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Almost every Highschool girl dreams of their prom, just like their wedding. Proms can be super expensive, and I am going to go over ways to save your bank while looking and feeling like a million dollars.
How to have a Frugal Prom
Every girl wants to feel special, beautiful and unique on their dance nights. This does not mean that parents have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars. With proper planning and a little imagination, parents can supply their girls with the prom of their dreams while staying frugal.
Prom dresses might be the most expensive part of your dance. That does not mean that you have to spend hundreds of dollars alone on a dress that your daughter will wear for one night. The dress may end up with spots and stains from dinner and dancing if it is floor length. If you check out my post about raising children, I briefly go over dresses for this occasion.
My first suggestion as far as the dress is to shop at local thrift and Goodwill stores. You will want to start this a few months ahead, so you have plenty of time to find the perfect dress. This also allows time for any alterations that may be needed and time to have the dress dry cleaned.
Second, borrow a dress from a friend. This is probably the easiest way to have a beautiful prom dress. Send out a message on Facebook to your friends. You would be amazed at how many women have formal dresses hanging in their closets, with no intention of wearing them. I probably have three appropriate dresses in my closet.
If you have a son, shop around. You might be able to buy an entire tux for the price to rent one. Although, when you rent a tux, the cumberbund and ties may be included. So check out both options before you decide.
Nair and Nails
For beautiful hair and nails, take a look around your city and see if there is a beauty school. Many will offer discounted rates for occasions such as proms. They may offer discounted rates for other services year round also. If you are going to look into this, make sure to call and schedule your appointments early. They will book up fast, especially once the girls start talking about where they are getting theirs done.
Shoes are one area that I do not like to borrow or use second hand. This does not mean that you have to spend an arm and a leg on them though. I have used stores like PayLess and Kohls and found shoes for under $20.00.
Every prom I went to, we used a limousine. There are a few tricks to keeping this luxury affordable. First, reserve your limo as soon as the prom dates are announced. Second, get in with a group of friends where everyone agrees to split the cost evenly. By doing this, as a parent, you know your child has responsible transportation, and do not have to worry about teenage drivers.
Corsages and boutonnieres can start to get expensive, especially if you want them to match perfectly. You have two options here. First have them professionally made at a florist, which you will pay a lot. OR, second, you can make your own. As a mom with minimal craft skills, if you watch a few YouTube videos, you can quickly master corsages and boutonnieres.
The most important factor here is your child having a beautiful fantastic prom. Of course, you want them to remain safe and return home unharmed. Finally, this event does not have to break your bank. Just a few simple plan-aheads and you are on your way for your child to have a night of their life without killing your bank account.
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