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BOO! at the Zoo 2014 Ticket Giveaway

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BOO! at the Zoo is back at the Knoxville Zoo! This has become a yearly tradition for our family. It is always SO fun!

BOO! at the Zoo 2014 presented by U.S. Cellular® celebrates 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun on October 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, 2014 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular®, a Halloween tradition for 28 years, is a family event featuring devilishly good music and games at the Monster Mash tent in The Clayton Family Kids Cove, your favorite costumed characters throughout the zoo, and the only “haunted” carousel in East Tennessee, the Scary-Go-Round. (How can you tell it’s haunted? It goes backwards, of course.)  And best of all, you can trick-or-treat down the BOO! trail for your favorite treats!

Click here to see all of the spooktacular fun at this year’s BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular®!

Click here for a list of BOO! frequently asked questions.

Tickets
$7 per person
Children under 2 are free
Parking is $5
Zoo members receive a $2 discount on BOO! admission and FREE parking.  Not a member?  Click here to become a zoo member today and SAVE! Tickets are available for purchase at Knoxville Zoo or online by clicking here.

Please note – toy guns will not be permitted at Boo at the Zoo. Thank you for your cooperation.

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I am excited to be giving away a family 4 pack to lucky Coupon Katie readers! There will be one winner a week! This giveaway will have to be fast as it is already Friday and the tickets are for Saturday October 11 or Sunday October 12! You have 24 hours to enter, so use the Rafflecopter form below now!

 
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Knoxville Zoo Wee Play Adventure Opens July 19 & You Want To Go!

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The Knoxville Zoo it is one of our family’s favorite places to spend time. The Wee Play Adventure area is always on the boys’ list to visit so, I was excited to see result of the months of work that has been going on. It is well done, and you are going to love it!  The exhibit is impressively  planned and designed for pre-school through elementary aged kids.  I was happy to see I could bring all four of my boys (aged 2-8) and they would all find something to interest them.

Wee Play Adventure is Knoxville Zoo’s new indoor creative play area with an Inddonesia island theme. The space is large and open, but just like before you can easily see the exits so kids can’t escape move on to explore other parts of the Zoo without you knowing it.

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In the center is a giant Woka tree full of tunnels, a rope bridge and lots of room to climb and explore.  Surrounding the Woka tree is an archaeological dig site where your kids can discover all types of fossils.

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There are also two imagination areas! One is designed as an outpost where adventurers can stock their knapsacks. The other is a research laboratory and animal clinic where they can help save the island’s Komodo dragons.  There is a small area for crawlers, an infant care room and the new Brown Squirrel Parent Refuge. An area with some comfy couches and chairs, free Wi-Fi and a Pilot Flying J coffee bar!

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Of course, I can’t leave out of the best features of the new Wee Play Adventure! The new indoor/outdoor habitat for the zoo’s two Komodo dragons, Khaleesi and Drogo. This habitat is 1,000 square feet and wide open for close up encounters of the two dragons. The habitat also includes a tunnel with a pop-up bubble that takes kids “into” the habitat. Khaleesi used to live up near the snakes and spent a lot of time in her tree so sometimes she was a little hard to see.  Her new home is huge, and open and there is plenty of room for everyone to see her.

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I got to go INSIDE Khaleesi’s habitat while I was previewing new exhibit.  She seems even bigger when there is no glass between you. :)  Here is the pic I snapped from the inside.

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Other new lizard species making their debut in the Wee Play Adventure include:

Madagascar Giant Chameleon
Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko
Caiman Lizard
San Esteban Island Chuckwalla
Desert Spiny Lizard
Desert Grassland Whiptail Lizard
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Taylor’s Agama
Green Tree Monitor
Red-headed Agama
Mozambique Girdled Lizard
East African Spiny-tailed Lizard

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Are you excited to go see this place!? Wee Play opens July 19 to the public; special previews for zoo members are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 16, 6-8 p.m. July 17 or 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 18.

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Coupon Katie Mornings With Fox 43 Best Deals of the Week 4/29/14

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Here is a round up of all the deals I shared this morning on Mornings with Fox 43!  If you want to stay up to date on all the latest deals be sure to Like  Coupon Katie on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or  sign up for Coupon Katie emails.

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Kroger Double Fuel Points Weekends

Download this Kroger digital coupon just once and earn double fuel points when you shop Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 27! This will help you save even more at the pump which is perfect if you are planning a road trip in the next few months!

