Trying to do homecoming on a budget can be tricky for many high school students and families. Considering the cost of tickets, the dress, the hair and makeup, the meal, and the transportation, you could easily spend hundreds of dollars on an event that only lasts a few hours. That’s a lot of money for many families and shelling out that kind of cash isn’t an option. And for those students who have to pay their own way to homecoming, spending hundreds of dollars isn’t exactly ideal. Instead of spending a fortune for one night, we’ve compiled a list of 5 money-saving tips to help you get through homecoming without breaking the bank.
Know your budget and stick to it!
Whether you’re asking your parents for money or you’re paying for the night on your own, it’s important to set a budget and stick to it. If $100 is your budget for everything, make a priority list of what you absolutely must have and what you can live without. Check out our free Homecoming Budget Calculator to help you stay organized.
Get the dress you want for less
When it comes to getting that perfect dress, it’s easy to want to spend that entire budget you just created on the dress alone. There are tons of options out there for getting a less expensive dress, so no need to spend everything in one place. We recommend renting a homecoming dress instead of buying one. Since you’ll most likely only wear this dress once, it makes sense to spend less and just return it when you’re done. We have some great homecoming looks, many that are under $100!
Look for deals on accessories
Now that you’re getting your dress for less, it’s time to think about accessories - the shoes, the purse, the jewelry, etc. For these, we recommend checking out your local Goodwill, thrift store, or consignment shop. Every location is different, but many have a huge selection of great accessories at affordable prices.
DIY Hair and Makeup
For your makeup, visit the makeup counter at your local mall/department store and see if they’ll do your makeup for no cost. Some locations make you buy product to do your makeup, but it’s worth a shot to see if they’ll do it for free. If that’s not a free option, we recommend checking out YouTube for make and hair tutorials. There are thousands of videos out there for all different styles, and you’ll get step by step instructions on how to make it happen. Here’s a really awesome hairstyle video from Braids by Jordan for a braided up-do for longer hair, but there are literally thousands out there, so just pick the one that matches your style and hair length.
Don’t spend a fortune on the meal
Homecoming is an incredibly special evening that you’ll remember forever, but that doesn’t mean you need to go to the fanciest restaurant in town. Instead of having your group go to a steak dinner, why not mix it up a little? See if one of the parents in your group would be willing to host the group at their house for a pizza party or an outdoor barbecue.
What are you doing to save money on homecoming this year? Share your tips with us @borrowedbydesign.