As the school year begins winding down, many high school students turn their thoughts to prom. While students are thinking about dream dates and dancing the night away, parents are likely worrying about how much this whole thing is going to end up costing them.
Does this sound familiar? CBS News says that the average family will wind up spending roughly $1,139 on prom and costs are steadily on the rise. Because of that, it’s never too late to start thinking of ways to cut down costs without taking away from the experience for your son or daughter.
1. Shop smart when looking for a dress or tux. Be sure to look for sales, clearance options, and special promotions. Don’t be afraid of coupons. Many times, stores such as Ross or TJ Maxx will have beautiful dresses for a fraction of what some department stores have. Even Target is offering more formal dresses at low prices.
2. Skip the professionals and take care of hair and makeup at home. Thanks to Youtube and tutorials like these, at-home hairstyling has gotten a lot easier to accomplish. As for makeup needs, why not suggest having a “getting ready” party at someone’s house and pool talents. Be sure to do a test run beforehand so you know what you’re going to do.
3. Plan far in advance if you’re looking for a limo. Prices increase dramatically as events approach.
4. Instead of finding a pricey restaurant, eat at home. This can be done easily and at a fraction of the cost of a fancy restaurant. All of the parents in the group get together and divide up the food stuffs — drinks, appetizer, main course, side dish, and dessert. Whoever’s house is being used for photos generally should just host the dinner so there’s no need for extra travel. Split decorating responsibilities and set it up like you would any dinner party. If there are younger siblings, offer them incentives (money, presents, love and affection, etc) and use them as wait staff.
*Writer’s Note: This is how we did it for my prom and it worked out wonderfully. Each family chipped in ten dollars and we had the younger siblings split it up evenly.
Of course there are many other ways to cut down costs, but these are just some suggestions. Even if you don’t have a child attending prom this year, these ideas are applicable for years to come.
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By Adrianna, LivingFirst Contributor