Prom: Look good without breaking the bank!

April 15, 2009 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Advice and Assistance

It’s that time of year again for many high school guys and girls. The school year is almost over, which means that prom is on the mind of many teens. The average cost incurred for females is $375-$1225 and $245-$1195 for males. But you don’t need to break the bank to make the night a memorable one. Below are listed a few ideas to help save a couple bucks.

As always, shoes are an important part of the outfit. Girls, keep in mind that a low heel with an ankle strap is best. You are going to be on your feet a lot dancing and a broken ankle is not what you want to have to ruin the night. Whatever shoe you decide on, this pair of shoes does not have to be a one night wear. Find a pair that you can wear for prom and other occasions. Silver or black are usually popular choices as they can go with so many different outfits.

Guys, you don’t need to go out and buy a tux. You can normally get good deals on tuxedo rentals, especially if you mention a student discount. Ladies, consider renting a dress if possible. After all, you’re only wearing it once. Whether you rent or buy, start shopping early so you won’t be rushed into an expensive, last-minute choice. Also consider wearing a dress from a previous occasion or swapping with someone else. You also never know what you may find at a second hand store or some areas sponsor a dress donation program.

Another cost saving idea is to consider beauty schools as an inexpensive way to get your hair, nails and / or makeup done. The student gets the practice and you get the look you desire at a fraction of the cost at a standard salon. Also, don’t forget about the makeup counter at the department stores. Many times you can get a free makeover with the purchase of some beauty products.

What about transportation? Many teens insist that the only way to go is to opt for a limo. If this must be the method of transportation, book in advance to bargain for the best deal. Going in with another couple or friends also brings down the cost as more people will be chipping in toward the price of the ride. Most limos seat at least four people, but check with the rental company to determine the different rates depending on what size limo they have available.

Many girls and guys drop a fortune on tanning prior to prom night. Tanning booths are no safer for the skin than baking in the sun, so skipping the tan is an easy way to save money. If you desire a golden glow at a cheaper price, consider tan creams and sprays from your local pharmacy or retail store.

Photos taken at prom can be very expensive. Save some money and use your digital camera. Most digital cameras have built in software for special framing or come with software programs to assist in editing the picture if needed. You can print out copies on your home computer or take it to a photo development store to make copies.