Expect Snow!

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Every year that dreadful time comes around where the season changes and the leaves begin to fall. Next thing you know you are covered in twelve inches of snow. Winter weather is just around the corner and before you know it you will be all bundled up in layers upon layers. this blog post will be about the necessary steps in preparing for the dark months of Erie’s winter.

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Step 1: Appropriate Clothing

The first step in being prepared for the winter months of Erie is your clothes. No, I am not talking fashion but more of practicality. Walking to class would be a stuggle if you didn’t go out of your way to buy boots (Not Uggs), a heavy-duty winter jacket, and some nice comfy jeans and or heavy sweatpants. Investing in a knit hat would be ideal as well.

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Step 2: Dorm or House Preparation

After you have picked out your outfit and you have concorded the walk to and from the class next you need to know what or how to keep the heating bill low but your toes warm. Wrap up, getting throw blankets at the store, buying big hoodies and wearing slipper socks will help do this. Now you can curl up and binge-watch Netflix in your decked-out attire.


Step 3: What condition is your vehicle in?

It doe not matter if your vehicle is four-wheel drive or not it needs to have the necessities to be driveable in the winter. Having some type of winter tires are a must. Something with a deep tread to help you get around those corners or up a hill without sliding. Also, having a window wiper fluid that is good with ice and negative temperature weather. If you do not have a snow brush, go get on! it will save you a lot of time and hassle. FInal checking your battery to make sure it is working correctly and will last you through this dreadful season.


Step 4: Stocking up

A good idea in the winter is to travel as little as you can. Making trips to the grocery store need to be limited. When you do make trips try to get a lot of frozen items or items that keep for long periods. This helps on a day where you do not want to travel to the cafe, go drive to a restaurant or pay ungodly prices for delivery.

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Erie gets bad in the winter and its only a matter of time. The best thing you can do is be prepared and the steps above are just the start. I hope everyone enjoys the weather that we have now because soon it will be icy and cold soon enough.

How to cook on a college budget

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As college students, cooking meals is uncharted area for most. On top of that, now that you are not living at home, you are on a budget. In this blog I will give you simple recipes that will make you feel like a professional chef without breaking the bank.


Cheeseburger Cups


1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup ketchup 2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon prepared mustard 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tube (12 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits 1/2 cup cubed Velveeta

  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Remove from the heat; set aside.

  2. Press each biscuit onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased muffin cup. Spoon beef mixture into cups; top with cheese cubes. Bake at 400° for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown.


Chicken and Broccoli with Dill Sauce


4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each) 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil

4 cups fresh broccoli florets 1 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon snipped fresh dill

1 cup 2% milk

  1. Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; brown chicken on both sides. Remove from pan.

  2. Add broccoli and broth to same skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until broccoli is just tender, 3-5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove broccoli from pan, reserving broth. Keep broccoli warm.

  3. In a small bowl, mix flour, dill and milk until smooth; stir into broth in pan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Add chicken; cook, covered, over medium heat until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, 10-12 minutes. Serve with broccoli.


Fruit-Glazed Pork Chops


1/3 cup hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce 1/2 cup apricot or peach preserves

1 tablespoon corn syrup 1 teaspoon prepared mustard

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 6 bone-in pork loin chops (3/4 inch thick and 8 ounces each)

1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  1. In a small bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, peach preserves, corn syrup, mustard and cloves; set aside.

  2. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper.

  3. On a lightly oiled grill, grill chops, covered, over medium heat or broil 4-5 inches from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°, basting frequently with sauce mixture. Let meat stand for 5 minutes before serving.

All the recipes above are found and taken from https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/cheap-dinner-ideas/ Check them out for other recipes not seen on here.

How To Deal With College Stress

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College is supposed to be the best years of your life, right? Yes, but trying to juggle school, extracurricular activities and that must have social life can be very stressful. In this blog there are some tips to help you get the full experience while avoiding whats seems inevitable, a mental breakdown.

