Prom...yikes...

@vera5d (4007)
United States
February 19, 2008 2:11pm CST
I was looking at Associated Content's "calls for content" when I saw one for Prom Tips. This led to a flashback of my prom... I so did not want to go...it was only because my mom was in tears over the thought of her only daughter missing her prom that I went...I didn't even have a date! I bought a $4 "Jessica Rabbit Style" dress from Goodwill, $12 shoes from Wal-Mart, had my friend do my hair & away I went... I ended up having fun while I was there (of course, I am the kind of person who can have fun anywhere - my husband & I had a great time during his hernia surgery, too, lol) but I think I was more excited that I managed to go to prom for about $20 - which is a heck of a lot less than what most people pay! (I managed to get a free ticket, too!) I think its safe to say I'm a heck of a bargain shopper. Anyways, I never thought prom would ever come in handy but it inspired me to write this article: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/607601/8_ways_to_save_money_on_your_prom.html So, what were your experiences with prom? Do you have daughters who will be going to one soon? Would you be upset if your kids didn't go? Are you outraged by the ridiculous cost?
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@drannhh (15045)
• United States
19 Feb 08
Oh, how I hated the thought of it too, but since I had to work on the night of my "Junior" prom I ws determined to go to the senior one and make myself have fun. They didn't have any second hand stores where I lived, but like you I was determined to do it without spending a fortune, so I bought an ugly sale dress from K-Mart as that was cheaper than purchasing yard goods to make a dress from scratch and then I altered it to my liking. I bought fabric to make a wrap and the only ready made items I bought were long gloves and, as you say, the shoes. I guess I spent less on prom gear than the poor boy did on my flowers.
@vera5d (4007)
• United States
19 Feb 08
K-mart always had some interesting clothes (I worked there actually around the same time I went to prom!)...well done! but did you have fun??
@drannhh (15045)
• United States
19 Feb 08
Yes and no. The boy who took me was great, but the prom was cheesy, so we just stayed around for the obligatory little while and then found greener pastures. I guess the high point of the prom was overhearing some snotty chick remark to her friend "How did SHE get a date with HIM!?" Hah, she was only interested in his hot car. This boy had been given a choice what he wanted for his graduation, the car of his dreams or his Dad would pay for 4 years of college. He chose the car. He was nice looking and pleasant, but not too bright.
• United States
19 Feb 08
I have a dress brand spanking new in the closet. I bought it from The good will in Miami. Still has tag on it and all. $310.00 if I am correct. I have to see If it's in my daughter's closet. The dress is beautiful and I am hoping my daughter will fit it by June. The shoes will be coming from payless. The hair style from the beauty school. If she wants hair added I have to do that myself. :)
@vera5d (4007)
• United States
19 Feb 08
That is a heck of a find at the thrift store! The best I ever did was a brand new black dress suit with tags for $200 stuffed in a bag with a bunch of other clothes for $2 at a church rummage sale. Sounds like you will help your daughter save a lot of money! Hope she has a good prom!