Home School Prom on a Budget!

Any prom, including a home school prom can cost a lot of money. I was talking to a woman this past week and she forked out over $500 for her daughter to go to her high school prom. Five hundred dollars?! Yikes! And I'm sure some parents spend a lot more than that!

I don't know about you, but my family doesn't have an extra $500 lying around to spend on a one-night event like a prom.

When it comes to clothes, I hardly ever buy anything at retail price; we always check used clothing stores before buying anything new.

If I can't find what I am looking for at a second-hand store, then I will go to a discount clothing store and then a retail store. Our family hasn't purchased very much at full price ever, though; almost everything we buy, we have found on sale, purchased used or gotten for free.

Thrifty Prom Attire

Some great places to look for inexpensive prom dresses or formal attire locally are:

  • AMVETS Thrift Stores
  • Craigslist
  • DAV Thrift Stores
  • Family/Friends
  • Freecycle
  • Garage Sales
  • Goodwill
  • Salvation Army
  • Used Bridal Shops or Second Hand Stores
  • Value World

Free Prom Dresses

A friend of mine shared that her daughter got a free prom dress from another homeschooling graduate. Many girls may not want to wear the same dress that someone else wore the year before, but if the dress was worn to a different prom with different people attending, no one will ever know. Most won't even remember the dress from the previous year, so don’t worry. 

Since many homeschooling girls know how to sew, changing the look of a dress is also a possibility. Add a little sequence, some rhinestones, or lace overlay and you have a brand new dress that's all your own!

Cheap Prom Dresses

Dresses from thrift stores like Salvation Army and Value World are pretty cheap. When we were shopping for a dress, some dresses were marked under $10, but most were priced between $10 and $20. You can get the dress altered if it doesn't fit exactly. Alterations at a local dry cleaners cost around $20, but altering a formal dress isn't difficult for many homeschooling families.

A few years ago, we bought a used homeschool prom dress for a homeschool "Masquerade Ball". We found it at Value World and paid less than $15 for it and it fit my daughter perfectly! No hemming or alterations! :)

Make-Your-Own Home School Prom Dress

Another possibility is to make your own home school prom dress. You or your daughter would need to be experienced enough to sew a formal dress, but many girls can and do sew their own dresses.

If your daughter decides to sew her own dress, OR if you have a money-saving prom dress story, post a picture, and share your story here, on my website, to encourage others! :)

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