Skip to comments.'Prom season spending is out of control': Visa responds to survey revealing poorest U.S. families..
Posted on 04/17/2012 6:41:29 AM PDT by C19fan
It's prom season again, and this year families with teens are expected to spend an average of $1,078 for their child's Cinderella night . This figure is up from $807 last year, according to data from a survey released today by Visa, based on 1,000 telephone interviews conducted at the end of last month Jason Aldreman, senior director of global financial education at Visa Inc, said in a statement: 'Prom season spending is spiraling out of control as teens continuously try to one-up each other.'
Spending beyond their means, those who make between $20,000 and $29,999 a year will spend more than $2,600. (Emphasis Mine)
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proms are stupid
and what kind of freaking morons are buyin liquor and hotel rooms for their kids?
Those who think that obtaining a dumbed down certificate is worth thousands....same who spend 30K on a wedding.
BTW, how many of those spending upwards of a K for these events come from a family on some sort of public assistance from Food stamps, to WIC, to medicaid to housing. It galls me to no end that in effect I am paying for this crap.
$1,000 for a Wedding Dress - ok ... it’s stiff, but I could go along with that.
But, $300+ for a Prom Dress .... hey, sweatheart, you want that Prom dress, I suggest you get a job babysitting, at the grocery store, fast food, theater or retail store and save your own money.
This Daddy ain’t shelling that much out for a dress they will likely wear once, and never wear again. I work too hard for my money.
My daughter says most of the girls aren’t saying, “I got the cutest blue dress you’ve ever seen!” They’re saying, “I got a $750 dress.” That told me where their heads were at!
She got a high-quality dress from last year’s line for $150. (She also gets a $75 credit to the store if she returns it for resale later.) Prom wheels are a pickup truck, not a limo. Fishing at the river with her date and friends is the after-prom activity of choice.
No one is going to look any more beautiful or have more fun no matter how much they spend. :-)
Schools should have nothing to do with “proms”. Taxpayers should not spend a penny on them for sure.
They may be broke but thye are not poor. Stupid, certainly.
There’s a reason most poor people are poor.
What do you expect — kids are fed Hollywood images of their fav celebs donning gowns and throwing lavish parties all day long.
Whatever happened to the days of holding it in the high school gym?
Now, if you don’t rent the limo, hold it on some cruise ship somewhere, you’re nobodies.
I find seeing high school girls dressed up in overly sequined gowns with cleavage to their navels a bit silly looking as well.
Nowadays, what the difference between a wedding dress and a prom dress anyway, just a veil? Total flesh parade...even at your wedding?
Even if they’re not on welfare, their money comes too easy.
Then she sold (not gave) it to her little sis for her prom. To this day, neither one will disclose the sales price to papa even though I kid them about it from time to time.
Sounds like a red neck prom...
Man I wish I was a kid again cuz it sounds fun..
I remember going to prom in my 1978 primer gray Camaro...
I think we all went to someones parents cabin for the night. I think my total spent for the prom was about 150 bucks. Of that my parents provided 0.00 dollars. I earned the rest.
330.00 for prom dress . . . alterations extra.
skipped prom freshman, sophomore and junior year . . . thought it would be more special IF she waited for senior year. Her decision. Most of her friends, this will be their 4th prom . . . starting freshman year by dating upper classmen . . . some go to TWO proms per year IF date attends a different high school . . . they go to both proms.
No hotel. No liquor. No limo.
She’s earned 4 years tuition so far, some we don’t know about yet that might be applied to housing. So 330.00, I’ll gladly pay it. I didn’t go to my prom(s). Cool kids back then didn’t go.
When we left D/FW 20 years ago to move here before kids were born . . . the rich kids weren’t taking limo’s . . . they were renting/chartering HELICOPTERS to fly them over to Dallas’ Reunion Tower for dinner before the prom. Ridiculous. Wonder what they do now? Like I said, that was 20 years ago.
Back in the day, my friend would have a post-prom party - no booze, well-chaperoned - just a bunch of kids eating & watching movies all night.
