Since teenagers have more important worries,from prom dresses and tuxedos to flowers, photos and limo services to finding the perfect date, coming up with the cash should be the least of their concerns. With a touch of savvy planning, students can find smart ways to keep prom costs under control.
1. Most limos have four-hour minimums and require tipping, which could
result in a bill of $400 or more. Divided among several friends, the
cost can be affordable. However, party buses that hold more people than
limos are a fun and more affordable option, so search around for prices
and negotiate among several companies. Also, consider the possibility of
borrowing a nice car from a parent or relative.
2. Share camera duties with friends for an honest record of the evening.
Photo prints at CVS or Snapfish cost as little as $0.15 per picture and
offer the option to create digital photo albums for a more memorable and
less expensive keepsake.
3. Every teenage girl wants to look like a princess at prom, but blowing
your budget on a formal prom gown she will wear only once isn't a smart
purchase. Consider a simple cocktail dress that will serve double duty
for post-prom celebrations, like college formals and weddings. Don't forget to compare prices online and search for dresses and women's
shoe coupons to score even better deals.
4. Dig through 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 a fabulous pair of earrings
or necklace for the special evening.