenoir City, Maryville, Anderson County, Gatlinburg and several other East Tennessee communities are holding free Kid’s Fishing Day events on June 11th!

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Kids Bowl Free

How about some  free bowling for the kiddos?

It is easy, sign up at KidsBowlFree.com to get a voucher for two free games of bowling for each of your children every single day all summer long. Check to see what nearby bowling alleys are participating here.

Follow these simple instructions to sign up:

Register your children online
Select a participating bowling alley (there are 3 in the Knoxville area!)
At the beginning of each week, you’ll receive tickets that your children can use.
Head to your local bowling alley & enjoy!
*You will  have to pay for shoe rental, or you could find a cheap pair on ebay!

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THE HUSBAND AND I TRYING A CHALLENGE AT CAMP ZION

Camp Zion

Camp Zion Day camp is for ages 5 and up and is held from 10:30-3:30. Lunch is provided (they accommodate allergies). The cost is $15 per child and $10 for additional siblings. You can email kristie@feedingtheorphans.org to register.

Camp Zion focuses on youth experience, adventure-based outdoor activities designed to instill leadership, team-building skills, and self confidence while learning essential biblical truths. Camp Zion is located at 505 Cave Creek Road, Loudon, TN 37774

THE HUSBAND and I have taken the boys there for a family day and it was SO fun. They boys are already scheduled to go back once school is out.

Knoxville Splash Pads

Carl Cowan Park
10058 Northshore Drive
Hours from 10am-8pm

Market Square Park
Market Square in Knoxville
Open Monday-Sunday 10am-9pm

Powell Station Park
2318 Emory Road Lot-A
Hours from 10am-8pm

New Harvest Park
4775 New Harvest Lane
Hours from 10am-8pm

McFee Park
917 McFee Rd. in Farragut
Hours from 10am-8pm

Volunteer Landing Park
Volunteer Landing Lane
Open Monday-Sunday 10am-9pm

World’s Fair Park
1060 Worlds Fair Park Drive
Open Monday-Saturday 10:30am-9:30pm; Sunday 12:30pm-9:30pm

**And this week get Coppertone Sunscreen for just $2.49 at Target!

Food City Best Deals of the Week 5/4-5/10/16

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Here are the best deals I see happening at Food City the week of 5/4/16-5/10/16.  If you come across any other deals leave a comment and share!

Buy One Get One Free Deals

Fresh Express Shredded Lettuce (14 oz)-$2.99 ($1.49)

Purnell’s Old Folks Sausage (16 oz)- $4.29 ($2.14)

Mayfield Ice Cream (48 oz)- $5.99 ($2.99)
-$1/1 Mayfield Ice Cream printable coupon
Final cost=$1.99

Food Club Chunk or Shredded Cheese (6-8 oz)- $3.89 ($1.94)

Calavo Guacamole (8 oz)- $3.99 ($1.99)

Food Club Ice Cream Cones (12-18 ct)- $2.49 ($1.24)

Wide Awake Coffee (12 ct or 12 oz)- $7.99 ($3.99)

Lay’s Family Size Potato Chips (10-10.5 oz)- $4.29 ($2.14)

Kern’s Beef Buns (12 ct)- $2.49 ($1.24)

Close-Up Toothpaste (6 oz)- $2.29 ($1.14)

Top Care Allergy Tablets, Select Varieties (24 ct)- $4.49 ($2.24)

Food Club Party Cups (20 ct)- $2.79 ($1.39)

Hefty Plates (28-50 ct)- $2.99 ($1.49)

Mix & Match any 10 items for $1 each

Banquet Meals- $1

Yoplait Greek Yogurt (4-5.3 oz)-$1

Food Club Sour Cream (8 oz)- $1

Jeno’s Crisp ‘n Tasty Pizza (5 oz)- $1

Food Club Whipped Topping (8 oz)- $1

Mayfield Fudge Bars (6 pk)- $1

Food Club Bisquits (10 ct)- $1

Food Club Milk (12 oz)- $1

RC Products (2 Liter Bottle)- $1

Luck’s Pinto Beans (29 oz)- $1

Food Club Homestyle Cookies (8.9 oz)- $1

Nestle Candy Bars (6 pk)- $1

Food Club Microwave Popcorn (3 ct)- $1

Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding (4 ct)- $1

Cloverhill Danish (3 pk)- $1

Campbell’s Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup- $1

Martha White Muffin Mix ( 7-7.6 oz)- $1

Moon Pie Minis (6 oz)- $1

Van Camp’s Beanee Weenee (7.75 oz)- $1

Food Club Mustard (20 oz)- $1

Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup (24 oz squeeze bottle)- $1

