Salgado column: Managing the expenses of prom

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 29, 2012

Going to prom is considered a “must-have” high school experience, but the dance can get a little pricey.
The high expense for the dance teaches students at a young age how to manage their money.
This should mean that our generation will not have as much difficulty managing our finances in the future.
After tickets, a dress, tuxedo rental, dinner, and flowers, students are looking at paying about $400.
Luckily, some prom-goers have parents willing to help out with this expensive event.
Other parents ask their teenager to at least pitch in and pay part of the expense.
My mother and I have a system worked out to afford me the opportunity to go to prom.
If I do extra work helping her around the house, she is willing to help me pay for prom.
It is an easy trade off, and definitely worth the experience of my senior prom night.
Many students do not have “help” paying for the dance. They learn to handle their money wisely, saving as much money as possible to have that experience. [0x14]
Senior Alston Owens is planning to invest around $250 to pay for both himself and his date to go to the prom. He mows lawns as a side business, and plans to handle the cost.
Of course, there are always options.
There are countless consignment dress stores in the area that offer dresses at a more affordable price, or even Goodwill. You do not have to purchase an expensive dress to be the belle of the ball.
Teaching high school students money management is a valuable lesson that will surely benefit us in the near future.
Bri Salgado is an intern for the Post and a senior at East Rowan High School.