  1. Great Support Group

    First, you have to know what a support group is. No, it’s not like AA. It’s the people you surround yourself with on a day to day basis. Any close friends, relatives or significant others that you talk to consistently or who are there for you in time of need are usually who people classify as their support group. It is important to have that friend or someone to go to for help. It might just be to talk or even a night out.

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2. A Night Out

“Oh my major is too hard and I have to study every night” or “I don’t have time” is usually the excuse you or someone you know has used when there is a chance to go out and do something other than study. I am here to tell you that going out is healthy. Fact check me if you want, but studying day in and day out is bad. You need some time to relax and have fun. Life is not all work and no play. Like I said before these are best years of your life, live a little. Honestly I am not saying don’t study i am just saying you deserve a couple hours every week for a Night Out.

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3. Alone TIme

Along with having some fun with the boys or girls there also comes alone time. Everyone has to have that time to digress and just do nothing. Scroll through instagram or binge watch your new favorite Netflix show, whatever it maybe it needs to be done. Having some alone time to catch your breath is always nice and can reduce your stress levels.

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4. Sleep

TAKE A NAP! Sleep is a magical thing that will help more than just your mind recoup. The best thing in the world is when you are feeling overwhelmed and you take a nap. All the stress that once was has been lifted. Sleeping is not going to make your problems go away but it does help with your overall mood and attitude towards your problems.


5. Picking up a hobby

If you didn’t like any of my other ideas, this one usually goes over well with everyone. Picking up or focusing on a hobby is a good way to relieve stress. Just enjoying life in the moment and having fun doing it can be captured in a hobby. You are escaping to another world where nothing else matters except what you are doing in that exact moment.


Stress can control your life. It can easily dictate how, when or what comes next. Finding the little things that make you happy are a must. Pushing through all the stress of the regular work week just to go out kayaking or go swimming in your pool makes everything worth it. Do what makes you happy, take my advice, and you will be stress free!

Welcome Back!

Welcome back students! Hope everyone enjoyed their summer and is ready to kick off the school year with a bang. BPM Housing is offering great deals on fantastic places to live along with a couple other fun activities for tenants.

  1. Biweekly giveaways:

    Every other week tenants have the opportunity to be apart of something really great. BPM Housing offers a chance to win a $25 gift card all the hot spots in Erie. Some of the lucky tenants in the past have won gift cards to Starbucks, the movies, and even Chick-fil-a. Check out our phenomenal Facebook page for all the updates on how to enter to win your very own.


2. Free T-shirts:

Come on down to the office for a free BPM T-shirt. There is nothing better than something free. We understand when someone hears the word free they think there is a catch. In this case you would be right, but all we ask is that you give a review on Google about how BPM is treating you.


3. Popcorn Fridays

Our door is always open, especially on Fridays. We have Popcorn Fridays where you can come in and meet the staff, hangout and eat some popcorn. This allows you to get closer with our staff so we can make sure your stay is the best it can be.

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BPM Housing has something for everyone, from studios to five person houses. You will not find another rental company as great all around as BPM. Our personable staff and welcoming environment cause us to stand out against the competition. This give our residents the best place to live out their life.

10 ways to save up for spring break

If you’re like me, you’ve always spent your spring breaks working as much as possible to save for the rest of the semester. You may think going on a vacation over spring break is impossible and unrealistic. With these simple money saving tips, you may be able to go on your dream trip.

1. Create a budget


Creating a budget on Excel or Sheets is easy and crucial to saving. Tracking your income and taking a closer look into exactly where your money is going will allow you to see the maximum amount of money you can save while still maintaining the same lifestyle.

2. Recognize the difference between wants and needs


Do you really need the new iPhone? Or how about that pint of Ben and Jerry’s you crave at 3am? It will be hard, but worth it!

3. Set goals

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When setting goals, follow the S.M.A.R.T method. Is it specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely?

4. Have a change jar


A little bit of change every day really adds up. Empty your wallet, couch cushions, jean pockets, or anywhere else that may have change, and put all of your change from daily spending in the jar at the end of the day.

5. Price your dream trip beforehand


Make some calls and do some searching to find exactly where you want to go, for how long, and for how much. That way you can adjust your budget accordingly.

