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Amazon: Digital Forehead Thermometer with Infrared Scanner Only $18.99 (Regularly $69) Available Again

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This great deal is back again!  I grabbed one last time they were available at this price and I am a little obsessed with it.  It makes taking temps on littles  SO much easier. If you have been thinking about one I would get in on this deal!

Amazon.com has the highly rated Metene Digital Forehead Thermometer with Infrared Scanner for only $18.99 (regularly $69.99). It will show up in your cart for $29.99 then, when you enter promo code 9UJ2FHZ2  at checkout it will drop to $18.99.

This thermometer features kid-friendly tympanic scanning with the push of a button so you can take instant scans of infants and children without a beeping noise that may wake them.

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BOO! at The Zoo 2016 Ticket Giveaway

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BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular® is Knoxville’s largest Halloween event featuring 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children. A Halloween tradition for 30 years, BOO! at the Zoo is a family event featuring trick-or-treating along the BOO! Trail, where little trick-or-treaters can fill their bag with goodies as they make their way through the zoo. Each night of BOO! at the Zoo will have a variety of entertainment including dancing with some of your favorite characters in the Chick-fil-A Monster Mash Tent, the Zoo Boo Choo Choo and the only “haunted” carousel in East Tennessee, the Scary-Go-Round. (How can you tell it’s haunted? It goes backwards, of course.)

When is this super fun event!?

October 6 – 9, 2016
October 13 – 16, 1016
October 20 – 23, 2016

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
each evening

$9 per person
Children under 4 admitted free
Free parking

$2 off for Zoo Knoxville members and U.S. Cellular customers

Tickets are available for purchase at Knoxville Zoo, or by phone at 865-637-5331 or online by clicking here.

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

I am excited to be working with Zoo Knoxville to give some lucky Coupon Katie readers a four pack of tickets to this years BOO! at the Zoo!!  This week (and the next two weeks) I will be giving away two four packs of tickets.  Use the form below to enter. Good Luck!

And don’t forget to enter the Coupon Katie Food City Food Show ticket giveaway!
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Food City Food Show Ticket Giveaway AND Guess Who Is Speaking This Year!!!

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Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville, TN Friday, October 7, 2016, 9:00 am – Saturday, October 8, 2016, 5:00 pm

The Food City Food Show will return to the Knoxville Convention Center on Friday, October 7th and Saturday, October 8th from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Enjoy product sampling, amazing recipes and exclusive money-saving offers from over 150 food vendors! Featuring LIVE cooking shows with celebrity chefs throughout the day! See quick and nutritious meal solutions the whole family will love.

Advance tickets are available at select Food City locations for only $8.00. Tickets will also be available at the event for $10. Children 6 and under are admitted free of charge.

Event proceeds will benefit the United Way of Greater Knoxville. United Way of Greater Knoxville “brings together resources to improve the lives of people in our community by helping them achieve their potential for self-sufficiency.”

For your safety and others, absolutely no rolling carts of any nature will be allowed inside the show, i.e. wagons, luggage, and unoccupied strollers. We reserve the right to use discretion. Food City grocery bags will be available for your convenience.

AND  I am excited to announce I will be doing a live presentation on Ways to Save on Your Grocery Bill! 

How fun is that?!  I would love to meet some of you at the show!  I am speaking at 2:30 on Saturday. 🙂   To add to the folks at Food City has also generously given me tickets to share.  In fact, five of you lucky Coupon Katie readers will win four free Food City Food Show tickets each! That way you can bring the family or three of your money saving besties!

Use the form below to enter. Good Luck! Can’t wait to see you guys there.

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I Just Paid $12 for Deodorant- Again

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Confession- I just paid $12 for one stick of deodorant, again.  If you know me at all, then you know that is more than I have paid for all the deodorant our household has used in the last 6 years.  I get deodorant free or very close to free with coupons. It’s how we do.

But,  last month I started thinking about all I have been doing to protect my health over the last year. The exercise, the rest, the major change in diet and on and on.   Deodorant was about the only thing left that I use on a daily basis that was full of chemicals.   I began looking around for an alternative and after a few failures I found Native Deodorant.

Native Deodorant is aluminum-free and paraben-free and full of simple, nontoxic ingredients. Best of all, it works Great. I love the lavender and rose scent but decided to try coconut and vanilla. My underarms have stopped breaking out and there is no left over film. I really love this stuff.

This is not a sponsored post and I am not an affiliate. I just really love this stuff and wanted to share it with any of you who are looking for a natural deodorant alternative.

Culturelle® Kids & Coupon Katie $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

culturelle-kids-regularitySummer is over. School is back in session and that means everything changes. New bedtime routine, new morning routine and varying new lunch schedules. Even our dinner after school routine looks different depending on day!

My boys deal with being tired or stressed from change differently. I won’t tell you who is who, because I would like them to take care of me when I’m old. 🙂 Buy, one gets headaches, one falls apart over everything (no joke, yesterday the his socks were too “lumpy” and he could. not. deal.) and two have tummy issues.

Not being able to help with the lumpy socks issue Culturelle® decided to help with tummy issues. They created new Culturelle® Kids Regularity Gentle-GoTM Formula to gently yet effectively restore the natural balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract and promotes daily regularity to help your child go easier.* Each flavorless packet contains 2.5 billion active cultures of the probiotic Lactobacillus GG and 3.5 g of dietary fiber from inulin; a prebiotic vegetable fiber sourced from chicory root, and kiwi fruit. One serving contains as much dietary fiber as five prunes. It helps restore regularity, keeps their digestive systems running smoothly and promotes healthy digestion and bowel function.* Culturelle® Kids Regularity is both drug and stimulant free, sugar-free, gluten-free° and dairy-free. It’s a drug-free way to gently encourage natural bowel function.* You can view for more info  and reviews on this product here.

