Prom on a Dime: A Frugal Fashionista's Guide to a Fabulous Prom

Bust out the cameras, parents— prom season is nearly upon us. They're growing up before your very eyes and inevitably, your son or daughter will soon be headed off to have the time of their lives, making memories they'll never want to forget. But creating those magical memories doesn't always come cheap.

Budget Prom Guide and Tips

Visa Inc. reports that in 2013, families spent a national average of $1,139 on the big night, covering expenses such as formal wear, shoes, hair, makeup, dinner and flowers, up 5% from the $1,028 average in 2012. If those figures are hitting you with some serious sticker shock, you've come to the right place. With a little savvy shopping, we've managed to cut those costs down to a budget of roughly $175-500 for a head to toe look! With dresses as low as $41 and jewelry starting at $8 shipped, they'll be  cutting a rug in style without breaking the piggy bank. See some of our favorites below, then head over to the Brad's Deal's Prom Guide to check out the full list of prom deals. Now that's a reason to smile— say cheese!

Hailey Prom Dress Hailey Logan Chiffon Prom Gown $99 + FS

Save 50% on this Hailey Logan Embellished Strap Chiffon Gown at Nordstrom just in time for prom, where it falls from $198 to $98.98. Shipping and returns are both free, so there's no extra charge. This is the best price we could find on this dress. It features a cage strap back and a beaded embellished V-Neckline. This dress runs small and Nordstrom recommends sizing up. Sales tax is charged in most states.

Teleflora: 25% Off Corsages+Boutonniere

Take 25% off your Corsage + Boutonniere Purchase at Teleflora with coupon code EMCS25 at checkout. This pictured blue and white Elegance corsage, in example, falls from $22.95 to $17.21 with the code. Next-day delivery adds $15.99 but may vary with location. Sales tax is charged in most states.

SwarovskiSwarovski & Sterling Silver Earrings $24

Exclusively for our readers, these Drop Earrings with Swarovski Zirconia in Sterling Silver drop from $129 to $39 to 424 at Jewelry.com with the code BRADS, plus they ship free. This is the best price we could find on something similar. They measure 7/8 by 1/4 of an inch and are set in sterling silver. Even better, buy 2 or more items and save an additional 10% on your total order, which would drop the price to $21.60. There is no sales tax (except NY).

Rhinestone Heart Tiara $18

Get this Rhinestone Heart Tiara, normally $24.50, for $18.38 in your cart at checkout at Claire's with coupon code SEVENTEEN, which takes 25% off all Full-Priced Items. Shipping adds $6. We couldn't find this exact tiara anywhere else for less. It has two hair combs and is 2" tall. Sales tax is charged in most states.

Aldo ShoesAldo: 20% Off Sitewide

For a limited time, Aldo takes 20% off it's entire Stock. These pictured Creason Sandals, for example, fall from $70 to $56 in the pictured silver color. We couldn't find them anywhere else for less than list price. They have both an ankle and a top strap and feature a 4" heel. Accessories, like this Leuze Clutch are also discounted, falling from $40 to $15.98. We couldn't find it anywhere else for less, but you can get it on Amazon for the same price if you prefer. It has a flap closure with a magnetic strap. Shipping adds $5 and sales tax is charged in states with Aldo retail locations.

Do you want $100 to spend at Nordstrom for this year's prom? Enter our Prom on a Dime Facebook Contest for your chance to win!

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  1. Visit our Facebook Post and leave a comment telling us your best Prom on a Dime Story
  2. Share with your friends, the post with the most Likes will win!
  3. Like your favorite stories and check back on April 4, 2014 for the winner

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