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Mornings with Fox 43 Coupon Katie Fourth of July Deals

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Good Morning!  Here are the details for all the Fourth of July deals I talked about this morning on 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!

Free Shutterfly 20 Page Photo Book

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Shutterfly is offering a FREE Photo Book for both new and existing customers!

Just create your 20-standard finish page 8×8 hard cover photo book and use coupon code SUNNYBOOK at checkout and you’ll just pay shipping (around $7.95 to $8.95).

This offer is only valid through June 30, 2015. Check out more details on this offer here.

Also through June 30th, Shutterfly.com is offering up 100 FREE 4×6 prints when you use the promo code 100FREEPRINTS at checkout. However, this deal gets even better when you order 99 photo prints instead of 100, you’ll save $2 in shipping costs and pay just $5.99 to have the prints shipped to your door – that makes each photo print ONLY 6¢! Note that if you order 100 prints, your shipping charges will be $7.99.

Knoxville Zoo FREE Admission For Veterans, Military and Civilian Service Members July 3rd-5th, 2015

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To celebrate the Independence Day holiday, Knoxville Zoo salutes military and civilian service members and veterans with free admission to the zoo Friday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 5th. Active service personnel eligible for free admission includes active duty military and members of the National Guard, as well as police, fire, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Military and civilian service veterans will receive free admission as well. (Free admission is for active service personnel and veterans only, and valid identification conveying their status as an active military or service member or veteran will be required for entry.)

AND, you  can see the sweet new baby gorillas!

Half Off at TNT Fireworks

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Are you buying fireworks this year? Might as well save some money! Through July 4th head over to Groupon where they are offering $20 Worth of Fireworks at TNT Fireworks Stands, Tents, and Retail for only $10! You can  go here to see a list of participating locations near you.

* Not valid on TNT merchandise at other retailers. Excludes “WOW items” where applicable. Valid photo ID required. Stands & tents come down on 7/4. Unused vouchers will automatically be refunded after expiration.

Fourth of July  Food to Buy Tip & Charcoal Deals

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Tip of the week: Think through the rest of your summer (or longer) events and stock up on ketchup, mustard, mayo, salad dressing, chips, soda, hot dogs, barbeque sauce, seasoning, pickles,  crackers, and sports drinks this week!   These are some of the lowest prices you will see for these items so stock up  now.

Strawberries, blueberries, corn on the cob, and watermelon will be on sale everywhere this week too.

Charcoal Deals

Lowes– Kingsford 2-Pack 18.6-lb (37.2-lb Total) Charcoal Briquettes for just $9.99
Food City-starting July 1 Kingsford Charcoal (15.4lb) is on sale for $3.99.  Use the  $1.50 off 1 coupon from your June 28 SmartSource that to get  this for $2.49. (thru July 7)
Kroger-Kingsford Charcoal (15.4lb) is on sale for $4.99. Use the  $1.50 off 1 coupon from your June 28 SmartSource to get  this for $3.49. (thru July 7)
WalmartKingsford Charcoal Briquets, Two 15-lb Bags for $7.94.

Back to School Deals Start  Sunday July 5th

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If you are like me you cringe at hearing “Back to School Deals” already but like it or not they start Sunday.

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Pencil Pouch-1¢ with $5 minimum purchase, limit 3
Office Depot Brand Beveled Erasers (3 pack)-1¢ with $5 minimum purchase, limit 3
tug 2-hole pencil sharpener- 1¢ with $5 minimum purchase, limit 3

Office Depot/ OfficeMax Plastic Ruler- 25¢
Scholastic Pourable Glue (4oz)-25¢
Scholastic Art Broad Tip Markers-25¢

Staples

2-Pocket Tab Folders-15¢
Wood Ruler-35¢
Composition Books-50¢
Crayola Makers (fine or broad) and Colored Pencils (10-12 pack)-97¢
Bic Pens or Mechanical Pencils (5-10 pack)-$1

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Knoxville’s Largest Kid’s Party is Tomorrow May 29th

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If you’re planning on going here is the latest info from the Knoxville Largest Kid’s Party Facebook page

First – the event is on Friday, May 29th from 11am-8pm at the World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn (the one with the fountains). Admission is $5 per person (kids 3 & under are FREE)

Once you pay your $5, all of the activities inside are free with the exception of face painting and anything you might want to purchase from the vendors. There will be free doughnuts provided by Krispy Kreme, free pizza samples from Wood Fired Pizza, a very special free treat from Chickfila, and lots of free goodies from our wonderful vendors!

Activities for kids and adults include the giant gymnastics obstacle course, 28 foot rock wall, eurobungee trampoline, Frozen shows, magic shows, inflatable, Days Gone By old timey fun area, face painting, caricatures, free Karate classes, Lego play area, Cross Fit demos for kids and adults, The Vortex interactive science Van, brain teaser games, Xbox games, photo booth, hand and arm massages from Aveda, coloring contest and prizes by Pop A Lock, tours on the Krispy Kreme Cruiser, fun booth provided by The Muse, and exhibitions from Premier Athletics!