New to Kroger Fuel points?  Use your Kroger Plus card when shopping to earn 100 points for each $100 worth of purchases. Once you have 100 points, your Kroger  card can be used at participating Shell or Kroger stations to get $.10 off a gallon for one fill-up. You can get up to  $1 off per gallon after spending $1000 in  one month.

Here is how it works:

The read-out on a gas pump will ask if you want to use a Kroger fuel-rewards card. If you chose “Yes,” then your full-size Kroger Plus rewards card can be inserted into the station’s credit-card reader to activate the discount, which is subtracted immediately at the pump. If  you only have the  small keychain card with you  then your customer number can be keyed in at the pump and the discount will be taken.

Allergy Rebate Deal

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Through May 25th you can get in on this allergy rebate offer from McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Get a $20 Visa Gift Card (while supplies last) when you purchase 3 or more participating products during the same shopping trip on one receipt.

You will need to purchase at least two “Treat products” and one “Soothe product” to earn the gift card. They also need to be on the same receipt.

Treat products include:
Zyrtec
Benadryl
Sudafed
Tylenol Sinus

Soothe products include:
Visine
Neo Eczema
Simply Saline
Kleenex

CVS Deal Idea

Buy 1 Kleenex Ultra Soft Tissues (85 ct)- $2.39
Buy 2 Benadryl 24 ct OR Benadryl Liquid (4 oz)- $4.99 each
– $3/2 Sudafed Adult PE, Sudafed Children’s PE, Benadryl, Children’s Benadryl, Tylnol Sinus, Visine or Neosporin Eczema Essentials Product coupon from the 4/13 SS or   $2/2 Benadryl product, excl trial size printable
Out of Pocket=as low as $9.37
Submit for $20 Rebate
Final cost= Free + $10.63 moneymaker after coupon and rebate

Free Kid’s Lego Building Event

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Come build a LEGO Star Wars™ Mini TIE Fighter and LEGO Star Wars Mini X-Wing at Toys “R” Us!

When: May 3rd, 2014 from 12-2pm
Where: All Toys “R” Us locations

Event is intended for children ages 5 and up. Event materials available while supplies last and are available only to participating children. Limit one per child.

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Benadryl Itch Stick- $2.39
-$2/1 Benadryl Topical Product coupon found here or in the 4/13 SS
Final cost =$0.39

Fresh Raspberries (6 oz)- 2 for $5
-$2 off Fresh Fruit or Vegetable Purchase $5+ Target Mobile Coupon (text RECIPE to 827438)
Final cost=$1.50 each

This week you received a $5 off $20 Laundry Care Purchase coupon in your Target ad!

Here are some deal ideas:

Buy 2 Bounce Dryer Sheets 34 ct Outdoor Fresh -$1.97
Buy (3) Clorox Bleach 64 oz -$1.97
& Buy 2 Tide (50 oz 32 ld) Liquid – on sale for $5.99  each
-$5 off Laundry Care Purchase $20+ In-Ad coupon print here or text LAUNDRY to 827438
-$1 off Tide Detergent 46oz+ or Oxi Stain Remover 7.12 lb Mobile TQ (text CLEAN to 827438) x9/7
-$.50/1 Bounce or Downy Fabric Enhancer ETS Target Mobile Coupon (text CLEAN to 827438) x9/7
-$2 off three Clorox bleach items 55-oz. or larger Target Coupon
5% Off Clorox Bleach (excl. Precision Pour Gel, Sprays) Target Cartwheel  (deduct $0.20)
-two $1/1 Tide Detergent printable
-$1.50 off 2 Bounce coupon from the 4/27 PG
Final cost=$$9.63 for all 7 items after coupons , $1.37 each

Buy 2 Seventh Generation (2X 100 oz 64 load)- on sale for $11.99 each
-$5 off Laundry Care Purchase $20+ In-Ad coupon print here or text LAUNDRY to 827438
stack with 10% Off Seventh Generation Cleaning Supplies Target Cartwheel coupon (will deduct $2.39)
stack with two$2/1 Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent printable
Final cost= $6.29 each

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Penn Station’s Philadelphia Cheesesteak Special & $20 Gift Card Giveaway

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Penn Station East Coast Subs has wide array of East Coast style submarine sandwiches that are grilled and baked to perfection. February’s monthly special is the Philadelphia Cheesesteak.   To celebrate this special they asked me if I would like to give one lucky reader a $20 Penn Station Subs gift card!

