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A night out with college kids

September 15, 2016

A few weeks ago we brought you the post on how college kids can save money with JCPenney. If you missed the post make sure you check it out here. Today I want to bring you the college night life scene with a few options for under $100. First let me say this…

As a young college student or even a high school student we must be aware of our surroundings and listen to what our parents have drilled in us for many years. Stranger danger still exists no matter how old you get. Be careful if you are a new college student and you aren’t use to the night life scene. I know I wasn’t. I grew up in a private school and I was limited in high school mostly because I didn’t have money to go out and party all the time and I wanted to get my lessons. When I got to college it was a culture shock for me with all the partying and going out on school nights so I was thrown into that lifestyle and my grades slipped that first semester because of it. I learned quickly though and got them back up from then on but I want you all to be safe so I will share a few tips below on how you have fun but be safe in the process. First let’s get to these outfits….ladies first…


I love this blue and can you tell she’s a dancer! I think that first time college kids should wear something that enhances who they are. She loves to dance so she needed a dress to fit that.

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She took her shoes off for this one because we felt that this dress….it was the perfect way to be free. As a young lady whose a freshmen you want to make sure you aren’t showing all of your goods but just sexy enough for a great night out. Her dress was less than $25…yep I am not kidding right at JCPenney.


Her date is calling her so she gotta go but we love this dress so much and we hope she has a blast on her night out….Mommy and Aunty may or may not be lurking….honestly we wanted to go dancing too but we feel that we were just too old and the kids protested that we stay at home.

A night out with college kids

Her brother though who is a little older gets to stay out just a tad bit later because he has girls to see and money to spend……well spend at Chick Fil A because he does not have fine dining money options lol. College kids gotta eat what they can and if you want to take a girl out you have to make sure she loves you when you are broke. My hubs took me out to a wing joint on our first date. I didn’t care because I loved him and he could have did a date with soda and popcorn and I would have been there.

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He got a call from one of his friends …..who asked him about the girl he was taking out *side eye* he said she aight…….what is that supposed to mean…ahhh these college kids.

He of course is wearing Arizona’s from JCPenney. We love that he adds his chain because that’s who he is. It’s casual and nice for a great night out to pick up some food and a movie. Of course he isn’t going dancing he is actually going on a date so he wanted something comfy and something with some color. Pants and shirts were buy one get one 1 cent….so he only paid for the jeans which was more than the shirts. Less than $25 for the entire outfit. A steal because he has just enough to take his young lady out and to a great movie!

Here are some quick tips that you can pass on to your college student

  • Don’t ever leave your drink…ever
  • If you are going clubbing make sure you do not drink and drive and have one designated driver or make sure you arrive in a taxi or uber
  • Go with a group if you can….even double dating would be great until you get use to the area (especially if it’s a new town or city)
  • Have your phone charged because it can go dead quickly and you want to be able to reach someone in case of an emergency
  • Tell someone where you are going. I remember my mom would make me check in every night no matter the time to make sure I was safely back in my dorm room. She didn’t hear from me one night and guess who met me at the door….the police.
  • Don’t give out your info to anyone even that cute boy whose in your class. Meet in a neutral place where it’s busy and never bring him back to your dorm room unless people are there.
  • Don’t try to spend all of your money trying to have a good time. You don’t want to run out of money especially if you don’t have a job while in college

When you went to college how was your freshmen year? Did you party? Tell us the truth!

A night out with college kids

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A night out with college kids

  • Reply
    Catherine Sargent
    September 16, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Both of the outfits are really nice. Thanks for the great tips, I will make sure to go over them with my 20 year old son.

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    Colleen Lanin
    September 16, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Oh my. Both of your children are so beautiful! I love their looks. That floaty dress is really cute!

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    Pam Wattenbarger
    September 16, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    That dress is really pretty. It is perfect for a night out on the town or for a lunch date. These are both versatile outfits.

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    Mixed Reviews
    September 16, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I am so surprised by the affordable prices for these terrific outfits. I agree with all the tips for a night out for college students. Definitely something parents should discuss with their college bound kids.

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    September 16, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    I love those outfits! That dress looks so cute and comfy.

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    September 16, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Great tips for college kids – really. My mom used to make me watch these 20/20s about college kids as a warning, LOL. Scared me half to death but it was good, I came out alive! 🙂 I definitely miss college.

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    Chrystal | Nevermore Lane
    September 16, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I love the dress, so pretty and flowing. The guys outfit is really cool too. All the smiles are amazing.

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    Kelly Hutchinson
    September 16, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I would definitely not be able to keep up with the college kids. lol. Their outfits are so lovely! I love JCP!!

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    September 17, 2016 at 12:39 am

    They both look so snazzy in their outfits. I am in love with that free flowing blue dress. It really does suit her well!

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    Marcie W.
    September 17, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Both your niece and nephew look great and seem more than ready for a fun night out. I really appreciate you sharing those valuable safety tips too.

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore.com
    September 17, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Your children look so cool! That blue dress definitely suits her personality. I also love your sons outfit. Hope they enjoy their dates!

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    Annemarie LeBlanc
    September 17, 2016 at 5:53 am

    When I was a freshman in college, my parents treated me as if I was in junior high. The university I attended was just a short drive from home so there was no excuse for me not to be home on time. No regrets, however. I know they only wanted the best for me and were concerned about my safety. My children had more freedom when they were in college. They did party with their friends, but they knew their limitations.

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    Shannon Graham
    September 17, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    College can be one of the unsafest places. Kids are in a mindset of little care and that can lead to real issues.

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    Anjanette @MommaYoung
    September 17, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    These are such great tips. I think that college students and high school students on the verge of adulthood need to be reminded of these important factors. I love the two displays of outfits from JcPenney. I have been really impressed with their selection lately! It’s normally the first place I shop!

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    Amanda Love
    September 18, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    College! Such an exciting time for the kids. I think these are awesome outfits and they’re such a steal if they’re that affordable. I am loving every bit of that blue dress, so adorable!

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    Ann Bacciaglia
    September 18, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    I love that dress. JCPenney is a great place to shop for the whole family. I hope they had a great night.

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    Gervin Khan
    September 19, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I love your outfits! This post of yours reminds me so much of my college days!

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    Nicole Escat
    September 19, 2016 at 6:47 am

    These are wonderful tips, I will share with my sister who is going to college. I love your outfits!

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    September 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Loving these outfits so much! And how cute a date night. The photos are amazing.

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    September 19, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    That dress is so cute! My son would love that shirt as well.

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    September 21, 2016 at 7:02 am

    These are great outfits!

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    Karlaroundtheworld | Karla
    September 23, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Definitely winners for clothing right there! At $25 that’s a killer deal for a dress. This young man also gets it going very well with his chain. And great advice for freshmen up there!

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