Our food vendors include Brusters Ice Cream, Rollin Smoke BBQ Truck, Wood Fired Treats, & New Orleans Style Snow Balls.

****Everyone over the age of 3 must have an arm band to participate in any activities or freebies provided by our vendors. Admissions tables will be located at both ends of the Festival Lawn. The event goes on rain or shine!

 

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Knoxville Frugal Family Summer Fun on Mornings With Fox 43

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Good Morning!  Here are the details for all the Frugal Summer Fun I talked about this morning on 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 will find all these deals on my Coupon Calendar!

Free Krispy Kreme Doughnut
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In honor of National Doughnut Day, on Friday, June 5, stop in to any Krispy Kreme US or Canadian location for a FREE doughnut of any variety!

Sonic Drive-In 50¢ Corn Dogs Tuesday May 26

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 is National End of School Day and Sonic is celebrating with $0.50 Corn Dogs all day!
Don’t forget drinks and slushies are 1/2 priced from 2-4pm everyday and milkshakes are half priced after 8pm for summer!

Summer Movie Programs

Regal Cinema’s 2015 Summer Movie Express Starts June 2nd: See These Movies for Just $1!

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Regal Cinemas have announced the schedule for its Summer Movie Express 2015. 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 2, 2015. Tickets will be available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am.

You can see the  Summer Movie Express line up here.

Carmike Cin­e­mas Summer Movie Program 2015

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This is going on Thursday’s at 10am starting June 4th.  $4 Admission  includes a small Popcorn and small drink. This is happening at select Carmike theaters so make sure to check your location here. In Knoxville this is happening at Carmike 10.

Cinemark Summer Movie Program 2015

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At Cinemark you can see 10 shows for $5 if you pay in advance or pay $1 at the box office starting June 3rd. All shows are Wednesday at 1oam.  You can see all the information here.

Free Fishing Day June 6th

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Early in June each year , the TWRA allows all residents and non-residents to fish without a license. 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 6th from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. There will be prizes and snacks!

Anderson County Kids Fishing Day for 5 to 13 year olds is June 6th from 8:30am to 1:30 pm at Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery, 1207 Seivers Blvd in  Clinton, TN.   Please bring your own fishing pole and gear

Every Kid in a Park: FREE Admission for One Year to National Parks For All 4th Graders & Their Families

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If you will have a fourth grader this fall (which I will!!)  here is a fun heads up.

A new initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture FREE OF CHARGE!

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, we are kicking off the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Soon, you will have access to your own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass will give you free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass will be available for the 2015-2016 school year.

***U.S. military members and their dependents can get a FREE annual pass to the National Parks. Check the USGS website for more information.

Also, don’t forget all the great Summer Reading Programs this summer!

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FREE Summer Reading Programs 2015 : Earn Great Rewards!

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Here is the Free Summer Reading Program 2015 Round Up! These are some great rewards that should definitely encourage your kiddos to keep reading this summer!

Tennessee Smokies Summer Reading Program

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If you live in East Tennessee this is a program that you will want to check out. The Tennessee Smokies Summer Reading Program is for Smokies fans 12-and-under.

There are five levels of participation that are to be completed by each child participating. To complete a level all your child has to do is read 10 books, 10 chapters, or have 10 books read to him/her (if your child is not reading yet). Once your child has completed his/her first level, bring the Level 1 reading program form to the ticket office at Smokies Park, and exchange it for prizes and free tickets to a Smokies game. We did this last summer and it was great! Here are the rest of the details:

LEVEL 1 – The Single: Two Smokies Tickets, Shoney’s Bookmark
LEVEL 2 – The Double: Two Smokies Tickets, a Shoney’s Pencil
LEVEL 3 – The Triple: Two Smokies Tickets, a Shoney’s & Homer’s Color Me Pennant
LEVEL 4 – The Home Run: Two Smokies Tickets, a Knoxville Zoo ticket & a Free Shoney’s Dessert
LEVEL 5 – The Grand Slam: Two Tickets to the August 4th Picnic at the Ballpark, a Smokies Card set & a Shoney’s Healthy Kids Meal

Knox County Library Summer Club

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Knox County Library’s Summer Library Club is a fun way to help children maintain and improve reading skills through the summer break. The program rewards kids of all ages for reading (or being read to) during the summer. Once kids reach their reading goal, they receive an awesome rewards package! Registration opened May 16th. You can register kids, teens and adults!

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Prizes include a stretchy, flying superhero and a rewards book. The children’s rewards book is filled with vouchers for more than $200 worth of treats and adventures. Check out a complete listing of the rewards.

There is no required book list for Summer Library Club, but if you’d like some suggestions to get started, download the Summer Reading Book List, with lots of super titles for kids ages 3-12.

