Where to Buy Gifts This Chirstmas that Make A Difference Locally & Abroad

**Update- This post is from last year but, as I am starting to cross people off my Christmas list I am looking for more places to spend my Christmas budget that will make a difference in someone’s life. Look through the list below and add any updates!

A Coupon Katie Facebook fan left me this question:

Do you know of any charities that are selling items that can be used as Christmas gifts? I would like to buy some gifts that support a good cause at the same time! I did find some nice merchandise at Other than that one, I am drawing a blank! Thanks!!

What a great question! I love that in a season that can become overrun with commercialism Melissa stopped and asked this question.

I told her my Father-in-law worked for World Vision for years so we always bought them a gift from the World Vision gift catalog. Over the years we have purchased goats, chickens,vaccinations, soccer ball, clean water, lanterns-all sorts of things in my in-laws names. I also suggested Kris&Kate. They are a online woman’s fashion store that offers daily deals and they give 10% of every sale to World Vision’s Microenterprise Loans for Women or Compassion2one’s enterprise of freeing children from the sex-slave industry.

I then posted the question to all my  Facebook fans and asked for more suggestions. There was such a great response!  I feel like all the great ideas need to be shared. Here is the list I have received so far:

Feeding the Orphans a local charity run by Sydney O’Leary, a 15 year-old-girl. Money goes to feed orphans, and to drill wells for towns that have no clean water in Ghana. Thanks, Ann

Krochet Kids-This is my idea, in honor my cousin Chloe who interned for them last year.

FashionAblehas beautiful scarves made by African women. It is a great charity and a great product!, Thanks Mindy

Hello Somebody exists to provide sustainable projects and restorative care to improve the lives of children in need. Thanks, Julie

KARM Thrift Stores-Thanks, Amber

Show Hope, Thanks Brandee

Sseko and Punjammies and is wonderful fro delicious coffee. Thanks, Rachel

Heifer International gift catalog. You can purchase all different kinds of animals for families in need in other countries as a gift for someone. An animal can literally change the life of a family in another country. Samaritan’s Purse– is the same idea. Thanks, Stacey

The Volunteer Ministry Center Angel ornament is once again available this holiday season. This small foil Angel is a lovely symbol which indicates that you have given a gift to VMC in honor of the recipient. The Angel is appropriate for use as an ornament or a gift enclosure and will provide a lasting remembrance of your thoughtfulness.Angels are available for any donation amount of $5.00 or more and can be ordered by calling Selena Brewster at 524-3926 or by stopping by the VMC building at 511 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Thanks, Marie

This is by no means an exhaustive list but I hope it opens up a conversation and more of you share your ideas.  If you know of other worthy organizations or local events leave a comment below. Thanks, and Merry Christmas.



My Target Trip: $20.98 in Products for $2.93 (Plus a Free $5 Target Gift Card & $10 in Coupons!)

I just had a minute to stop by Target yesterday to confirm one deal for this morning. I thought I would share what I bought while there to show Target newbies how great coupon stacking is at Target and how to use gift card deals to maximize savings.

2 Reach Floss (55 yards)- $0.92 (Through 8/24)
-2 $1.00 off any (1) REACH Floss Product
Always (20ct) Thin Wrapped Unscented Liners-$0.94
-$1/1 Always Pads or Always Pantiliners Product coupon from the 7/7 PG (Exp. 7/31!)
2 Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons (36 ct)-$6.99 each =Get a  $5 Target gift card
-2 $1/1 Playtex Tampons, 36 – 50 ct, TARGET coupon
stacked with 2 $3.00 off one (1) Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons
Purell Hand Sanitizer (80z) + 2oz sample bottle-$2.08 (in back to school section)
-$1/1 from the 7/28 SS
stacked with $1/1 Purell TARGET coupon
2 Mead One Subject Notebooks
-$1/2 Mead any Mead product coupon (no longer available, I did not use the Mead Five Star coupons that are out b/c this in not part of their Five Star line)
REDcard savings=$0.09
-$5 Target gift card from a previous week’s deal
Final Out of Pocket=$2.93
Got Back=$5 Target Gift Card (from Playtex deal!) and both notebooks had $5 in coupons inside!!

