That’s right prom is just around the corner. Next month high school juniors and seniors will be dressing up, picking up their dates, and making their way to this teenage rite of passage. This is not my first prom season with an excited teen. Nathaniel went to his senior homeschool prom last year accompanied by his beautiful girlfriend. I had so much fun helping him figure out how to ask his girlfriend to the prom, picking out his tux, and taking a thousand pictures of the gorgeous couple. However, this year is even more exciting for me as a mom. Becca, my beautiful cheer chick, has been asked to the prom. I am so excited to help her plan out her dress, shoes, and accessories for this big night. She is only a freshman, but a very sweet boy, who happens to be in the junior class, presented her with a Pandora Princess ring and a prom invitation this Valentine’s Day. (What a way to be asked to prom!!!!) Becca has accepted his invitation, and now our fun begins.
I have to say I may be excited, but my husband is seeing only dollar signs. Yes, a prom dress and all that goes with it can be quite expensive. Unfortunately, he has forgotten he is married to the most frugal woman in GA. I can stretch a dollar so far it screams. That is exactly what I plan to do to make my baby girl’s prom dreams a reality. I have found ways to save money on everything she needs for this very special night. Let’s start with the dress. I know some girls in Becca’s HS have spent over $400 for their dress. Needless to say, this mom will not be doing that. During our search I have came up with some great ways to make prom night affordable for the budget-watching-parents.
BORROW A DRESS
Now you might have a little trouble selling this idea to your senior, but all others should be open to this option. Becca has a lot of older friends who have dresses they would have been more than willing to lend her for the big night. We did not go this route for prom, but we did borrow a dress for her upcoming school pageant. Some day when Becca is an upper class man and has an excess of dresses, we will be glad to pass along the good deed to someone else.
My son’s girlfriend found a gorgeous gown for this year’s prom at a second hand store. Her mom paid about $50 for a dress that retails for over $250. Of course this dress looks brand new. It could not have been worn more than once or twice. These formal gowns usually only have a few hours of wear, and people are willing to part with them for a fraction of retail price.
Yes the want ads!!! My husband is an expert at finding great deals here. He simply searched for size 4 formal gowns. In our area there were over 50 options. Most of the dresses were only worn once and the average price of a $400 gown was about $100. We plan on keeping this in mind for next year.
SHOP THE SALES AND USE DISCOUNTS
That’s right prom dresses do go on sale and some stores do offer discounts. A few weeks back while we were at a cheer competition David’s Bridal had set up a display with mystery coupons. These cards were worth anywhere from a $10 to $50 discount on a $100 purchase. Becca, her best friend, my mom, and I went on a shopping trip a couple weeks ago. They had some beautiful dresses and even had some that were on a 50% sale. We grabbed up a few of dresses in the style Becca had been interested in, strapless with a high low hem. She found her dream dress and it happened to be a part of the sale. Our coupon was for $20 discount. We ended up getting this $200 dress for $79.50. Of course her father was overjoyed.
I had a blast looking for dresses and shopping with my baby girl. She took my breath away when she stepped out of the dressing room in those amazing dresses. I cannot wait to see her on April 5th being escorted in the Grand March. Don’t worry parents there are ways to make your princess happy and not break the bank. Happy prom everyone, enjoy the memories.