Prom on A Budget

Prom on A Budget

Every year prom becomes more expensive and more stressful for moms and their teens.  So, this year, I wanted to help families save money by coming up with some great money saving tips to keep prom budget-friendly and fun.

So how can you save money on prom?

Do your own updo  SAVINGS $60
The average updo can cost between $40 and $80.  Instead, you can use the styling tools you have at home and do the perfect updo at home. 
1. Let hair dry naturally or blow it dry with a hairdryer.
2. Separate hair in sections and put it in hot rollers or flat iron it to smooth the cuticle.
3. Pull hair into a ponytail and braid it.
4.  Pull the braid apart and wrap it once into a loose bun.
5. Secure with bobby pins.
Do Your Own Makeup  SAVINGS $60
Most people do their makeup better than anyone else.  The key is to find makeup that will look as good at midnight as it did when you applied it.   Mascara can make or break the evening.  There is nothing worse than mascara that has flaked or dripped down your face.  This is my new favorite mascara because it lasts with no flaking or streaking.  Its a must for prom night!

Osmosis Colour Mineral Cosmetics  Curling Mascara ($22). utilizes an innovative Anti-Gravity Cobra Head. The Curling Mascara will transform your normal eyelashes into unbelievably fanned out, natural looking curly lashes with exceedingly noticeable curves.

Its Provitamin B5 will coat each individual lash, keeping them moisturized while increasing fullness, thickness, and volume. This clump fighting ingredient will strengthen each hair, making lashes less prone to breakage. The mascara’s beeswax keeps this gravity defying curl locked in providing a longwear, waterproof formula. Lashes will feel lush, never stiff. And there’s no fallout ever. Cruelty-free. Leaping Bunny Certified.

Price: $22 from

Shop till you drop!  SAVINGS $300
The average girl spends up to $400 on prom and there are those who spend more.  But, you can get a gorgeous dress for under $100.  Here are some dresses I found at, for under $100

Strapless Floor Length Pleated Bodice and Lace Up Back Dress, $ 99
Off the Shoulder Fitted Midi Dress, $69                                            
Short Illusion Top Tulle Emerald Sundae Dress, $24 Long Sleeveless Sequin Dress, $99
Short Off the Shoulder A-Line Dress by City Triangles, $69


Take Your Own Pictures SAVINGS $118
Formal photography can cost up to $125.  With selfie sticks and cameras on phones, take your own pictures. Often these are the best shots because they are candid and fun.  To take the perfect selfie get a bluetooth selfie stick like this for just $9.99.

Ditch the expensive limo and uber to and from the prom. SAVINGS up to $200 per person!

A limo can cost up to $500 for a couple on prom!  There is no need to pay for a limo to be waiting for you while you are dancing  the night away at prom.  I really love this idea because then if you do not want to go where everyone else is going or you feel uncomfortable with the plans of your friends, you are free to go home when you choose.  There is nothing worse than feeling stuck in a situation that makes you uncomfortable.


Pre-prom dinner SAVINGS $75
Depending on where you go, dinner for 2 can be up to $100.  Make some pasta and salad and have your friends over for a pre-prom party!