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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 28th, 2014

Free Erie Zoo admission for seniors, grandchildren

For my Grandmother Massing’s 80th birthday, my mother and I took her to the Erie Zoo and she had a blast. Since the grandchildren were all teens or young adults by then, it had been years since she’d been to the zoo. It was a nice enjoyable thing to do on her actual birthday, which fell in the [...]

Posted: July 28th, 2014

Look for Mummies on Erie’s bayfront

Mark Goldin, the pro who teaches the tennis classes I take, often has music playing while we hit balls and run drills. One of his favorite groups is “Here Come the Mummies.” The Mummies are coming to Erie this week. They’ll be performing Tuesday on the bayfront for the next 8 Great Tuesdays concert. The [...]

Posted: July 28th, 2014

Faith page giving away ‘Catholic by Choice’

This week’s Erie Times-News Faith page giveaway is a book about the author’s adult conversion to Catholicism. Richard Cole’s book is titled “Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime.” To enter the drawing, send your full name, address, city, ZIP and the keyword [...]

Posted: July 27th, 2014

Free 2GB USB flash drive offered online

I have several flash drives that I use and I didn’t pay for a single one of them. They were all promotional items that I received at events like conferences. Thanks to a link from Cheap in Erie reader Priscilla Cochran, I can add another to my collection. Priscilla sent this link for a free [...]

Posted: July 27th, 2014

40,000 Purina prizes available for dogs and cats

Here’s another pet food one but it’s not just for cats. The Purina Summer Treasure Instant Win Game is giving away 20,000 prizes for cats and 20,000 for dogs consisting of coupons for food or treats. You can try to win one cat prize and one dog prize each day through Aug. 11. Go to [...]

Posted: July 26th, 2014

Free organ recital tonight at Behrend

You can hear a free recital tonight in Smith Chapel at Penn State Behrend. Ethan LaPlaca will play the organ at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel at 4701 College Drive, Harborcreek Township. Call (814) 898-6609 to learn more.

Posted: July 25th, 2014

Allure giving 40,057 items in August

Co-worker Valerie Myers and I both decided that if we happened to win a Max Mara snakeskin-and-leather bag that retails for $1,690, we’d probably sell it on eBay and pocket the cash for a more practical purpose. If you’d like the bag to keep or for another reason, you’ll want to check out Allure’s Free [...]

Posted: July 25th, 2014

Hear Goats in the vineyards

The Summer 2014 Concert Series continues this weekend with classic rock by the Goats at Penn Shore Winery and Vineyards. “Music in the Vineyards” takes place Saturdays through Aug. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Penn Shore, 10225 East Lake Road, North East Township. Admission is free. Take a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Learn [...]

Posted: July 24th, 2014

Free Family Fun Fest in North East

Orchard Beach Assembly is hosting a free Family Fun Fest this weekend. The event will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2025 Orchard Beach Road, North East. Activities will include inflatables, pony rides, games, a petting zoo, hay rides, music, food and a “free” rummage “sale.” To learn more, visit or [...]

Posted: July 24th, 2014

Cocomama to appear at chocolate store’s music series

You only have two more chances to catch the Romolo Chocolates 2014 Summer Music Series and one of them is this weekend. The free weekly shows will be held on Saturdays through Aug. 9, except Aug. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Romolo Chocolates’ outdoor piazza, 1525 W. Eighth St. This week’s performance will [...]