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High school prom has turned into a red carpet event costing most families upwards of $600 for an evening of glamour, but experts say there are budget-friendly options for an equally beautiful night of fun.
Other industry experts also weighed in on how to save on the total prom experience.
Rent it instead of buying: The easiest way to save money on a dress is to look at rental sites, where formal gowns start at $50, Tam said.
So, go for the ear bling but forget the choker, rings and bracelets — they aren’t on trend anymore anyway.
Shoes: Wear what you have, because chances are those heels will be coming off within the hour.
Buy multitasking products: Go for a cheek stain that doubles as lipstick, an eye pencil that also works on lids and brows, a moisturizer for face and body and/or a “do-it-all” palette for lids, cheeks and lips, Stenson said.
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Dinner and the drive
Look for deals: Websites including Groupon offer deals on limo and luxury vehicle rentals, as well as coupon codes for restaurants.
Prom potluck, anyone?: Hosting a pre-prom dinner at a family’s house or venue could cut costs.
Tip: Set a price limit so that everyone can stay within budget for the dish they provide. Don’t want to do any cooking? Order a pizza.
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