Sweet Sue Chunk White Chicken- $1

Food Club Pasta Salad- $1

Food Club Sausage Gravy (15 oz)- $1

Nissin Chow Mein- $1

Supreme Long Grain Rice (1 lb)- $1

Hunt’s Manwich (15 oz)- $1

Barilla Pasta- $1

Del Monte Spaghetti Sauce (24 oz)- $1

Pasta Roni or Rice-A-Roni Select Varieties- $1

Food Club Fried Apples-$1

Food Club Supreme Clean Paper Towels (1 roll)- $1

Food Club Cutlery ( 48 ct)- $1

Food Club Basic Napkins (120 ct)- $1

Arm & Hammer Fabric Softener Sheets (40 ct)- $1

Puffs Facial Tissue (48-56 ct)- $1
$0.25 off ONE Puffs Product excluding Puffs to Go or $0.25 off ONE Puffs Softpack 1ct or larger
Final cost=75¢

Other Good Deals

Jennie-O Ground Turkey (16 oz)- $2.99
$1.50 off two (2) JENNIE-O Ground Turkey Products
Final cost= $2.24

Old El Paso Refried Beans (16 oz)- 99¢
$1.00 off 3 Old El Paso products
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submit for .50/1 Old El Paso chiles, refried beans or enchilada sauce, SavingStar eCoupo
Final cost=Free after coupon and SavingStar

Old El Paso Flour Tortillas or Taco Shells-99¢
$1.00 off 3 Old El Paso products
Final cost=66¢ each

Old El Paso Dinner Kit- $2
$1.00 off 3 Old El Paso products
Final cost=66¢ each

Excedrin Select Varieties (24 ct)- $2.99
-$2 off Excedrin product from the 05/08 SS or $2.50 off 2 Excedrin products
Final cost=as low as 99¢

10 News This Morning on Foxville Coupon Katie’s Mother’s Day Deals & Coupons & Free Doughnuts!

 

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Here are the deals we covered this morning on Mornings with Mornings with Fox 43.  You can stay up to date on all the latest deals by following Coupon Katie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by signing up for daily emails!  You may also want to check out my Coupon Calendar!

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Lowe’s Build And Grow Chalkboard Planter

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe’s for this special Thursday Night clinic and they can build this  chalkboard Planter! It makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift! It is happening Thursday, May 5th at 7pm.

I would highly suggest registering your child/children online to reserve a spot. Registration for this clinic opens today.

Retail Coupons for Mother’s Day!

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 JCPenney is offering an additional 25% off when you use the code FAMILY at checkout. This code is valid through 4/27/16.

 

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Macy’s is offering an extra 25% + Free Shipping at $25 when you use the code FRIEND at checkout.  This code is valid now through 5/2/16.

If you’re taking mom on a trip soon you can get this Tag Springfield III 5 Piece Luggage Set (2 color options available) for just $59.99 shipped (regularly $200!) when you use the 25% off promo code FRIEND at checkout!
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Kohl’s is offering an extra 20% off  everything when you use the code SAVE20LPS or print your coupon here. This coupon is valid through 4/30/16.

BananaRepulic.com has an extra 50% off sale items through Tuesday 4/26/16. No coupon code is needed, your discount will automatically show up!

GAP is offering an extra 40% off your purchase when you use the code TREAT at checkout. This ends at 11:59 t tonight 4/25/16! Ordering today will give you enough time for shipping by Mother’s Day.

For Mother’s Day Belleza Salon and Spa is offering special discounts on spa services including: massages, treatments, facials, waxing and nails. Sometimes, all a mom needs is a break from the world and a chance to be pampered. Buy one spa service, get a second 20% off ; Buy 2 and get the 3rd 40% off ; Buy 3 and get the 4th 60% off.  This offer expires 5/9/16 and is valid toward gift card purchases only. 

Photo Canvas Deal


Canvas People is offering 80% off all  photo canvases! This makes an 8×10 canvas just $10! You can chose from 8×10 all the way to 20×48. You need to order your canvas by Apr 29th 11:59 pm PST to guarantee delivery by Mother’s Day.

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If you live or work in Sevier, Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, or Knox counties, you can visit all Ripley’s attractions for $5 per person (per location)!! This is happening May 1-5,2016. $1 from each admission will be donated to Sevier County Food Ministries.

This $5 promo includes:

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium

Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze

Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf

Ripley’s Old McDonald Mini-Golf

Guinness World Records Attractions

Each person in the party must live or work in a qualifying county to get discount. You will need a photo ID and a pay stub (if you don’t live in one of the counties).  I know utility bills have been used in the past but I have been told they will not work this time.  You can call 888-240-1358 with other questions.

