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The Children’s Place: 80% Off ALL Clearance + FREE Shipping = $1.90 Tees, $2.90 Pajamas + More

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Today only, The Children’s Place is offering  80% off ALL Clearance items with prices as marked AND shipping is free on all orders.  (Popular sizes and styles are selling out quickly)

You’ll find deals like Toddler Girls and Boys PJ’s for just $2.90 shipped (regularly $14.50)!  Toddler Boys and Toddler Girls Graphic Tees for only $1.90 shipped (regularly $9.50) Several Girls and Toddler Girls Dresses and Rompers are $2.99 – $4.99 shipped (regularly up to $29.95)!

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.

The Picky Chick Fall Consignment Event: Win FREE VIP Early Shopping Pass & $25 Gift Card!

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The Picky Chick Consignment Sale is almost here!!

It is a three-day Fall/Winter pop-up children’s consignment sale event. Shop for baby equipment, cloth diapers, strollers and clothes, gently-worn kids’ clothing, toys and books for up to 50-90% off regular retail prices. All in one place, at one time. This season expect to find deals on winter outerwear, Halloween costumes, toys and video games for Christmas. Shop popular brands for picky teens in the Juniors’ boutique area.

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This is all happening from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. August 25 & 26 and  9 a.m.-3 p.m. August 27 (Half-price day) Admission and parking are free. All major credit and debit cards accepted (no AMEX or checks) and of course cash is accepted. Don’t forget your own shopping bags.

Presale: Pay $5 at the door and shop early between 6-8 p.m. August 24 during the Charity presale (Proceeds to benefit a local charity – Knox County Schools Clothing Center PTA). More infohttp://thepickychick.com/; follow on Instagram @thepickychick and on Facebook for regular updates.

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I am super excited to help spread the word about this sale AND give on lucky Coupon Katie reader a FREE  presale pass good for early admission from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday August 24, 2016 AND a $25 gift certificate to spend at The Picky Chick Consignment Sale!!

This is a quick giveaway so let’s make it fun and a way for everyone to help each other.  Just leave a comment below telling us (1.) if you have attend the Picky Chick sale before and (2) any advice you have for first time shoppers! If you haven’t been tell us what deals you’re looking for!

That’s it. Comment below and we’ll pick a winner at random.

Open to US residents 18 or older. Coupon Katie was given a free pass and reader prize in consideration for this post. All opinions expressed are those of Coupon Katie, LLC. Winner will contacted via email address used to enter. If winner cannot make it to sale at specified time no replacement prize will be offered.  Coupon Katie LLC is not responsible for transportation. Giveaway ends August Tuesday, August 23rd at  3pm EST. 

Crazy 8: Free Shipping On All Orders = Polos $3.99 Shipped, Dresses $5.99 Shipped & More

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Today only, Crazy 8 is offering FREE shipping on ALL orders when you use promo code TGIFREE at checkout. In addition, they are offering up to 70% off the entire site! As an idea,  boys polo shirts starting at just $3.99 shipped (regularly up to $12.88).

Or, girls’ dresses starting at just $5.99 shipped (regularly up to $26.88) as well as select swimwear starting at just $4.79 shipped (regularly up to $16.88)! There are tons more deals, so make sure you take time to browse around.

Camping Out West Part 2 : The Planning

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The key to a successful national park adventure is proper planning. With the centennial celebration of the National Park Service this year, they are more popular than ever. Every campsite we visited was full, and some filled up within seconds of booking windows being open; not exaggerating!

We started with mapping out what we wanted to see and how long we needed at each location. Our favorites made a nice loop starting and ending in Las Vegas. Since Allegiant only flies from Knoxville to Vegas on select days, we picked ideal flights and worked from there. Sign up for their emails so that you can be first to know when they run specials like we got.

Allegiant is super cheap, but the add-ons can add up quickly. I suggest you pay for your checked bags when you book because it’s cheaper. We checked five, but we could have used one more. Allegiant limits the weight to 40 pounds a bag vs the 50 pounds on most airlines. Weigh your bags ahead of time to avoid more fees! And make one of them a cooler. We all carried small backpacks that fit under the seat to avoid the “carry-on baggage” fees. Pack your own snacks and water bottles to avoid pricey in-flight snack charges. Unfortunately, even on a direct flight, Allegiant lost one of our bags—the cooler. Make a list of everything in each bag. We were able to replace its contents at Wal-mart and REI, but it did cost us time.

