2013 Prom Guide: Spending, Planning and Deals

Updated: 04/25/2013 3:32 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

The cost of prom is soaring to an average of $1,139 this spring, according to a survey of more than a thousand parents of prom-aged kids by Visa and GFK.

PLANNING APPS

Prom planning can get overwhelming. These free smartphone apps can help you budget, shop and experiment with hairstyles.
    
PLAN'IT PROM
    
Set a budget, read money saving tips and scroll through a prom countdown checklist in this app by Visa Inc.
    
Available at the Apple App Store and Google Play store
    
PROMGIRL
    
Search for prom dresses by price, color or body type in this app buy online retailer PromGirl.com. Dresses can be bought with a few taps on the app.
    
Available at the Apple App Store
    
TUX
    
Browse tuxedo styles and create your own look in this app from wholesaler Jim's Formal Wear, whose tuxedos are found in stores around the country.
    
Available at the Apple App Store
    
PROM HAIRSTYLES
    
Upload a picture of yourself and try on the latest hairstyles of female celebrities.
    
Available at the Apple App Store.
 

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PROM DEALS

From formal wear to after dinner desert, some big brands are offering deals for prom goers this year. Here's a look at three deals:
    
DAVID'S BRIDAL
    
The bridal shop is offering offering 50 percent off of some its prom dresses, both in stores and online, until May 22. Customers can get 10 percent off accessories, such as shoes, bags and jewelry, if they also buy a prom dress on the same day at a David's Bridal store. That deal ends May 31.
    
MEN'S WEARHOUSE
    
Going in a group? Shoppers who refer five people to rent a prom tuxedo from the men's clothing retailer, can earn a free tuxedo rental worth up to $219.99. The five referrals must put down a deposit or pay in full before June 30, 2013. Details are on MensWearhouse.com. The company will also give you a $30 coupon if you register your email on its website.
    
OLIVE GARDEN
    
Eat at the Olive Garden for a pre-prom dinner, and the restaurant will give prom goers a free desert. You must be dressed in prom attire and mention the prom to the server. The deal ends June 2.
 

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CHECK LIST

Attending the prom isn't cheap. But mapping out a plan can help keep costs low. Here's a list of items you may need to purchase or rent:
    
- Prom Dress/ Tuxedo
    
- Tickets
    
- Shoes
    
- Pre-prom dinner
    
- After-prom party tickets
    
- Hair
    
- Makeup
    
- Accessories
    
- Photography
    
- Transportation
    
- Corsage/boutonniere

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