Here is a little more about this month’ sandwich:

Penn Station’s classic combination of grilled-to-order 100% U.S.D.A. choice steak and melted provolone cheese is just the beginning. From there, a selection of delicious toppings such as sautéed onions, fresh mushrooms, banana peppers, spicy brown mustard, mayonnaise or pizza sauce are available for you tasting pleasure. Pair it with fresh-cut fries and fresh-squeezed lemonade and you’ll have a signature Penn Station meal at a monthly special price. No coupon necessary, just ask for the monthly special!

One lucky Coupon Katie reader will win a $20 Penn Station East Coast Subs gift card! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Good Luck!

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Where to Buy Gifts This Chirstmas that Make A Difference Locally & Abroad

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**Update- This post is from last year but, as I am starting to cross people off my Christmas list I am looking for more places to spend my Christmas budget that will make a difference in someone’s life. Look through the list below and add any updates!

A Coupon Katie Facebook fan left me this question:

Do you know of any charities that are selling items that can be used as Christmas gifts? I would like to buy some gifts that support a good cause at the same time! I did find some nice merchandise at 147millionorphans.com. Other than that one, I am drawing a blank! Thanks!!

What a great question! I love that in a season that can become overrun with commercialism Melissa stopped and asked this question.

I told her my Father-in-law worked for World Vision for years so we always bought them a gift from the World Vision gift catalog. Over the years we have purchased goats, chickens,vaccinations, soccer ball, clean water, lanterns-all sorts of things in my in-laws names. I also suggested Kris&Kate. They are a online woman’s fashion store that offers daily deals and they give 10% of every sale to World Vision’s Microenterprise Loans for Women or Compassion2one’s enterprise of freeing children from the sex-slave industry.

I then posted the question to all my  Facebook fans and asked for more suggestions. There was such a great response!  I feel like all the great ideas need to be shared. Here is the list I have received so far:

Feeding the Orphans- a local charity run by Sydney O’Leary, a 15 year-old-girl. Money goes to feed orphans, and to drill wells for towns that have no clean water in Ghana. Thanks, Ann

Krochet Kids-This is my idea, in honor my cousin Chloe who interned for them last year.

FashionAble-has beautiful scarves made by African women. It is a great charity and a great product!, Thanks Mindy

Hello Somebody exists to provide sustainable projects and restorative care to improve the lives of children in need. Thanks, Julie

KARM Thrift Stores-Thanks, Amber

Show Hope, Thanks Brandee

Sseko and Punjammies and Onecup.org is wonderful fro delicious coffee. Thanks, Rachel

Heifer International gift catalog. You can purchase all different kinds of animals for families in need in other countries as a gift for someone. An animal can literally change the life of a family in another country. Samaritan’s Purse- is the same idea. Thanks, Stacey

The Volunteer Ministry Center Angel ornament is once again available this holiday season. This small foil Angel is a lovely symbol which indicates that you have given a gift to VMC in honor of the recipient. The Angel is appropriate for use as an ornament or a gift enclosure and will provide a lasting remembrance of your thoughtfulness.Angels are available for any donation amount of $5.00 or more and can be ordered by calling Selena Brewster at 524-3926 or by stopping by the VMC building at 511 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Thanks, Marie

This is by no means an exhaustive list but I hope it opens up a conversation and more of you share your ideas.  If you know of other worthy organizations or local events leave a comment below. Thanks, and Merry Christmas.

 

 

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Kroger Double Coupons Ending in Atlanta Region? No Change for Knoxville Stores

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My inbox has been blowing up today! Looks like there is news out today that there will be no more double coupons for the Kroger Atlanta region as of September 22. I had not seen an official press release so I called to confirm.

According to Glynn who is in media relations for the Atlanta division there will be no changes for Knoxville area stores. That’s right, deep breath for local readers, no changes for the Knoxville area stores. :)  If you are in the Atalanta region be on the look out for a press release tomorrow that will explain new pricing in the division.

If you are wondering what division your are in check out this map:

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The regions that no longer double coupons:

Southwest
Delta
Mid-Atlantic
Central
Cincinnati
Atlanta????

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Six Money Saving Tips for Back to School Shopping

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Here are the six tips I shared with Beth Haynes on WBIR 10 News at Five last night on how to save on your back to school shopping this year! If you have a great tip share it in the comments to help others save even more!

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