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Tax Free Weekend Coupons & Deals: Coupon Katie & 10 News Mornings With Fox 43


A few words about Back to School shopping on Tax Free Weekend.  Be sure you know what qualifies as tax exempt and what does not.  The basic breakdown is clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less are tax free.  You should read over the list of tax exempt items before you head out shopping.

Go with a list and a plan. Don’t get caught up in the no tax frenzy, it is really less than a 10% savings. BUT, when you pair that with all the sale and the coupons that are out this weekend you can save a lot!  Buy what you need now, save the stocking up for clearance deals that will come in a few weeks!

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School Supply Deals

Staples

Friday & Saturday:
Staples® Translucent Pencil Boxes, Assorted Colors ($.50)
Pentel Hi-Polymer® Latex Free Eraser, 3/Pack ($.75)
Staples® Hype!™Pen-Style Highlighters, Yellow, 6/Pack ($.75)
BIC® Xtra Fun Pencil, #2 HB, Two-Toned Color Barrels, 8/Pack ($.75)
BIC Round Stic Ballpoint Pen, Black Ink, Medium Point, 10/Pack ($.75)

Sunday:

Staples Cap Erasers, Pink, Dozen ($.25)
Staples® Dual Dome Pencil Sharpener ($.25)
BIC® Soft Feel® Retractable Ball Pen, 1.0 mm, Black ($.50)
Paper Mate® Sharpwriter® Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, Yellow Barrel, 5/pk ($.50)
Crayola Markers (wide or fine line, 10 ct) and Colored Pencils (12ct)-$.97

Staples also offers 25% off School Supplies when you buy a backpack – Save instantly in store and online via coupon code. And there is the  Staples 110% Lowest Price GuaranteeStaples 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.

Office Depot/Office Max-

1¢ Deals (when you spend $5,) Friday & Saturday
Office Depot Brand Index Cards 100-pack (limit 3)
Office Depot Brand Folder with and without Prongs, 2 pack (limit 10)
Office Depot Brand Mechanical Pencils (limit 3)
Pencil Boxes (limit 3)

25% off School Supplies when you buy a backpack with coupon code 65639 at Staples.com!

Other Good Deals
Stellar 1-Subject Durable Poly Notebook- 50¢ (limit 3)
Kids’ Scissors 2-packs (pointed and blunt)- 50¢ (limit 3)
Crayola Colored Pencils (12 count)- 50¢ (limit 3)
Office Depot Brand Plastic 12″ Ruler- 50¢
Sharpie Permanent Fine Point Markers (5 pack)- $1 (limit 3)

1¢ Deals (when you spend $5,limit 3) Sunday
Office Depot Erasers (3pk)
Elmer’s School Glue (4oz)
Office Depot Composition Book

Other Good Deals Sunday
Bic Round Stic Grip Pens (12 ct) 25¢
Crayola Broad Line Markers (10ct) 25¢
Ticonderoga Pencils (12pk)-$1

**Every store you shop will have school supply deals this weekend!  Be sure to look through all the ads and chose the store that has the best price on the stuff you need. Or, circle the best deals on all the supplies you need and take them to either Staples or Target and price match!

Dollar General- $5 off $20 school supply purchase with promo code SAVE4SCHOOL or in store with coupon thru 8/31/16. 

Kroger$5 off $25 School Supply purchase digital coupon.

Target also has a price matching policy!

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Clothing and Shoe Deals

Target

Friday July 29 & Saturday July 30: Spend $25 on Target’s new Cat and Jack line of kid’s clothes you get $5 off! Online shoppers save $5 on Cat & Jack purchases of $25 or more when you use promo code KIDS at checkout. If you want to shop in store, there is also a $5 off Cat & Jack kids apparel or shoe purchase of $25 or more in-store coupon available – clip this coupon right from the ad or text KIDS to 827438 to have it delivered to your smartphone.

Target.com is offering $10 off select Men’s Jeans & Women’s Jeans when you enter promo code TRYON10 at checkout. Or you can actually try them on in-store at get the same $10 off!

Sunday July 31-August 6: Target’s Kid’s Back to School sale means you save $10 when spend $50 on Clothes or Shoes.Kid’s uniforms will also be on sale Buy One Get One 60% off.

Kohl’s

Take an extra 20% off sitewide at Kohls.com + earn 3x Yes2You points with coupon code SUNNY. You can also print this Kohl’s coupon from 20% off in store.  Offer valid 7/28-7/31.

JCPenny’s

Take $10 off purchases of $25 more or more with promo code 2BIGSALE when you shop online or you can print this coupon and use it in-store. Valid 7/27 – 7/30 Sunday you can use the code GOSHOP27 to get 15% off your order.

The Children’s Place

The Children’s Place has 50% off everything, $3.99 graphic tees, $7.99 denim and 50% off backpacks! Plus FREE shipping and you will get $10 in Place Cash for every $20 you spend.

