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How to keep down the cost of prom


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- If you're a parent of a high school student, you're probably digging deep into those pockets this spring-- it's prom season.

And teens and their parents are shelling out hundreds, even thousands, of dollars on everything needed to go to prom.

The good news is, though, you don't have to spend a lot of money.

As any high school student will tell you, prom IS a big deal-- especially for seniors. We're talking about that special dress, nails, hair and the fancy dinner.

And according to a new survey, the average American family says they actually plan to spend more than $1,100 dollars for prom.

But you don't need to spend a ton of cash. Here's one way to save.

Shorter dresses are available that could be worn for homecoming or prom.

Erica Huber is the co-owner of a consignment store in Rochester called Love That Dress.

She says her store is a place that could save parents money on a prom dress. "You can usually get them 40 to 50-percent off of what you pay for normally," Huber said.

So what's the drawback? Well, we really didn't find one. There are hundreds of nearly-new dresses to choose from, in all sizes. And from short to long, the choices are many.

From paying for a designer dress, to renting a fancy limo, the average family is spending $1,139 dollars on prom this year. Which might make you want to take a second look at where you're heading for that dress.

That cost is up 40 percent from two years ago.

Of course, you can also save money by having a friend do your hair or make-up, or have a little fun making your own corsages.

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