Prom is one of those milestones in your young life that you will remember forever. It is also the last time that you will get to celebrate with all of your friends before you go off to college for a new adventure. However, prom is a big occasion, so it is important to make sure to prepare everything so that the night goes off without a hitch. As a parent of teenager going to his or her first prom, it is important that you help them get ready and prepare. You also want to make sure that they stick with a certain budget, because you don’t want to end up breaking the bank. Here are five ways to get teens ready for prom on a budget.
- Use items from your own closet. If you have a teenager heading off to prom, it may be a smart financial choice to use accessories and other items from your own closet. If you have son, perhaps you have tie clips, cuff links and other accessories. If you have a daughter, perhaps you can find costume jewelry, shoes and hair bands. When it comes down to it, the accessories that go with a prom outfit can often be the most expensive.
- Don’t go to a fancy hair stylist. Going to a professional hair salon can often cost hundreds of dollars. If you are on a budget, perhaps doing your son’s or daughter’s hair at home is the best option. Oftentimes, though, you can prepare a certain hairstyle and then research how to do the hairstyle, so that you can skip heading to the salon. In some cases, you can make your son’s or daughter’s hair look just as good by doing it at home versus going to the professionals.
- Skip the limo. The limo can often be one of the biggest expenses, especially if you go with a stretch limo or something even fancier. Oftentimes, even if the limo’s cost is being shared with a group of teenagers, it can be too expensive. So, why not use a regular car, or let your teenager use the old sports car that is in the garage. Cutting this cost out of prom night can be a great way to save money.
- Save a bundle on prom dresses and suits. In fact, you can find online retailers, like Night Moves by Allure, that sell prom dresses and suits for significantly less than the competitors. When it comes down to it, why spend a fortune on prom dresses and suits when you can save money and still dress like a celebrity. Just because you are on a budget, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style.
- Don’t take professional photos. Professional prom photos can cost anywhere between $75 and $200. However, you can easily bring a digital camera with you to your prom and snap your own memories. No matter what, even if there are no pictures, it will still be an incredibly memorable night – one that will be with you forever.