**Note if I had more time, less kids with me and there were not five people in line behind me I would have broken up this transaction a little differently.   This is what it would have looked like

2 Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons (36 ct)-$6.99 each =Get a  $5 Target gift card
-2 $1/1 Playtex Tampons, 36 – 50 ct, TARGET coupon
stacked with 2 $3.00 off one (1) Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons
Total=$5.98 and some tax
– $5 Target gift card from previous week’s deal
Out of Pocket=around $1
Got Back=$5 Target Gift card

Transaction #2

2 Reach Floss (55 yards)- $0.92 (Through 8/24)
-2 $1.00 off any (1) REACH Floss Product
Always (20ct) Thin Wrapped Unscented Liners-$0.94
-$1/1 Always Pads or Always Pantiliners Product coupon from the 7/7 PG (Exp. 7/31!)
Purell Hand Sanitizer (80z) + 2oz sample bottle-$2.08 (in back to school section)
-$1/1 from the 7/28 SS
stacked with $1/1 Purell TARGET coupon
2 Mead One Subject Notebooks
-$1/2 Mead any Mead product coupon (no longer available, I did not use the Mead Five Star coupons that are out b/c this in not part of their Five Star line)

My total would have been $1.08 plus tax and I would have used my gift card from Transaction #1 to get all this free. I would have spent a little more than $1 less out of pocket but in this case it was just not worth it.

I am happy with my $20.98 worth of products for $2.93 and a free $5 gift card!

Tennessee Valley Fair Ticket Giveaway & 9 Tips to Maximize your Fair Experience on a Budget!


The Tennessee Valley Fair is coming, September 6-15!  Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned  fairgoer, there is something magical about spending time with your family at the Fair.  Whether it’s the sweet smell of a freshly fried funnel cake, the roar of rides in the Midway or the occasional “moo” or “cock-a-doodle doo” from the livestock barns, there’s so much to see and do at the Fair each year. But like most events and festivals, taking the entire family can get pricey.   Here are some exclusive money saving tips and tricks for enjoying the Tennessee Valley Fair without emptying your wallet:

• Advance Ticket Sale

From June 6 – August 31, take advantage of deep discounts through the Fair’s Advance Ticket Sale.  Save $10-20 by purchasing a Family Fun Pack (Includes 4 admissions and parking) ride wristbands as low as $14 (regularly $20-$25) and more.   Overall savings is 20% or more.  See allthe deals here.

• $1.00 Opening Day Special

Enjoy the Tennessee Valley Fair for $1?!  Really?  Yes ma’am.  In celebration of the Fair’s 94thyear, fairgoers can enter the Fairgrounds on Friday, September 6 for only $1! Discount begins at 3:00 p.m. and ends promptly at 4:34 p.m, so arrive early.

• $3.00 Guidebook Coupon

New in 2013, the Fair is offering $3 off an adult admission (adult = 12 years and older) Monday,September 9 through Thursday, September 12.  This is an excellent time to bring the family.It’s less crowded, fewer lines and if you love country music, they have concerts every night at 8:00 pm Sept 9-12.  You can find this coupon in the back of the 2013 Tennessee Valley Fair Guidebook (available around Knoxville beginning August 5) or in the Knoxville News Sentinel and Metropulse the week of September 9.

• Discount Days

Free day for Students?  Check.  Free day for Senior Citizens? Check.  Free day for military, police,firefighters, nurses & more. Double check!  The Fair offers Discount Days galore.   Click here to see the full list and pick the day that’s best for your family.

• Penny 4 Arts

Did you know? The Tennessee Valley Fair partners with the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville to offer FREE admission to all Knox County students participating in the Penny4Arts program.  If your family is not taking advantage of the Penny4Arts program, definitely take a moment to check it out.  Penny Performances give every child in Knox County, including homeschooled and private-schooled students, an opportunity to attend arts and culture events/activities at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY when accompanied by an adult during the academic school year.  The Fair offers its Penny Performance Day on Tuesday, September 10.

• 1,200 Free Seats at Every Concert

One of the best kept secrets at the Fair – there are 1,200 FREE seats available to every concert. And we mean EVERY concert.  There is literally nowhere else in Knoxville where you can see Charlie Daniels, Loverboy, Lee Brice, Randy Houser or Tone Loc & Young MC for less than $10. The best deal?  Come on Opening Night – Friday, September 6 between 3:00 pm – 4:34 pm and receive $1 admission.  Then, snag a free seat and see Loverboy for only a buck!

