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 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 http://www.theassemblyne.org/event/family-funfest/ 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 http://romolochocolates01.velocitysite.net/news_details_2.html or by calling (814) 452-1933.

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Posted: July 24th, 2014

Freebies seem to come in cycles. For a while I was seeing a lot of shampoo ones, then toothpaste, lotion and chocolate. Now it’s cat food.

This one is for Fancy Feast Broths.

Go to www.fancyfeast.com/wowserveddaily and click on “try a bowl on us.”

The site says the offer is good through Dec. 31 or while supplies last and samples should arrive in 8 to 10 weeks. You can request one per person or address.

Another freebie, from Meow Mix, appears to still be available. Copy and paste this link http://www.startsampling.com/sm/103068MM/ to get to the offer.

A different one from Purina also apparently is still being offered at https://www.catchow.com/whyweight

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Posted: July 24th, 2014

A co-worker recently paid 90 cents for a 2.25-ounce bag of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers from a vending machine. She can get nearly three times that much for only a dime more this week at Christmas Tree Shops.

The stores have 6.6-ounce bags of the snack crackers on sale for $1 through Monday. That’s down from the regular price of $1.99, according to the ad at http://view.ed4.net/w/S3APAJT/GKJQN/C5HFM5R/5PI63/1/821c3e9f897e7c70fc3f/FORMATOVERRIDE=H?camp=725214933&rrid=1187088

Vending machines can be a convenience when you need something quick, forget to grab your lunch from home or are staying at a place like a hotel. Just remember, however, that you’re probably paying a little more for whatever you get out of them. So while I occasionally turn to a vending machine, I try not to do it on a regular basis.

 

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Posted: July 23rd, 2014

Traditional Celtic tunes will be featured in the 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’s performance will be by Bangerzz.

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

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Posted: July 23rd, 2014

You can get both free music and food Thursday at Penn State Behrend in Harborcreek Township.

The 2014 Smith Carillon Concert Series continues with a performance by Laura Ellis, carillonneur at the University of Florida.

The free performances in the series take place Thursdays through July 31 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 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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