6. The more the merrier


If you’re traveling with a group of people, it may be cheaper for all of you. Splitting the cost of gas, hotels, etc. can make the cost more bearable and the trip even more fun.

7. Groceries


Try to pack a lunch every day and not eat at restaurants or the school cafeteria. Shop somewhere like Aldi’s to get your groceries as cheap as possible and get the most bang for your buck.

8. Automatic transfers


You can set up regular deposits or transfers into your savings account so you can save money before spending it.

9. Pick up extra hours


Depending on your course load, you may have some free time to pick up extra shifts or even get overtime. Just make sure you can handle it, as balancing school and work may be difficult.

10. Drive less, walk more


You may be used to driving everywhere, even short distances, because you don’t think about walking. Walk anywhere you can to save on gas money and even burn a few extra calories!

10 tips for living with roommates

1. Communicate.


Being passive aggressive and avoiding an issue will not resolve anything. It is so much easier to have an honest, open conversation to solve any problems.

2. Discuss what food, if any, you want to share.


Figuring out the food situation ahead of time will save you a lot of trouble and prevent you from hiding granola bars in your room because you don’t want to tell their roommate not to eat them.

3. Be aware of your own habits at all times.


It’s easy to point out the flaws in others, but it’s important to reflect inwards and recognize the things you do that may be annoying or unkind.

4. Have a “do not” talk with your roommate.


A lot can be accomplished by simply sitting down and talking about what you will not accept or don't want in your apartment. Small arguments can be avoided a lot more quickly if you do this when you first move in instead of waiting until something happens to tick you both off.

5. Wear headphones.


Even if your roommate has the same taste in music/TV/movies as you, that doesn’t mean they always want to hear what you have on. Besides, great quality headphones are a lot less expensive than great quality speakers.

6. Let your roommates know when you’re having a hard time or feeling emotional.


When you’re sensitive to each other’s needs the house stays peaceful and everyone is taken care of.

7. Give each other at least a few hours a week to be in the house alone.


People need space no matter how well you get along, and it’s nice to be able to relax with no one else around.

8. Your roommate's stuff is your roommate's stuff.


It seems obvious, but this is probably the most common problem that arises between roommates. Don't just assume he won't mind if you finish off his leftovers; he probably will. Always ask for permission before borrowing or using anything that belongs to your roommate!

9. Be cautious about inviting people over.


You might be an extroverted socialite who thrives in a group, but that might not be true of your roommate. Your roommate may need some quiet time to study, and bringing a group of friends or classmates into your room may be very irritating. Perhaps you can alternate who gets the room and who goes to the library. Talk to your roommate about this, and make sure you don't overstep any boundaries when inviting others over.

10. Lock up.


Imagine your roommate steps out for a moment to grab a snack, and forgets to lock the door. You come home to find your laptop and stereo have vanished mysteriously. How do you think you'll feel about your roommate after that? Locking the doors and windows is important for keeping you and your property safe. Remember: it's not just your own stuff that you're protecting, it's your roommate's as well.

5 rental friendly decor and space saving techniques

Washi tape peels right off the wall when it’s time to move out, and the possibilities are endless. It’s a great way to get creative without any damage to the walls.

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This ladder shoe shelf is so easy to make and helps keep that messy pile of shoes off your floor.


Using cube shelves in your room is a great way to store extra things that you don’t want to leave on the floor or stuff in a closet.

One of the best ways to save space in your living room is by putting a skinny table along the wall behind your couch. The middle of the room will be open, and you’ll still have space for decorations, lamps, drinks, etc.

Set paintings, pictures, or mirrors on a dresser or side table instead of hanging them. This gives the effect of a decorated wall, without the damage.

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7 of the best places to eat in Erie, PA

U Pick 6 TapHouse - 333 State St.

With its extensive beer selection, pub style food, and 2 outdoor patios, you can be sure you’ll have a great time at the Tap House.

El Amigo Mexican Grill - 333 State St.

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This family-owned restaurant brings you the real taste of authentic Mexican cuisine. Their food is made fresh daily, including homemade tortillas and table-side guacamole.