• Fair Food – Shop Around

It is no secret that eating out can get expensive.  Prices only seem to rise at theme parks and special events.  What many fairgoers don’t realize is that food prices at the Fair can differ greatly.  Each vendor is responsible for setting their own prices, so shop around.  We’ve seen funnel cakes as high as $8 and as cheap as $4, so it pays to scope out prices before you order. The best fair food deals?  Check out Fairview United Methodist’s booth at the bottom of the Jacob Building stairs for $1.00 hand dipped candy apples.  Or grab a delicious egg roll from Philippine Connection’s booth for only $1.00. Yum!

• Knoxville Zoo Membership – $2.00 Off

Are you a Knoxville Zoo member?  Present your Zoo card and automatically receive $2.00 off an adult admission at the Fair.  Good any day, September 6-15.

• A Fair Value

The Tennessee Valley Fair offers dozens of exciting, fun and educational attractions absolutely free with your fair admission:

Ponderosa Safari Zoo & Barnyard Animals
– Thank-A-Farmer Magic Show
– Anastasini Circus
– Marvelous Mutts Canine Spectacular
– Arts & Craft Demonstrations & Exhibits
– Akima Planetarium
– Mascot Parties
– Kiddie Land Stage
– Livestock Shows
– AgVenture Pathway
– Nightly Fireworks Show
– Action Sports: Tractor Pull, Rodeo, Demolition Derby
– Magicians, Jugglers, Live Music & Much More

Where else can you see all this for a gate admission under $10? (And even cheaper if you buy tickets early!)

To learn more about the 94th annual Tennessee Valley Fair, visit their website.

I am excited to say Coupon Katie is kicking off some Tennessee Valley Fair Ticket giveaways!  Use the rafflecopter form below to enter to win one of two Family 4 Packs to the Tennessee Valley Fair.

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Hasbro’s Magic Jinn Review & Giveaway


Hasbro has a new game out this summer, Magic Jinn. I was asked if my family wanted to try it, review it, then give one away. Always on the lookout for new fun games for the boys I said yes!

Here is a little about MAGIC JINN:

Think of an animal and leave the rest up to MAGIC JINN! Be amazed as MAGIC JINN guesses your thoughts in this new interactive guessing game. Listen to a series of questions from MAGIC JINN to which you answer yes, no, I don’t know, or It depends. You may think you can stump MAGIC JINN, but he will magically try to guess the animal you are thinking of with his questions! MAGIC JINN is also available in an additional category of Food and Drink. Each sold separately. (Requires 3 AAA batteries – not included) It is for 1 or more players and is listed for ages 6+ (although my 3 year old plays with it all the time)


What did we think?

My boys love this little guy. His eyes light up and flash and he is  fairly amazing at guessing!  He is easy to use, all you do is touch his nose to turn him on and then you answer his questions.

We tried thinking of all kinds of animals to beat him: beetles, ant eaters, polar bears, chameleon, ligthening bugs etc. He was right 99% of the time! They played and laughed and conspired to trick MAGIC JINN for hours they day he came.  The real test for any toy in this house is about a week after opening, is it forgotten under a bed or still being used.  About a week in my boys are still playing with him daily.

I like MAGIC JINN because he is compact and easy to take on the go. I really, really wish we had him for the 10 hour drive to the beach last month. The boys can play this game again and again without getting bored.

Overall this game is a hit.

You can get your own MAGIC JINN now at for $19 or from a retailer near you. OR you can win one right here at Coupon Katie!

That’s right I received one MAGIC JINN to review and one to giveaway to a lucky Coupon Katie reader! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Good Luck!

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Knoxville Fourth of July Fun Family Events


Here are a few of the Fourth of July Festivities going on in the Knoxville area!

Knoxville’s annual Festival on the Fourth kicks off at 5 p.m. on July 4th at World’s Fair Park. Throughout the day festival goers will be treated to good music, good food, good fun and good times on the South and North lawns of Worlds’ Fair Park. Starting at 8 p.m., the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will begin their concert on the South Lawn. The two-hour show will feature both patriotic and Americana pieces. Fireworks start at 9:35 p.m.  FREE parking is available at World’s Fair & Blackstock Parking Lots, 11th Street, Locust Street, State Street & Market Square Garages, with ADA parking at the Fort Kid Parking Lot.