Old Navy

Today, 7/29 OldNavy.com is offering 25% purchases under $50, 30% Off purchase of $50 or more and 40% Off your Old Navy purchase of $75 or more. They are also offering 30% off Old Navy Clearance merchandise through 8/1/16. Shipping is Free on orders of $50 or more.

Macy’s

Save an extra 20% off at Macys.com when you use the coupon code WKND at checkout. Valid 7/27-7/31

Belk

Go to  Belk’s Facebook page to claim a 20% regular and sale price merchandise coupon. Valid through 7/30.

Gymboree

Gymboree is offering 40% off entire store plus free shipping! Be sure to check any Parents or Family Fun magazines you see for another 20% off coupon!

Stride Rite

Stride Rite is offering Buy One Get One 40% off on select styles when you use the coupon code BOGO40 at checkout. Valid 7/28 – 9/5

Your Sunday Knoxville News Sentinel will have even more coupons to use Sunday:

Belk- 20%
Sears -15% off
Rack Room Shoes -$10 off $65 or more
JCPenney -15% off

 

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Diapers

Remember, diapers are tax exempt this weekend as part of this weekend’s  Tennessee’s Tax Free Weekend! Go ahead and print these coupons now to save even more!
$2.00 off ONE Pampers Swaddlers Diapers
$2.00 off ONE Pampers Cruisers Diapers
$2.00 off ONE Pampers Baby Dry Diapers
$2.00 off ONE Luvs Diapers
$2.00 off any ONE package of HUGGIES Diapers
$2.00 off ONE Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants
$1.50 off ONE Pampers UnderJams Night Wear

 

If you want to be sure you save the most see my 8 shopping tips to maximize your savings on Tax Free Weekend!

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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!

Whole30 on a Budget: 7 Ways I’m Saving Money And Doing Whole30

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I posted a pic of me trying to fall in love with La Croix water and asked for advice.  While I received tons of great ideas I also got a lot of questions about how to do Whole30 on a budget.

I am 15 days in and here is what I have learned about staying Whole30 compliant AND saving some money.

1.  I started shopping at  ALDI.  For produce, organic meats and organic nuts, spices, eggs etc. ALDI has had the best prices by far.  It is a little out of the way for me but I make it buy about once a week.  You could also price match ALDI at  Walmart.

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2.  I still use the Buy Ahead Principle. When something you know you will use is on a great sale or/and you have a coupon stock up!  I stocked up on olive and coconut oil from Vitacost.com  before starting. They have  great prices, frequent sales and usually Free shipping on their brand.   (By the way if you are new to Vitacost and click thru this link you’ll get a free $10 credit!)

RXBar3.  I have price alerts set up on Amazon. Compliant Larabars and RX bars are about the Only way I have survived thus far.  So I set up a price alert for when they go on any kind of sale.

4.  I menu plan like a crazy woman It is a major step up from my former minimalist planning. Now all the produce and meat that makes its way into our house is planned for, so it does not go bad before I use it.

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5. I have scored some surprisingly Great deals on organic and natural meats at Target.  Who knew?  If I hit my target at just the right time they have marked down meats considerably.  Like today for example, organic grass fed beef for $4.99/lb.  It was on sale for $7.99, then they had $3 off coupons attached.

6.  I don’t buy everything organic. I buy what I can and what is on sale or close in price to non organic. If the organic alternative is not on sale or just too much I buy the best I can and don’t worry about it. 🙂

7.  I buy a lot less “stuff”.  Shopping just the outside aisles you buy a lot less other stuff. No creamer, no chips, no crackers, no cheese sticks, no yogurt, no honey, no tortillas…. you get the point. 🙂  This diet cuts out a lot of our regular items and that frees up some room in the budget.

This is how I am making Whole30 happen in our house.  If you are or have been on it what are you best money saving ideas? I would love to hear them!

Ibotta Rebates Paid For Our Camping Trip!!

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We have one particular camping trip that is a tradition for our family. We go every year. Same weekend, same place- tradition.

We usually have our reservations by now but for some reason we have been slackers this year. Looking at the calendar last month we agreed we had to make reservations or we would miss our trip.

Then, some very unexpected and crazy expensive issues came up with our house. The kind that wipes out your vacation and emergency funds. The kind that makes you super sad you have to spend all that money but also thankful that you have just enough to fix the problem.

There was nothing left over for our annual camping trip.  I was sad.   I started brainstorming creative ways to fund the trip, or at least make the reservation.

We keep a pretty close eye on budgets around here so I knew none of our accounts had “extra”.  Lucky for me Kroger had  several good Ibotta deals this week, and it gave me an idea.

I have been a member or Ibotta since it started.  It is by far my favorite cash back app.  I use it,  but I don’t check my balance that often. It is like a savings account I kind of forget about. 🙂

This week when I was redeeming offers I checked my balance. Guess what- just enough to cover our lodging for the camping trip!!!   You guys- just enough. How awesome is that?!

