A Great Downtown Date Night Plan-50% Off Ice Skating in Market Square & 50% Off Coolato Gelato Cafe


There are two deals going on today that combined could make for a great date night!

FlutterToday has a festive deal going on today- 50% off Ice Skating on Market Square.

Today, $5 gets you both admission and skate rental at Holiday’s on Ice in Market Square, Knoxville’s only outdoor ice rink. This deal is valid for one-day admission during Sunday thru Thursday, and the rink is open ’till January 2, 2011.

After skating downtown you can walk to Gay St. and use today’s Living Social deal to get $20 worth of food and drink at Coolato Gelato for $10.

So, that would be ice skating for two, a stroll down Gay Street while it is all decorated for Christmas, then a light dinner or just warm beverages at Coolato Gelato- all for $20.

Seriously HUSBANDS I cannot do much more of the date night planning/saving for you.

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Free Blockbuster Express Movie Rental

There is a new Free DVD rental code from Blockbuster Express available.  Use code XU14A at checkout to get a free one night DVD rental . This code is valid until 1/7/11.

Go here to find a Blockbuster Express near you.

Thanks, Southern Savers

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Earth Fare December Coupon Match-Up & Deals

A huge thanks to Hannah at Frugally Farming Family. She has put together the December coupon match up and deal list for Earth Fare.  It is a big job and I am so thankful she does it!

Here are a few of my favorite deals this month that I will be grabbing Thursday at Free Family Dinner Night.

Muir Glen Organic Classic Minestrone Soup, Assorted Varieties 32oz.-2/$4
-$1/1 printable Muir Glen coupon or $.75/1 Muir Glen coupon or $1/2 Muir Glen coupon
Final cost=as low as $1 ea

Muir Glen Organic No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes, Assorted Varieties 14.5 oz -4/$5.00
-$1/2 Muir Glen coupon or $1/1 printable Muir Glen coupon or $.75/1 Muir Glen coupon
Final cost=as low as $.25

DeBoles Gluten Free Angel Hair Rice Pasta, Assorted Varieties 8 oz -2/$4.00
-$1/1 Gluten Free Printable
Final cost=$1

To see the rest of the deals head over to Hannah’s post here.

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Half Off Depot:50% off Apple Cake Tea Room


Today at Half Off Depot you can get $15 worth of food at drink at The Apple Cake Tea Room for $7.50.

I have several friends who take their daughters here once or twice a year for a special tea party.  I have heard rave reviews for their “friendship tea”. If you have been wanting to give it a try today’s deal is for you.

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Our Trip to House Mountain Christmas Tree Farm


I bought the Groupon to House Mountain Christmas Tree Farm and have been waiting, rather impatiently, to use it. Since being married THE HUSBAND  we have never had a real tree. We threw away our Charlie Brown tree last year and  I knew he could not argue with a coupon.
So, Saturday we went to buy our tree!  It was cold and drizzling rain- not exactly how I had imagined our first family trip to a Christmas tree farm. However, we had a fantastic time. The boys loved walking around and getting messy in search of “The Perfect Tree”. The Henry’s (the owners) were as nice as they could be. The trees were all clearly priced and well spaced so the boys could just run around while we looked at the trees. It took awhile for us to come to an agreement but eventually, and somewhat due to a loss of daylight, we did.

It was fun to watch the boys be totally impressed as THE HUSBAND cut down a tree. They were in awe. For the time being his superhero status has surpassed Iron Man and is second only to Spiderman.

When we went to pay for our tree there was a display of great handmade pottery. The artist who created it, Katrina Lowe, was there. She told me they were all handmade, lead free and food safe. If you would like to support a local artist or are looking for a unique local gift for this Christmas you can find her work at House Mountain Christmas Tree Farm or at Knoxville Soap, Candle & Gifts in Fountain City.

How about you? What kind of tree do you have this year real or artificial? Do you cut your own or buy one pre-cut?

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Our Holiday Craft is Making Me Gain Weight


A couple of days ago told you about the fun free Christmas craft eBook and the craft we were going to try.

We tried it-well at least a version of the Cinnamon Ornaments. If you are looking for a fun, easy, kid-friendly craft to try this holiday season I would recommend it. My two boys had a blast. This is a picture of our cinnamon ornaments hanging on our tree.

There are a few things you should know before trying this craft.
1. Don’t make them too thin. I think I tried making our dough stretch a little too far and our thinner ornaments broke.

2. Be patient. Don’t try moving them or inspecting them until they are completely dry. It took ours about a day and a half. If you move them too much they will break.

3. Be prepared to gain weight. That’s right. Every morning since making the ornaments our house has smelled like cinnamon rolls.  All of the sudden a bowl of Kashi cereal doesn’t sound so good. All I can think of is cinnamon rolls. So, we are eating cinnamon rolls and I am gaining weight. :0)

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Ways to Volunteer This Christmas Season (You Can Help KARM Tomorrow 12/4)


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.

Today’s edition is from Christy over at Coupons Are Money. She has put together an extensive list of ways to volunteer this Holiday Season.
One great way to help others locally happens tomorrow (12/4) is with Knox Area Rescue Ministries, or KARM. They are holding their annual Coats for the Cold event .  They are still in need of some volunteers so if you are interestd you can can check out all the details and register to volunteer here.

After doing that check out the rest of Christy’s great ideas on volunteering this Christmas season.
Are you already volunteering somewhere this year? Do you know of any other great ways to serve our community this Christmas season?

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