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 31st, 2014

The Cellular Connection is giving away 100,000 backpacks full of school supplies this Saturday and at least 100 of them will go to Erie-area children.

Adults can take children to the Verizon Wireless Premium store at 5039 Peach St. on Saturday between noon and 2 p.m. to get backpacks, which will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. When I called the store, I was told it had 100 backpacks so this isn’t one of those freebies where only the first five or 10 kids benefit.

To learn more about TCC’s School Rocks 100,000 Backpack Giveaway, which is part of the retailer’s Culture of Good movement, go to or

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Posted: June 27th, 2014

You can get free fish and fries on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Long John Silver’s.

The restaurant’s website says no purchase is necessary but the offer is limited to one per customer per visit at participating locations while supplies last. It’s good for dine-in or carryout but not the drive thru.

Based on the photo, it looks like you get one piece of fish and a small amount of fries. But it’s still free food.

To see for yourself, go to

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Posted: June 9th, 2014
This lotion marks a milestone -- my 50th freebie of 2014. And the year isn't even half over yet!

This lotion marks a milestone — my 50th freebie of 2014. And the year isn’t even half over yet!

I was really excited when my latest freebie arrived in the mail. Compared to some goodies, the sample of Eucerin lotion was small but it was still signficiant. It represents my 50th freebie in less than six months and puts me on track to getting at least 100 in 2014.

I’ve requested Eucerin through several offers and I’m not sure which one this freebie came from. Some have expired but one offer is still live at

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Posted: June 5th, 2014

Vitamin Shoppe stores are holding a Share the Health Expo on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that includes free samples and information.

The first 50 customers will receive a goodie bag, according to Vitamin Shoppe’s Facebook page.

To learn more, go to

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Posted: June 3rd, 2014

International Delight is giving away 100 iced coffee tumblers a week through Aug. 29.

You can enter daily at under “Win a Tumbler!”


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Posted: June 2nd, 2014

If you want a seat on one of the popular free Evening Lagoons by Pontoon boat tours at Presque Isle State Park, set your alarm clock to go off today at 10 a.m.

That’s when you can start calling the park office at (814) 833-7424 for a reservation for this week’s Wednesday and Friday night rides. The boat only has 16 seats and they’re available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The evening tours are each Wednesday and Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and registration begins each Monday at 10 a.m. by phone.

Daytime tours are offered seven days a week at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Signup for those rides starts each day at 10 a.m. in person at the Lagoons Launch.

To see Sarah Stemen’s Go See Erie video about the lagoons tours, go to

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Posted: May 27th, 2014

I admit that I didn’t try out this offer because my dad and both my grandfathers are dead so I don’t need a card for Father’s Day. But I wanted to pass the deal along to those of you who still celebrate the day by giving cards.

The Cherishables site is offering a free Father’s Day card, including shipping, through June 1 while supplies last. You can only get one and need to use promo code DAD14C.

Go to

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Posted: May 22nd, 2014

The first of two Fish-for-Free Days in Pennsylvania is coming up this holiday weekend.

On Monday, Memorial Day, anyone can legally fish on the commonwealth’s waterways without needing a fishing license, according to the state Fish and Boat Commission. A one-day license on any other day would cost $11.70 for a Pennsylvania resident age 16 and older and $26.70 for a tourist age 16 and older, according to the commission’s website.

People who are new to fishing, or don’t have their own equipment, can borrow rods, reels, hooks and tackle boxes on Monday at numerous loaner sites across the state, including several in the Erie area. For a full list of loaner sites, go to

For more about Fish-for-Free Days, go to or call (814) 336-2426 or (877) 707-4085. The next one is July 4.

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Posted: May 22nd, 2014


The 43rd freebie to arrive at my house this year is really for my cats, Teddy and Marlene.

The 43rd freebie to arrive at my house this year is really for my cats, Teddy and Marlene.





I don’t just seek samples for myself. I also like to get them for my two cats.

This week a freebie came in the mail that will help feed Marlene and Teddy. It was a sample of Rachael Ray cat food.







When I went back and checked the sample site today, it said there weren’t any currently available. But it’s worth checking back as this freebie seems to come and go. It took me several attempts to get a sample. To read more about it, go to

Another cat food sample offer, this one from Purina, was still available today. For details about it, check out

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Posted: May 19th, 2014

Thanks to co-worker Dave Bruce for passing this one along.

Tuesday is Dave’s Day at Famous Dave’s Erie, 7165 Peach St., and anyone named Dave can get a free entrée worth up to $15, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. You’ll get half off an entrée if your middle name is Dave. David and Davy count too.

Go to or call the restaurant at (814) 790-4205 to learn more.

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