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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Posts tagged ‘gift’
Posted: December 13th, 2013

I used to organize an effort by a local service club to wrap about 200 toys for children each Christmas. So I was always on the lookout for inexpensive wrapping paper. The less money we spent on paper meant more to use to buy toys.

One thing I learned from that experience was to check the square feet on a roll of wrapping paper before buying it. Sometimes, a lower price equals less paper.

One year, I grabbed several rolls of paper at $1 each and passed over the $1.50 rolls because of the price. But it turned out that the $1.50 rolls had 40 square feet of paper while the buck rolls had only half that.

Valu Home Centers’ weekly ad has 40 square feet of holiday gift wrap for just $1 through Saturday. To see the ad, go to

Check Cheap in Erie tomorrow for another wrapping paper tip.


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Posted: December 12th, 2012

Sheetz is opening a new convenience store in the Erie area this week and the celebration includes a giveaway of $100 gift cards.

The store at 8180 Perry Highway in Summit Township officially opens Thursday at 11 a.m. But Sheetz officials said in a news release that they are expecting people to begin lining up before daybreak to be among the first 50 in line to get the gift cards.

To learn more about Sheetz, visit

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Posted: November 14th, 2011

If you like eating at Outback Steakhouse yourself or want a gift for someone else who does, now’s the time to buy.

Outback is offering a $20 bonus card for every $100 you buy in Outback gift cards.

You have to purchase your $100 worth of gift cards by Dec. 31 and the bonus card is only good from Jan. 1 to Feb. 10. Also, be warned that the free card does say “bonus card” on it, so if you plan to give it as a gift, the recipient might realize you didn’t pay for it.

But you could always keep the bonus card for yourself and give away another of the gift cards you buy. Or, if you really like to dine at Outback a lot, keep them all for yourself and you’ll get $120 worth of meals for just $100.

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Posted: November 1st, 2011

FedEx will give away 30,000 Shop-Small American Express gift cards worth $25 each today.

For your chance at one, go to FedEx’s Facebook page,, today at 1 p.m. Eastern time. and look for the information on Small Business Saturday. The first 30,000 qualifying consumers will get one of the gift cards, according to a news release. Another 10,000 cards will be distributed directly to FedEx customers.

The idea behind the promotion is that FedEx will give away the cards and consumers will hopefully use the money to shop at small locally-owned businesses on Nov. 26, which is Small Business Saturday.

To learn more about the promotion and the reasoning behind it, visit


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Posted: February 16th, 2011

In case you haven’t already heard, the Borders book store outside the Millcreek Mall is one of 200 that will be closing in coming weeks. The Borders Express in the mall isn’t on the closing list, which just includes superstores.

Good news for those of you holding onto Borders gift cards is that you shouldn’t lose any of that money. According to a company website at, Borders will still honor gift cards in stores and online. That site also has a list of all the stores that are closing.

Bad news is, if you want to use your gift card at a superstore you’ll soon have to travel outside the Erie area.

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