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 9th, 2013

So Bic is giving away 35,000 pens, 100 of them randomly every hour between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. And I finally won one this morning.

I admit that I wasn’t trying every hour, but maybe once or twice a day and I missed a few days while on vacation.

Priscilla, a reader from North East, already wrote in to say that she’d won a pen.

If you want a chance to become a winner too, go to  and click on “Pen Giveaway.” You can enter once per person per hour through July 14.

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Posted: June 10th, 2013

Zest appears to be giving away special car-shaped bars of soap again. I didn’t get one last time :-(

According to Zest’s Facebook page, which you have to “like” to enter, the Zest Bathvroom Giveaway starts today at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

Go to

I couldn’t find details on how many bars are up for grabs or for how long.

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Posted: November 5th, 2012

Mattel is giving away toys and a $500 online shopping spree.

The Toy-a-Day Giveaway runs through Nov. 21. You can enter once per day if you’re a U.S. resident age 18 or older.

Go to

One winner will be randomly selected for each day’s prize, according to the official rules. The daily prizes are toys that range in value from $24.99 to $200. Today’s is a Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Power Tower Track Set worth $44.99. Tuesday is a Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace valued at $50.

One person will get a $500 online gift code to use at or, according to the giveaway rules.

After I entered the first time, I received an e-mail that included an offer of 10 percent off my next online Mattel order.

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Posted: February 14th, 2012

Nivea for Men is giving away free products like body wash and moisturizer.

The promotion began Monday, with a giveaway of 200 bottles of body wash or lotion between 2 and 3 p.m., and is supposed to last for 10 days, according to the Nivea for Men Facebook page.

Today’s giveaway runs from 5 to 6 p.m. EST and is for 200 bottles of Sensitive Gel Moisturizer or Energy After Shave Splash, according to a post on the page.

Go to and click on fan giveaway.

When I checked this morning, Monday’s 200 bottles of body wash or lotion were already gone but you could still get a coupon for $1 off any Nivea for Men body lotion.

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Posted: January 31st, 2012

Today is Cheap in Erie’s anniversary and to celebrate I’m giving away Erie Times-News/ mugs.

Send an e-mail with “mug” in the subject line to me at by  Wednesday at noon.

I’ll randomly pick winners from the entries I receive.

And as long as you’re e-mailing, tell me what you’ve thought of the blog so far. What do you like and dislike? What do you want to see more of and less of? What tips do you have for saving money and spending it wisely?

Thanks for a great first year!


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Posted: September 20th, 2011

Got an e-mail from SC Johnson at 1:02 this morning telling me that the first 3,000 people to respond to the Right@Home offer of the month would get one Glade Sense & Spray Automatic Freshener starter kit plus two refills.

Go to for your chance to respond.

The offer is only open to U.S. residents and available until Sept. 25 or while supplies last. Unfortunately, when you respond, it doesn’t tell you if you’re one of the 3,000. I guess we just have to wait until after Nov. 15, when the freshener and refills will be mailed to the winners.

Even if we’re not among the lucky few, we can still save at the site. It includes more than $23 worth of coupons on Glade freshener products as well as Ziploc bags and containers and Scrubbing Bubbles.


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Posted: May 10th, 2011

According to Swiffer’s Facebook page, tonight at 8 p.m. (Eastern Time) is the start of a giveaway of 100,000 Swiffer Dusters Starter Kits in May. The first wave includes 12,500 kits.

I’m hoping to get one this month but don’t know if I’ll make it online at 8 or later tonight. If anyone else does, let us know what you found out.

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Posted: March 25th, 2011

Saturday is the second game in the best-of-seven playoff series pitting the Erie Otters against the Windsor Spitfires.

If you’re one of the first 2,000 fans through the doors of the Tullio Arena to cheer on our Erie hockey team, you’ll get a free T-shirt.

For more information or tickets, call (814) 452-4857 or visit

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