7 Last Minute Savings Tips For Prom

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It is prom season, if you have someone in your family heading to prom be sure to check out these 7 Last Minute Savings Tips For Prom!

According to the annual prom survey conducted by Visa, parents making less than $50,000 per year intend to spend nearly 10-percent more on prom than those in higher income brackets. Prom costs an average of $1,139, with families in the northeastern U.S. planning to spend the most on the one-night event.

Though prom is an important milestone in your teen’s life, there’s no need to spend an exorbitant amount of money to make it memorable. Consider these tips for keeping your budget grounded while helping your teen achieve his or her dream night.

1. Rent a Designer Dress
If you are considering purchasing a designer gown for your teen, you aren’t alone. These days, high-end brands sweep highschool hallways as students become evermore obsessed with Hollywood fashion. You don’t have to give up on your daughter’s designer dress dream nor drop $300 for a fashionable frock, however. Instead, check out RenttheRunway.com where you can rent a luxury brand dress for the night starting at just $50. This way, she feels like a princess without emptying your pocketbook.

2. Share the Expense
Though prom costs more than ever, teens are increasingly sharing in the cost of the event. The same Visa survey reports 41 percent of prom costs are covered by teens thanks to savings accrued from after-school jobs. Make sure your teen pays for some of the costs, especially “extras” that you didn’t budget for or don’t feel are priorities.

3. Skip the Limo
Limo rentals can cost anywhere from $60 to up to $150 per hour depending on the type and region. Like most industries, limousine companies increase rental costs during peak periods like prom and weddings. Skip the inflated prices and have your teen use his or her own car. Alternatively, fancy transportation can be part of your child’s budget.

4. Print Photos at Home
Photo packages range from $30 to $125, according to PromGirl. Skip this unnecessary expense by taking your own photos before the dance or get the teens to share smartphone photos taken during the event and then print from home. Since photos require a lot of ink, be sure you stock up on cheap cartridges from InkjetWilly.com, where you can compare prices of OEM, compatible and remanufactured ink.

5. Department Store Beauty
Make an appointment for a free cosmetic consultant at department stores like Macy’s at one of their many beauty counters. Though the beauty artist will urge you to buy the makeup applied, it isn’t required. You may consider purchasing the lipstick for touchups later on, but don’t fall into the trap of buying everything since it can be really pricey. This is way your daughter will feel pampered without the high cost. Then do hair and nails at home.

6. Cut Corsage Costs
Corsages can cost anywhere from $10 to $30 depending on design and flower type. While corsages and boutonnieres represent some of the smallest costs associated with prom, there’s no need to request orchids when carnations will do. Even a corsage made of baby’s breath is a simple and stylish way to stay in budget.

7. Buy Budget Accessories
Dresses and shoes eat up a big chunk of girls’ prom budgets, which is why accessories should be purchased on the cheap. Stores like Claire’s or Charming Charlie offer beautiful baubles for less than $10. You can also hit up thrift shops or antique stores for more unique pieces.


Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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I recently heard about a brand new show on Netflix that I must find time to binge watch.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt show that despite their circumstances, Kimmy, Tituss and “Jaqueline” were all able to reinvent themselves in one way or another to make it in New York City.

I love the idea of being able to reinvent yourself anytime.

In fact this is one of the things I tried to instill in my own kids from early on.  I never wanted them to believe that their actions made them who they are because the truth is that we all have the power to decide to change our course in life simply by changing our actions and reinventing ourselves.

Netflix has a lot of great kids shows that teach the very useful lesson of how to reinvent yourself.


1. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
2. Mulan
3. Turbo
4. The Emperor’s New Groove
5. Angelina Ballerina: Pop Star Girls
6. Stellaluna


1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
2. Princess Diaries 2
3. The Perfect Game
5. Avengers Assemble
6. School of Rock



1. Silver Linings Playbook
2. Chef
3. Safe Haven
4. Catching Fire
5. Freaks and Geeks
6. Dirty Dancing

There are a lot of great movies on this months Stream Team list, but I think I will be a bit busy watching the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for a while.

Eat Like Your Ancestors

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I love whenever I can get my entire family together for dinner.

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American Girl Sale 30% Off!

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Zulily has American Girl on sale today up to 30% off and that includes doll sets!

This is a great time to pick up some Easter Basket gifts and save at the same time.


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It is rare to find a sale on American Girl products and even rarer to find dolls included in a sale, so I imagine this sale will be very popular.

There is always a limited supply with Zulily sales and tems are available while supplies last. If you see something you like I wouldn’t wait too long to purchase it or it may sell out before you can.

You will be able to find doll sets for $104.99 (Was $143).

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Kimonos $14.99 With Coupon (Was $39.95)

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Anyone else ready for a little spring yet?

There is a new trend in swim cover-ups and cardigans and today they are on sale- KIMONOS!

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The great thing about these kimonos is they can be worn as a cute swim cover-up or they are the perfect spring/summer layering piece with your jeans and t-shirts.

You’ll find multiple styles and colors on sale and at this price, it is a great way to “try the trend.”

Shop early for the best selections.

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