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prom budget

Prom is pricey. How expensive could it really be? The answer might surprise you.

According to Yahoo Style’s 2017 Prom Across America Survey, teens are averaging more than $600 on prom-related expenses.

This does not mean that you and your family have to spend this much. While it is easy to let spending get out of control for special events, they hardly ever need to be as expensive as people allow them to be.

Here are just a few ways you can save major bucks and still have a great time.

Rent your wardrobe

While guys may be used to renting a suit, most ladies are still very much used to purchasing their gown. While buying a dress is still a valid option — especially if you can find one on sale — it is easier than ever for girls to rent designer gowns at a fraction of the cost it would be to purchase one.

Websites like Rent the Runway mean that you can not only save money, but most likely end up with a gown “more expensive” than you could ever hope to afford on your own.

Shop your closet

Before you go out on a shopping spree, take a hard look at your own closet. Everyone likes to buy something new for a new event, but that doesn’t mean your whole look has to be right out of a shop window.

Odds are you have a pair of shoes or a necklace that will match perfectly with your dress.

Learn a trade

The internet has made it possible for anyone to learn anything quickly if they have patience and a little ingenuity. Items such as corsages are very easy to make and can save you major bucks.

Take a Saturday afternoon and watch several tutorials and then hit up a craft store. Using flowers from your local grocery store will also help you save. Just be sure to practice a few times before the big weekend. Who knows, you may be so good at it that you have classmates asking you to make theirs and you could actually make some money.

Forego the limo

The limousine is not necessary. Prom is all about the memories you make with friends.

Don’t you think your beaten down car with faded paint and a weird smell will make for a better memory and a better story?


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