Plymouth Tavern - 1109 State St.

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The Plymouth has burgers, salads, pizza, wraps & craft beer on tap in a storied, brick building built in the 1800’s.

1201 Kitchen - 1201 State St.

Creative Latin & Asian fusion fare including sushi in a modern, colorful space with a long bar.

Like my Thai - 827 State St.

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Like my Thai offers popular Thai, Vietnamese, Korean & Indonesian dishes.

Jekyll & Hyde’s Gastropub - 8 E 10th St.

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Providing pub grub with a creative twist & an extensive beer list.

Molly Brannigan’s Irish Pub - 506 State St.

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Molly Brannigan’s has the finest homemade Irish fare, along with hand crafted cocktails and fast, fresh lunches.

10 common questions from our current and future tenants

Are these apartments close to my school?

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Wherever you go to school, the answer is yes! Our downtown apartments are within walking distance of Gannon, a 10 minute drive from Mercyhurst, and a 15 minute drive from Behrend.

Do you help us move in?

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We offer free move-in assistance for up to an hour for heavy items. Call and let us know when you’re moving in, and we’ll be there.

Is there a 24 hour emergency number I can call?

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Have no fear! Our 24 hour emergency number is 814-969-1048. There will always be somebody to assist you in case of an emergency.

Is it pet friendly?

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We’ve got your fur baby covered for an additional $25 a month and a pet deposit of $250. Half of that deposit is refundable at the end of your lease.

Is there parking available?

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All of our apartments have off-street parking. Depending on which apartment you’re renting, the cost will either be $25 a month, or free! You can feel secure knowing your vehicle is safe in your own driveway.

How do I pay my rent?

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Paying your rent has never been easier! When you create an account on Appfolio , you can pay your rent online. Appfolio makes it easy to track due dates and contact us.

What if I don’t feel comfortable with packages being delivered to my apartment?

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Simply mail your packages to the office and we’ll let you know when they arrive. You can feel confident knowing your packages aren’t being tampered with.

Where would I do my laundry?

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Don’t sweat it! We provide washers and dryers in all of our student houses.

Is there snow removal and landscaping services?

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Our maintenance staff works hard to keep your driveway clear on harsh winter days and your yard looking beautiful all year round.

Is the area safe?


The Gannon and Erie City Police do a fantastic job at keeping the community safe and creating a happy, comfortable environment for those living here. Downtown Erie is a great place to be.

Why rent from BPM?

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Whether you’re a student at Gannon, Mercyhurst, Penn State Behrend, LECOM, or a resident looking for a place to call home, we have something for you. When looking for apartments, cost, quality, and location are some of the most important factors. BPM Housing can provide the best quality for the lowest cost in the most convenient locations.

  1. Affordability

Affording the month to month payments plus all other expenses is stressful and can become too much to bear. Because of this, we offer a 3% Utility Reduction Program for students. This means we will take 3% off of the electric and gas utilities to make your payments manageable. For residents, we have many properties ranging from low to high monthly payments. Our staff is specially trained to find something that screams your name and doesn’t make your wallet cry.


2. Location

Location is key. When buying or renting a property you want to make sure that it’s in a convenient location. Currently BPM housing properties are located between West 4th and West 9th street. This location is key to navigating Erie. These properties are steps away from downtown and a short drive from Presque Isle. The location of any of our properties are less than a 1 minute walk from Gannon University’s campus as well as a 10-15 minute drive to Mercyhurst and Penn State Behrend.


3. High Standards

When picking the right place to live, you want something that will wow you. This is exactly what you will get with our properties. BPM Housing offers beautiful, spacious, well maintained homes. We set the bar high and will always make sure everything is perfect for you before you move in. Here at BPM, we know what’s best.

Apartments for rent in Erie, PA for a reasonable cost in a location that’s right for you can be hard to come by. Bauer Property Management makes it easy at just the click of a button. Visit our website at www.bpmhousing.com for more information on how we can fulfill your student housing or residential needs.

