My Best Tip to Save Money on Sports Drinks



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 I just mix it with water then pour it in their reusable water bottles. It is super easy and much less expensive.

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



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



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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Mother’s Day Custom Cards Just $2.49 + FREE Stamp



If you need to mail your Mother’s Day card, then check out this deal from 

You can get a personalized Mother’s Day card on sale for $2.49 and a FREE stamp when you use the coupon code CAF5171 at checkout.

Chose one of their super cute templates, add your own pictures and text if you want and you have a custom Mother’s Day card. At checkout you can enter the recipient’s address and just like that a personalized card, mailed for just $2.49 when you use the coupon code CAF5171.

This offer is valid until 5/4/15, and that is the last day to order if you want your card to arrive in time for Mother’s Day.  So, get creating for the moms in your life!


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Ripley’s Tennessee Attractions: $5 Admission for Sevier, Blount, Cocke, Jefferson or Knox County Residents May 3-7, 2015




RIPLEYS Sevier County Days  are happening May 3-May 7, 2015.

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)!!

$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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Easy Minecraft Birthday Cake & Party Ideas



My middle child is turning 5.  Because Minecraft is all the rage around my house he wanted a Minecraft party.

Because I have a seven week old I am tired and did not do a lot of planning ahead.

Somewhat last minute I starting searching Pinterest for a cake idea all things Minecraft party. I was  totally impressed and completely overwhelmed by the cakes I found. They had fondant and cake spray paint and so much more.

I would love to one day take cake decorating classes,  but as that has not happened yet I was looking for easy. Like really easy.  It just didn’t seem to exist. So, I chose the easiest Minecraft character I could think of and went with it.

The Cake

Here is my Creeper Cake.

Bake your caked in a 16x9in pan, cut it in half and cover with green icing.

For the face I used a Hershey bar. It only takes one. Four squares for each of the eyes, one for the “nose”, six for the mouth and a half a square for the bottom of the mouth. Done.  My 5 year old will love it.


For the Minecraft decorations I used free printables from Catch My Party.  The banner was so cute.

Minecraft-party-printableHere is how we used some of them:




Carrots-Carrots :)

Diamonds- Blueberries (I didn’t think ahead, blue ring pops would have been great for this)

Gold Bars- Pineapple

TNT- Red twizzlers wrapped with TNT  printable from here

Cookies- Mini chips ahoy cookies

Redstone- Red raspberries

Coal-Dark chocolate covered raisins

I also wrapped  TNT & Creeper printable from here  around some party poppers.

And there you have it – an easy Minecraft birthday party!


What are your best homemade cakes/ideas!?  Here are a few more of my humble attempts.  They are not even close to perfect but I love the idea of always making my boys their favorite cakes. :)

In my career as a mom I have tried Elmo cupcakes

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I have tried a LEGO cake

Lego-cake2Paw Patrol cakes


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WBIR Mornings With Fox 43 Deal Round Up 4/28/15


Good Morning!  Here is a breakdown of all the 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!

Deals for Today!

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Through  today ,The Children’s Place is offering 50% off + free shipping on all orders when you use coupon code PLACE3 at checkout. This is a great chance to stock up on summer clothes and accessories.  You can get flip flops for under $2 shipped!


Deals for This Week


Krispy Kreme

April 28, 2015, Krispy Kreme is celebrating Super Hero Day with a free dozen doughnuts when you purchase another dozen. No coupon needed.

If your super hero is a mom, dad,  teacher, local law enforcement, etc Kripsy Kreme want to help you celebrate them. So grad a dozen and share a dozen.


Target: Huggies Pull-Ups as Low as $3.69 + More

Buy 1 Huggies Pull-Ups Jumbo Pack priced $7.99-$8.99
$2 off Pull-Ups training pants Target store coupon found here
stack with the 5% off Huggies Pull-Ups Cartwheel Offer (will deduct $0.30 if they are $7.99)
stack with$2.00 off PULL-UPS Training Pant s coupon
Final cost =as low as only $3.69

Plus is you use your Target RedCard debit card you’ll save another 5%!


$45 for 1-Year Sam’s Plus Club Membership, $20 Gift Card & Food Vouchers

Through May 4th,  Groupon is offering new Sam’s members a One-Year Sam’s Plus Club Membership, a $20 Sam’s Club Gift Card, AND three FREE Fresh-Food Vouchers for ONLY $45 (a $142.94 value!). The free food vouchers alone are valued at $22.94 and include vouchers for a rotisserie chicken, a container of Italian Rose Fresh Salsa and Gourmet cupcakes 8-count.

Because this is a Sam’s Plus Membership you will also get:

$10 cash rewards for every $500 in qualifying purchases, up to $500 annually
$130 in special members-only instant savings
Early shopping hours, 7 a.m. Monday – Saturday (hours may vary by club)

Expires Jul 27th, 2015. Limit 1/person. Not valid for membership renewal. Not valid for current members or those that were members less than 6 months before 4/21/15. Valid for U.S. locations only; not valid in Puerto Rico. Not valid until 4/24/15. No refunds for purchased vouchers. Must activate membership in club by 7/27/15; membership expires 1 year from activation date.


This Month


Looking for a fun and frugal activity this summer?

It is easy, sign up at 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, but it’s still a great deal!

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April 26 through May 23rd scan your ExtraCare® Rewards card at the Coupon Center for their 30% off select product lines including CVS Brand, Gold Emblem Abound, Gold Emblem, Total Home, and Caliber coupon. (Limit of one coupon each week per ExtraCare member.)

You will also receive a Free reusable shopping bag with purchase! All of CVS store brand product lines and CVS Brand products come with a 100% money-back

Offer excludes sale items, vitamins, sun-care products, gift with purchase offers, CVS/pharmacy gift cards, clearance and all products containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine and items limited by law.

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