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 28th, 2014

For my Grandmother Massing’s 80th birthday, my mother and I took her to the Erie Zoo and she had a blast. Since the grandchildren were all teens or young adults by then, it had been years since she’d been to the zoo. It was a nice enjoyable thing to do on her actual birthday, which fell in the middle of the week and was officially celebrated later at a big weekend party.

This Wednesday could be a good day for other seniors and grandchildren to go to the Erie Zoo. They’ll get in for free on Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The special day also will feature a free carousel ride, popcorn and lemonade.

Learn more by calling (814) 864-4091 or visiting

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Posted: July 28th, 2014

Mark Goldin, the pro who teaches the tennis classes I take, often has music playing while we hit balls and run drills. One of his favorite groups is “Here Come the Mummies.”

The Mummies are coming to Erie this week. They’ll be performing Tuesday on the bayfront for the next 8 Great Tuesdays concert.

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

Go to or call (814) 455-7557.

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Posted: July 28th, 2014
"Catholic by Choice" is this week's Erie Times-News Faith page giveaway.

“Catholic by Choice” is this week’s Erie Times-News Faith page giveaway.

This week’s Erie Times-News Faith page giveaway is a book about the author’s adult conversion to Catholicism.

Richard Cole’s book is titled “Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime.”

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

One entry per person please. Deadline is noon Wednesday.

To see last week’s winner, go to

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Posted: July 27th, 2014

I have several flash drives that I use and I didn’t pay for a single one of them. They were all promotional items that I received at events like conferences.

Thanks to a link from Cheap in Erie reader Priscilla Cochran, I can add another to my collection.

Priscilla sent this link for a free 2GB USB flash drive from the Surf Point:

You have to “like” the Facebook page and can request one per household through Aug. 31 or while supplies last. The site doesn’t say how many are available, but if you get one it should arrive in six to eight weeks.

Thanks for sharing, Priscilla.

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Posted: July 27th, 2014

Here’s another pet food one but it’s not just for cats.

The Purina Summer Treasure Instant Win Game is giving away 20,000 prizes for cats and 20,000 for dogs consisting of coupons for food or treats.

You can try to win one cat prize and one dog prize each day through Aug. 11.

Go to

On my first try, I didn’t win anything for my cats but did get a message that I’d won a coupon for a free, up to $6.50, 72-ounce or smaller package of Purina Moist & Meaty brand dog food. That’s something I can share with dog-owning friends who will hopefully give me any cat prizes they win.



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Posted: July 26th, 2014

You can hear a free recital tonight in Smith Chapel at Penn State Behrend.

Ethan LaPlaca will play the organ at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel at 4701 College Drive, Harborcreek Township.

Call (814) 898-6609 to learn more.

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Posted: July 25th, 2014

Co-worker Valerie Myers and I both decided that if we happened to win a Max Mara snakeskin-and-leather bag that retails for $1,690, we’d probably sell it on eBay and pocket the cash for a more practical purpose.

If you’d like the bag to keep or for another reason, you’ll want to check out Allure’s Free Stuff Calendar. The beauty magazine is giving away 40,057 items in August. The giveaway starts today at noon with the bag, which one lucky winner will get. If you want better odds, try back at 2 p.m. when 750 people will get NYX Badunkadunk Lush Lashes Mascara that retails for $7.

To see what’s being given away and when, go to You might have to be registered and logged in to enter.

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Posted: July 25th, 2014

The Summer 2014 Concert Series continues this weekend with classic rock by the Goats at Penn Shore Winery and Vineyards.

“Music in the Vineyards” takes place Saturdays through Aug. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Penn Shore, 10225 East Lake Road, North East Township.

Admission is free. Take a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Learn more at or call (814) 725-8688.

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Posted: July 24th, 2014

Orchard Beach Assembly is hosting a free Family Fun Fest this weekend.

The event will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2025 Orchard Beach Road, North East. Activities will include inflatables, pony rides, games, a petting zoo, hay rides, music, food and a “free” rummage “sale.”

To learn more, visit or call (814) 725-3435.

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Posted: July 24th, 2014

You only have two more chances to catch the Romolo Chocolates 2014 Summer Music Series and one of them is this weekend.

The free weekly shows will be held on Saturdays through Aug. 9, except Aug. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Romolo Chocolates’ outdoor piazza, 1525 W. Eighth St.

This week’s performance will be by Cocomama.

Learn more at or by calling (814) 452-1933.

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