Archive for the 'Frugal living' Category

Win A Getaway To The Smokies

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

This offer has expired.

Hey all my Tennessee readers! How would you like to win a 2 day getaway to the Smoky Mountains?

WBIR: Ed Rupp’s Free Ticket Giveaway -Enter to win a a 2 night cabin stay from Bluff Mountain Cabin Rentals, 4 tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, 4 meals from Corky’s Ribs & BBQ plus 4 gift cards provided by The Marble Slab Creamery. Entries must be received by noon on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. One entry per person, open to Tennessee residents only, must be 18 years of age to enter.



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Homemaking Tip: What To Do About Wet Salt

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Do you have wet salt that won’t come out of your salt shaker?

Add a few grains of rice to your salt. The rice will absorb any moisture in the air and keep the salt dry and free-flowing, even in damp weather.



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Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival

Friday, June 4th, 2010

How about some free fun for the whole family?

The Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival is going on today and tomorrow -June 4-5, 2010- in Townsend, TN:

Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival -30 pottery booths with demonstrations, hands-on children’s activities, prize drawings and music.

When: June 4-5, 2010 -from noon-5pm on Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturday.

Where: Townsend Visitors Center, 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pwy, Townsend, TN 37882

Cost: FREE

For more information, please call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.



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Fantastic Sale For Homeschoolers

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

For one week only, you can get Lorraine Curry’s high-quality, classic literature and Bible based “Easy Homeschooling” library plus 23 bonus e-resources for only $27 + shipping.

The “Easy Homeschooling” Library – Huge Summer Blowout! -Includes all 4 paperback books, 19 checklists & special reports in PDF format, 3 audio seminars and bonus Free Online Resources Directory. Only 200 sets are available -offer is good through June 8th, 2010.

Act fast to get this wonderful resource that will save you time, energy and money -plus show you how to homeschool your family on a shoestring budget almost FREE.

Brought to you by Homeschool Freebie of the Day.



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Still Working On My Projects

Monday, May 10th, 2010

I’ve got one job done but I’m still working on the other one, so I won’t be blogging much again this week.

Homeschoolers, don’t forget your freebies from Homeschool Freebie of the Day this week and be sure and stop by CurrClick -they’re having a special sale just for moms plus freebies and contests all week (through May 15).



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Used Book Sale At The Blount County Library

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Need some books?

Blount County TN Library

The Blount County Library in Maryville is having a used book sale today, April 15, through Saturday, April 17, 2010. Today is for Friends of the Library members only and runs from 12:00pm-6:00pm. The general public may attend the sale on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm.

Book prices are $.50 and $1.00 for children’s books, $1.00 and $2.50 for adult books/textbooks and $5.00 for encyclopedia sets. Also included in the sale are CDs, video and audio tapes, DVDs, collectibles, mystery boxes (25 books for $2.00) plus a section of free books.

The Blount County Library is located at 508 N. Cusick St. in  Maryville, Tennessee, phone (865) 982-0981 for more information.



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Frugal Exercise: Jumping Rope

Monday, April 12th, 2010

This is our hillbilly jump rope:

Hillbilly jump rope

After going through 10 or 15 jump ropes from the store -that tore up within two weeks- Abby made one from one of Lacy’s tow ropes. (This one has lasted a year.)

Time for P.E. –jumping rope!

Jumping Double

Jumping rope is not just for children, either. (Who do you think taught them how to do it?)

It is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that also improves agility, coordination and endurance.

Plus, you can do it indoors or out and it doesn’t cost a lot of money.

If you’ve never jumped rope before, check out The Jump Rope Institute for some tips.

Blessings and happy jumping,


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Free Weekend Events In Townsend And The Great Smoky Mountains

Friday, April 9th, 2010

It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend in the Smoky Mountains and there are all kinds of free things to do!

Concert in Townsend Tonight (not free but very low-cost)

Friday,April 9, 2010

Music of the Mountains -An evening of Celtic Music with the Good Thymes Ceilidh Band.

  • Time: 7:00pm (gates open at 6:00pm)
  • Admission: $4/free for members

Free Events In Townsend

Saturday, April 10 -Sunday, April 11, 2010

Art Exhibit -by Cathy Coulter

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Book Launch -by author Lin Stepp

Free Events In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Enjoying Spring`s Beauty -Experience a guided hike observing the spring season through the beauty of wildflowers on the Chestnut Top Trail. Duration: 1 hour, 1 mile roundtrip -moderately difficult due to steep trail, wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots. Repeats on May 1.

  • Location: Chestnut Top Trail -Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of State Road 73 (Townsend entrance road) and Little River Road, also known as the Townsend Wye.
  • Time: 9:3am to 10:30am

Cataract Falls Walk -Take an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. Repeats every Saturday through May 1.

  • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio
  • Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm

Bear with Us -Learn about some of the characteristics of the North American black bear and how to observe these wonderful animals. This is a great activity for Junior Rangers. Wheelchair accessible, repeats every Saturday through May 15.

  • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio
  • Time: 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Music of the Mountains -Old time music of the southern mountains, featuring a variety of musical groups, including Matt Morelock, Tony Thomas, and Boogertown Gap.

  • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center -Call (865)-436-1291 for details.
  • Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Also see: Music of the Mountains Schedule

Junior Ranger: Fishy Facts -Come join a Ranger for a short walk down to the river to learn about the Smokies fish species. Wheelchair accessible, repeats next week and the first three Saturdays in May.

  • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, South Porch
  • Time: 10:30am to 11:00am

Down on the Farm -Walk down to the farm for a glimpse into the past. Demonstrations vary. Wheelchair accessible, repeats repeats next week and the first three Saturdays in May.

  • Location: Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center
  • Time: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Morning in Sugarlands Valley -Reflect on how old-time religion satisfied both spiritual and social needs of the mountain people on this easy, one mile walk. Repeats every Sunday through May 9.

  • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
  • Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Bear with Us -Learn about some of the characteristics of the North American black bear and how to observe these wonderful animals. This is a great activity for Junior Rangers. Wheelchair accessible, repeats every Sunday through May 9.

  • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio
  • Time: 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Junior Ranger: Charismatic Mega-fauna -”What is “charismatic mega-fauna”? Where can I see it? Find out from a ranger if there is something we`re not telling you!” Wheelchair accessible, repeats every Sunday through May 9.

  • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, South Porch
  • Time: 10:30am to 11:00am

Ranger Guided Hike: Where the Waters Sing! -Join a ranger and experience the melody of the mountains. Hike is 2 hours, 4 miles round-trip and moderate difficulty. Repeats every Sunday through May 9.

  • Location: Kephart Prong Trailhead
  • Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

More Information About The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains Directions -includes driving directions, traffic and travel tips, maps and trip planner

Great Smoky Mountains Schedule of Events -calendar of upcoming events, search by date

Blessings and have a lovely weekend,


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Get A Free Uni-ball Pen

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

This offer has expired.

Newell Rubbermaid is giving away 500,000 Uni-ball Jetstream™ RT Pens.

Free Uni-ball Pen

Offer expires April 30th, 2010 and only 10,000 requests will be honored each day. Limit 1 request per person, no PO Boxes allowed and you must live in one of the contiguous United States.

Have a great day,



Are You Ready For The Winter Storm?

Friday, January 29th, 2010

We’re still waiting on the big snow storm here next to the Smoky Mountains. The current forecast is calling for 4-9 inches total for Townsend and  6-14 inches in the Park –but you never know, it could be a lot less or a lot more.

Smoky Mountains Weather Forecast


Are you prepared if the power goes out?

Staying Warm

If you have a woodstove or fireplace, make sure you have enough wood to last a few days, and stack it somewhere out of the weather –it’s no fun digging out wood from under 3 feet of snow (did that during the blizzard of ‘93). Same thing if you use a kerosene heater -be sure you have a few days supply of fuel.

Here are some ideas to stay warm, if you don’t have an alternative heat source:

  • close off all but one room of your house
  • cover all your windows and doors with blankets
  • share body heat –dress warmly and pile up together under blankets
  • stay with a neighbor who does have heat


If you have a woodstove or fireplace, you should have no problem –just cook right on top of the woodstove or on the coals in the fireplace.  You can also heat food on top of a kerosene heater, depending on how hot it gets. Do you have a BBQ grill? You can cook on that, too (outside).

No way to cook? Just make sure you have plenty of food stocked up that you don’t have to cook.

Some examples:

  • cold cereals
  • canned tuna
  • crackers
  • peanut butter
  • bread
  • granola bars
  • fresh and canned fruit
  • Vienna sausages
  • Beanie weenies
  • lunchmeats –ham, bologna, turkey, etc.
  • cheese
  • salad vegetables –carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc.

(Be sure you have a manual can-opener)

And, if the power does go out, don’t worry about your refrigerated or frozen food –stick it outside in the snow!


Be prepared by jugging up some water, anywhere from 1-4 gallons per person per day for drinking, cooking, washing, and using the bathroom (and don’t flush the toilet each time you go). If you have pets, you’ll need water for them, too.

You can also melt snow (it takes a lot) or get water from a creek for your bathroom needs (8 drops of bleach per gallon will purify water for drinking –or boil it, which is best).

Be sure you have a big pot to heat water in (if you have a non-electric heat source).

Light And Communication

Be sure to have on hand:

Candles or oil lamps (and lamp oil)

Battery operated radio

Extra batteries

If you have a cell phone, be sure it’s completely charged (and have a car charger in case the battery runs down)


Above all, stay safe and don’t go anywhere unless it’s an emergency (life or death situation) –and don’t bother the police with trivialities.




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