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: March 30th, 2014

Christmas is still almost nine months away, but if you like to shop early or have some children’s birthdays to buy for, you might want to visit GroceryCouponNetwork.

When I was at the site today, I found numerous coupons for Hasbro toys and games, mostly for children’s items but some that adults also can enjoy. The offers included $5 off several Play-Doh playsets, $5 off a Sesame Street toy purchase of $19.99 or more, $5 off any Cranium or Trivial Pursuit party game, $5 off an Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven (I always wanted one of those when I was a kid!), $3 off any Monopoly game, $2 off a Mr. Potato Head purchase of $7.99 or more and several others.

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Posted: December 26th, 2013

Just came across a coupon for $10 off an in-store purchase of $40 or more at Office Max.

To get the coupon, which is good today only, go to

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Posted: September 12th, 2013

Werther’s is launching a community for caramel lovers and if you’re willing to share your thoughts about it by taking a survey, you can get a coupon for candy.

The survey only has two questions about caramels and after answering them you should get an e-mail within 24 to 48 hours containing a coupon for Werther’s., where I heard about this offer, says the coupon is for $1 and that many dollar stores sell Werther’s candy for $1, meaning you can get a bag for free with the coupon.

To take the survey, go to and click on “Werther’s Caramel Shoppe Survey.”

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Posted: March 19th, 2013

Walgreens has a coupon code on its website for a free 8-by-10 collage print through Wednesday.

The offer is only valid online and can’t be used for single image prints or scrapbook pages.

For details or to create your print, go to

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Posted: January 9th, 2013

The web pages for the three Sander’s Markets in Erie County have a coupon that will let you get a 64-ounce tube of Colgate toothpaste for 77 cents.

The coupon says it’s valid at any Sander’s location and it expires Jan. 31.

To print the coupon, go to The pages for the Erie and Corry stores have a “coupons” section. On the North East page, look under “weekly specials.”

If you own, run or frequent an Erie-area store or restaurant that offers coupons or a good deal, send me the details in an e-mail to so that I can share it.

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Posted: November 24th, 2012

Now that Black Friday is past, it’s time to look ahead to Cyber Monday.

I admit (OK, brag :-)) I’ve already finished most of my holiday shopping and a lot of it was done online. Over the next few days I’ll share some of what I’ve learned.

My first piece of advice: Use coupon and free-shipping codes and, if you don’t have them, search for them online.

I’m on the e-mail lists for several catalogs and websites. A benefit of a full inbox is that some of the e-mails from these places contain codes that lead to a certain percent off my order or free shipping. Last year, I didn’t pay for shipping on any of the Christmas gifts I ordered online.

This year, thanks to the code I found on the front of one catalog, I saved about $15 in shipping costs on one order.

I didn’t have any codes for another catalog website I was visiting because I hadn’t ordered from it before. So I did a Google search for the catalog name and “coupon code.” I got numerous results and on one of them I found a code for 10 percent off my entire order.

There’s also a site,, where you can search for codes based on the name of a store, catalog or website.

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Posted: October 24th, 2012

Before you go shopping for Halloween candy, visit

When I checked the site today, there was a coupon for $1 off any 2 Mars candy Halloween bags. That includes Snickers, Twix and M&M’s.

If you spot any Halloween candy coupons or sales, send an e-mail to so I can share the deals with everyone.

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Posted: October 21st, 2012

When I request a freebie or sample, I often have to agree to receive a company’s occasional e-mails. Most of them end up getting deleted from my mailbox or I later unsubscribe to them. However, I’ve learned that some lead to even more freebies if I look closely enough.

While in pursuit of a Cheerios sample last year, I signed up to get the Betty Crocker e-mail newsletter. I have to admit I apparently have been glancing through it too quickly because it was only recently that I noticed an offer for a free monthly sample.

This month’s offering, available to the first 10,000 people, is for free au gratin potatoes. Next month is sugar cookie mix. (I’m definitely going to have to watch for that one!)

The rules say you have to be a recipient of the subscriber e-mail in order to be eligible for the samples. It’s too late to join and get the potato sample but if you like sugar cookies, head to and sign up.

You’ll also get access to a bunch of coupons there. When I last checked, the site had 57 coupons worth $70.88. I printed out nine of them for a savings of $7.19.

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Posted: September 13th, 2012

Splash Lagoon has a deal for grandparents and grandchildren on Sunday.

A grandparent can swim for free at the indoor water park in Summit Township with the purchase of a regular-priced swimming admission for a child age 16 or younger.

According to a coupon I found on the Splash Lagoon website, it looks like the deal is also good on Sept. 23.

To learn more, visit or call (814) 217-1111.

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Posted: September 11th, 2012

While exploring the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores website at I came across a 40-percent-off coupon.

To get to it, you have to click on “store locator” at the bottom of the page. Under whatever stores come up in “locations found in your area,” click on “more store information.” A link to the coupon will pop up over the map.

The coupon is good for 40 percent off any one regular-priced item, in-store or online. The deal is valid through Sept. 28.

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