My frugal efforts will pay for our annual family camping trip. Not in an I saved enough so we can go way, but in a real, tangible transfer the money and pay for it kind of way.

It if FREE to sign up for Ibotta  , FREE to use it and it will provide a way for us to keep up our tradition! It will provide another year of fun family time and memories.

Sometimes I get discouraged with coupons and apps and deals. It takes time and effort and planning. In the busyness of five young kids there are days I don’t want to plan and make the effort. BUT then there are days like today, where that hard work pays off. And there will be days soon when we are camping that the little effort will be so, so worth it.

Be encouraged money saving mommas! Be encouraged to find the money saving ways that suit your life best and know that they are making a difference, even on the days you don’t see it!

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If you are not a member of Ibotta  here is how to join and how it works:

Download the Ibotta App on your Apple or Android device. Before you go shopping, unlock cash rewards on products by completing quick simple tasks like watching a commercial, learning a fact about the product or completing a survey .

Next, go shopping at your favorite store. Ibotta works 100’s of chains including CVS, Kroger, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, Publix, Whole Foods Markets, Sam’s Club etc.

After you shop, take a photo of your receipt with the app and upload it. Your account is credited with the money you receive within 24 hours, and you can withdraw it to Paypal or choose from a selection of gift cards.

To make this even more useful you can use Ibotta in conjunction with other store and manufacturer deals. For example, you can use paper or digital coupons  at the store during check out, then receive money back from Ibotta  too!

Also for a trip down memory lane here are 8 Things I learned on Our Family Camping Trip from six years ago.

One of our earlier camping trips. We only had three. :) Look at those babies!!!

One of our earlier camping trips. We only had three. 🙂 Look at those babies!!!

$5 DollyWood or DollyWood Splash Country Admission for Everyone Who Live or Works in Sevier County

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Just wanted to remind everyone this deals starts tomorrow!

Here is a deal for all of you who live or work in Sevier County, TN- $5 One Day Admission to Dollywood  and Dollywood Splash Country!  How fun is that?!

It is happening June 4-10, 2016 at Dollywood and June 11-17, 2016 at Dollywood’s Splash Country.

Here are the details on how to get your tickets and who qualifies and who does not.

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If you decide to take advantage of this great deal be sure to read my Dollywood tips for your best day ever!

Easy, Yummy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

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Four boys eat a lot of food when they are home for the summer.

This is a fact.

I was running out of options yesterday after karate so I threw together a bunch of stuff from our pantry and made some really yummy energy bites. Here is what I did, but know you can throw all sorts of things into theses babies and they will still be good.

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1/2 c Peanut Butter
1 Ripe Banana smashed (not banana bread ripe, but close)
3/4-1c Oats (I didn’t want to dirty another measuring cup, that’s why the range)
1/4 c Milled Flax seed (again approximate, and not essential if you don’t have it)
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 c Mini Chocolate Chips

Mix all this together in a big bowl.

Place bowl in the fridge for about an hour and it will form into balls with out sticking to your fingers (as much).

Taste your creation, because it is yummy.

Form into balls then, throw them back in the fridge if you’re eating them in the next day OR place them on a cookie sheet and freeze for an hour before putting them in a ziploc bag OR if you don’t care that they stick together place them in the freezer in a ziploc bag and be done. 🙂

These are great to eat out of the freezer or fridge. They are good, full of some good stuff (and some chocolate) and you know exactly what is in them. You can substitute or add things too. I have a friend that adds sweetness-to everything- with pitted dates.

Try throwing together some energy bites and let me know how it goes. Share your recipes, I’m always looking for good, easy snacks for this crew!

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The Day I Tried To Steal My Son’s Shoes & Macy’s Shoe Sale This Weekend

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You have through May 29th, to head to Macy’s.com where you can find 20-50% off shoes in the FinishLine Sale!

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I bought my 10 year old the Nike Boys’ Prime Hype DF II Basketball Sneakers from Finish Line (reg.$79) that are on sale for $27. They fit great and he loves them. In an effort to try to talk him into wearing something other than high top tennis shoes, EVER, I also bought him a cute pair of Converse casual Chuck Taylors for  $19.98.

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He was like, yeah, they’re OK. Then I tried them on. Number one, we wear the same size shoe and he is 10!! What? Number two, these things are super cute and super comfy.

So I said- That’s cool buddy, you don’t have to like them. I’ll just wear these.

He freaked out. No, he loves them. They are his. I tried for ten minutes to talk him out of keeping them. I walked around showing him how cute they looked on me. He could not be swayed.

I consider this a fashion win. He now has shoes that are not high tops or flip flops. But honestly, I might order a pair for myself and just never wear them when his friends would be able to see me. 🙂

If you need any shoes, this is a great sale just keep in mind that shipping is free with a $99+ purchase OR get free shipping when you add select beauty items to your order .  For example, grab this Burt’s Bees Lip Balm for just $3.30 to get free shipping. Or, choose free in-store pickup if available near you.