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: January 30th, 2013
Reader shares successful Christmas shopping tale

Priscilla Cochran e-mailed me today to share her super tale of post-Christmas bargain shopping, which she finished Tuesday and resulted in her getting a decorated tree for less than $3.50. Like me, she receives periodic e-mails from Christmas Tree Shops and Tuesday’s announced that selected ornaments, tree skirts, toppers, wreaths, baskets and decor are now 90 percent off original prices.

Here’s what Priscilla had to say:

“I have been looking for mini ornaments. After Christmas I found a 2-foot pre-lit tree at Wal-Mart that had been reduced from $15 down to $2.50 and wanted ornaments for it. I had been checking several stores for the mini ornaments with no luck. Yesterday after the rain quit I went to the Christmas Tree store to see if they might have any left. I got two 40-count packages for $.30 each.”

Way to go, Priscilla!

Anyone else have any success stories to share? E-mail me at

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