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: April 24th, 2014

Olive Garden has a coupon for a free kid’s meal good today only.

The freebie is related to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, which is apparently today, according to the e-mail I received.

The coupon says you can get a free kid’s meal for a child age 12 and younger with the purchase of an adult entrée. The offer is dine-in only and you can only use one coupon but it says it’s good for two kid’s meals and two adult entrées.

Get the coupon at

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Posted: April 23rd, 2014
With this coupon, my latest freebie for the year, I can continue to wash my hair at no cost.

With this coupon, my latest freebie for the year, I can continue to wash my hair at no cost.

Looks like I was one of the 50,000 winners randomly selected by Suave to receive a full-size Natural Infusion product.

I received the coupon above in the mail and think I’ll use it for the Natural Infusion Awapuhi Anti-Breakage Shampoo.

The freebie will let me try a new product at no cost and also continue my effort to wash my hair without paying for it. I’ve been using shampoo samples and freebie since March 1, 2013.

While not all the shampoo giveaways are as good as the Suave one, even a single-use sample has helped me to save money for nearly 14 months. This latest coupon will get me a bottle worth up to $7.50.

If you hear of any shampoo freebies, use the e-mail link above to send me the details and I’ll share them with everyone.

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Posted: April 10th, 2014

Stop by a participating Walmart this weekend for a free photo with the Easter Bunny.

The 5-by-7-inch freebie will be offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the Walmart website at

It’s probably not a bad idea to call your local Walmart and verify if it is participating before you make a special trip there.

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Posted: April 10th, 2014

Bait and tackle will be provided for children during a free fishing experience Saturday, the first day of trout season.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Waterworks area at Presque Isle State Park. The floating platform will be designated a kids-only fishing area. Non-fishing adults will be allowed to accompany children, organizers said.

The bait and equipment will be provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie and BAC Bait and Tackle.

To learn more, visit or call (814) 833-7424.

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Posted: April 9th, 2014

The second Friday and Saturday in May are part of a KOA Care Camps Big Weekend, which means good things for frugal campers and children with cancer.

If you stay as a paying guest on Friday, May 9, at any participating KOA campground, you will get a free night of camping on Saturday, May 10.

The freebie is part of a weekend that raises money to send children undergoing treatment for or recovering from cancer to KOA Care Camps across the country.

For more information, including a list of participating campgrounds, go to or call (888) 562-0000.

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Posted: March 31st, 2014
You still have time to try to get one of the Nivea lotion samples like this one that I received in the mail.

You still have time to try to get one of the Nivea lotion samples like this one that I received in the mail.


Often by the time I receive a freebie in the mail, the offer has ended. But the Nivea lotion sample I received in the mail over the weekend is from one of two offers that are still going on, at least today.

Go to and click on “Nivea Samples” or “BBBS Nivea.” Both are giving samples. However, the BBBS Nivea promo does end today.

Read more about these offers at

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Posted: March 30th, 2014

The McDonald’s promo that is offering free small McCafe coffees during breakfast hours starts Monday and runs through April 13.


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Posted: February 20th, 2014

TCP Lighting is offering you a free bulb.

You have to go to the TCP Lighting Facebook page at Click on “Get a PhD in LED” and read a few facts about LED and then “like” the page. You’ll get a form to fill out to receive one free 40w TCP LED lamp by mail. The official rules don’t say how many bulbs are available, only that you can just request one and the promotion ends March 31.

As the old light bulbs around my house burn out, I’ve replaced them with energy-efficient ones and lately I haven’t had to pay for any of the bulbs because I got a bunch for free in the Engergy Conservation Kit I received for completing the Penelec/FirstEnergy Home Energy Analyzer home profile.

To read more about the free kit, check out




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Posted: February 19th, 2014

Did your kids go crazy when the U.S. men’s hockey team beat Russia in a shootout at the Olympics? Have they turned your living room into a rink, skating around in their socks and knocking over lamps with brooms filling in for hockey sticks?

Whether you think you have a future Olympian or just have a child who wants to play, you’ll want to investigate Try Hockey for Free Day.

USA Hockey and local programs around the country are giving children ages 4 to 9 the chance to try youth hockey on March 1. Coaches will be present to teach hockey basics and a limited amount of equipment will be available for children to use.

The Try Hockey for Free website at  has a map of participating locations and it includes Erie’s JMC Ice Arena, 423 W. 38th St. Visit the site to learn more or register a child.

For more information, contact your local rink, USA Hockey at (719) 538-1124 or

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Posted: February 6th, 2014

Don’t forget, today is the celebration of National Frozen Yogurt Day at Menchie’s.

You can get a coupon, good Thursday only, for 6 free ounces of frozen yogurt.

Go to and click on “Get Free FROYO.” The coupon says you can either print it or take it on your mobile device to redeem it.


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