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Prom on a Budget
Nothing feels better than a beautiful dress on prom night. But with the cost of everything else you need, you will want to start planning ahead of time to prepare! Add prom night into your budget and you won’t be scrambling the month of the big dance and trying to get money for a dress, shoes, accessories and more! There are a bunch of ways you can prepare to budget for prom ahead of time and if you plan right you will be able to save more and stress less.
Check out my 5 tips for saving on prom night:
- Determine an amount you want to spend on all prom expenses. This would include your dress, your shoes and your accessories such as a purse, necklace, earrings, etc.
- Add “Prom” into the family budget. When preparing your family budget or your own budget, include prom night. This will help you to set aside money for this big event, and it won’t seem so overwhelming when it gets closer. Do a little research ahead of time to get a ballpark of how much you think you will spend and add 15% as a buffer.
- Add a percentage of your income or allowance into the prom budget. After determining the amount you want to budget and adding it into your budget, you then need to calculate how much you need to save each week, month, etc. to get to your goal. Set aside a set amount or percentage so that you reach your goal on time.
- Determine what you can do without! Maybe you have a beautiful floor length gown, and you won’t be seeing your shoes all that much. Do you already have a nice pair of shoes you could wear? Wearing a pair of shoes that you already own will save you a good amount of money. Also if you have other events during the year think about the shoes you buy and make them something that you can wear to different events like a party or wedding. Same thing goes for accessories.
- Borrow! Things like a nice earring or necklace can be borrowed from a family member or a friend. I am sure they have items they spend money on and only wore once and would be happy to lend it to someone to get more use out of it. After all, they probably spent a lot of money on it and only wore it once. Ask around, borrowing can save you a lot of money.
Now that you have saved up money for prom you will want to find the perfect dress! You can find very good quality dresses for under $200 at places like JenJenHouse. A high-quality, timeless dress can not only be passed down but will be shown in all those prom night pictures, so you want to look great. Take lots of pictures both at home and at the prom in front of all the beautiful backdrops. Make memories last a lifetime and the cost of your dress will be worth it!
Parents! Get dressed up a bit and take pictures with your daughter before prom! This is a great way to get nice family photos at home. Plus how often can you get your kids to dress up for family photos? So take advantage :-).
Do you have any tips on saving money on prom? Share them in the comments section below.
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