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 4th, 2014

I don’t remember who it was, but someone once told me they’d vowed to never buy Hammermill paper again after the company closed up shop in Erie.

If it wasn’t you or you’re not opposed to using free Hammermill paper, here’s a deal for you.

Staples is offering a free ream of Hammermill 8.5-inch by 11-inch Copy Plus copy paper. You need a coupon, which you can get at, it expires Saturday and you’re only allowed one per customer. The fine print indicates you might have to pay the tax, where applicable. Go to the website to see the details.

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Posted: June 4th, 2014

Today was the first of the summer of 2014′s Mid-Day Art Breaks and tomorrow will be the first Block Party in downtown Erie.

The free Thursday night parties from 6 to 10:30 p.m., which move to a different location each week, feature live music. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

This week’s party is hosted by the Erie SeaWolves at 110 E. 10th St. and will include a crowd gathering at the nearby Uht Park by 8:15 p.m. to sing the Village People’s “YMCA” song.  The YMCA of Greater Erie is the beneficiary of the SeaWolves block party.

The parties are organized by the Erie Downtown Partnership. To learn more, visit or call (814) 455-3743.

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Posted: May 9th, 2014

The Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St., has two events this weekend that could be easy on your wallet.

First is the museum’s rummage sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You could find some bargains and sales benefit museum programming.

Second is the Second Sunday of the month, which is this Sunday and means free admission to the museum from 1 to 5 p.m. The event includes an art-making activity from 2 to 4 p.m.

To learn more, visit or call (814) 459-5477.

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Posted: April 27th, 2014

The Erie Book Depository is holding a one-day liquidation sale today until 4 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 32 W. 8th St., Suite 618.

The owner says on Facebook that he has more than 40,000 books and you can fill a box with books for just $2 or take home single books for 25 cents each. Go to to learn more.

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Posted: April 25th, 2014

Sale season is definitely underway. Here are the details on the latest one I’ve heard about.

Rummage sale, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Holy Rosary Catholic Church’s Hastings Hall at East 28th Street and East Avenue, (814) 969-0445.

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 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: January 10th, 2014

Registered organ donors can save $1 on the price of a ticket to tonight’s Erie BayHawks game.

The Center for Organ Recovery & Education is holding an Organ Donation Awareness Night at the 7 p.m. game at Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French St.

Fans who show their driver’s license indicating that they are a registered organ donor will receive $1 off their ticket price, according to an e-mail from C.O.R.E.

For more information, visit or call (800) 366-6777.

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Posted: December 26th, 2013

The YMCA of Greater Erie is offering a deal for new members.

Join between today and Tuesday and save up to $125.

The offer is valid at the County Y, Downtown Y, Eastside Family Y, Glenwood Park Y or Y at UPMC Hamot, according to a postcard I received in the mail.

Restrictions may apply.

Visit or call your local Y for more details.

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Posted: December 20th, 2013

Got your kid a new coat for winter? Here’s a way go get rid of the gently used old one, save yourself some money on a basketball game and help someone else stay warm.

Inter-Church Ministries of Erie County members will be collecting Coats for Kids at the Erie BayHawks games tonight and Saturday night.

Take a gently used or new coat to the game and you’ll get a voucher for a complimentary ticket to an upcoming BayHawks home game, according to the ICM winter newsletter.

Game time both nights is 7 p.m. at Erie Insurance Arena.

For more about the collection, call (814) 454-2411.

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Posted: November 24th, 2013

The Erie Times-News Faith page is giving away three 11 1/2-by-17-inch posters for the “Linsanity” movie about NBA player Jeremy Lin, who played in one game for the Erie BayHawks.

To enter the drawing, send your full name, address, city, ZIP and the keyword LIN 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

One entry per person please. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, Nov. 27, at noon.

Learn more at

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Posted: November 7th, 2013

Otters fans and people seeking gifts for Otters fans should visit and click on “clearance” under “shop.”

I did and found numerous items of Otters apparel on sale.

When I looked, the smallest discount was 36 percent and would get you a $5 Erie Otters Hockey bumper sticker for just $3.18. A $40 zip-up sweatshirt was just $25, or 37 percent off.

The best deal was 53 percent off a youth Otters T-shirt that was marked down from $14.97 to $6.97. Men’s and ladies’ sweatpants in a couple colors were 50 percent off, down to $15 from $30.

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