If you have been wondering how to help your kids with tummy issues or just wanting to add a probiotic now is a great time to try this one out. Why? Because you can get a $5 Coupon HERE.

Culturelle® Kids Regularity Gentle-GoTM Formula is available at all major retailers, including Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid.

The awesome folks at Culturelle want both your kiddos and YOU to have a great back to school season, so they have given me one $100 VISA Gift Card to give away to one lucky Coupon Katie reader!  You can use it for back to school supplies or whatever else you need!

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Camping Out West Part 4: Spontaneity Time

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You’ve arrived safely, the groceries are bought, and you are set up at your first campsite. Now, it’s playtime. First, stop at the visitor center. A few minutes through their exhibits and talking with a ranger will help you zero in on what makes that park special and what activities are realistic for your family.

They have maps, program guides, and Junior Ranger books. Some JR books are free; some cost a few bucks each. They are great summaries from a kids’ perspective of what you should be looking for and doing in each park. And at the end, your kid earns a cool badge to keep. Our friends picked up one in Muir Woods made of reclaimed redwood. The ones in Zion and Yosemite are laser printed wood; some are plastic, but they’re good reminders of previous trips to pin on camelbacks for years to come.

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As for family suitable hikes, I recommend:

Grand Canyon (north rim): The Rim Trail from the campgrounds to the lodge and back

Zion: The Narrows (full day’s hike through a river canyon—so cool!) and Lower Emerald Pool Trail (one hour)

Bryce Canyon: The Navajo Loop trail: from Wall Street to Queens Garden Trail, Sunset to Sunrise Points

Sequoia: Moro Rock, Crescent Meadow Trail to Thorp’s Log, General Sherman Tree (the largest tree in the world)

Kings Canyon: General Grant Grove, Zumwalt Meadow, horseback riding near Cedar Grove

Yosemite: Lower Yosemite Falls, Mirror Lake, rafting along the Merced, the top of Vernal Falls via Mist Trail, Half Dome for those seeking a challenge (must get a permit– competitive).

Death Valley: Drive to Badwater (the lowest point in the US and a giant salt flat) and Artist’s Drive (beautiful). The visitor center at Furnace Creek has a temperature gage outside. Our high was 133, yes 133!!!!!

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The unpredictable surprises that come from just being present in a national park are what make your trip memorable: a herd of bison as you’re driving into Grand Canyon, the refreshing river rushing by your ankles as you maneuver through breath-taking canyons in Zion, a mother and her fawns traipsing by any given campsite at dusk, the falling stars you witness from the meadows in Yosemite. Getting in touch with the earth enlivens you and your kids. Use all five senses. Look out the window. Take time to play. You’re making memories worth every penny.

If you missed Part 1- The Budget you can read it here or Part 2- Planning you can read it here, and Camping Out West Part 3- Buying Food here.

Margaret is a freelance writer in Knoxville, TN. She writes and produces for HGTV and has been couponing since 2009.

Camping Out West Part 3- Buying Food

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The big planning is out of the way, you arrive in Las Vegas, and now you’re ready to relax. Not so fast. Camping still requires you get the right amount of food: not too much, not too little, just right, Goldilocks. As I often buy in volume to save $, this was a tough one for me initially. But you have to keep telling yourself: only buy what you need. The rest is wasted. Find the smallest containers for ketchup, mayo, mustard, maple syrup, etc. Check your recipes. If you only need 5 potatoes, don’t buy 3 pounds. I say this to save you money AND space in your already cramped rental car. Only buy what you need for one week and then restock.

When you arrive at the store, find the produce guy and pick up three banana boxes with the lids. They’re good sizes, are sturdy, and stack well. They also enable you to separate food into breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast you’ll want cereal and oatmeal for the days you pack up, coffee and hot cocoa, and pancakes for the more relaxed mornings. The lunch box is often filled with breads, peanut butter, chips,
apples & oranges, and trail mix. The dinner box has pasta, potatoes, corn, canned goods, etc. Then the cooler is your fridge: milk, butter, meats, chocolate, cheese, etc.

Here are our favorite dinners:

Night 1: fresh rotisserie chicken, wild rice, steamed broccoli

Night 2: fresh tortellini in alfredo sauce, frozen peas, French bread

Night 3: leftover chicken in quesadillas, canned corn and black beans

Night 4: foil packets of already cooked sausage, fresh corn, potatoes, onions, and bell peppers. Add a little butter and olive oil to help steam. Splurge for “heavy duty foil” to prevent disaster.

Night 5: hotdogs, baked beans, corn chips

Bring coupons if you want, but you’ll save more by buying less. Stick with stores that don’t require cards for savings or ask them to give you a card. Yes, that saved me $15. In Nevada and California, be prepared for higher prices than in Knoxville; I estimated 30-40% higher across the board except for alcohol. Avoid glass while camping; good wine can come in boxes these days and is sold in grocery stores. Your biggest savings will be sticking to your meal plans: eating breakfast at the campsite or for free in your hotel, packing lunches for hikes, and keeping snacks handy in the car for long drives. It adds up quickly.

And since some campsites don’t have showers, pick up a pack of baby wipes. They’ll get you through a few days. Also buy small Kleenex packs and a small bottle of hand sanitizer that you keep with you at all times. Hey, you never know!

If you missed Part 1- The Budget you can read it here or Part 2- Planning you can read it here.

Margaret is a freelance writer in Knoxville, TN. She writes and produces for HGTV and has been couponing since 2009.