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Prom is a memorable time for students, but the bill for this special night does need not to wipe out a college savings fund. Find affordable attire options so you can dance the night away without having to start paying off your expenses the next day.
Contrary to what you might expect, thrift stores offer more than powder blue suits and dresses from your mom's prom. Many thrift and consignment stores pride themselves on their modern selection and discounted prices. Some stores specialize in reselling never worn or gently used dresses for occasions like prom. Whether you find a bargain item or not, sell your dress to a consignment store after the event to get some of your money back.
If you are determined to have a new dress, start shopping early. Find out when stores in your area offer their blowout sales and get on their email lists to receive coupons and special offers. Many stores will also slash prices when prom season is drawing to a close, but it is a gamble to wait so long because options will be limited. However, if you are willing to take the risk and have found multiple options, you may be able to hold out until the price drops.
Finding the right dress is the hard, but selecting matching accessories is simple. Jewelry, shoes and hair accessories do not have to be pricey to look great with your outfit. Borrow nicer items from friends or family, look online or search bargain stores and large chains for the best prices.
You should remember prom, but the price you paid should not be stuck in your mind years later. Celebrate prom in style without going over budget by being a smart shopper and following these tips.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|