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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: April 23rd, 2014

Purina giving away $100,000 in product prizes

Purina is celebrating National Pet Month with a Paw It Forward instant win game. You can play once per day through June 3 (I’m not sure whether April, May or June is the month being celebrated but the timing of the game gives you more than a month to win!). Go to www.pureloveforpets.com. The official rules [...]


Posted: April 23rd, 2014

Celebrate Earth with reusable bag giveaway

Here’s another Earth-related bag giveaway. In celebration of Earth Month, Earthbound Farm is giving away 12,000 reusable bags. You can enter once by Friday and you have to “like” the Earthbound Farm Facebook page at www.facebook.com/earthboundfarm. Click on “Reusable Bag Giveaway.” To see yesterday’s post about a free bag offer, go to http://www.goerieblogs.com/cheapinerie/2014/04/wegmans-giving-reusable-bags-for-earth-day/


Posted: April 23rd, 2014

37th freebie of 2014

Looks like I was one of the 50,000 winners randomly selected by Suave to receive a full-size Natural Infusion product. I received the coupon above in the mail and think I’ll use it for the Natural Infusion Awapuhi Anti-Breakage Shampoo. The freebie will let me try a new product at no cost and also continue [...]


Posted: April 23rd, 2014

Free lecture series on Lincoln continues today in Edinboro

Was President Abraham Lincoln the “Great Emancipator” or was he forced into glory by the times? That question will be part of a Lincoln and the Civil War Lecture Series that continues tonight at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. “The Iconic Lincoln” will feature professors Umeme Sababu and Ihor Bemko at 6 p.m. in Room 107A of Compton [...]


Posted: April 22nd, 2014

Win a tree

My first paying job was planting seedlings on my grandfather’s Christmas tree farm when I was in second grade. From there, I went on to shearing trees in summer and selling them at Christmas. Despite all the hours working with evergreens, I’m still fond of them and would love a free one to plant at [...]


Posted: April 22nd, 2014

Wegmans giving reusable bags for Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, which is today, Wegmans will have a bag exchange on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in all stores. The first 300 customers to take in a bunch of clean dry plastic bags will get a coupon for a reusable shopping bag, according to the Wegmans website. To learn [...]


Posted: April 21st, 2014

Easter items on sale at Christmas Tree Shops

I wouldn’t necessarily expect to find Easter items at a store called Christmas Tree Shops. But I’ve learned that although named for one holiday, the chain sells items for others. And today, Easter items at Christmas Tree Shops are 50 percent off, according to an e-mail I received. I’m not sure how long the sale [...]


Posted: April 21st, 2014

Free perspective on Jewish history offered

WQLN and Mercyhurst University will host a free screening of the production “Perspective: Jewish History.” The event will take place Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Great Room at Mercyhurst, 501 E. 38th St. A discussion on Jewish culture and history will follow, organizers said. Learn more at www.wqln.org or call (814) 864-3001.


Posted: April 21st, 2014

Free Earth Day lecture at Mercyhurst

The author of “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” will be giving a free talk Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall in Hirt Academic Center at Mercyhurst University, 501 E. 38th St. Stacy Malkan will deliver the Sister Maura Smith Earth Day Lecture. To learn more, visit [...]


Posted: April 21st, 2014

Faith page giving away book bag

Instead of a book this week, the Erie Times-News Faith page is giving away a bag to carry books or other items in. The nylon book bag from Jericho Books folds up when empty to fit in a pocket or purse. To enter the drawing, send your full name, address, city, ZIP and the keyword BAG on [...]