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Prom spending drops 14 percent

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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For many high schoolers, prom night is the most enchanted evening of the year. But that fairy tale does come with a cost.

According to a survey released this month by Visa Inc., families are tightening their wallets when it comes to prom spending. The average American household will spend $978 on prom attire, accessories and activities related to the dance, down 14 percent from $1,139 in 2013

The decline comes after three years of steady increases in prom spending. The survey also showed that families out West will spend the most on prom -- $1,125 on average -- when compared to those who live in other parts of the country. Parents who are younger than 40 years old also spend less to help their children prep for the prom than those who are older. 

Other Visa survey statistics:

  • Parents who earn less than $50,000 will typically spend less on prom than the national average
  • Parents will cover about 56 percent of prom costs on average, with students paying for the rest
  • Canadian households tend to spend about 25 percent less on prom than Americans
  • Men will spend more than double what women will on prom (about $1,357 compared to $673)

The survey is based on information collected from 4,000 telephone interviews. For prom money saving tips, visit the website for Visa's Practical Money Skills for Life education program at www.practicalmoneyskills.com

And don't forget!

For prom prep tips for guys (social graces, what to wear, etc.), check out the PG's Guys' Guide to Prom.

(Photo: Getty Images/Fuse)

 

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ICYMI: Suing parents a tough case to make

Written by Kim Lyons on .

Under Pennsylvania law, parents of a child found guilty of a "tortious" or wrongful act that causes injury to another person are liable for $1,000 per person injured, with a $2,500 limit per incident, regardless of the number of people injured.

I spoke with some legal experts who explained what criteria have to be met before a parent is legally liable for a child's criminal acts.

Suing parents for child's violent acts is difficult

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Hostas are ready to be divided and moved

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog hosta shoots 414When shoots start to appear, hostas are ready to be moved. Photo by Doug Oster

The hostas are ready to be split and moved, but is the garden ready to accept them?

The best time to divide these plants is when they push up their tight shoots before they unfurl. For smaller plants I'll lift the whole thing and cut it in half or quarters depending on the size. For larger ones I'll just cut what I want from the sides. This job can be done anytime during the spring, but it looks better to do it before the plants get too far along.

If the soil is too wet though, gardeners must wait. I've dug some transplanting holes and found parts of my garden to be dry enough to work. If the dirt sticks to the shovel don't dig.

You don't want to destroy the soil structure. Turning over soil that's too wet will complicate gardening in that area the rest of the season. It creates clumps which will dry into bricks.

Like comedy, timing is everything when it comes to planting. I love expanding the garden by moving extra pieces of hostas to other areas. When you wait for the right day, you'll be sure to succeed.

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Empty Netter Assists - 04-14-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. The Penguins finished the season with a league-high 529 man-games lost.

-The Ottawa Citizen's recap. The Senators finished 2013-14 with a season-best five-game winning streak.

-The Associated Press' recap. "I like the way we're getting healthy and I like the way we're playing. This year is a little different than others. We're playing good hockey at the right time and that's big for us." - James Neal.

-Highlights:

-Tanner Glass versus Ottawa's Chris Neil:

-A few good looks at the bout:

-Neil also got his meat hooks on Olli Maatta:

-Neil seemed enthused for the offseason:

-Kris Letang went stick-on-puck here to prevent a shot by Ottawa's Erik Karlsson against Jeff Zatkoff:

-Ottawa's Robin Lehner was all over this puck:

-Chris Kunitz whistled this shot wide of Lehner:

-Marc-Andre Fleury and teammates threw out gifts for fans following the game:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Kris Letang speaks:

-The NHL released its playoff schedule.

-Sidney Crosby (Art Ross), Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin (Maurice "Rocket" Richard) and Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (William M. Jennings) officially captured trophies as the NHL's leading point scorer, goal scorer and the goaltender who allowed the fewest goals respectively this season.

-Welcome back Chuck Kobasew.

-The NHL has a new playoff format.

-“A couple of times we’ve been close to playing a 60-minute game against them and, in a way, that’s what excites us. We know we can play with these guys.” - Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen on the Penguins.

-Assistant coach Jacques Martin wants another head coaching gig.

-Tomas Vokoun made 18 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies. Barry Goers and Anton Zlobin each recoded two assists for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Highlights:

-Zach Sill returned to the lineup after being sidelined since Jan. 25 due to a skate cut on his arm.

-The Wheeling Nailers will meet the South Carolina Stingrays in an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series of the Kelly Cup playoffs. The schedule:

Game 1 - Friday, April 18th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, April 19th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 - Wednesday, April 23rd at Wheeling, 7:00 p.m.
Game 4 - Friday, April 25th at Wheeling, 7:00 p.m.
*-Game 5 - Saturday, April 26th at Wheeling, 7:00 p.m.
*-Game 6 - Tuesday, April 29th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
*-Game 7 - Wednesday, April 30th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.

*-If necessary

-After the Jump: A special moment in Anaheim.

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School Stabbing

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The stabbing spree at Franklin Regional was a tragic and horrific event. No doubt about it. But, unlike all of the other senseless school attacks in recent years, this one involved no guns and no deaths. Yes, knives can kill people too ... but guns are more likely to lead to deaths and almost as easy to come by as knives.

041414 School Stabbing 

 

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