Donna’s Deals: 7 Ways to Save Money on Prom

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Things change and the same can be said for prom. Prom in the ‘80s or ‘90s might have meant a corsage, a new dress and a sweet borrowed ride, if you were lucky. Today’s proms have become much more involved than a one-night-only affair (promposals, anyone?) with a heftier price tag to match, reports she knows. The annual Visa high school prom cost survey estimated that a promposal alone could run $324, with $919 spent on the average teenage prom-goer. This total is down 6 percent from the previous year.So here are 7 ways to save money on prom.1. DressInstead of paying full retail, you can also rent a dress online from site’s like Rent the Runway. On this site, you select a dress in two sizes for a low price. They even offer customer reviews to help with your decision on purchasing a dress.2. FlowersConsidering that a boutonniere or corsage could run you anywhere from $10-$25 each, this is the perfect time to teach your teen how to comparison shop. Trae Bodge, TV’s “smart shopping expert” and mother of a tween, recommends calling around (or enlisting your teen to call) local florists to find the best prom flower deals. “A good thing to remember with corsages is that wrist corsages tend to be more expensive than pin-ons because they are more complex,” says Bodge.3. MakeupThe number one way to save on makeup is to consider having your hair and makeup done at a cosmetology school like Aveda in Cool Springs.Shop around for corsages and boutonnieres. There are often specials at local florists.There are also lots of Youtube videos with great tutorials on special occasion make-up. In addition, you can check with your favorite make-up counter. Often they will do your makeup for you with a purchase of product4. TuxThere’s a fork in the road when it comes to teen boy prom attire. Does your son want to go black tie or casual? Comparison shopping and keeping a lookout for coupons at local tux rental shops is your best bet, says Bodge. If his prom style is more casual, purchasing a new and stylish suit may be a better choice since it can be worn on more than one occasion. Check budget-friendly and teen-friendly stores like Macy’s, Forever 21 and H&M first.Tuxedo rental or new suit?5. AccessoriesTo put on the finishing touches, this is one time when it can literally pay to be thrifty. Start by checking out local garage sales and estate sales for unique and vintage finds, including costume jewelry. And if you don’t want to leave the house — and commit hours to hunting through the bargain bins — you can easily find what you’re looking for online. Search for trash-to-treasure trinkets and one-of-a-kind accessories on resale sites like Craigslist, Etsy and VarageSale. There are also plenty of easy tutorials for adorable DIY jewelry.6. TransportationFresh and flashy prom transport may be one cost you can’t skimp on — since most teens won’t agree to pull up to prom in a minivan. There is a way to get around the steep prom limo price. “Instead of paying for a limo for several hours, take an Uber,” says Collins. “Limos often have at least a two- to four-hour minimum, which seems like a waste since you only need a car for the short trip to the event.”Limousine or Uber?7. PicturesAs much time as they spend on Instagram and Snapchat, your teen may still want hard copy photos that they can frame and preserve for years to come. “These days, you can take beautiful photos on your cell phone, so there’s really no need to invest in the pricey photo package at the school or local photo studio,” says Bodge. “Volunteer your photographic skills or call in a favor with a friend or family member who takes pretty pictures. Then, visit a drugstore like CVS or Walgreens to create any number of fabulous photo keepsakes, like photo albums, canvases, mugs, posters — just about anything! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSDonna’s DealsProm Previous articleWhat Does the Bible Say About Choosing Leaders?Next article5 Family Safety Tips for Visiting Crowded Places with Your Kids Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Right to information threatened by parliamentary bill

