Preparing for Prom on a Budget


Prom season is here, and it can be a memorable night for your teen. However, it can also be a huge drain on your wallet if you’re living on a budget.

With help from MoCaFi, it doesn’t have to be!

Don’t worry, if you’re paying for prom expenses, your child can still enjoy prom without you damaging your wallet. The money you save can go towards their college fund!

Rent instead of buying a dress.

Since people typically wear their prom dress only once in their lives, renting is a great alternative to buying a prom outfit. Renting is significantly less expensive than buying a dress. If the unique look is what your child is searching for, you can find inexpensive, unique prom dresses at Rent the Runway.


Bypass the professional makeup session.

Makeup sessions tend to be on the pricey side. You can find free youtube tutorials online to help your child achieve that same flawless look.

MoCaFi Tip: Check out this article from Buzzfeed to find inexpensive makeup brand companies that cater to a variety of skin tones.


Make sure your getting the best hair and nails deal.

Hair and nail salons can be expensive. Try looking a several other salons to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Knocking off a few bucks may not seem like a big deal, but that can be a huge difference in the long run when you see how much you save.  


Accessorize smartly.

Long outfits cover the feet anyway, so expensive shoes aren’t as necessary. High heels get taken off in the middle of the night anyway. Also, you can use realistic affordable jewelry from stores like TJ Maxx or Target to build on the prom outfit.

MoCaFi Tip: Large statement earring and large necklaces clash with each other when combined together. By choosing only one statement piece, you are not only being financially conscious, but fashion savvy as well.


Skip the flowers.

Corsages and boutonnieres can really add to your expenses. Instead of paying for a corsage or boutonniere, which only lasts for a limited amount of time, affordable bracelets can take the place of flowers. They can also be reused for later events.


Instead of spending your time going with your child to every store, you can use MoCaFi Subcards to transfer money from your account to their MoCaFi Card.

This is also a great opportunity to start teaching your child financial responsibility since you can monitor their spending activity on your MoCaFi Account.

If they have saved up money to buy particular items on their own, they can load up their MoCaFi Card and start getting the items they want for that special day.

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