Prom 2015, Overall Spending Down!

Prom 2015: Overall spending down, but cost of promposals on the rise


A nationwide survey conducted by Visa found that the average American household will spend $919 on high school’s most storied night — a 6 percent decrease from last year. (Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media for
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on April 28, 2015 at 1:30 PM, updated April 28, 2015 at 6:04 PM

Parents of high school students have reason to celebrate: The cost of prom is going down.

A nationwide survey conducted by Visafound that the average American household will spend $919 on high school’s most storied night — a 6 percent decrease from last year.

And while the majority of the annual tab includes the cost of tickets, attire, limousine rental, flowers, photographs, and after party festivities — the single biggest prom-related expense actually precedes the annual dance: the “promposal.”

According to Visa’s findings, the pomp and circumstance of the promposal is on the rise. At least one third of the annual cost of prom — about $324 — will be spent on securing a date to the big dance, according to Visa.

“Prom is a fun night for the kids to get together and dance, but spending $300 plus on a promposal to simply ask your date is exorbitant,” said Nat Sillin, Visa’s head of U.S. Financial Education.

promposal.jpeg“Promposals strike me as a wasteful fad,” said Sean Graw of the bargain-hunting website (Len Melisurgo | NJ Advance Media for

Real Estate Closing Gifts!

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Real Estate Closing Gifts are a perfect way to show clients how much their business is appreciated.  It’s an  integral part of a client appreciation program.  

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There are also personalized gifts, such as doormats with the family’s name, personalized bottles of wine, plaques or wreaths to hang on their door.

What about a print or tile created by a local artist or local art gallery?  There are many prints which highlight the town they are moving to with local scenes.

Gift certificates to Lowe’s or Home Depot are always a good idea especially if the home is a fixer-upper.  A pretty presentation can make this a great gift.

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If you know the homeowners have a green thumb, a gardening basket with some cute tools for the budding gardener is a great gift.  No kids but pets, how about a pet-friendly basket filled with treats for their animals?

Personalized gift baskets can have any theme.  Wine and wineglasses and cheese and crackers, some specialty beers, handyman special with tools, breakfast foods, fruits, toys for the kids, or even a craft basket for them to make their own fun.

Whatever you choose, the presentation is always key with pretty baskets, colorful boxes, tissue paper,  cellophane and pretty bows and ribbons and don’t forget the personalized card to show your appreciation.

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