I recently read an article from USA Today in which they calculated how much prom is costing for high school students in 2012. According to the survey they conducted, the average price is $1,078. I’m sorry, but that is just downright ridiculous. Prom, though memorable and a milestone on its own has this magical aura about it, but it doesn’t need to cost that much.
Teenage girls – (because I know that the guys aren’t as focused on trying to spend this much) here is what I am telling you. Prom is not the prerequisite to your wedding. I mean if anything, that’s what you should be saving up for. But prom? No.
Since you haven’t had your prom yet, let me shed some light on the truth behind it.
- You’re probably going to wear your prom dress once and that’s it. If you were planning on buying your dress from those Prom magazines, there is no other occasion that will be appropriate for you to be wearing that dress. I was able to get two wears out of my prom dress by wearing it at a wedding.
- You will lose your corsage before you even get to the dance or get tired of having a branch attached to your wrist blossoming out of you.
- You’re going to look at your pictures once after they get printed and never again. Oh, is that your high school sweetheart? That’s so cute…and where are they in your life now?
- You’re going to eat half of your food. I’m not sure why high school students feel the need to drop moneys on the best restaurant ever, but at 18 you just don’t know how to fully appreciate food. I would be so much more excited about eating at the Metropolitan Grill today than I would be when I was 18.
- Okay. The limo is worth it.
Check out the entire breakdown by USA Today here.