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Frugal prom queen

From dresses to flowers, photos and limos, graduating high school students (and their parents) dish out a ton of cash on proms. It’s not a wedding, people! You probably blew a wad on spring break anyway! Teenagers have more important worries, like finding the perfect date, than coming up with the cash for prom. Here are some Tightwad tips to keep prom costs under budget.

Borrow accessories Dig through your grandma's or mom’s jewelry box to find retro costume jewelry or a vintage clutch to pair with your dress. You could also ask your sister, cousin or friends if you can borrow earrings or necklace for the event. If you decide to invest in jewelry, make sure it's a style you can wear for many years to come.

Find frugal frocks Why blow your budget on a formal gown you will wear once? Consider a simple cocktail dress that will do double duty for post-prom celebrations and events. Browse consignment shops and thrift stores for rocking vintage frocks. Search sale racks at department stores which offer a large discount dress selection. Don't forget to compare prices online and search for dresses and shoe coupons to score even better deals.

DIY If you're old enough for prom, you can handle your own makeup and nails. You could swap services with friends or get your mom to help you. Gather ideas from online photos or magazines and be sure to practice the hairstyle and makeup before the big night.

Use simple floral tricks Make your own boutonnieres and corsages, or order them from your local grocery store. Go for a more minimalist look, like an single rose or flower with greenery.

Ditch the formal photos Unless you marry your prom partner, that expensive photo will likely end up at the bottom of a box at the top shelf of your closet. Share camera duties with friends.

Compare tuxedo prices If you are helping your date pick out a tux, comparison shop and don't be afraid to barter the price. You may be able to negotiate a cheaper rate if you recruit several friends to rent in bulk from the same store. Be sure the shop provides all the needed accessories, including a shirt, vest or cummerbund, handkerchief, shoes, tie and belt to eliminate extra last minute expense.

Lose the limo Party buses hold more people than limos are a fun and more affordable option. Also, consider the possibility of borrowing a nice car from a parent or relative (or more than likely, consider the possibility of borrowing a car from a nice parent or relative!)


CreditDonkey said...

This is soo true. It's not a wedding! The most you have to spend on would be the dress or tux but lose the limo! Not worth the buck. And I agree with the DIY on nails and make up. There are a lot of tutorials on Youtube and you can do it with your girlfriends for some girl bonding!

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