Benefits of Living in Downtown Erie

  1. Affordable Rent

Downtown Erie provides the best of both worlds for size, quality, and price. The apartments and houses allow large, high quality spaces to remain affordable. The majority of apartments for rent in Erie, PA are around $500 per month. Searching anywhere outside of Downtown Erie may send your wallet running for the hills.

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2. No traffic

Traffic in a big city can be a big concern. Most places in Erie are within walking distance. There’s opportunity around every corner in the downtown area. This will allow you beat the traffic and will surely save you money on gas.


3. The Center of Attention

One of the great things about living in Downtown Erie is that there’s always something to do during the day. From the Erie Insurance Arena and UPMC Park or from Warner Theater and the Bayfront Convention Center there’s never a dull moment in this active city.

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4. Night Life

Whether you’re a night owl or just want have a night out on the town, State Street is packed with a variety of bars, comedy clubs, and theaters. There’s also a large range of delicious cuisine between State, Peach, and 12th. You name it they’ve got it!

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5. A Community You Can Call Home

Downtown Erie is close to three college campuses, Gannon University, Penn State Behrend, and Mercyhurst. These universities make downtown a wonderful environment that creates an atmosphere for friendship. Walking out your door in the morning greeted with several hellos and a couple how do you dos is a great way to start your day.

Apartments for rent in Erie, PA for a reasonable cost in a location that’s right for you can be hard to come by. Bauer Property Management makes it easy at just the click of a button. Visit our website at www.bpmhousing.com for more information on how we can fulfill your student housing or residential needs.

Water leaking? Turn off all water flow. A shut off valve is typically located under the kitchen sink. If you don’t know where the water is coming from, call 24/7 maintenance right away.


Pipe Burst? First, turn off the water flow when you suspect a pipe has broken, even if you don’t know where the water is coming from. You’ll find the stop tap on the water main. It is typically located under the kitchen sink or where the main service pipe connects to your house. Call 42/7 maintenance right away.

Power outage? First, check the building. If the outage is only at your apartment, check the circuit breakers. Flip the breaker back to the on position. If this doesn’t help, call 24/7 maintenance.


First, unplug all of the appliances in the room, since one of them likely caused the safety device to blow. Then, locate your circuit breaker panel, formerly known as your fuse box (often in the basement). One of the switches should be down – this is the one that has tripped. Simply flip it up to restore power. 

If you smell a natural gas odor, hear the hissing sound of gas escaping, or see other signs of a leak: IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE and call 911 or National Fuel at1-800-444-3130


There are several indicators of natural gas leaks:

  • Smell: Recognizing the odor – which is similar to rotten eggs.

  • Sight: Seeing a white cloud, mist, fog, and bubbles in standing water or blowing dust.

  • Sound: Hearing an unusual noise like roaring, hissing, or whistling.

  • If You Suspect a Leak 

  • If you think you smell, see or hear a leak:

    • Turn off and abandon any motorized equipment and move to a safe location,

    • Immediately leave the area in an upwind direction.

    • Call National Fuel’s 24/7 emergency response number: 1-800-444-3130.

    • NOTE: If you believe that an elevated response is required due to the scope or size of the incident, call 911 and relay this information when you notify National Fuel.

    • Warn others and form a safe perimeter. Evacuate surrounding structures as needed.

    • Avoid creating sparks or sources of heat which could cause gas to ignite and burn. Do not light a match, start an engine, use a phone or light flares.

    • Avoid driving into the suspected leak area.

    • Avoid direct contact with escaping gas because physical injury can occur.

Move-in Assistance Request

  1. After you signed the lease, paid security deposit, and first month rent, you can open a maintenance work order for the move-in assistance.

  2. The move-in assistance is free for our student-tenants.

  3. Go to Tenant Page and report maintenance. To open maintenance work order follow instructions.

  4. For the category, use “Space”, put your name, address and phone number, date and time you would like to have the assistance service. Our maintenance supervisor will get in touch with you and will schedule Move-in Assistance service.

    Our maintenance team will only help with heavy and bulky items (ex. couch, bed, mattress, heavy boxes. No lamps, clothes etc.)