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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 21st, 2014

The author of “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” will be giving a free talk Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall in Hirt Academic Center at Mercyhurst University, 501 E. 38th St.

Stacy Malkan will deliver the Sister Maura Smith Earth Day Lecture.

To learn more, visit http://www.mercyhurst.edu/mu-news/news/campus-life/2014/march/earthdaylecture or call (814) 824-3829.

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Posted: April 21st, 2014
This bag folds up to fit into a purse or pocket when not being used (see at right).

This bag folds up to fit into a purse or pocket when not being used (see at right).

This week's Faith page giveaway is a fold-up bag for books or other items.

This week’s Faith page giveaway is a fold-up bag for books or other items.

Instead of a book this week, the Erie Times-News Faith page is giving away a bag to carry books or other items in.

The nylon book bag from Jericho Books folds up when empty to fit in a pocket or purse.

To enter the drawing, send your full name, address, city, ZIP and the keyword BAG 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 to dana.massing@timesnews.com.

One entry per person please. Deadline is noon Wednesday. Winner will be chosen at random from entries received.

To see the winner of last week’s book, go to http://www.goerie.com/article/20140419/LIFESTYLES03/304199974/Enter-drawing-for-a-nylon-book-bag

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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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