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Prepping For Prom—


Advice for 2013 Kristi Goines


Prom season is will be here soon for the 2013 graduates! For high school juniors and seniors it’s the long awaited big event that brings with it an opportunity to get together and have a major blast all night long (most of the night at least) before graduation. My senior prom was in 1994 (only a few years ago) and nothing has changed! For the teenagers and parents, it can be exciting—and a bit stressful. There’s the date, the dress, the tux, the limo, the hair, the limo—WOW— where are you going to get the money for this? Here are a few tips on making prom a wonderful and stress free experience on a budget in 2013!


HAVE A PLAN AND A BUDGET! As soon as you know your child is going to the prom is when you should start planning what your child will need to have a special evening. The early bird gets the worm and (in this case) the best deals! Also, keep in mind prom season is around the same time as wedding season, so there are future brides shopping too! You’ll have time to catch the best sales and promotions in stores and online, instead of sifting through leftovers in the last few weeks. Here are a few tips for the 2013 Prom Night:


First, have a budget. Zakiya S. Kyles, CQO (Chief Queen Officer) of organization Queenly and Confident (www.queenlyandconfident.org), says a budget sets boundaries and saves you some stress: “Even though it’s a once in lifetime experience, don’t get in a frenzy! Have a budget and plan off that budget. Parents do your homework.” Bonita Johnson, President and CEO of Enchanted Closet, Inc., a non profit organization in Atlanta, GA (www.enchantedcloset.org), says according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the average teen today spends more than $1,000 on prom materials. Johnson advises to make the shopping experience easier, by researching the cost of dresses and trends to get a realistic idea of what styles are available.


A second option is to see if there are boutiques that will allow you to rent a dress. It’s only for one night! Fashion changes with the seasons, and if your daughter is a high school junior, she is going to pick a different dress for the big prom her senior year!


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