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.
 Phone: 814-870-1729
Posts tagged ‘behrend’
Posted: June 27th, 2014

Penn State Behrend is again offering students a way to learn more about the campus and get their $50 Penn State application fee waived. This seems like a no-brainer for any student considering the college and trying to save money to attend.

The summer admissions events that qualify students for the fee waiver include two Spend a Summer Day programs and weekday Get to Know Us sessions.

The Spend a Summer Day programs will be July 11 and Aug. 1 beginning at 1 p.m., organizers said. A similar evening event will take place July 31 at 5 p.m.

Get to Know Us sessions will be held twice daily on most summer weekdays, officials said.

The events are free but advance registration is required and can be made by visiting, e-mailing or calling (814) 898-6100 or (866) 374-3378.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: May 15th, 2014

College students collect a lot of stuff over a semester. You can buy some of it this weekend.

Penn State Behrend is holding its annual Trash to Treasure sale on Saturday in Erie Hall on the Harborcreek Township campus.

Early bird admission is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. but will cost you $5. Free admission starts at 9 a.m. The sale ends at noon.

I spoke with Ann Quinn, one of the organizers, and she said there was lots of good stuff including furniture, athletic equipment and clothing. The donated items are things students had at school but no longer want or can’t take home with them. Quinn said the sale both keeps those items out of a landfill and raises money for the United Way of Erie County.

To learn more, go to or call (814) 898-6993 or 898-6379.

If you know of a rummage, garage, next-to-new or similar sale at a church or nonprofit organization, e-mail the details to me using the blue link above. Make sure to include the sale dates, hours and address, along with a telephone number or web address where people can get more information.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: March 30th, 2014

When I was in high school, Yale University sent me a college application form. I never filled it out and returned it because Yale wanted a $60 fee to apply and since I really wasn’t considering the school, I wasn’t about to shell out what was then a lot of money for me.

I admit I’ve always wondered if I would have been accepted, but don’t regret not spending the money to find out.

High school students and parents soon learn that the cost of applying to colleges is one of the early expenses of many that come with a higher education.

Penn State Behrend is offering a bit of a break.

The college in Harborcreek Township is offering to waive Penn State’s $50 application fee for prospective students who attend an open house at Behrend on April 5.  The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes the opportunity to meet with faculty, attend a Student Services Fair, learn admissions and financial aid information, go on a walking tour of the campus and eat a complimentary tailgate lunch, organizers said.

To register or learn more, go to, call (814) 898-6100 or (866) 374-3378 or e-mail


Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: January 28th, 2014

Bill Nye is giving a free talk Wednesday night at Penn State Behrend.

Known best for the TV show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” he’ll discuss his career and other topics, event organizers said.

The program will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Junker Center on the Harborcreek Township campus.

To learn more, go to or call (814) 898-6171.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: January 27th, 2014

Penn State Behrend will be the site of a free performance today by duoJalal, a musical collaboration of classical viola and world percussion.

The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in McGarvey Commons in the Reed Union Building on the Harborcreek Township campus as part of the school’s Music at Noon: The Logan Series.

To learn more, visit or call (814) 898-6289.


Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: October 7th, 2013

Movie and music writer Kenneth Womack is set to share his Beatles scholarship today in a free program at Penn State Behrend.

“Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles” will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 236 of the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center on the Harborcreek Township campus.

Organizers said the program is an interactive multimedia presentation that traces the Beatles’ songwriting practices, recording artistry and musicianship from its early, primitive recordings through the aesthetic heights of “Abbey Road” at the twilight of the band’s career.

To learn more, visit or call (814) 898-6158.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: September 4th, 2013

Penn State Behrend’s Creative Writers Reading Series opens Thursday with a free reading by poet and essayist Lia Purpura, the author of seven collections of essays, poems and translations.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel on the Behrend campus in Harborcreek Township.

To learn more, visit or call (814) 898-6108.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: March 20th, 2013

Penn State Behrend will host a free discussion Thursday by an expert on zombie cinema.

Peter Dendle, author of “The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia,” will give a talk titled “Zombie Movies: Redefining the Zombie for the ‘War on Terror’” at 7:30 p.m. in 180 Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center, 5101 Jordan Road, Harborcreek Township.

To learn more, visit or call (814) 898-6108.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: February 18th, 2013

Former Newsweek journalist Peter Annin will deliver a free lecture today at Penn State Behrend in Harborcreek Township.

Annin is the author of the book “The Great Lakes Water Wars,” which is also the title of his talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Reed Union Building’s second-floor auditorium.

He will discuss historical and expected water-sharing controversies and other environmental pressures on the Great Lakes, according to the school’s website. Visit or call (814) 898-6171 to learn more.

Posted in: Uncategorized
Posted: January 22nd, 2013

Penn State Behrend is hosting a free talk this week by a Food Network personality.

Chef Jeff Henderson will be the Speaker Series presenter Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in McGarvey Commons in the Reed Union Building on the Harborcreek Township campus.

Henderson’s talk is titled “From the Streets to the Stove: The Power of Potential.”

To learn more about the event  or Henderson, call (814) 898-6171 or visit

Posted in: Uncategorized