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 21st, 2014

Stores are starting their school supply sales and Walgreens has several deals going this week. They do require you to have a Walgreens rewards card, which you can get for free.

The sales, good through Saturday, include a backpack for $2.99 instead of the regular $5 and buy one get one free on Crayola crayons, markers and colored pencils.

To see the ad, go to

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Posted: July 21st, 2014
Frank Schaeffer's "Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God" is this week's Erie Times-News Faith page giveaway.

Frank Schaeffer’s “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God” is this week’s Erie Times-News Faith page giveaway.

This week’s Erie Times-News Faith page giveaway is a copy of the book “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God.” Subtitled “How to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace” and written by Frank Schaeffer, the book is now available at but won’t be in bookstores until September.

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

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









To see last week’s winners, go to

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Posted: July 20th, 2014

The Gannon University Theater Department’s Shakespeare Summer Nights series has another play coming up at the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park.

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” will be performed Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater at the park, 1501 W. Sixth St.

The performances are free, although donations will be accepted.

Go to or to learn more.

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Posted: July 19th, 2014

Boating, hiking and even biking tours are pretty routine events at Presque Isle State Park. Now another free tour type has been added.

Rollerblade the Bay will be offered Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon, starting at the park’s Vista 1 parking lot. Organizers said to take your own skates and helmet for the 2-mile tour that will include information about the plants and animals found along the paved trail.

Visit or call (814) 833-7424 to learn more.

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Posted: July 18th, 2014

A humid day can feel a lot hotter than the thermometer says it is. But until I read the “8 Easy Ways to Cool Your Home Without AC” on, I never thought about how adding to the humidity indoors could make my house feel hotter and lead me to turn on the fans or air conditioning, which cost money to run.

The tips by Don Vandervort say I should minimize my midday washing and drying of clothes, showering and cooking to reduce indoor humidity. I usually try to avoid turning on the stove on hot days, but I never thought about when I do laundry. From now on, I’ll try to stick to cleaning my clothes in the evening or at night.

To see all the tips, go to

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Posted: July 18th, 2014

The Summer 2014 Concert Series is underway 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.

This week’s performance will feature jazz by the Kevin Howard Quartet.

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

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Posted: July 17th, 2014

The Romolo Chocolates 2014 Summer Music Series will feature an organist and a Grammy-winning saxophonist 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 performers are Greg Hatza and Ralph Lalama.

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

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Posted: July 17th, 2014

Here are details on the latest rummage sale I’ve heard about. It’s at a church but apparently benefits a Boy Scout troop and your wallet if you go and find any good bargains.

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 2615 W. 32nd St., (814) 833-6398.

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: July 17th, 2014

Hear the bells of Penn State Behrend’s Floyd and Juanita Smith Carillon ring tonight in Harborcreek Township.

The 2014 Smith Carillon Concert Series continues with a performance by Tin-shi Tam, university carillonneur from Iowa State University.

The free performances 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 to learn more.

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Posted: July 17th, 2014

I have a few friends who really really like to cook and bake and today I entered a giveaway to try to get a calendar to give to one of them for Christmas.

Pillsbury is giving away 50,000 free 2015 Pillsbury calendars. To try to get one, you have to be a member, which is free, and you have to vote for recipes to be included in the calendar. I got to vote for April, May and June recipes.

You can enter once per week through Aug. 3 and calendars will be shipped to the 50,000 recipients chosen at random in December, according to the rules.

Go to You might have to log in to, or join if you aren’t already a member, before it takes you to the calendar challenge.

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