By: Rob Black - Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:41:52 -0800
Winner: Food Network's New Side DishThe Food Network has given millions of viewers tips about how to make dinner. Now it hopes to help diners who would rather eat out. Scripps Networks Interactive, which owns the Food Network and other lifestyle channels, is offering a service that lets people make restaurant reservations online. The move pits the company against OpenTable, which has offered a similar service since 1998.It is already operating on a small scale in Washington and Philadelphia. So far, the service has signed up only about 130 restaurants, but ...The new service will offer lower prices for restaurants, charging the restaurants $0.75 per reservation, and $175 to $200 a month for its table management feature.This is in contrast to OpenTable's $200 to $700 enrollment fee, $1 per reservation fee, and a monthly $199. Pretty steep.
Prom Spending Rises to $1,078 This Year
Prom is the new wedding, and spending on the springtime high school dance is climbing within reach of celebrations of holy matrimony.This year, families with teens are expected to spend an average of $1,078 on prom, up from $807 last year.Spending has been driven to never-before-seen levels as teens are influenced by everything from celebrities and reality TV to the prevalence of social media.
Parents in one of the lowest income brackets (between $20,000 and $29,999 a year) will spend more than $2,600, twice the national average, while families in high income brackets plan to spend between $700 and $1,000.
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