Museum of Appalachia Tennessee Fall Homecoming: 50% off Tickets Today from Groupon


A fun East Tennessee tradition,  Tennessee Fall Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia.  Today only, Groupon has a 50% off adult tickets deal, that means  $30 for two adult tickets to the 2016 Tennessee Fall Homecoming on Sunday, October 9th .

During this year’s Tennessee Fall Homecoming, visitors will enjoy bluegrass, folk, and Americana music from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Mountain Faith and dozens more across five outdoor stages. They’ll also browse crafts and watch demonstrations from artisans who specialize in pioneer skills, all while snacking on traditional Southern fare.

Scouring the back roads of Southern Appalachia, John Rice Irwin amassed thousands of historic artifacts before opening the Museum of Appalachia in 1969. A Smithsonian Institute affiliate since 2007, the 501-(c)3 museum now consists of more than 30 historic structures that recreate an Appalachian village, complete with farm animals and gardens flanked by split-rail fences. Along with two large exhibition halls, the museum’s pioneer buildings house an extensive collection, which ranges from Appalachian baskets and quilts to folk art and toys.

Elsewhere, rustic paths wind through pastoral sites, a Hall of Fame honors Appalachian notables, and live musicians play old-time Appalachian tunes.


Promotional value expires Oct 9, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Valid rain or shine. Valid only for adults 19 or older.

Camping Out West Part 4: Spontaneity Time


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.


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!!!!!


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.

Amazon Family Members- Stock Up on Diaper & Wipes Now!

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Amazon Family members  (it’s free to sign up with Prime Membership – just go here) if you have a little one in diapers, this is your chance to stock up on diapers and wipes- shipped right to your door!

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Here are a few deal ideas:

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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


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!


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.


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 info; 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


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.