Free Holiday Events and Activities for Kids in Knoxville

A group of Local Knoxville Mommy Bloggers are tackling Holiday topics to save you time and money these holidays:
Blue Frog Creations, Coupon Katie, Coupon Mommie, Couponing in Critical Times, Coupons Are Money, Frugally Farming Family, Frugalissa Finds,, Knoxville Mamabelle, Knoxville on a Dime, and Sharing Savings with You.

This installment about free holiday events and activities around Knoxville comes from Ali over at She has done a fabulous job of gathering all the information you need for a fun and frugal holiday season in one place.

What is your favorite Knoxville event?

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Black Friday Store hours: When Are You Heading Out?


Much to my mother’s disappointment I am not much of a Black Friday shopper. I totally understand the strategic planning, the thrill of the hunt and the exhilaration of getting an unbelievable deal.  I just don’t like big pushy crowds or getting up at 3 am.

How about you? Are you a big Black Friday shopper? What time do you get up?

If  you will be joining my mom on Black Friday I thought it would be helpful to have a list of stores that are opening early. It is not comprehensive so if there is a store you can’t wait to get to leave a comment and let me know and tell us when they are opening.

Toys-R-Us- 10pm Thursday night! (I called the one near my house today to confirm)

Old Navy-some at midnight others open at 3am (I would call your store)


JC Penny-4am

Target -some at 4am some at 5am (call your store)
Best Buy-5am

Home Depot-6am
Staples -6am

Office Max-7am

West Town Mall will also be opening at 5am but a the following stores will be open at midnight:
American Eagle
Alumni Hall
Banana Republic
GAP Kids
Hot Topic
Bath & Body Works

Thanks, Tina

I also got an email that Knoxville Center Mall will be opening at 5am (some department store hours will vary.)

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My Super Saving Mall Trip:Spent $8.23 Saved $92.50


I went to West Town Mall last night- all by myself.

I had a $40 Groupon from The Body Shop that I wanted to spend. (I got this free with referral credits.)  I thought The Body Shop had a buy 2 get one free sale going on. Turns out that was only online, but they did have a promotion where you chose a peel off coupon. I ended up getting a 50% off your entire purchase coupon!

I looked around for a long time  and ended up deciding on 2 Nutriganics Facial Washes, one Natrulift Facial Wash, a few Body Butters and some stocking stuffers.  I saved $42.50 with my coupon, $40 with my Groupon and spent $6.43, of which $3.93 was tax.

Then I headed to Amy’s Hallmark to use my $10 off $10 Hallmark purchase coupon. I decided to start buying some wrapping paper. They had some really cute classic paper on sale buy one at $4.99 get one for $.99. I chose two rolls, a bag and some tissue paper that all matched.

My total was $.46 then $1.34 in tax. (This 9.25% sales tax thing is killing me. I am paying more tax than anything!)

So that brings my totals to $8.23 out of pocket and $100.73 worth of products, a savings of $92.50.

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Quiznos (Hardin Valley Rd) $2 for $14 of Food


Quiznos is offering a 50% off deal today at Living Social. The deal is $7 for $14 worth of food and drinks at the Hardin Valley Road location.

If this is close to you it will make for a good lunch deal. If you are new to Living Social you will get a $5 credit for signing up. This would make this deal only $2- that is a great lunch deal.

If you want in on the deal:
1. Sign into your Living Social account or sign up for a new account.

2Purchase Today’s Deal.

3.You will receive a link to your voucher the next business day.

The fine print-Limit 5 per person, buy as many as you’d like as gifts. Limit 1 per person per visit.

If this location is not close to you don’t worry, you can still get in on the Quiznos Black Friday $2.99 meal deal.

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The Heft Waverly Tableware Winner Is….

Thanks to everyone who entered the Hefty Waverly Tableware giveaway.  The winner is Tlakin7!

If you didn’ nott win and still want to try it out the Buy Two Get One Free Waverly Collection coupon is still available.  There is also a $1.50 off 2 Waverly Collection product printable coupon here. If you need a lot of tableware you could buy 3, and use both coupons for a pretty good deal.

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Online Shopping Tips


To help everyone have a fun and frugal holiday season a few of us local bloggers have decided to write a series of posts on all sorts of topics from online shopping to fun things to do around town.

Today’s post comes from Kathryn over at Knoxville On a Dime. She has written a post giving a few pointers on online shopping.

Monday Melissa over at Frugalissa Finds gave some tips on where to find all the deals on Black Friday.

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CouponKatie Giveaway & My Review of Waverly Collection by Hefty


Just in time for the Holiday season Hefty has introduced their new line of Waverly tableware.  They contacted me and asked if I would like review them and then offer a giveaway to my readers. So, here are my thoughts. All opinions  are entirely mine.

First of all these are seriously cute.

They have a great color palate that can be used now through the New Year’s Eve party season. I really like that they are festive but not limiting.

For the review I tried the smaller plates and one set of napkins. (I am saving the bigger plates and other napkins for a Christmas get together we are hosting.) The napkins were absorbent and  cleaned my children with out falling apart. If you know my children that is saying a lot.

To test the plate, I loaded it with food and then walked around my house.  The plate did a good job, no bending or getting soggy. To me that is important. At large gathering not everyone is siting down, so I need a plate that can travel without making a mess.

Now, it is obviously cheaper (and greener) to use your own tableware for your parties. However, if you are considering buying disposable products I can honestly say the Waverly Collection products are festive and durable. I would definitely check these out.

To make them a better deal you can print a Buy Two Get One Free Waverly Collection coupon here.

Now to the giveaway! I was given two (2) Free Waverly Collection product coupons to giveaway. These two (2) coupons are valid for one package of ANY Waverly Collections Cups, Plates or Napkins. (up to $3.29 value) *Note these products are available exclusively at Wal-Mart stores.
Here are the ways to enter:

1 – Leave a comment letting me know how you would use the free Waverly Collection products.

2 – Leave a comment letting me know you subscribe to the blog or follow Couponkatie on Twitter.

3 – Leave a comment letting me know you “Like” Waverly Tableware by Hefty on Facebook

That is a total of three possible entries per email address. Giveaway will close Friday, November 19th at 11:59pm EST. One winner will be randomly selected.

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