Erin Lampart

How to Get the Best Deals at the Flea Market

Just to buy
Written By:Author Erin LampartErin Lampart

I’m not sure what I love more, putzin’ around a flea market on my day off, or haggling prices with vendors at the flea market. I’ve been a thrift-shoppin’ kinda gal since 8th grade when I got my first record player and could be found wheelin’ and dealin’ at the giant bi-annual market held in my […]

Ridiculously Effortless Costume Ideas You Haven’t Thought of Yet

Written By:Author Erin LampartErin Lampart

It’s no secret that I love any excuse for a party, and my favorite time of the year to indulge in festivities is almost here! Halloween, babydolls, when candy corn sales are in full swing and it’s the one time of year that you can literally be ANYTHING YOU WANT for a day, without question. […]

Have a Fall Feast on the Cheap

Chicken Cacciatore
Written By:Author Erin LampartErin Lampart

It happens every year and never gets easier – summer’s last kiss of sun is upon us. It’s time to say goodbye to sundresses, sandals and BBQ’s, only to make way for boots, soups, and stew season. Pool parties, outdoor games, and hot dogs on the grill are now a sizzling fantasy, and back-to-school traffic, […]

I Finally Broke Up With Farm Fresh To You

Asian business woman bored with salad bowl
Written By:Author Erin LampartErin Lampart

We’ve all been there – you’re emotionally invested. You don’t want to feel like you’ve wasted your time and energy, so you put off your break-up thinking, “Things will change! We’ll talk it out and everything will be different!” That’s exactly how I felt every time I received my delivery from Farm Fresh To You. […]

Have a New York City Experience In Lancaster,PA

retro country girl
Written By:Author Erin LampartErin Lampart

Planning a trip to the Big Apple can be exciting: Broadway shows, gourmet dining experiences, strolls through Central Park! There’s so much history, diversity, and life coursing through New York City’s veins, it’s no wonder the city never sleeps. It’s also probably up all night, tossing and turning, wondering how anyone can afford to stay there for […]

Cheap Date Ideas for Faux High-Rollers

Attractive couple drinking red wine in restaurant or bar
Written By:Author Erin LampartErin Lampart

So you were internet dating (again) and you came across another promising match who wanted to go on a date, only now, you’re worried about how you’ll afford a night out on the town (again). The last thing you want to do is let her (or him) know you’re concerned with spending money. You want […]

How to See Your Favorite Bands Below Face Value

Concert Scratch
Written By:Author Erin LampartErin Lampart

I go to concerts the way most people go see movies- it is my favorite way to simultaneously get pumped, unwind, and let my limbs go loose while I connect to something bigger. People are always asking me, Lamps! How do you do it? How do you afford to go to all those live shows? […]

Cheap and Easy Gluten-Free Summer Recipes

chocolate muffin with whipped cream and strawberry
Written By:Author Erin LampartErin Lampart

If you know a thing or two about ol’ Lamps, you know that summer is my favorite time of year, and I love hosting parties as much as I love attending them. What you might not know is a year ago I found out I’m allergic to wheat. I’ll spare you the details of my sinus struggles […]

Hands Down The Easiest Ways To Save On Your Travels

Written By:Author Erin LampartErin Lampart

In the past 6 years I’ve flown back and forth across the country at least 20 times. I hate to think of the thousands of dollars I’ve scraped together, only to be dumped backed into the greedy mouths of the head honchos at [Insert Evil Corporation] Airlines. Thinking of all the money I’ve spent helps me go the extra mile to save more and more each time I travel so that I can take a few extra mini-trips throughout the year. And the best way to start saving some sweet getaway cash is at the airport. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way:

Use Free Produce Bags for Your Dog’s Poop

Written By:Author Erin LampartErin Lampart

Beginning January 1 in Los Angeles, single-use carry-out plastic bags were banned in all major grocery stores, and including big-box stores like Target and Walmart. Los Angeles is now the largest city in the nation to boast the ban. Major cities like San Francisco, Portland, Mexico City and Sydney, Australia have already beaten L.A. to the plastic punch.

PLASTIC BAG HOT PRO: Did you know it takes 91% LESS energy to recycle 1 pound of plastic than it does to recycle 1 pound of paper, AND it takes up less space in a landfill? TAKE THAT, ECO-TERRORISTS!

PLASTIC BAG SAD CON: A single plastic bag can take 20 to 1,000 years to degrade, and the average family accumulates 60 bags in 4 trips to the grocery store. And every square mile of ocean has about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it.

How to Save at Coachella and Other Pricey Music Festivals

Written By:Author Erin LampartErin Lampart

In 2013 there were 80,000 people in attendance just for Coachella: Weekend One. That’s right, tickets for Coachella (Indio, CA) were in such high demand that beginning in 2012 Goldenvoice made it a 2-weekend event. But who can afford it? Aren’t these things just filled with dumb girls wearing flower crowns and butt-to-nuts-crowds of drunk, sweaty hippies? Whooooa! Calm down, NARC, don’t harsh my mellow with your negativity! Just surrender to the flow!

Whether you’re heading to Coachella Weekend 2, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, Telluride or just want to plan ahead for next year, I’m fresh off the Magic Bus (my silver Saturn) from Weekend 1 of Coachella and ready to share some sweet inside-tips to help you do two of my favorite things- save money, and GET TO THAT FEST!

I Let A Hippie Convince Me To Buy Farm Fresh To You

Written By:Author Erin LampartErin Lampart

I’m a pretty skeptical gal, especially when it comes to door-to-door salespeople. You could say that door-to-door sales are a dying art, and sometimes I kind of wish it would do just that- die. With all of the online shopping options out there, why would people still go door-to-door and try to convince you to buy something you could buy from literally anywhere, without ever having to talk to a customer service rep? Seems desperate. Also, it’s 2014, why would I, a girl basically living alone in the big city with no one to protect me but my dog, Jan, opt to answer the door for a total stranger? Seems dangerous. He could be the next Zodiac Killer! But for some reason, on a fateful sunny Thursday afternoon, I decided to let Daniel in- not quite into my home, but into my heart.

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