Beautiful Prom Dresses on the rack at Goodwill!
With spring here and the end of the school year just around the corner, teenagers everywhere (and mom's too!) are preparing for prom. For most teenage girls the most important part of the prom is to look amazing. Prom Dresses are notorious for their heavy price tag and along with make-up, accessories, shoes, and more; mothers everywhere are cringing at the thought of the bill! It sure would be nice if everyone could just throw their budget out the window to make their daughter's prom special, but let's be honest.. that's just not practical. Below I will show you how to find an awesome Prom Dress on a budget that will make both daughter and wallet happy!
Consignments shops can yield awesome dresses! So many people have common misconceptions about consignment and thrift shops. Just because clothing in these stores are "used" doesn't mean you can't find nice quality clothes, including prom dresses! A lot of girls donate/sell their dresses after wearing them only once to consignment and thrift shops.
Have you ever heard of Plato's Closet? There is 38 locations in Florida alone and many more across the nation. Plato's Closet sells brand name clothing for teenage/young girls and boys. Their clothing is gently used and can be bought at up to 70% off retail prices. Plato's Closet Says: "We're not your typical secondhand clothing store. The gently used clothing and accessories that we buy are: top-name brands, cool, hip, trendy, clean and in good condition. Typically we buy items that have been in the retail stores within the past 12 to 18 months and are current styles still seen in the mall." You can find great dresses at Plato's Closet for more than half off the price you would pay at a department store!
Buying online can be cheaper then going to the store. Check sites like Ebay and Craigslist for both new and used dresses at more than 50% off their retail price. Often times popular department stores such as Macy's and JCPenny offer up Discount Codes and Coupons for online shoppers only. These savings plus the money you will save in gas can be worth it alone.
Rent The Runway
Rent Designer Dresses! If your daughter really wants a designer dress just for this one big night but you don't want to fork over one big chunk of change consider renting. RenttheRunway.com offers designer dress and accessory rentals for savings of up to 90-percent off retail prices. Each rental includes two sizes just to ensure the right fit – at no additional cost!
In addition to the dress there are other ways to save money while preparing for your daughters prom. Your daughter will likely want her make-up done, nails, shoes and other accessories.
- Try a Cosmetology School. Often times the students offer discounted Hair, Nails and Make-up, much less than any beauty salon.
- Get Creative! One of my fondest memories with my mother growing up and as a teenager was all of the crafts and things we did and made together. You can come up with ways to spruce up any costume jewelry, shoes, and other accessories. Try shopping the flea market or yard/rummage sales for inexpensive costume jewelry and things to craft together to make accessories.
Your daughters prom dress doesn't have to break the bank this year if you follow the above tips and think frugally. Remember that it doesn't matter if the dress is second hand or home made as long as she is confident and is happy with the way she looks! On the other hand – you now gain the right to brag about how savvy of a shopper you are!
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