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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.

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Posted: July 22nd, 2014

66th freebie of 2014

I goofed. This freebie actually arrived a little while ago and I promptly fed it to my cats because I was low on their regular food and then I forgot to blog about it. Hill’s Pet Nutrition gave away 5,000 prizes consisting of three bags of Hill’s Science Diet Crunchy Creations Grain Free treats for cats. [...]

Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Erie Phil back at art break

Last month was the string quartet, this month it’s the brass quintet and next month is the woodwind quintet. Members of the Erie Philharmonic are making multiple appearances at the weekly Mid-Day Art Break at the Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. The events take place every Wednesday through Aug. 27  from noon to 1 p.m. with [...]

Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Backpacks, school uniforms on sale at Target

Yesterday I mentioned a $2.99 backpack sale at Walgreens. These prices aren’t as low but if your kids have their hearts set on backpacks from Target, you can at least get them for less this week. is offering 5 percent to 25 percent off select backpacks through Saturday. Although some were still more than [...]

Posted: July 21st, 2014

65th freebie of 2014

I blogged about this offer on July 1 and my freebie has already arrived in the mail, which is a fantastic turnaround time. Sometimes they take so long that by the time I get my goodie, I’ve forgtotten about it. This one is a two-pack of Lipton K-Cup iced tea that I’ll be sharing with someone. [...]

Posted: July 21st, 2014

Halloween sale good through Sunday

Halloween is only 102 days away, according to The site is having a preseason clearance event through Sunday. You can get a coffin for $30 instead of $69.99 and a zombie for half price at $30 instead of $59.99, according to some of the sales I saw.  

Posted: July 21st, 2014

Make Tuesdays great with free music

Six of the 8 Great Tuesdays remain, meaning you have half a dozen more chances for free summer concerts on Erie’s bayfront. The shows begin each Tuesday through Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Burger King Amphitheater at Liberty Park. This week’s performance will be by Eric Lindell & Co. Go to or [...]

Posted: July 21st, 2014

BOGO Crayola and backpack sale at Walgreens

Stores are starting their school supply sales and Walgreens has several deals going this week. They do require you to have a Walgreens rewards card, which you can get for free. The sales, good through Saturday, include a backpack for $2.99 instead of the regular $5 and buy one get one free on Crayola crayons, [...]

Posted: July 21st, 2014

Faith page giving book about ‘atheist who believes in God’

This week’s Erie Times-News Faith page giveaway is a copy of the book “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God.” Subtitled “How to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace” and written by Frank Schaeffer, the book is now available at but won’t be in bookstores until September. To enter the drawing, send [...]

Posted: July 20th, 2014

See Shakespeare at L.E.A.F.

The Gannon University Theater Department’s Shakespeare Summer Nights series has another play coming up at the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park. “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” will be performed Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater at the park, 1501 W. Sixth St. The performances are free, although donations will be accepted. Go to or to [...]

Posted: July 19th, 2014

Free tour teaches in-line skaters about Presque Isle

Boating, hiking and even biking tours are pretty routine events at Presque Isle State Park. Now another free tour type has been added. Rollerblade the Bay will be offered Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon, starting at the park’s Vista 1 parking lot. Organizers said to take your own skates and helmet for the 2-mile [...]