Cheap in Erie
By Dana Massing Erie Times-News staff blogger
I am a grandchild of the Great Depression and a survivor of more recent recessions. Through my grandparents and parents, I've learned to spend wisely and to save while still being able to live life well. I want to share my discoveries with you and hear yours.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: April 23rd, 2014

Was President Abraham Lincoln the “Great Emancipator” or was he forced into glory by the times?

That question will be part of a Lincoln and the Civil War Lecture Series that continues tonight at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

“The Iconic Lincoln” will feature professors Umeme Sababu and Ihor Bemko at 6 p.m. in Room 107A of Compton Hall, 210 E. Normal St., Edinboro.

To learn more, go to http://events.edinboro.edu/EventList.aspx?fromdate=4/21/2014&todate=4/27/2014&display=Week&type=public&eventidn=613&view=EventDetails&information_id=1447

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014

My first paying job was planting seedlings on my grandfather’s Christmas tree farm when I was in second grade. From there, I went on to shearing trees in summer and selling them at Christmas. Despite all the hours working with evergreens, I’m still fond of them and would love a free one to plant at home. Luckily, there’s a contest for that.

Organic Creamery’s Help Us Nurture Nature Sweepstakes is giving away 1,000 Arbor Day Foundation Gift Trees worth $6 each. The sweeps website says you can enter once per day through April 30 to try to win an evergreen seedling.

Go to www.organiccreamerycheese.com and click on “Enter to Win.”

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014

In celebration of Earth Day, which is today, Wegmans will have a bag exchange on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in all stores.

The first 300 customers to take in a bunch of clean dry plastic bags will get a coupon for a reusable shopping bag, according to the Wegmans website.

To learn more, go to www.wegmans.com or directly to www.wegmans.com/blog/2014/03/return-bags-to-sender-and-well-contribute-to-the-nature-conservancy/#sthash.Mk1XaN05.dpuf

 

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Posted: April 21st, 2014

I wouldn’t necessarily expect to find Easter items at a store called Christmas Tree Shops. But I’ve learned that although named for one holiday, the chain sells items for others.

And today, Easter items at Christmas Tree Shops are 50 percent off, according to an e-mail I received.

I’m not sure how long the sale will last. To see the ad, go to http://view.ed4.net/w/0GK8KLC/QI6H/D4BN54F/43Y8N/1/a612637ab3c7458ef622/FORMATOVERRIDE=H?camp=672619143&rrid=1187088 and scroll down to the bottom.

Or go to www.christmastreeshops.com and click on “Clearance” to shop online.

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Posted: April 21st, 2014

WQLN and Mercyhurst University will host a free screening of the production “Perspective: Jewish History.”

The event will take place Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Great Room at Mercyhurst, 501 E. 38th St. A discussion on Jewish culture and history will follow, organizers said.

Learn more at www.wqln.org or call (814) 864-3001.

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Posted: April 21st, 2014

The author of “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” will be giving a free talk Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall in Hirt Academic Center at Mercyhurst University, 501 E. 38th St.

Stacy Malkan will deliver the Sister Maura Smith Earth Day Lecture.

To learn more, visit http://www.mercyhurst.edu/mu-news/news/campus-life/2014/march/earthdaylecture or call (814) 824-3829.

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Posted: April 21st, 2014
This bag folds up to fit into a purse or pocket when not being used (see at right).

This bag folds up to fit into a purse or pocket when not being used (see at right).

This week's Faith page giveaway is a fold-up bag for books or other items.

This week’s Faith page giveaway is a fold-up bag for books or other items.

Instead of a book this week, the Erie Times-News Faith page is giving away a bag to carry books or other items in.

The nylon book bag from Jericho Books folds up when empty to fit in a pocket or purse.

To enter the drawing, send your full name, address, city, ZIP and the keyword BAG on a postcard to Faith, c/o Dana Massing, Erie Times-News, P.O. Box 6215, Erie, PA 16512-6215 or in an e-mail to dana.massing@timesnews.com.

One entry per person please. Deadline is noon Wednesday. Winner will be chosen at random from entries received.

To see the winner of last week’s book, go to http://www.goerie.com/article/20140419/LIFESTYLES03/304199974/Enter-drawing-for-a-nylon-book-bag

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Posted: April 20th, 2014

The next installment of a free film series on the civil rights struggle is coming up this week.

“The Abolitionists” will be shown Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Room 107 of Compton Hall at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. A discussion will be led by faculty member Umeme Sababu.

One more screening, with a date and location to be determined, is planned in the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” series.

Call (814) 732-1231 or e-mail Sababuu@gmail.com to learn more.

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Posted: April 19th, 2014
Freebies like my 36th one of this year, a Zfruit+Veggie Rope, help me save money on my lunch.

Freebies like my 36th one of this year, a Zfruit+Veggie Rope, help me save money on my lunch.

The freebies seem to be flying into my mailbox this week, with yet another arriving.

This one was a Zfruit+Veggie Rope from Clif that was part of a giveaway that ended March 31. I’ll probably pack the Mango Mania snack in my lunch one day next week.

Every free treat that I receive is one less that I have to buy for my mid-day meal. Even without freebies, you can save money by packing your lunch at least some of the time instead of always eating out or ordering in.

 

 

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Posted: April 18th, 2014

YMCA Camp Sherwin’s fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt and Open House will be Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the camp, 8600 West Lake Road, near Lake City.

Organizers said free activities will include egg hunting, games, face painting and fishing. Concessions will be open for a fee.

Learn more at http://www.ymcaerie.org/2014/03/fill-your-easter-basket-3/ or http://www.ymcaerie.org/camp/camp-events/ or call (814) 774-5157.

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