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: August 21st, 2014

While I wouldn’t be opposed to a trip for two to Las Vegas, the idea of 16 hot fudge sundaes is equally appealing. I could get either if I win a McDonald’s sweepstakes.

The promo is awarding five grand prizes of a trip for two to Las Vegas including airfare, two nights in a suite, two tickets to the Latin Grammy Awards on Nov. 20, $300 spending money and a $50 McDonald’s Arch card.

There are 150 first prizes of a $20 McDonald’s Arch card.

At $1.25 each, I could get 16 hot fudge sundaes with a $20 card. Or perhaps mix in some cheeseburgers or Chicken McNuggets.

For your chance to win, go to https://mcdlgsweeps.com.

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Posted: August 21st, 2014

Brit Petfood USA is giving samples of Petit Healthy Snack Cleans Teeth.

The offer is available while supplies last for U.S. residents only.

Go to www.facebook.com/brit.petfood.usa and click on “Giveaway.”

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Posted: August 21st, 2014

Here’s a sale that could benefit both you, if you find any good bargains, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Proceeds will benefit the association, sale organizers said.

First Presbyterian Church of Waterford, 112 West Third St., will host the rummage and bake sale and silent auction Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Call (814) 796-4110 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: August 21st, 2014

I like apps, when they’re free. Here’s one I came across today that not only is free, but can help you save money.

GasBuddy will show you the prices of gasoline at nearby stations. You can search by zip code or city. The results show not only the price but the station name and its address. You can get the results in a list or shown on a map.

My first look at the map version (which I like better) for Erie, showed prices ranging from $3.35 to $3.59. Buying from the cheaper station could save you nearly $4 if you have a 16-gallon tank. The app also indicates how long ago the listed price was reported.

Since I just got this app, I haven’t had a chance to check how accurate the prices are.  If you know of any similar apps, send me the details and I’ll share.

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Posted: August 20th, 2014

This week’s performance in the Thursday in the Park Concert Series in Corry will feature the KoKoMo Time Band.

The free concert will be Thursday from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in City Park Gazebo at North Center and East Smith streets.

The event is presented by the Corry Area Arts Council.

To learn more, visit http://www.corrypa.com/Corry%20Area%20Arts%20Council/Corry%20City%20Park%20Concerts.htm

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Posted: August 20th, 2014

Hush Puppies is giving away 30 pairs of shoes this month. The Facebook page for the promo indicates the giveaway is for Chaste Ballet flats but when I read the rules it says winners will get a promo code valid toward any pair of Hush Puppies shoes on hushpuppies.com.

This “monthly shoe giveaway,” which to me sounds like there might be one every month, ends Aug. 31 and you can only enter once. Thirty winners will be randomly selected and the prize is worth $79.

Go to https://www.facebook.com/hushpuppiesusa and Click on “Shoe a Day Giveaway.”

 

 

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Posted: August 20th, 2014

Several of my co-workers with kids in college were talking today about how some places of higher learning charge for things like parking even if you don’t have a car on campus.

One of the parents had told me that her son’s college automatically charges every student a $75 parking fee. But someone at the school happened to mention to her that by filling out a certain form, carless students can get the money back.

So it’s probably a good idea for you, and your child, to sit down and review the fees you’re being charged in case any of them don’t apply and you might be able to get out of paying them. Also, ask around among other students and parents to see if they know of any fees you can get out of and how to do it.

 

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Posted: August 20th, 2014

Back when I was in college, the mini fridge in my dorm helped me save money in a couple ways.

First, I could bring food from home that cost less than it did in campus stores. Second, I could chill a 2-liter bottle of pop purchased for 99 cents at the grocery store at home and drink that all week instead of putting 50 cents in a vending machine each day for a can of soda pop.

If you have a kid heading off to college, here’s a chance to get them a little fridge without having to pay for it.

Danby is giving away three of the appliances in its back-to-school promo. The grand prize is a Danby compact fridge plus an iPad and a $100 Visa gift card to stock the fridge. Second place is a fridge and $100 gift card. Third place is a fridge and $50 card.

But don’t count on winning this freebie before the start of school. You can enter once a day through Sept. 30 and the rules say it will take two to 10 weeks to deliver the prizes to the winners. Go to https://www.facebook.com/DanbyAppliances?sk=app_143103275748075&brandloc=DISABLE&app_data=source-9hcu99_2pe%2Cchk-53f4ca0455a4a

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Posted: August 20th, 2014

My brother Dan and sister-in-law Julie enjoy yoga. They asked me to go once and since I’m always willing to try something new, I went. It was nice, but not for me. I feel better after whacking a tennis ball around a court for 90 minutes.

But if yoga is your thing or you want to find out if it is, here are a couple freebies.

Lululemon has two free online videos of yoga classes you can try. Go to www.lululemon.com/giftofyoga.

We are Yoga is giving away a yoga sticker when you sign up for a newsletter. Go to www.weareyoga.com/get-a-free-sticker.

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Posted: August 19th, 2014

A couple of my recent freebies contained food for my cats. Now I’m trying to get some for me.

One opportunity this week is the Good Cook Noodle Maker and Instant Noodles Giveaway, which ends Saturday.

According to the official rules, it appears as if the first 30 eligible entrants beginning daily at 3 p.m. Eastern time will win a noodle maker and 24-pack of instant noodles worth about $13.50 total.

You can enter once a day and it looks like you’ll want to do it as quickly after 3 p.m. as possible. Go to www.facebook.com/goodcook.

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