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Here is a heads up so you can mark your calendar and be a superhero to you family, co-workers or friends!

Customers who buy a dozen Krispy Kreme Original Glazed® doughnuts at regular menu price will get another dozen Original Glazed doughnuts absolutely free at participating U.S. shops on April 28.

It’s a sweet way to celebrate the Super Heroes in your life! Costumes are not required, just super encouraged.

Not valid with any other coupon or offer. Valid only at participating U.S. shops. Shops NOT participating in the offer are as follows: Albany GA; Macon, GA (both locations), Walter Robbins GA; Spartanburg, SC; Anderson SC; Pigeon Forge, TN; CT shops

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CVS Best Deals 4/24-4/30

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Here are the best deals I see happening at CVS starting tomorrow April 24, 2016.

If you are new to CVS shopping you can check out my  CVS Store Guide  for tips and how to’s. You may also want to read over CVS’s Coupon Policy . Also, if you want to keep track of your Extra Care Bucks on your smartphone you can read about the new CVS smartphone apps here.

 

ExtraBucks Rewards Deals

Ocean Spray (15.2-16 oz.)- Buy 2 for $3, Get $3 EB (limit 1)
Final cost =both items for Free after EB(no coupons needed)

Buy 1 Scope Rinse (1 Liter), Get $3 EB (limit 2)
Deal idea
Buy 1 Scope Classic Mouthwash Original Mint 33.8 oz.-$4.49 (online price)
$0.75/1 Scope Mouthwash Printable
Out of Pocket= $3.74
Get Back= $3 EB
Final cost =$0.74 after EB

Colgate Max Toothpaste (6 oz.)$3.49, Get $2 EB (limit 2)
-$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 3 oz+ coupon from the 4/17 SS (exp 4/30)
Out of Pocket= $2.99
Get Back=$2 EB
Final cost =$0.99 after EB

Buy 1 Colgate Toothpaste or Toothbrush Multipack (excludes trial/travel sizes), Get $3 EB (limit 2)
Deal idea
Buy 1 Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrush 3ct. Value Pack $3.99 – If included in sale
Out of Pocket= $3.99
Get Back= $3 EB
Final cost $0.99 after EB

Select Suave Hair Care -2 for $6 or $3.79each, Get $2 EB (limit 1)
– 2 $1.50/1 Suave Professionals Gold hair care product (excludes luxe styling products and 2oz ) coupons from the 4/24 SS (exp 5/14)
Out of Pocket= $3
Get Back=$2 EB
Final cost= $1 – just $0.50 each after EB

Buy any Physicians Formula Cosmetics (excludes clearance), Get $6 EB (limit 1)
Deal idea
Buy 1 Physicians Formula Concealer Stick- $6.99 (online price)
Out of Pocket=$6.99
Get Back=$6 EB
Final cost =$0.99 after EB – no coupons required!

Buy 2 Schick Cartridges, Shave Prep or Razors 1 ct. (excludes travel/trial sizes), Get $3 EB (limit 1)
Deal idea
Buy 2 Skintimate Signature Scents Shave Gel (7 oz.)- $3.79 (online price)
Total – $7.58
– 2 $1/1 Schick Hydro Edge or Skintimate Shave Gel (excludes 2.75oz) coupons from the 4/17 SS (exp 5/8)
Out of Pocket= $5.58
Get Back=$3 EB
Final cost= $1.29 each after EB

Buy 2 select TRESemme, TRESemme Premium, Dove Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers, Ger $5 EB (limit 1)
Deal idea
Buy 2 Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner (12 oz.)- $4.99 (online price)
-Buy 1 Get 1 50% off = $7.48
Get back =$5 EB
Final Cost =$1.24 after EB -no coupons required!

Buy 2 L’Oreal Ever Hair Care (excludes travel/trial sizes and clearance) , Get $5 EB (limit 1)
Deal idea
Buy 2 L’Oreal Hair Expertise EverStrong Thickening Shampoo (8.5 oz.)- $6.99 (online price)
-2 $2/1 L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment Printable
Out of Pocket= $9.98
Get Back= $5 EB
Final cost = $2.49 each after EB

Other Good Deals

Wet n’ Wild Cosmetics – on sale Buy One Get One Free
Deal idea
Buy 2 Various Wet n Wild cosmetics- $0.99
-Buy 1 Get 1 Free= $0.99 for both
-2 $0.50/1 Wet N Wild Product coupons found in the 4/17 SS (exp 4/30), here or here
Final cost= both for Free