Saving Money on Prom

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/10 2014 10:13AM

Updated 04/10 2014 10:19AM

For many students, prom is just around the corner! That can mean big money on flowers, dresses, tuxes and the like. So just how much are families spending on the big event?

It can be a pricey event. Apparently, even in a struggling economy, prom spending has been on the rise in the past few years, but the tide may be turning.

According to a Visa survey of more than 1,200 parents of prom-aged kids, teens and their families spend an average of $978 on prom. That's down about 14% from last year. Average spending was about $1,139.

Visa's head of the U.S Financial Education says it may be as simple as people realizing enough is enough.

Even with the spending expected to go down the survey says it's disproportionately high.

Some of the other factors, according to the survey, older parents tend to want to save a bit more. Here's some hope, teens are picking up nearly half of the total costs themselves.

There are ways to save: consignment stores for dresses, rent a tux, get your makeup done at a counter at a department store -- often it's free, skip the limo and drive, take photos yourself.

Bottom line, this can be a major expense and experts suggest it's a good time for teaching. Specifically setting up a budget and having your teen stick to it. There's also an app for that called Plan it Prom.

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