 

 

Barnes & Noble

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At  Barnes & Noble, help your children read eight books this summer and track them on the Barnes & Noble reading log. They can then turn their reading log in at any Barnes & Noble store between May 19 and September 7, 2015  get a free book.

 

 

Book IT! by Pizza Hut Summer Reading Program

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Starting June 22nd-August 15th, each time your child reads 5 books, they can enter to win prizes. There is a total of 50 prize packages consisting of a tote bag, Pizza Hut gift card, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books and More! Go here for more information.

 

Scholastic Summer Challenge

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Sign your kids up here and you can  download the free Family Participation Guide for children ages 0-6 or for children ages 7-12 for fun reading activities to do at home and watch the “HOW TO” video.
You can also download the Free Scholastic Reading Timer App . Kids can log minutes, time themselves reading and you can track their progress and get daily reading tips. The more minutes kids read, the more rewards and recognition they earn for themselves and their school!

 

Sylvan Book Adventure

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Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline and then come back to take a quiz on what they’ve read. Prizes can be earned for their reading success. Head over here to register and learn more.

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards

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Read everyday for 2 weeks and get 10 free Chuck E. Cheese game tokens! You can print your reading calendar here! If you child is not reading there are several other reward calendars you can print for free tokens!

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My Best Tip to Save Money on Sports Drinks

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Reader question:  Do you buy sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade? If so, how do you save on them?

 

A few years ago I would have said no, we don’t spend money on sports drinks, we drink water. Now, while I still am a big fan of making my kiddos drink water, we buy sports drinks. The older two boys are more into sports and in this heat they sweat- a lot. :)

Here are a few ideas on saving when buying sports drinks:

  • Stock up when they are on sale. I know this seems basic but the beginning of summer is a great time to stock up, these are on sale almost everywhere!
  • Do not buy them at gas stations/convenience stores. These are always more expensive. Even if they are not on sale at your grocery store they will still be a better deal than the gas station!
  • My number one sure to save you money tip: Buy Gatorade or Powerade Powder and mix your own!

I learned this tip from my brother and sister-in-law last year at the beach. We had 13 kids to keep hydrated so this was a genius idea on their part.

I have seen this powder at Target and Kroger, you can probably find it at almost any grocery store or on Amazon.com. I just mix it with water then pour it in their reusable water bottles. It is super easy and much less expensive.

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For example, this week Kroger had Powerade mix on sale for $2.99 (reg. $3.99). The canister I bought makes 2.5 gallons of Powerade, that is 320 ounces.  So I did a quick comparison to see how much I was saving.

I substituted Gatorade for this because it is what is on sale this week. Here is how it breaks down:

Kroger has six packs of  20 oz bottles of Gatorade on sale for $3.49 with coupon. That is 58 cents a bottle. (a GREAT deal when you compare this to $1.58 at my Weigels!)

With the mix I can make 16 20oz bottles, that is 18 cents a bottle!

I usually have a pitcher of this mixed and in the fridge. It is ideal for a house full of boys/friends/neighbors etc.

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Knoxville’s Largest Kid’s Party is Happening May 29th

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Looking for something fun to do with the kiddos?  How about Knoxville’s Largest Kids Party? I saw a poster today when I took my guy to karate. It looks like a great family and budget friendly event! Here are the details from their Facebook page:

Friday, May 29th, 11am-8pm on the festival lawn at World’s Fair Park! $5 per person, kids 3 and under are free! Giant obstacle course, rock wall, bungee trampoline, bounce house, Frozen shows, magic shows, face painting, cheer, dance, and gymnastics exhibitions, karate classes, cross fit demos, free food, tons of great vendors, so much more!!!!!

Has anyone ever been? Who is excited about going this year?!

 

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Rare Patient Voice: Survey & Interview Panel for Patients with Rare Diseases & Their Caregivers

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As many of you know I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis about 7 years ago, so this post is close to my heart.  It is only in the last few months that I found out about Rare Patient Voice and started participating in surveys and interviews.

Rare Patient Voice offers  patients and caregivers with rare diseases an opportunity to voice their opinions through surveys and interviews to improve medical products and services. The average compensation for these surveys or interviews is around $100 per hour.  Here are diseases that qualify as rare:

  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)
  • Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia (WM)
  • Lupus
  • Gaucher
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • Hepatitis C
  • Crohn’s Disease

You will get a free $5 amazon gift card for signing up. Which is a nice bonus, but not the most important reason to join.  Also if you put my name, Katie Van Dyke, in the who referred you box I will get a $5 gift card.  Still, that is not why I am sharing this information. :)

I think it is important for patients and caregivers to let companies know what is working and what is not. It is important to help them refine products and services so it can benefit more people.

I have qualified for two surveys thus far and have received my checks in a very timely fashion. I have total confidence in this survey company. So, if you have or care for someone that has a qualifying disease sign up and start earning and helping.

If you haven’t see it here is an interview I did with WBIR about my MS  and here my Your Stories interview where I talk about how MS helped get me starting with coupons.

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