Many people fondly remember their high school proms. While proms make great memories, they can also break the bank!
Prom can be an expensive occasion. On average, American families plan to spend $900 on their children’s prom. Here are some helpful tips to help cut costs when it comes to preparing for prom 2017!
Search for deals: Subscribe to mailing lists and download apps such as Living Social or Groupon to find the best deals on flowers, formal wear, and all the extras.
Go supermarket floral: Supermarkets and warehouse clubs may offer discounted prices on flowers, which prom goers can fashion into boutonnieres and corsages. Also, nothing says you cannot pull a beautiful bloom out of your home garden as well!
Be your own paparazzi: Smartphone cameras now have excellent capabilities, and certain apps can apply filters and fix minor flaws easily. Pair with a coupon for discount photo prints, and soon you’ll have a frugal photo memory book or wall portrait.
Savings in numbers: See if a particular vendor will cut costs if you book services with a group of friends. Retailers will guarantee the sales, and prom goers can save some money.
Prom is meant for making memories, not getting in debt. Save money with smart shopping and avoid all the stress!
Happy prom season!
- Oil Change – this is probably the most important thing that you can do for your car. Skipping even one oil change can start damaging your engine.
- Fluid maintenance – it is always important to top off all fluids, such as coolant, windshield washer fluid, etc.
- Tire Rotation – tires can be very expensive to replace. Be sure to stop into your local mechanics shop and have them rotate your tires.
Are you traveling anytime soon? If so, doing a little homework before you travel could save you some serious time at the airport!
For instance, visiting www.tsa.gov the transportation security administrations website can help you learn what items can be packed in carry on and which are best to leave in your check in suit case. You can also learn size requirements for toiletries that are allowed on planes and then find properly sized items in stores.
As a final tip, remember that all carry-on gels, liquids and aerosols need to be placed in a 1 quart, single zip-top, clear plastic bag.
For more information to help make your travel time faster visit www.tsa.gov.
When was the last time you inspected your clothes dryer? Failure to do so can pose a safety hazard in your home. Performing a regular maintenance check on your dryer can help promote energy efficiency and keep your dryer running properly for years.
Here are some tips to help maintain your dryer:
- Inspect dryer and dryer vents every two to three years and clear any dirt or lint buildup.
- Replace plastic or vinyl exhaust hoses with rigid or flexible metal venting.
- Clear outdoor vent trap from snow and other debris.
- Clean the dryer filter after each use.
- Dry full loads of laundry and you could save $7 each month!
When it is time to upgrade be sure to visit nationalgridus.com for the latest on rebates for energy efficient appliances.
The beautiful spring weather is finally here! However, for some people, the spring season is the start of allergies. Allergies are nothing to sneeze at, but you can make your home more comfortable for people who do suffer from seasonal allergies.
Cleaning some often forgotten places can help improve the air quality in your home.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Vacuum once or twice a week to draw up any dirt, dust or pollen.
- Clear your clutter. Stacked old boxes and other lingering items hold unwanted dust and allergens.
- Keep your bathroom free of mold by scrubbing counter tops, toilets and shower tiles regularly.
- Clean your sheets in hot water at least once a week to remove dust and allergens.
- Do not air dry your laundry. Leaving your laundry out to dry will cause your clothing to pick up pollen.
- Be sure to clean your outside entry ways to avoid pollen, dirt and other allergens from being tracked in.
- Indoor air quality can make a big difference when it comes to someone suffering with allergies. Regular housecleaning can get rid of many allergy triggers and help relieve symptoms.