It’s not too early to start thinking about prom. And, it’s certainly not too early to think about the price of prom. If you start adding up the costs, it can end up with a big amount. Consider the price of a prom-posal, prom tickets, dress and prep, the cost can be bigger that what you expect. There was a survey that noted that “the average U.S. family plans to spend about $919 on a prom-going teen, with parents covering as much as 73% of the costs.” Believe it or not, prom costs are actually going down — that $919 quote is actually less than a quote from 2013 ($1,139).
Whether your peers are thinking that prom is actually a three-hour dress-up party that requires less extravagant spending or, feasibly, that teens are realizing they need to contribute more to the cost, rather than relying on their parents to foot the bill. Some parents may not be able to help pay for any prom expenses.
That said, one of the best choices a teen can make is to look into helping pay the costs, by getting a part-time job. It’s important to look into jobs that will not cut severely into your school and study time. If you are an athlete, with team practices to take into account, it is a solid factor.
You’ll want to look elegant for prom, so you might want to opt for black prom dresses from Peaches Boutique. Black is a solid color choice, as it is elegant, sophisticated and coordinates well with accessories. You may have an idea on what you’ll wear for the big night but you also have to consider about the costs.
A job, albeit part-time is great to put on your college application. Here are some suggestions noted as the top teen jobs, as noted by the website Money Crashers:
- animal shelter worker
- arts & crafts, production and sales
- car wash attendant
- document and photographic archival services
- grocery store employee
- landscaper/lawn care
- pizza delivery (tips!)
- packing and moving services
- personal assistant services (including dog walker)
- restaurant wait staff
- retail jobs
- warehouse and distribution job
- web designer
There’s are job sites on the Internet which breaks down jobs that start hiring staff as young as the age of 14. They have lists of jobs for those who are 15-years-old and those who are 16-years-old. Most teens, during the school year, are going to be looking for part-time work. During the summer and holiday breaks, though, teens may want to extend their working hours to get the maximum amount of salary received. There’s a helpful list of chain stores which hire teens when they are 16, and includes:
- Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
- Toys ‘R’ Us
- In n Out burgers
- Burger King
- Best Buy
- Jamba Juice
- Nike Store
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- Pizza Hut
- JC Penny
- TGI Fridays
A handful of stores will take 15-year-olds and even more will take teens starting at the age of 18-years-old. With the money you earn from your part time work, you’ll never have to worry about prom costs. You can surely get that dress you’ve been dreaming of!