For rental cars, it pays to book well in advance. We reserved a car right after booking airfares in January. SUVs are almost always cheaper than mini-vans, but get what you need for your family. Just make sure you read the fine print to get “unlimited miles within the states you plan to visit.”

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Since setting up campsites can be time and energy consuming, I suggest staying at least two nights at every location. You’ll thank me later. We stayed two nights at Grand Canyon, three in Zion (with a day trip to Bryce), two in Kings Canyon (with a day trip through Sequoia), and four nights in Yosemite. Note: each site is limited to six people, but if you book with friends who have five in their family, you can space out a family of seven. Hint, hint: Coupon Katie.

Most national park campsites book six months in advance; Yosemite is four months. Check Recreation.gov for details of parks that interest you. All reservations are done online, often at 10am EST on the 15 th of the month. And when I say 10am, you better be Johnny on the spot, ready to hit that button at 10am. As three families planning a reunion in Yosemite, we had six adults with individual accounts trying to nab 12 specific sites (one each on computers and one on mobile). Out of 12 attempts, only three were successful in the first two seconds. Thankfully that’s all we needed, but if you want Yosemite during peak summer times, you have to be a shark! Check here for more tips

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Your last step before you go is packing clothes. Lay out what you think you need and then put half away. Not kidding. You’re camping without showers for possibly days. What difference does it make if you wear clothes more than once?! We packed one weeks’ worth and then washed them at a hotel before week two. We fit almost all our clothes in one suitcase and then separated them into mesh bags so that everyone could find their clothes easily in the tent.

I suggest two sets of pants that can zip off as shorts, leggings for girls, 5 t-shirts, 1 extra layer for cooler mornings, 1 bathing suit, 3 good hiking socks you can wash at the campsite, clean undies every day, a hat and sunglasses, and only 3 pairs of shoes per person: hiking boots, close toed water shoes, and flip flops / Chacos / Tevas.

If you’ve managed to get your flights, rental car, and campsites, the rest is cake. Relax and look forward to spontaneity when you arrive.

If you missed Part 1- The Budget 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.

Shutterfly: 4 Custom 8×10 Art Prints ONLY $3.99 Each Shipped (Valued at $24.99 Each)

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Today, August 17th only, Shutterfly.com is offering either FOUR free 8×10 art prints (each valued at $24.99!) or FOUR free sets of custom address labels (valued at $9.99 per set!) when you use the promo code MYGIFT at checkout! Please note that you will have to pay shipping which will vary depending on which item you choose.

As an idea, you can order the 4 free art prints for just $15.96 shipped after the code MYGIFT at checkout – that makes each print just $3.99 shipped to your door! This is a fantastic deal since these prints typically sell for $24.99 each!

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Personalize each art print with your favorite photos or choose from hundreds of free photos and quotes in the Shutterfly Art Library – you can even combine Art Library images with your own. And each art print is printed on thick, premium cardstock and features a matte finish. What a great gift idea!

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Do you need custom address labels instead? Get FOUR free sets of custom address labels (24 labels per set!) for just $5.96 shipped after the code MYGIFT at checkout – that makes each set just $1.49 shipped to your door! This is also a great deal since these sets typically sell for $9.99 each!

Amazon: 35% Off Back To School Snacks- Annie’s, Larabars & More!

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Back to School and Snacks, they go hand in hand in this house.

Today only, Amazon is offering up to 35% off Back to School Snack Foods.  Many of the participating items are available for Subscribe and Save which will save you an additional 5% and you’ll get FREE shipping!

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If you need snacks too, you can stock your pantry with these deals:

Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies/Bunny Grahams Variety Pack (36 Snack Packs)-$11.92 shipped when you opt for Subscribe & Save. That’s 33 cents a snack.

Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars Oats and Dark Chocolate (6 Boxes)-$11.40 shipped when you opt for Subscribe & Save. That’s 31 cents a bar.

Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie Bars (16 pack)-$12.15 shipped when you opt for Subscribe & Save.  That’s 75 cents a bar, which is a pretty good price for Larabars! There are several  other varieties included in this sale too. Sadly, I could not get these and had to get the Cashew Cookie. Good, but no peanut butter. 🙂 #StupidWhole30

Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Dark Chocolate Peanut and Almond (6 Boxes)-$11.40 shipped when you opt for Subscribe & Save