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 31st, 2014

The Cellular Connection is giving away 100,000 backpacks full of school supplies this Saturday and at least 100 of them will go to Erie-area children.

Adults can take children to the Verizon Wireless Premium store at 5039 Peach St. on Saturday between noon and 2 p.m. to get backpacks, which will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. When I called the store, I was told it had 100 backpacks so this isn’t one of those freebies where only the first five or 10 kids benefit.

To learn more about TCC’s School Rocks 100,000 Backpack Giveaway, which is part of the retailer’s Culture of Good movement, go to http://www.cultureofgood.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/tcctalk

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Posted: July 31st, 2014

Priscilla from North East shared this link https://www.facebook.com/NutrishforCats?sk=app_1482870775257837&app_data for a free sample of Rachael Ray Nutrish cat food.  Priscilla said you have to like the Facebook page to get the freebie.

This resembles a Rachael Ray cat food sample I wrote about earlier this year. I remember that sometimes I’d try to get to the giveaway and it wouldn’t be working or available but I did finally manage to sign up and get my cat food. I couldn’t find anything saying when the offer ended.

Whether or not it’s the same one, thanks Priscilla for the link.

If you have a similar tip to share, submit it to the right or send me an e-mail using the blue link above.

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Posted: July 31st, 2014
I'll add my 68th freebie of 2014 to my stash of shampoo samples, which have now been saving me money for 17 months. I should be able to make it through the end of the year without having to buy shampoo.

I’ll add my 68th freebie of 2014 to my stash of shampoo samples, which have now been saving me money for 17 months. I should be able to make it through the end of the year without having to buy shampoo.

My 68th freebie continues my shampoo streak. I’ve now gone 17 entire months without buying shampoo and have enough lined up for several more months. The latest sample I got in the mail includes small packets of Suave Professionals Natural Infusion shampoo, conditioner and leave-in cream.

While this offer included 400,000 samples and was only available until May 31, there seems to be a similar one that says the first 141,200 entrants will be eligible to receive a sample through Aug. 15 or while supplies last.  It sounds like it’s the same sample I received.

Go to  www.suavenaturalinfusion.com/#get-a-sample to enter your info.

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Posted: July 31st, 2014

For more than 16 hours of free jazz and blues, head to the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park this weekend.

The Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine, at the park at West Eighth Street and the Bayfront Parkway. The music starts at noon each day, with the last performers going on at 8 p.m., according to the schedule.

Go to http://erieartmuseum.org/performances/bj_fest/ or http://www.goerie.com/erie-art-museums-blues–jazz-fest-sounds-off-saturday-sunday to learn more.

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Posted: July 31st, 2014

Gather your minions and take them to the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park, 1501 W. Sixth St.

The free “Movies in the Arboretum” will kick off Friday at dusk on the West Eighth Street side with “Despicable Me.”

Visit www.leaferie.org or call (814) 453-5323 to learn more.

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Posted: July 30th, 2014

Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church has a new/used sale scheduled for Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 863 Silliman Ave., Lawrence Park.

Organizers said there will be free coffee. Call (814) 899-3264 to learn more.

If you know of a rummage, garage, next-to-new or similar sale at a church or nonprofit organization, e-mail the details to me using the blue link above. Make sure to include the sale dates, hours and address, along with a telephone number or web address where people can get more information.

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Posted: July 30th, 2014

It’s another night of free weekly entertainment at the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park.

The Arts in the Arboretum events run every Thursday through Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Patricia McCain Amphitheater.

This Thursday will feature the Heliotropes, a foursome that plays original jazz.

To learn more, visit www.leaferie.org or call (814) 453-5323.

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Posted: July 30th, 2014

A carillonneur from the Netherlands will wrap up the 2014 Smith Carillon Concert Series at Penn State Behrend in Harborcreek Township.

Klaas R.R. de Haan from Laren, Bolsward and Heerenveen will be the final performer in the series Thursday at 7 p.m. at Smith Chapel. Free hot dogs and snacks will be served, organizers said.

Take a lawn chair or blanket as seating is outdoors on the lawn unless it rains.

Call (814) 898-6609 or visit http://www.pennstatebehrend.psu.edu/news-events/july-10-july-31-smith-carillon-series to learn more.

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Posted: July 30th, 2014

Family Dollar and Walgreens both have a sale on two-pocket folders/portfolios. You can get them for 10 cents through Aug. 2 at Walgreens and through Aug. 5 at Family Dollar. You do need a rewards card to get the sale price at Walgreens.

Family Dollar also has single subject 70-page spiral notebooks for 15 cents each and 24-count Crayola crayons for 50 cents.

Go to http://www.familydollar.com/pages/hotitems.aspx?=button-weekly_ad-em to see the Family Dollar ad

Go to http://walgreens2.shoplocal.com/Walgreens/BrowseByPage?storeid=2569005&promotionviewmode=1&promotioncode=Walgreens-140727&listingid=0&sneakpeek=N&pagenumber=1 to see the sales at Walgreens.

If you come across a good deal on school supplies, submit a tip to the right or send me an e-mail using the blue link above so I can share the sale with everyone.

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Posted: July 29th, 2014

After my vacation three years ago to New York City to watch tennis at the U.S. Open, I wrote a series of blog posts on how to save $1,011.64 on vacation. (To see those posts, click on the links below. The tips aren’t limited to attending a tennis match in New York City.)

The tickets to get in to three days of tennis matches were among my biggest expenses on that trip since I can always find ways to save on the cost of transportation, meals and lodging. I didn’t find a way to get the tickets for less, however.

But I did today receive an e-mail about a sweepstakes giving two free tickets to the U.S. Open’s first day session.

The Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series sweepstakes runs through Aug. 4 and you can only enter once. You have to agree to receive a newsletter from the sponsor and e-mails from PlayTennis.com but you can unsubscribe later. The grand prize is two tickets worth $198 total. Based on ticket prices when I went, I’m guessing the winning seats aren’t courtside but could still be pretty decent.

Another 100 winners will get an EAUSOS-branded product like a luggage tag, coaster, notebook or tumbler worth $8, according to the official rules.

To enter, go to www.playtennis.com.

To see the blog posts about saving on vacation, go to:

http://www.goerieblogs.com/cheapinerie/2011/09/how-to-save-1011-64-on-vacation/

http://www.goerieblogs.com/cheapinerie/2011/09/how-to-save-on-vacation-shop-around-for-your-room/

http://www.goerieblogs.com/cheapinerie/2011/09/how-to-save-1011-64-on-your-vacation-broaden-your-horizons/

http://www.goerieblogs.com/cheapinerie/2011/09/how-to-save-1011-64-on-vacation-consider-transportation-alternatives/

http://www.goerieblogs.com/cheapinerie/2011/09/how-to-save-1011-64-on-vacation-ask-for-free-rides/

http://www.goerieblogs.com/cheapinerie/2011/09/how-to-save-1011-64-on-vacation-weigh-your-ticket-options/

http://www.goerieblogs.com/cheapinerie/2011/09/how-to-save-1011-64-on-vacation-look-for-free-meals/

http://www.goerieblogs.com/cheapinerie/2011/09/how-to-save-1011-64-on-vacation-pack-your-own-lunch/

http://www.goerieblogs.com/cheapinerie/2011/09/how-to-save-1011-64-on-vacation-avoid-buying-water/

http://www.goerieblogs.com/cheapinerie/2011/09/how-to-save-1011-64-on-vacation-take-your-own-soda-pop/

 

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