Save On Prom

Prom is exciting and expensive. Learn these tips to save on this expensive auspicious occasion.
Me getting my baby girl, Traycye, ready for her junior prom


Let me just start by saying I am so glad that my son’s and daughters are too old for prom! When they were in school, this mama had to find creative way’s to save on this auspicious occasion. My children are stairsteps and one set went to prom together, but the rest were one behind the other. Having more girls than boys, it was more expensive to send the girls to prom. Here are a few things I did to save.

1. The Dress

When my daughters were in the 11th grade, I shopped My SIsters Closet for their dresses. This was very economical because they were FREE! Look for places that have gently used prom dresses. Now for their Senior year, I did go out and buy their dresses. My niece will wear one of my daughters dresses to her junior prom.Who do you know that you may be able to borrow a dress from?

2. The Hair

Get your hair done at a local beauty school. The work is overseen by professional instructors and the price is considerably cheaper than at a salon.

3. The Makeup

My youngest son, Treon, on his way to his junior prom.

This one is a little tricky because you want your face to be slamming. You can either practice the look and apply it yourself, or you can look for makeup artists that offer a discount for prom. Luckily, I can do makeup so that was a freebie for me. I did my¬†daughter’s makeup for their proms and they were gorgeous.

4. The Shoes

Buy shoes that you can definitely wear again.Go with a clear comfortable shoe that you can get more than one nights use.

5. The Jewelry

Just like shoes, buy jewelry that you can wear again. Who do you know that has a beautiful matching necklace and earring set that you can borrow?

A few more things you can do are, rent your¬†dress if you only plan to wear it once. Check bridal shops in the offseason, they usually have beautiful dresses at low cost. For the fellas, check and see if an older gentleman in the family has a tuxedo he doesn’t wear anymore. Take that tuxedo and have it altered to fit. That is what I did for my oldest son.

I hope these tips help you save for the prom. What other tips can you give to help save on prom?



on Save On Prom

  1. Neely Moldovan
    March 14, 2018 at 2:55 pm (11 months ago)

    When I went to prom we all did each others hair and makeup! It was so fun!

    • tracie45
      March 14, 2018 at 5:35 pm (11 months ago)

      That’s how we did it when I went too Neely. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  2. mary jingjing lopez
    March 14, 2018 at 4:01 pm (11 months ago)

    For special day like this for a teenage girls, dressing up and looking pretty in make up and in beautiful gown is practical. It’s one memorable day and it only happens once in life. Great tips you have here!

    • tracie45
      March 14, 2018 at 5:34 pm (11 months ago)

      Yes it is Mary! I really enjoyed sending my children but I didn’t want to break the bank. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  3. Traycye
    March 14, 2018 at 4:12 pm (11 months ago)

    Great ideas to look forward to when my baby goes to prom!!

    • tracie45
      March 14, 2018 at 5:32 pm (11 months ago)

      Yes, Traycye! It will be here before you know it! Thank you for reading and commenting!

  4. Wendy
    March 14, 2018 at 4:24 pm (11 months ago)

    So many students just don’t have the money to buy new dresses and such. This is wonderful for them to reference so they can get out there and look amazing for little to nothing cost-wise! We shared dresses amongst parents for our girls and did the hand me down thing as well.

    • tracie45
      March 14, 2018 at 5:31 pm (11 months ago)

      Yes Wendy they don’t. Although we did by then I just refused to spend that kind of money on one night for their Junior prom. Now I did go all new for their Senior prom. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  5. Scott
    March 14, 2018 at 5:09 pm (11 months ago)

    I know when the time comes I’ll be looking for a used one. The prices on new are just too high to spend just for one night!

    • tracie45
      March 14, 2018 at 5:27 pm (11 months ago)

      Used was the way I went for Junior prom Scott. Senior prom is where I spent my hard earned money. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  6. Jeanine
    March 14, 2018 at 6:22 pm (11 months ago)

    This is great. My teen will soon be going to prom and I know his girlfriend will need some help saving some money so these are great!

  7. brianne
    March 14, 2018 at 8:57 pm (11 months ago)

    I so remember my prom in high school. I’m sure times have changed and these are great tips!

  8. Rosey
    March 14, 2018 at 9:30 pm (11 months ago)

    Awesome that you can and did do the makeup! Saving on prom is important because it can get SO expensive if you don’t check it.

  9. Peter
    March 15, 2018 at 4:36 am (11 months ago)

    These are very useful and helpful tips. With prom season around the corner and a teen boy getting set for prom…

  10. BlazyGoneCrazy
    March 15, 2018 at 8:04 am (11 months ago)

    Awesome tips. I agree why to spend tons of money when you can borrow things because PROM is just a day event and you hardly wear those dresses.

  11. Toughcookiemommy
    March 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm (11 months ago)

    This is great because I remember how expensive everything was when I had my prom. I’m sure things will be even more expensive when my sons go to their proms.


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