ATLANTA - Visa Inc. studied prom spending last year and found the average teenager spent $1048. Here are three ways to slash that amount:
Skip the Limo: Prom limousine rentals will run about $800 for six hours for 8 to 10 teenagers. Instead, rent a luxury SUV, Passenger Van or small bus. Prices start at about $300.00 at American Van Rental in Atlanta.
Buying a tuxedo can be less expensive than renting. Many Tuxedo Rental stores sell gently used tuxedos. JC Penney carries basic tuxes for around $150, which is about the same as a rental in many cases.
And for the girls, the typical prom dress costs about $230 but there are dresses available at Macy's, Penney's and other department stores for under $150. Consignment stores are another popular choice. Girls who have their heart set on a designer dress may want to rent one from Rent the Runway.com. Rentals start at $110 dollars.
For girls who can't afford to buy a dress, several non profit organizations have free giveaways. Buckhead Thriftique has a prom dress giveaway April 4th from 4-7 pm. They are seeking donations of dresses and Tuxedos. Recipients must be recommended by school social workers. The store is located at 800 Miami Circle, Suite 160 Atlanta, GA 30324
OperationProm.org has chapters nationwide, including two in Georgia. Girls in need of a prom dress can apply here for a free one.