If you have a daughter, chances are that you have realized that the cost of prom can add up. There is no doubt that prom can be a very expensive thing. Here, through this informative article, we will take a much closer look at five of the main things that you can do in order to save money when it is time for your daughter’s prom. Read on to learn more about these things so that you can take advantage of them.
1. Do a Price Comparison for Dresses
One of the first things that you should do before you decide to go prom dress shopping is compare prices at a variety of different stores. Although you might not even realize it, many of the stores all have the same exact dress to offer. The only difference is the brand and the price tag that is on that dress. While your daughter may see a dress at one store that is five hundred dollars, she might see the dress – or one that is very similar- at another store for only one hundred dollars. Comparing prices is the main key to saving money. Some affordable places that you might want to consider checking out for prom dresses include Kohl’s, Boscov’s, JcPenney, Debb, and Sears.
2. Opt for Lower Priced Accessories
Although your daughter might just claim that she “has to have” that diamond necklace from Tiffany’s, she can instead wear something from a lower priced store. While she might not want to wear “cheap” accessories, there is no doubt that the cost of accessories can add up. Some great places that you might want to check out for your daughter’s accessories include Claire’s and the Icing. Do not leave your search limited at these stores, of course. You might be surprised to know that you can find something that your daughter will love at Target or Wal-Mart. Keep in mind that accessories will only add to your daughter’s overall prom look.
3. Shop During “Off Season”
One of the best things that you can do in order to save money is shop during the “off season”. You will often find prices that are much lower than they normally are. However, if you are planning on doing this, you might want to consider doing it right after the prom that occurs the year before your daughter’s prom. The main reason is because, unfortunately, there is one main downfall that is associated with shopping for prom dresses during off season. This is the fact that there is often not a very wide selection for you to choose from. You also will be faced with the possibility that your daughter might grow and not be able to wear the prom dress that you pick out. Just keep in mind, however, that you can find some really great prices during this time period.
4. Don’t Buy Expensive Shoes
As we all know, shoes can be very overpriced. One of the best ways to find affordable prom shoes for your daughter’s dress is to check out department stores, like JcPenney or Kohl’s. They often tend to be just as affordable at PayLess Shoes, and the best thing that your daughter cannot complain about is that there is often a much wider selection for you to choose from.
5. Avoid a Limo
Although your daughter probably wants to go to the prom in a limo, limos can be very expensive. Whether you decide to be the chauffer of your daughter and her date or if you decide to let her date drive her, avoiding the limo is one of the best ways to save money. However, if you daughter really wants to take a limo, you should make sure that another couple or friends go along with her. If you split up the cost of the limo evenly between all of the people who will be taking it, you will be able to save some money.
These are just five of the many things that you can do in order to save money on your daughter’s prom. While you are probably interested in saving, however, there is one main thing that you should keep in mind. This is the fact that your daughter will, (typically), only have one prom. Although saving money may be important, it still also very important for her to have a wonderful time on this special night.