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: May 19th, 2014

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is giving away rosaries blessed by Pope Francis.

The giveaway celebrates the USCCB’s new book, “Praying the Rosary with Pope Francis.”

The 75-page booklet is $7.95 but the rosaries will be free to 11 winners. You can enter today through May 30 at

You also can learn more about the book at that site.

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Posted: May 16th, 2014

Kids can build Toothless at a free workshop coming up in June.

Registrations are now being accepted for the next Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic. The event will be June 14 at 10 a.m. at Lowe’s stores.

Children will build the character from the upcoming movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Participants also get a free apron and more.

To find a site or register a child, go to or contact your local Lowe’s store.

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Posted: May 15th, 2014

Cottonelle is giving away samples of its flushable wipes. One site I saw said 75,000 were available. When I went to the giveaway site, it said 49,643 were left.

Go to and either sign up or log in to get a free 11-count sample pack of Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths.

You can request one pack per household until Dec. 31 or while supplies last. Based on the number I saw, I’d say they’ll be gone well before Dec. 31.

Here’s a tip for a bonus: If you go back to the site above after requesting your sample, you’ll get a message saying you already asked for the freebie but for being so eager you can now get a coupon for $1.50 off Cottonelle toilet paper or flushable cloths.

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Posted: May 14th, 2014

Need paint?

True Value is giving it away for free on Saturday.

You can get one quart of Easy Care Ultra Premium Satin paint. The offer is limited to one per household and you must present a coupon that you can get at (Look for “Free Paint! One Day Only!” on the lower left.)

The coupon is valid at participating stores while supplies last and it says there’s an average of 40 quarts available per store.

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Posted: May 13th, 2014

Whether or not you were able to attend last weekend’s Festival of the Birds at Presque Isle (, here’s a free way to show your support for your feathered friends.

The National Audubon Society is giving away “I (heart) birds” bumper stickers.

To request one, go to and look for the free sticker post or go directly to

After you submit your request, you’re taken to a membership page but you don’t have to join or contribute money to get the free sticker.

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Posted: May 9th, 2014

When three of my friends visited last summer, I wanted to show them some of the sights in Erie. Kayaking at Presque Isle and a trip to the top of the Bicentennial Tower were on the list. Thanks to a coupon for one, we basically got to do the other for free.

I had copies of VisitErie’s free visitors guide for my guests. Inside each guide was a coupon for $3 off any watercraft rental at the Presque Isle Canoe & Boat Livery. The $3 we each saved on our kayak rental covered the cost of going to the top of the Bicentennial Tower.

Even if you don’t want to do the “touristy” stuff in Erie, there are valuable coupons in the guides for those of us who live here.

Just glancing through part of the 2014-15 guide, which you can see at, I found coupons for a BOGO item at Rita’s, a BOGO entrée at Moe’s, buy one dinner at regular price and get a second for half off at the Pittsburgh Inn, buy one pack of spring flowers and get a second for half off at Mason Farms and get $5 off any in-stock shirt at Harley-Davidson of Erie.

The watercraft rental coupon is there again, as well as one for $5 off Segway tours at the peninsula.

You can request a visitors guide online at the website I mentioned above, by e-mailing or by calling (800) 524-3743. The guides also are available at places like VisitErie, 208 E. Bayfront Park, Suite 103 in the Intermodal Center; the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive; and various hotels, motels, shops, restaurants and attractions.

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Posted: May 8th, 2014

Bees are needed to help grow things, including crops like blueberries. But bees are dying and disappearing so Wyman’s of Maine is giving out free wildflower seeds to help you help bees by providing habitat for them.

To order your free seeds, go to You do have to like Wyman’s Facebook page, which is at, but you can do so from the seed giveaway site.

After I submitted my request for seeds, the site indicated that 7,472 orders had been received.

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Posted: May 2nd, 2014

Saturday is the annual Free Comic Book Day.

Visit a participating comic book shop in North America and get a free comic book.

To learn more, go to or check with your local shop. The website will let you search for participating shops.


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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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