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: July 23rd, 2014
Coupons got me this 16-pound bag of Purina Cat Chow and 40-pound box of Tidy Cat litter for just $8.99 instead of $27.98.

Coupons got me this 16-pound bag of Purina Cat Chow and 40-pound box of Tidy Cat litter for just $8.99 instead of $27.98.

One of the coupons that I used recently at the grocery store was so impressive that the cashier even commented on it.

The coupon was for one free, up to $15, package of Purina brand pet food or treats or Tidy Cats cat litter.

I used it for a $13.99 bag of Purina Cat Chow because at 16 pounds it was the biggest the store had.

I also had another coupon that saved me an additional $5 on Purina pet food, treats or Tidy Cat. I used that on a 40-pound box of Tidy Cats that also was $13.99.

So instead of $27.98, I paid $8.99 for both items for my two cats. The coupons cut my grocery bill on that trip from about $65 to about $45.

The coupons were prizes in Purina’s Paw It Forward instant win game that ended back in late May or early June.

 

 

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Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Arby’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary by giving complimentary 12-ounce jamocha shakes on Wednesday.

You need a coupon to get the free shake and you’re only allowed one per customer while supplies last at participating U.S. locations.

To get the coupon, go to www.facebook.com/arbys or directly to http://coupons.arbys.com/50/

As with any similar freebie, I suggest checking with your local restaurant or presenting your coupon before ordering.

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Posted: July 22nd, 2014
Luckily, my two cats will eat just about anything and both enjoyed my 66th freebie of the year.

Luckily, my two cats will eat just about anything and both enjoyed my 66th freebie of the year.

I goofed. This freebie actually arrived a little while ago and I promptly fed it to my cats because I was low on their regular food and then I forgot to blog about it.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition gave away 5,000 prizes consisting of three bags of Hill’s Science Diet Crunchy Creations Grain Free treats for cats. Apparently I was one of the winners and my cats enjoyed their treats.

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Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Last month was the string quartet, this month it’s the brass quintet and next month is the woodwind quintet.

Members of the Erie Philharmonic are making multiple appearances at the weekly Mid-Day Art Break at the Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St.

The events take place every Wednesday through Aug. 27  from noon to 1 p.m. with live music on the museum’s Fifth Street patio. You also can catch a free guided tour of the museum at 12:30 or 1 p.m.

This week is Get Your Phil at Noon featuring the Erie Philharmonic Brass Quintet.

Learn more at www.erieartmuseum.org or by calling (814) 459-5477.

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Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Yesterday I mentioned a $2.99 backpack sale at Walgreens. These prices aren’t as low but if your kids have their hearts set on backpacks from Target, you can at least get them for less this week.

Target.com is offering 5 percent to 25 percent off select backpacks through Saturday. Although some were still more than $40, I saw others for $12.

There’s also a sale on school uniforms, with polo shirts for $5 and bottoms like shorts and skirts for $10.

Go to http://www.target.com/sb/backpacks-luggage/-/N-5xtz0Z5tdv0Z5tdv2?lnk=Rpr||Banner_LeftNav|category_page.promo_h_2  for the backpacks.

Go to http://www.target.com/c/school-uniforms-kids-back-to/-/N-5tg6q for the uniforms.

You can get free shipping on purchases totaling $50 or more, according to Target’s website. Some of the backpacks and clothing can be ordered online and then picked up at a store.

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Posted: July 21st, 2014
My 65th freebie of the year came sooner than expected.

My 65th freebie of the year came sooner than expected.

I blogged about this offer on July 1 and my freebie has already arrived in the mail, which is a fantastic turnaround time. Sometimes they take so long that by the time I get my goodie, I’ve forgtotten about it.

This one is a two-pack of Lipton K-Cup iced tea that I’ll be sharing with someone.

The offer on the Walmart site still appears to be available at http://see.walmart.com/lipton/?wmlspartner=TnL5HPStwNw&sourceid=14643010211139341903&oid=183959.1&u1=skim47969X1197173X60f5fd638f739425999226c5986a91c1&affillinktype=10&veh=aff

You do have to watch a 58-second video about making tea and answer a few questions about your tea-drinking habits in order to get the freebie.

The site says samples will arrive in four to six weeks but obviously mine came quicker.

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Posted: July 21st, 2014

Halloween is only 102 days away, according to SpiritHalloween.com. The site is having a preseason clearance event through Sunday.

You can get a coffin for $30 instead of $69.99 and a zombie for half price at $30 instead of $59.99, according to some of the sales I saw.

 

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Posted: July 21st, 2014

Six of the 8 Great Tuesdays remain, meaning you have half a dozen more chances for free summer concerts on Erie’s bayfront.

The shows begin each Tuesday through Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Burger King Amphitheater at Liberty Park.

This week’s performance will be by Eric Lindell & Co.

Go to www.porterie.org/8-great-tuesdays or call (814) 455-7557.

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Posted: July 21st, 2014

Stores are starting their school supply sales and Walgreens has several deals going this week. They do require you to have a Walgreens rewards card, which you can get for free.

The sales, good through Saturday, include a backpack for $2.99 instead of the regular $5 and buy one get one free on Crayola crayons, markers and colored pencils.

To see the ad, go to http://walgreens2.shoplocal.com/Walgreens/BrowseByPage?storeid=2569005&promotionviewmode=1&promotioncode=Walgreens-140720&listingid=0&sneakpeek=N&pagenumber=1

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Posted: July 21st, 2014
Frank Schaeffer's "Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God" is this week's Erie Times-News Faith page giveaway.

Frank Schaeffer’s “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God” is this week’s Erie Times-News Faith page giveaway.

This week’s Erie Times-News Faith page giveaway is a copy of the book “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God.” Subtitled “How to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace” and written by Frank Schaeffer, the book is now available at Amazon.com but won’t be in bookstores until September.

To enter the drawing, send your full name, address, city, ZIP and the keyword ATHEIST 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 using the link above.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see last week’s winners, go to http://www.goerie.com/article/20140719/LIFESTYLES03/307199968/In-Brief%3A-Giving-away-copy-of-%27Why-I-am-an-Atheist-Who-Believes-in-God%27

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