Brace Yourselves, it’s Prom Season

LivingFirst contributor, Adrianna, before her prom.  June 13, 2008.

LivingFirst contributor, Adrianna, before her prom on June 13, 2008.

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.

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