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The most important dance of the year is coming up, where high school students are going to head for dinner with their dates and celebrate a fun evening at prom. In two months friends will dance, mingle and memories will be made.
This important date can lead to much stress, but worry is not what anyone should have to do to attend prom. According to USAToday, the average prom expense is $1,139! That is expensive! If you’re on a tight prom budget, here are some tips to save on prom expenses this year.
- Dinner beforehand may seem like the “in” thing to do, but mom’s are always more than happy to provide a nice dinner at home for the couple. I’m sure she’d even allow a friend and their date come. Sit down with everyone you are going with and mention your parent offered a spaghetti dinner. This take a huge chunk of change off a sit down restaurant charge.
- A safe reliable vehicle is necessary to get you to and from prom and since this is a huge event many opt for a limo. If you must have a limo, talk to friends and all pitch in. If there are 10 of you and the limo is $400 that’s only $40 for each of you to split.
- A prom dress is a must have, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Places such as JJsHouse.com offer beautiful prom dresses at affordable prices starting at under $100. You’ll find prom dresses in a variety of fabrics including chiffon or organza with straps or strapless in an assortment of colors that are made-to-order. I adore this royal blue one shoulder floor length prom dress
Or look pretty in pink with the A-Line/Princess Sweetheart Asymmetrical Chiffon Prom Dress With Ruffle Flower.
Chic, cute and only $129.99!
Or keep it classic with a black prom dress you’ll be able to wear over and over again to other dressy events.
- Standing out with an up-do or sweeping hairstyle is what most girls want, but getting that prom hair look can be pricey if going to an expensive hair salon. If you have family or friends that know how to do hair, ask them. Just get your split ends trimmed so your hair is healthy for the big day and you can have additional money to get your nails manicured!
- Accessories such as jewelry, clutch and shoes make for the final touches. Don’t buy pricey shoes especially if your dress is long. Ask friends and family to borrow or hit the thrift shop for some jewelry. Also check department stores before high end shops as well as sample sale sites as their accessories tend to be less expensive but still high quality.
- Skip the professional photos. Many own nice cameras now, so have your parents snap away before you leave and take as many as you want with your phone at prom. If you want to print them for keepsakes, just order prints locally.
These are just a few tips. Make sure you write a budget and stick to it. If you wish you’d have a bit more for your prom budget, take up some babysitting jobs for extra cash. You have two months to save!
Have fun and be safe. Happy prom 2014!