first_img Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing News Help by sharing this information United KingdomEurope – Central Asia News Reporters Without Borders deplores a measure passed by the British parliament limiting access to information about MPs’ expenses. News Follow the news on United Kingdom RSF_en Receive email alerts February 12, 2021 Find out more May 25, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Right to information threatened by parliamentary bill News Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned the British parliament’s approval of amendments to the Freedom of Information Act, including one that would bar access to details of MPs’ expenses. “If these measures become law, it would be a setback,” the press freedom organisation said. “Access to information is a basic principle of democracy and for MPs to hide details of their spending is a serious blow to the public’s right to be informed. The motives for such a move are unacceptable.”The bill, introduced by Conservative MP David Maclean and passed by the House of Commons (the elected lower house of parliament) on 18 May, remains to be approved by the House of Lords (the unelected upper chamber). Despite strong opposition led by Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes, the measure could soon become law, on grounds that it is needed to protect the privacy of MPs’ correspondence.Critics accuse MPs of trying to hide excessive spending. Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker said after the Commons vote that it was a “terrible day” for parliamentary democracy and that he was “ashamed to be an MP.” The Freedom of Information Act, which came into effect in January 2005, allows the public and the media access to most information held by the authorities and has enabled the media to obtain hitherto inaccessible information. Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened Organisation RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal to go further March 23, 2021 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia February 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Transborders Energy signs MOU for collaboration with Osaka Gas

first_img Image: Transborders Energy signs Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration) with Osaka Gas. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel from Pixabay. Transborders Energy Pty Ltd (Transborders) is pleased to advise that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration (MoU) with Osaka Gas Co., Ltd (Osaka Gas).This MOU will facilitate information and knowledge sharing for both companies to evaluate projects that could commercialise stranded offshore gas resources based on Transborders’ FLNG Solution.Transborders’ FLNG Solution provides a pre-engineered one point three (1.3) million tonne per annum floating LNG facility with a package of streamlined commercial arrangements and a robust regulatory approval execution plan to gas resource owners.Transborders’ Chairman Jack Sato says, “Osaka Gas’s capabilities in the LNG business are world class. We look forward to seeking insights and support from Osaka Gas to strengthen the development of our venture.”Transborders is currently conducting Pre-FEED work and pre-negotiation of key commercial terms for its FLNG Solution. By the end of 2019, Transborders will be in a position to convert a range of stranded gas resources into ‘project sanction (FID) ready’ state within 24 months after the FLNG Solution deployment, while also allowing LNG buyers access to competitive LNG supply sources.Transborders will deploy its FLNG Solution with its strategic partners Kyushu Electric Power, other world class LNG buyers, TechnipFMC and Add Energy.Transborders’ FLNG Solution development work is also designated as a “Major Project” from the Australian Federal Government. Source: Company Press Release The MOU will facilitate information and knowledge sharing for both companies to evaluate projectslast_img read more

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12 Days Of Phishmas: A Five Song Second Set For The Ages On 12/29/97

