Prom season is fast approaching and with it the ever increasing costs that going to the prom incurs. In the United States going to prom is a rite of passage that all teenagers should be able to enjoy but the fact is that the cost of going to prom gets higher every year, especially when you have teenagers trying to one-up each other with more expensive clothing, limousines, after-prom parties and so forth. With that in mind we put together a blog featuring some of the best tips for saving money on your son or daughter’s prom because, let’s face it, we all know who’s going to get the bill when everything is said and done. Enjoy.
- When it’s time for renting a tuxedo you should definitely shop around because, frankly, tuxedo rental stores are all competing for your prom dollars and if you let them know that you are shopping around they will usually start breaking out the discounts.
- Taking a disposable camera to the prom is a good idea for several reasons. First, it will save money on hiring a professional to take pictures and second, a disposable camera only costs around $20 so there’s a lot less worry about it getting lost or stolen.
- Purchasing a prom dress before or after prom season or buying a secondhand prom dress from someone who went to prom last year are two great ways to save money.
- Purchasing shoes for the prom should be treated like any other purchase. Shop around, compare prices and try to find the best deals.
- If your team is keen on renting a limousine for the prom try to get a few other couples to share the ride and thus share the cost. This will lower your costs significantly, obviously, and also assure you that your teen won’t be driving, which is a much safer option and it can help keep your anxiety down on prom night.
- Hosting a hair and makeup party before the prom will save big bucks on the high rate of going to a salon and can also be a lot of fun.
- The ‘vintage look’ is very trendy right now and borrowing jewelry from older relatives or finding something at the thrift store will save you big bucks and help your teen to keep trendy on a budget.
- If possible, choose a dress for your daughter that can be used for other future occasions like dances, holidays and so forth.
- Many of the large – chain grocery stores have discount florist that will save you money on corsages and other flower needs for the prom.
- An excellent idea is to sit down with your teen and put together a prom budget. Many times your son or daughter will have no idea what the actual cost of the prom is and making them put a budget together will not only show them just that but also help them realize that going to the prom isn’t cheap. It can also give them a great lesson in how money works and help them get started with their own good financial habits.
- If you do decide to use a budget don’t put a definite cost on it until your teen and you have done some research into the final costs. This will ease some of the tension that they are often tends to be between teens and parents when talking about money.
Prom can be a lot of fun and we recommend that every team go to at least one during high school. We hope that these tips will help you and your son or daughter to not only have a great time at their problem but also to save some real money while doing it. Please make sure to come back and check with us frequently as we will be offering more money-saving blogs like this one covering all sorts of different topics in the future. See you then!