Cheap in Erie

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: April 19th, 2014

36th freebie of 2014

The freebies seem to be flying into my mailbox this week, with yet another arriving. This one was a Zfruit+Veggie Rope from Clif that was part of a giveaway that ended March 31. I’ll probably pack the Mango Mania snack in my lunch one day next week. Every free treat that I receive is one less [...]

Posted: April 18th, 2014

Free Easter Egg Hunt at Camp Sherwin

YMCA Camp Sherwin’s fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt and Open House will be Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the camp, 8600 West Lake Road, near Lake City. Organizers said free activities will include egg hunting, games, face painting and fishing. Concessions will be open for a fee. Learn more at or or call [...]

Posted: April 17th, 2014

35th freebie of 2014

My 35th freebie came courtesy of a tip from Priscilla Cochran of North East, a faithful Cheap in Erie reader. She told me about an offer from Lipton, which I shared on March 13 ( I checked back today and the freebie doesn’t appear to be available anymore. This freebie consisted of three bags of [...]

Posted: April 17th, 2014

Flyer contains antique show admission discount

The annual spring Tri-State Antique Show will take place Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Rainbow Gardens. Admission is $4 but if you click here you can get a flyer to print that will get you a 50-cent discount. The event is presented by the Millcreek Kiwanis and East Erie County Kiwanis. Call (814) [...]

Posted: April 17th, 2014

Free breakfast in 6 to 8 weeks

Attention Betty Crocker members. Check your e-mail or go to to request this month’s freebie. The April giveaway is Multi Grain Cheerios Dark Chocolate Crunch cereal. To get it, you must already be a registered member and there are usually 10,000 available. I’m not expecting a full-size box, but figure it should be enough for [...]

Posted: April 17th, 2014

More savvy shopping

For some other tips on being a savvy shopper, check out this article on the P&G Everyday website at If you have some suggestions of your own to share, use the link above to send me an e-mail. Don’t forget to include your name and hometown so I can give you credit if I mention [...]

Posted: April 17th, 2014

Odessa’s Place giving away Easter baskets

Odessa’s Place will host its annual Community Easter Basket Giveaway on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Erie ministry, 628 W. 18th St. Organizers hope to have at least 500 baskets to give away to families in the community. To learn more, e-mail or call (814) 602-5375.

Posted: April 16th, 2014

34th freebie of 2014

I have to admit, I do think I love the 15 free labels with my name that came in the mail this week. The Lovable Labels, which are supposed to be dishwasher, microwave, laundry, dryer, sun, bleach and sunscreen safe, also are colorful. I plan to put them on things like my reusable lunch bags and [...]

Posted: April 16th, 2014

Savvy shopping tip 3

A little planning can save you money, especially on gasoline. I try to plot things out so I can make multiple stops along the same route or accomplish more than one thing in a trip. Once a month, I have a meeting at a location that requires me to drive past a Walmart, a Giant Eagle, a Kmart and a Dollar General on the way home. So if [...]

Posted: April 16th, 2014

Target this discount on toys

For parents looking to replace the traditional chocolate in Easter baskets, or just looking for a sale on toys, Target has a buy one get one 50 percent off deal. The discount on what Target calls “top toy brands” will be applied at checkout and is good through Saturday. For more on this deal and [...]