5 Ways to Cut Down on Prom Costs
It’s almost prom time, and for many parents that can be expensive. Between the limo, dress, hair, makeup and shoes, you can wind up spending hundreds of dollars for just one night.
To help ease the financial burden of prom, here are some money saving tips.
1. Create a budget. The best thing to do is to sit down with your child and go over exactly how much they are allowed to spend on prom-related items. With everyone on the same page, prom costs will remain low because they were discussed and agreed upon before any spending even started.
2. Do her hair yourself. Girls can head to the salon for hours and spend hundreds getting their hair done. A great way to save money for the prom is by doing your daughter’s hair and makeup yourself, or letting her or her friends do it. Watch a YouTube video or even search a do-it-yourself website to find tutorials on how to make hair look salon fresh.
3. Share the limo. Instead of your child riding to prom with just his date, why not make it an even more memorable night by having him share his limo with friends. Not only will it save you money, but it will create a fun experience on the way to the venue. The kids can talk, take photos and get excited, and you can relax knowing they have transportation to and from the prom. Some limo companies will give you a discount if you book early. Once you know the prom date, start calling around. You may get an early-bird discount that you can then split among your child’s friends.
4. Borrow a dress. Dresses are one of the most expensive prom costs, and it’s likely your daughter will only wear it once. Instead of going shopping and spending anywhere from $200 to $500 on a dress, check out what your friends and family have. You may have friends whose older children still have their own prom dress hanging in the closet. It’s like your own personal thrift store!
5. Stay in with a BBQ. Prom is a special night, so sometimes people can get caught up in the excitement and plan too many events on the day. Instead of taking your child out for a meal at a restaurant earlier in the night, have them invite their friends to your house for a pre-prom BBQ. Everyone can get ready together, and you can run around with your camera capturing all the action. It’s fun, free and definitely memorable!
Just because you are spending money on your children’s prom doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Research your options and you could save hundreds of dollars and still give your child the best prom ever.