A Broke Girl’s Guide to Rocking Prom


1. so, you're On a budget?

When someone asks you about the best time you had at school, you mention the homework, the revising, the...wait, what? Of course you don’t. If you’re anything like me, it’s the prom, every time. I know I was supposed to be revising for my GCSE’s – the results? Hmm, don’t ask! – but all I could think about was how I was going to prepare for it, how I was going to get there, and would I get one of those toe-curling invites you see all over Instagram. I didn’t have a ton of cash to spend so I had to investigate money-saving ideas for almost everything. To save you wasting all the time I did, here are my best suggestions for rocking the prom on a budget.

2. The Dress

Before you worry about anything else, the dress has to come first. This can be the largest expense but if you are careful you can pick up some amazing bargains. To make sure you find the ideal dress for your figure, click here for some great help and ideas to make you look adorable.

3. the shoes

These can be another money-wasting purchase. How often have you bought new shoes because they looked cute, only to find they were actually a torture device? Prom is not the time to wear in a new pair of shoes. Your best bet would be to either use whatever you already have, or even borrow from a friend. Just make sure they have the same sized feet!

4. The Accessories

Accessories can make an outfit, but the key here is to beg or borrow again. Everyone has handbags and jewellery, and someone in your family or one of your friends is sure to have something to match and complement your dress.

5. The Spray Tan

Self-tan is your friend here. Just make sure you don’t get it under your nails, it’s not a good look.

6. The hair

If you live near a college with a hairdressing course, you are in luck. They are always looking for people for their students to practise on, and it is much cheaper than a real hair salon.

7. the makeup

There are so many YouTube tutorials on how to apply makeup, and some that even specialise in prom makeup. Just make sure you practise a few times before the big day to cut down on the stress.

8. the nails

You have two choices here, and neither involve going to a nail salon. The easy way out is to wear a very chic, long pair of gloves, but if you really want your nails done try using nail stickers or stamps instead. They are very easy to apply, and they will look very elegant.

9. the corsage

You don’t need to go to a florist for this as supermarkets sell flowers too. You can join in with your friends because if you buy a bouquet between you, you can all get one flower each very cheaply.

10. The Pre-prom Party

This doesn’t have to be a grand affair. If you suggest that everyone brings a dish each, you can have a slap-up buffet costing next to nothing. After all, you will be eating at the prom, so you don’t need too much.

11. The Transport

This is not as important as you may think it is before you get there. Yes, it may be nice to arrive in a limo, but to be honest, you step out, move away, and the following car arrives. It is merely a tiny moment in time and not worth stressing about. It is far more fun arriving with friends anyway, and if you can get someone to dress up and drive you, it will be just as good. At my prom, two lads arrived in a Tesco shopping trolley throwing Monopoly money ahead of them. Trust me, that was all anyone talked about all night.

12. the whole outfit

Right, you have all the money-saving hints you need. So what are you waiting for? Go on, follow all these tips and get ready to strut your stuff at the prom. You’re going to look amazing.