My daughter's Jr/Sr Prom is in a couple of weeks so we've been figuring out our prom budget. I asked our Facebook friends how much they spent (or would spend) on their daughter a dress and the most someone said they spent was $500.00.  No big, we can do that.Then I saw this...

 

A recent survey showed that Americans will spend an average of $1,078 on their kids' prom this year. WHAT?!!?

Here's the breakdown:

  • Parents who make under $20,000 will spend an average of $1,200.
  • Parents who make $20,000-$29,999 will spend an average of $2,635.
  • Parents who make $30,000-$39,999 will spend an average of $801.
  • Parents who make $40,000-$49,999 will spend an average of $695.
  • Parents who make over $50,000 will spend an average of $988.
  • Parents who make over $75,000 will spend an average of $842.

That got me thinking.. what could these people possible be spending that much money on? Hummm. Let's break it down.

  • Ticket to prom: $25.00
  • Dinner: $20.00
  • Dress: $300.00
  • Corsage: $50.00
  • Hair/Nails: $100.00
  • Shoes: $100.00
  • Spray tan or tanning: $50.00
  • Accessories: $50.00

There's $695.00 right there and  I'm sure I'm leaving SOMETHING out. Gulp. (Anyone need a DJ for a wedding, party, etc, etc? Daddy needs to work! LOL).

 

For those on a budget looking to buy used dresses, I looked up prom dresses on Craiglist and found plenty of previously worn dresses for sale right here in the Ark-La-Tex.