The Farragut Independence Day Parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on the 4th of July! The parade will begin on Kingston Pike at Lendon Welch Way (Farragut High School entrance) and continue to Boring Road, just east of Farragut Towne Square Shopping Center (old Ingles store site).

The Powell July 4th Parade begins at 11 a.m. The parade route goes along Emory Road beginning at Food City. The parade coincides with fun activities for the whole family, including Party Boys DJ, children’s zone, FREE snow cones and hotdogs, and face painting, hosted by the Powell Business Professional Association.


Be sure to head over to Family Friendly Knoxville for a full list of all the Fourth of July happenings in Knox County and surrounding area! Jennifer has done a fantastic job of listing all the events and details you need to know!

Don’t forget free Admission to the Knoxville Zoo for service men and woman July 4-7th.

**One update- due to the weather forcast, Oak Ridge’s display is now on Sunday, July 7th. Athens’ show is moved to Saturday, July 6th at 9:30 at the Athens Regional Park.

Win a Pass to Shop Southern Bell Kids Consignment Early Charity Sale!

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Ready to get a jump on back to school and fall clothing for the kiddos?!!? The Southern Bell Kids Consignment Sale will be held July 11th-13th in the Ball Road Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 6323 Ball Road. Shopping hours are:

Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m – 1 p.m. (Half-price day!)

On Tuesday, July 9th, you can shop early! Southern Bell will be holding a Charity Sale beginning at 7 p.m. You can shop ahead of the public and get the first look at all their great stuff.

Coupon Katie is giving away a Southern Bell Kids Consignment Sale early shopping pass to two (2) lucky Coupon Katie readers!

Use the rafflecopter form below to enter! Good Luck!

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Mornings With Fox 43 Coupon Katie Favorite Deals of the Week 6/25/13

Welcome to Coupon Katie!  If you are visiting after watching my weekly favorite deals segment on the Fox 43 Morning show this morning,  or if you want to know what we talked about, here is the round up of my  favorite deals going on this week!


Target Sunscreen Deals

Buy 2 select Coppertone Items, Get a Free $5 Target gift card

Deal  idea 1
Buy 2 Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion – $6.94 each
-$1/1 Coppertone Sunscreen, 4 oz+, TARGET coupon
stack with the $5/2 Coppertone 4oz+ coupon from the 6/23 SS
Out of Pocket=$7.88
Get Back=$5 Target gift card
Final cost=$1.44 each after coupon and gift card

Deal  idea 2
Buy 2 Coppertone Sunscreen Sticks – $4.74 each
-2 $1/1 Coppertone product coupons
Out of Pocket=$7.48
Get Back =$5 Target gift card
Final cost =$1.24 each after coupon and gift card


Kroger Deals

General Mills Cereal (8.9-17 oz)-$1.99 (on mega event sale)
Buy 2 boxes
Use 2 .$50/1 General Mills Original Cheerios cereal printable
Out of Pocket=$1.98
Get Back= $2 off your next Kroger purcase catalina
Final cost=Free

Bayer Low Dose (32 ct) – $2.19 each
Buy 2
Use $4/2 Bayer Aspirin, One A Day Multivitamins Or Alka Seltzer Antacid Products from the 6/23 RedPlum
Out of Pocket=$0.38, get ]
Get Back=$3.00 Off your next Kroger purchase catalina
Final cost= 2 Free + $2.62 Moneymaker

Kraft Barbecue Sauce (18 oz) – $0.50
Buy 2
$1.00 off any TWO (2) KRAFT Barbecue Sauce
Final cost=2 for Free

M&M’s Brand Chocolate Candies (1.14-1.74 oz) – $0.79 each, on sale Buy 2 Get 1 Free
Buy 4
Use 2 $0.50 off (2) M&M’S Brand Chocolate Candies (will double)
Final cost=$0.09 each


Starbucks Half Priced Refreshers

Thursday, June 27, through Saturday, June 29, from 3-5 p.m. Starbucks customers can purchase any size or flavor of handcrafted Starbucks Refreshers™ beverage for half price.

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