Prom can cost you up to $500! Most people spend up to $250 on a Tuxedo or even $400 on a dress. Tickets can run you around $100, and don’t forget about your pre-prom dinner. As a teen this is way more money than I have to spend. How can you save money on prom? Here is my story on how I saved money on prom this year.
This week I finally went to go rent my tuxedo, and this year I had to pay for it myself. Last year my tuxedo was around $150, and that was one of the cheapest tuxedos. Today I paid for my tuxedo; I got the bill and it said $69.56! That’s about half the price of last year’s Tux rental, and I am very proud of my frugal prom shopping! Here are 4 easy steps to renting a cheap tux.
Step 1: Find the Cheapest Jacket
No matter what you’re going to look snazzy in a tuxedo, so why not get the cheap one? I found a tuxedo that was $59.99, and it looked just as good. The jacket is the least important piece of attire because you only need it for pictures. 5 minutes after you show the jacket comes off, so don’t end up regretting spending extra on a nice jacket.
Step 2: Use your own shoes
I had just bought a nice pair of dress shoes last month, so why not put them to good use? They wanted to charge me $32 to rent a pair of dress shoes, so I just said, “I’ve got my own shoes that I can make work.” Don’t let the tuxedo store steal all of your money over a pair of uncomfortable shoes. As long as your shoes are nice, you can save money right off the bat. There isn’t a problem that some shoe polish can’t fix. Heck, you could just wear your favorite pair of Converse All Stars, because that’s what is considered cool anyways.
Step 3: Trash the vest
Although the classic vest is nice, it isn’t full tank of gas nice! They wanted to charge me an extra $40 for a vest at the rental store! As far as I was concerned, a shirt and tie look just as nice, plus two twenties in my pocket are a lot prettier than a vest. With the money you save on the vest, you can actually take your date out to dinner.
Step 4: Your pocket square
A small piece of fabric is cheaper than a boutonniere, so off the bat it is a better choice! For half the price, you can rent a pocket square. I rented mine for about 5 dollars, but if you buy one you can give it to your date as a momento.
Prom is fun, but it is only a high school dance, so don’t go crazy with your money. Be sensible and try to save where you can, but most of all have fun.