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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: April 20th, 2014

The next installment of a free film series on the civil rights struggle is coming up this week.

“The Abolitionists” will be shown Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Room 107 of Compton Hall at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. A discussion will be led by faculty member Umeme Sababu.

One more screening, with a date and location to be determined, is planned in the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” series.

Call (814) 732-1231 or e-mail Sababuu@gmail.com to learn more.

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Posted: April 19th, 2014
Freebies like my 36th one of this year, a Zfruit+Veggie Rope, help me save money on my lunch.

Freebies like my 36th one of this year, a Zfruit+Veggie Rope, help me save money on my lunch.

The freebies seem to be flying into my mailbox this week, with yet another arriving.

This one was a Zfruit+Veggie Rope from Clif that was part of a giveaway that ended March 31. I’ll probably pack the Mango Mania snack in my lunch one day next week.

Every free treat that I receive is one less that I have to buy for my mid-day meal. Even without freebies, you can save money by packing your lunch at least some of the time instead of always eating out or ordering in.

 

 

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Posted: April 18th, 2014

YMCA Camp Sherwin’s fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt and Open House will be Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the camp, 8600 West Lake Road, near Lake City.

Organizers said free activities will include egg hunting, games, face painting and fishing. Concessions will be open for a fee.

Learn more at http://www.ymcaerie.org/2014/03/fill-your-easter-basket-3/ or http://www.ymcaerie.org/camp/camp-events/ or call (814) 774-5157.

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Posted: April 17th, 2014
A Cheap in Erie reader helped me to get my 35th freebie of 2014, which I will share with friends and family.

A Cheap in Erie reader helped me to get my 35th freebie of 2014, which I will share with friends and family.

My 35th freebie came courtesy of a tip from Priscilla Cochran of North East, a faithful Cheap in Erie reader.

She told me about an offer from Lipton, which I shared on March 13 (http://www.goerieblogs.com/cheapinerie/2014/03/free-tea-from-lipton/) I checked back today and the freebie doesn’t appear to be available anymore.

This freebie consisted of three bags of Lipton Natural Energy premium black tea bags and a coupon. Since I don’t drink tea, I’ll either share this one with one of my tea-drinking friends or family members or save it to serve to company.

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Posted: April 17th, 2014

The annual spring Tri-State Antique Show will take place Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Rainbow Gardens.

Admission is $4 but if you click here you can get a flyer to print that will get you a 50-cent discount.

The event is presented by the Millcreek Kiwanis and East Erie County Kiwanis. Call (814) 868-2324 for more information.

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Posted: April 17th, 2014

Attention Betty Crocker members. Check your e-mail or go to https://www.bettycrocker.com/Registration/FullPageLogin?returnUrl=%2fCoupons-Promotions%2fDark-Chocolate-Cheerios-April-2014-hj57l77%3fRegAction%3dMemberSamples_MGCdkchoc_Apr17%26scd%3dF6D6B1D86CB3E346E040A8C047557381F6D6B1D86CB4E346E040A8C047557381_t222dTfVh9oUifBFZKh54gRTwxE%26nicam2%3dEmail%26nichn2%3dCore%26niseg2%3dBC%26nicreatID2%3dBC_04_17_2014 to request this month’s freebie.

The April giveaway is Multi Grain Cheerios Dark Chocolate Crunch cereal. To get it, you must already be a registered member and there are usually 10,000 available.

I’m not expecting a full-size box, but figure it should be enough for at least one bowl at breakfast. The site said I’d get mine in six to eight weeks.

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Posted: April 17th, 2014

For some other tips on being a savvy shopper, check out this article on the P&G Everyday website at http://www.pgeveryday.com/article/how-to-become-a-savvy-shopper?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=m2_read_the_list&utm_campaign=apr09_apr_financial

If you have some suggestions of your own to share, use the link above to send me an e-mail. Don’t forget to include your name and hometown so I can give you credit if I mention your idea in a future blog post.

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Posted: April 17th, 2014

Odessa’s Place will host its annual Community Easter Basket Giveaway on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Erie ministry, 628 W. 18th St.

Organizers hope to have at least 500 baskets to give away to families in the community.

To learn more, e-mail maurice.troop@yahoo.com or call (814) 602-5375.

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Posted: April 16th, 2014
My 34th freebie of this year will let me put my name on items like my lunch bag.

My 34th freebie of this year will let me put my name on items like my lunch bag.

I have to admit, I do think I love the 15 free labels with my name that came in the mail this week.

The Lovable Labels, which are supposed to be dishwasher, microwave, laundry, dryer, sun, bleach and sunscreen safe, also are colorful. I plan to put them on things like my reusable lunch bags and containers that I take food in to picnics and parties.

The free label offer is over but if you’re interested in buying some, there’s a special offer going on through Thursday. There’s a coupon code of YOLO2014 that you can use at checkout to save $10 off an online order of $25 or more, according to the Lovable Labels website. Go to http://www.lovablelabels.ca/

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Posted: April 16th, 2014

A little planning can save you money, especially on gasoline.

I try to plot things out so I can make multiple stops along the same route or accomplish more than one thing in a trip.

Once a month, I have a meeting at a location that requires me to drive past a Walmart, a Giant Eagle, a Kmart and a Dollar General on the way home. So if there’s something I want or need from one of those stores, instead of making a special trip there, I wait until meeting night and then stop at the store on the drive home because I’m already going that way.

I get my prescriptions filled at the pharmacy at my grocery store. So if I need a refill on a regular prescription, I call it in the day before I’m going grocery shopping or else drop it off when I arrive at the store. Then I do my grocery shopping and pick my prescription up before I leave, allowing me to get my medicine and my other items in the same trip.

Come back Thursday for more about savvy shopping.

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