first_imgIn 8 short days, Phish will settle in at Madison Square Garden for their traditional end-of-the-year run. Phish is no stranger to the Garden, having now played the famed venue in the heart of New York City 35 times over the course of their career. From their MSG debut in 1994 to their most recent appearances at the very beginning of 2016, the storied room has played host to some of the most treasured shows in the band’s history. As we inch closer to this year’s New Year’s Run, we will be bringing you our 12 Days Of Phishmas series, highlighting a different milestone MSG Phish show each day until we all head back to the Garden on the 28th. It wasn’t easy narrowing 35 down to 12, but we think you’ll be pleased with these classics from the Phish catalog. Enjoy! On the fifth day of Phishmas, we head to December 29th, 1997. ’97 was, of course, a landmark year for Phish. After successful European tours in the Winter and Spring and The Great Went festival in August, the band absolutely crushed their 21-date Fall tour in November and December, remembered fondly by fans as the time that Phish Destroyed America. It’s one of the best tours of their career, as they showcased their new groove-oriented style of jamming known as “cow-funk”. The tour was a wild success, finishing up on December 13th in Albany, ultimately giving Phish a mere 15 days off before their traditional New Year’s run began. The band performed one show at USAir Arena in Landover, MD on 12/28 before heading to New York for a three-night New Year’s Eve run at Madison Square Garden. They kicked off the run with a blistering show on December 29th that featured a second set for the ages, as Phish played an exciting and improv-heavy five-song run.The first set had its merits, with a bust out of Robert Johnson‘s “Crossroads” and an awesome “Theme From The Bottom” into “Fluffhead”. Yet, the second set is what truly stands out from 12/29/1997,  It all started with “Down With Disease”. The band had tons of energy as they launched into the “DWD” jam, with Trey Anastasio showing off his speed and confidence right out of the gate. He was strong throughout the 23-minute version of the song. After 10 minutes of straight forward jamming, the band dissolved into their cow-funk style, with Page using his clavinet to full effect. The band would bring that jam to a huge peak before transitioning into “David Bowie”.“Bowie” had an intro jam with crazy ambient playing, with Jon Fishman contributing a unique, hi-hat led drum beat. The “Bowie” jam saw Anastasio and Page McConnell linking up for an extended improv section, chasing each other’s musical tails around the stage.  They eventually locked back in with Fishman and Mike Gordon on a section that got more and more intense as Anastasio’s explosive playing pushed the whole band. Finally, they returned to complete the song with the zany energy that only Phish can produce.Right as it felt like they would bring “Bowie” to its natural peak, they dropped into “Possum”. “Possum” featured a jam based around Otis Redding‘s “I Can’t Turn You Loose”, which McConnell started and the full band eventually picked up. This made for a unique version of “Possum”, as the band remained on the theme before for a bit before finishing up the song. The band returned to “Can’t Turn You Loose” again at the end of the song as well for a quick reprise.A cow-funk-heavy “Tube” was perfect for blowing off some steam after the blistering opening hour of the set. Anastasio used his looping pedal to create some interesting sounds, while McConnell took the lead on what turned out to be a keyboard-heavy jam. Page teased “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King, which the band links up on for a moment before they completed the 10-minute “Tube”.“You Enjoy Myself” capped off the set. “YEM” clocked in around 18 minutes long, and served as the ultimate cap to the excellent five-song set. It featured another short cow-funk jam that saw McConnell reprise his “Can’t Turn You Loose” tease, and the vocal jam came right out of an ambient dissolve at the end of the jam.In the end, those five songs totaled 82 minutes, showing just how much they stretched things over the course of this Madison Square Garden classic. It was a wild set filled with highlights, as the band continued to push each other into new musical directions. The band returned to the stage and encored with Led Zeppelin‘s “Good Times Bad times” to bring the show to its conclusion. Of course, this was only the beginning of their famed 1997 New Years Eve run at MSG, as the band had several tricks still left up their sleeves.Watch the full second set from 12/29/1997, courtesy of YouTube user The Phish Jams, below.Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/29/1997Set 1: NICU > Golgi Apparatus > Crossroads, Cars Trucks Buses, Train Song, Theme From the Bottom > Fluffhead, Dirt, Run Like an AntelopeSet 2: Down with Disease [1] -> David Bowie [2] > Possum, Tube, You Enjoy MyselfEncore: Good Times Bad TimesDisease was unfinished. Bowie included Antelope-esque jamming and a tease from Mike of the Theme from James Bond. Possum contained a Can’t Turn You Loose jam, which was briefly reprised after the song and teased by Page in YEM. Tube featured an I Feel the Earth Move tease. The soundcheck’s Funky Bitch featured Trey on vocals. This show is available as an archival release on LivePhish.com.[1] Unfinished.[2] Antelope-esque jamming. James Bond Theme tease from Mike.Stay tuned over the coming days for more Phishmas! ‘Tis the season!On the fifth day of Phishmas, a Phish phan played for me…a Five Song Second Set (12/29/97)Four Light Year Jams (12/29/98)Three Phishy Decades (12/31/13)Two Sitting Legends (10/22/96) and The Gamehendge Time Factory (12/31/95)!If you’re attending the run, there are plenty of things to do in between shows. For fans of the jam, head to any of these concerts in the area for a guaranteed good time!12/28: Aqueous + Mungion @ DROM (Phish After-Party) – tickets12/30: Phan Art w/ Formula 5 @ American Beauty (Phish Pre-Party) – FREE SHOW12/30-31: Spafford & Magic Beans @ American Beauty (Phish After-Party) – ticketslast_img read more

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