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 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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Posted: January 2nd, 2014

Back in August, I had several friends visit for a long weekend. After we went out for dinner one night, one of my friends came down with a case of heartburn. Fortunately, I had a sample of Tums antacid tablets that I had received for free earlier in the year and could give her.

Now I’ve come across another Tums freebie that will let me have a few on hand again in case company or I need them in the future.

The sample offer is for Tums Freshers antacid in spearmint and says you can get one per household while supplies last.

To request one, go to

The site doesn’t say how many are available or how big the sample is, but the last one I received was just enough to help my friend feel better.

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Posted: December 27th, 2013

Staples has a coupon that will get you a free EcoEasysm bag and save you 20 percent on most of what you can fit in it.

If you already have one of the reuseable bags, you can take it and the coupon to a Staples store and still get the 20 percent off. The savings isn’t good on some items, according to the coupon.

The coupon is only valid through Saturday. To print it, go to

The site also has an offer for a free ream of paper with a coupon and after a rebate.


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