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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: July 31st, 2014

For more than 16 hours of free jazz and blues, head to the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park this weekend.

The Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine, at the park at West Eighth Street and the Bayfront Parkway. The music starts at noon each day, with the last performers going on at 8 p.m., according to the schedule.

Go to or–jazz-fest-sounds-off-saturday-sunday to learn more.

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Posted: January 24th, 2014

There are some items, toilet paper and facial tissues among them, that I’m willing to spend a little more on to get a certain brand that I particularly like or feel works best. For other items, like diet root beer, I’m content to buy whatever is on sale.

Cat litter falls into the former category and I usually buy Fresh Step even though I’ve never had a coupon for it and some of the other brands cost less. I do hope, however, that I’ll get a coupon soon.

Fresh Step has a cat film festival promo that is giving away 1,800 prizes, including coupons for $3 off litter. There are 1,600 coupons available, plus 100 grand prizes of a Fresh Step T-shirt and 100 first prizes of something called a “neon cuff,” according to the official rules.

You can play once per day through Feb. 28 by voting in the film festival. Go to and click on “Catdance Festival.”

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Posted: August 14th, 2013

See local, regional, national and international films for free today through Saturday at the Boonies International Film Festival in downtown Warren, Pa.

The festival, all film screenings and related events are free to attend, according to the festival’s website.

To see what’s on the schedule or learn more, go to

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Posted: August 1st, 2013

The Erie Art Museum’s Blues & Jazz Festival is this weekend in Frontier Park at West Eighth Street and the Bayfront Parkway.

The free event runs Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine, and features national and regional musicians.

Food will be available for purchase or you can keep your entertainment costs lower by taking your own meal or munchies. You also have to take your own chairs or blankets to sit on.

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

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Posted: March 14th, 2013

The Edinboro Maple Festival 2013 kicks off with a free concert Friday night.

The Gem City Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Memorial Auditorium on the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania campus, according to the festival’s website.

Events, including live entertainment and craft booths, will continue Saturday and Sunday. A fun walk/run on Saturday morning is $15 in advance or $20 the day of. Pancake meals on Saturday and Sunday are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Free admission to local sugar houses is available.

To learn more, visit or call (814) 734-3562.

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