Save Money on Prom Dresses

Girl in prom dress
Waiting for her prom date to show...

If you want to know how to save money on prom dresses, then you’ve come to the right place. Prom is one of those special events that you’ll remember the rest of your life. While you want your dress to be special, you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve that dream.

Ways to Save Money on Prom Dresses

There are many ways to save money on prom dresses, from buying last season’s dresses to renting to buying used.

Clearance Sales

If you plan far enough in advance, you may be able to snag a dress at the end of the prom season for next year’s prom. Dresses are often discounted as much as 70 or 80 percent at the end of prom season. Although your selection may be more limited, you might be able to find a designer gown for a fraction of the cost.


More and more stores are springing up that rent these dresses that you wear one time. Some specialize in prom gowns, while others are wedding boutiques with bridesmaid gowns that will work well for prom. Be sure to get all the details on the rental agreement to make sure this option is right for you. Will you have to clean the dress or do they clean it? If you have to clean it, factor that cost into your expenses to make sure renting is a good deal.


Have a friend who is close to your size? Better yet, does she go to another school? The two of you may be able to swap prom dresses and extend your wardrobe. Since most girls buy dresses for at least two proms (junior and senior year), you’ll get twice the use by swapping in this way. Another option is to borrow a dress from an older sister or cousin.


Used dresses can save money on prom dresses. You’ll find used dresses at consignment stores, on sites like Ebay and through thrift stores. Some churches also operate prom dress stores and will help you get a dress at a greatly discounted rate. Some churches even offer free prom dresses.

No matter where you ultimately choose your prom dress, remember that the memories of this special night are in the moments more than in the clothes. Yes, you want to look beautiful, but you also need to keep your focus on your friends and having fun.

Crabby Housewife

AuthorCrabby Housewife

Lori is a full-time housewife and writer, living in the Midwest with her husband of 27 years - they have two daughters. They have a house full of pets and her house is never quite perfect.