And one year we got a case of White Castles and had a picnic at a local golf course.
Hotel parties? No thanks!
Not surprising. Conspicuous overspending makes broke people feel better. Same reason broke people drive cars with $5000 rims, wear gaudy jewelry, and fancy clothes with designer labels.
Rich people care about being rich. Poor people care about looking rich.
My senior son forked out $150 of his own money to rent a tux last night. The only thing I will contribute is he can use my “good” car to drive to prom (only if he washes it...).
Makes me feel like an old geezer. Went stag to my Sr. Prom - spent the afternoon cleaning my old Pontiac, put on some clean slacks and a matching shirt.
Went to the Prom for an hour, then went out with my buddies for a failed attempt to eat something at every resturant in the small town about 25 miles away. Then, gorged with food to the point of being sick, we went home and slept in the next day until about noon.
All in all, we had a good time - not as much fun as a lot of others, but for me, it was fun. Total cost? Can of Turtle Wax, a new car de-oderizer, and $20 for food.
Most proms are thrown by the PTA, or Boosters, or something. Financed through fundraising, not tax money ... at least as far as I know.
Out of control, how silly. As far as I know all these expenditures are perfectly voluntary.
When people don’t value themselves they need to make displays by covering themselves in things that show value to others.
That’s fantastic! Good for her! :-)
(And, no, Daddys don’t need to know EVERYTHING... lol)
Wow! I live in a small town and the costs are nowhere near that.
Two of my grandchildren went this weekend and the costs were under $500.
$100 Tux and shoes
$110 Dress-shoes and jewelry she already had.
$75 Hair, pedicure and manicure
Dinner was at the home of granddaughter’s date. No limo, although they looked into it and decided that it was a waste of money.
My granddaughter is going to another prom this week in the neighboring town and she let her date choose whether she wore the same dress she wore to her prom this year or the one she wore last year, so all she’ll have to buy is a boutineer.
We went to 4 or 5 stores searching for a dress. My daughter is quite modest so finding a nice dress was quite the challenge. Turns out . . . she loved the first dress at the first store which we had them hold a few hours for us while we made the rounds . . . and it was one I picked out. I think when she went in the dressing room with that one, it was with the idea, “OK I’ll try it just to make her happy” LOL. And then a month later when we were shopping for swimsuits . . . guess what . . . she LOVED the one I picked out . . . I nice one piece from Target for 39.99 vs the 100.00 and UP at the department stores. So you can’t paint all teenagers with a broadbrush . . . there are still some nice, modest young ladies out there who have a very bright future. Mine, keeps in shape, works hard at school, school clubs, dances 4 hours a week (ballet, tap, jazz, pointe), marching band, symphonic band and works out far too much in my opinion with Insanity and Chalean Extreme. Wish I had just half her energy.
My parents were probably too poor to have even let us go to prom had we wanted to go . . . at that time it wasn’t “cool” to go.
Now, hang on a minute! It’s not entirely redneck... her dress DOES match the truck! (Or does that make it worse?) ;-)
And they go coonhunting after Homecoming but she does wear a sequined Santa hat for that. We DO have standards around here. :-P
No one posting so far seems to have had a really extravagant prom and yet they still remember the details. I think that’s really neat!
Sounds like a a good kid. Not down on proms or getting all gussied up for a party.
What does gall me is that a family that probably doesn’t pay a dime in income taxes can choose to spend roughly 10% of their income on one night’s worth of self esteem boosting for their kids
Those British papers sure do worry a lot about us. They should send over some money.
Ever hear the song camouflage?
It’s got a lot about Prom in it ;)
(And, no, Daddys dont need to know EVERYTHING... lol)
Eons ago, my daughter was entering junior high in the 7th grade. Very, very tiny and difficult to find “grown-up” looking clothes to fit her. There was a small specialty store that always had a buy one, get one free when their new fall line came in. So we pretty much bought out their stock of skirts and sweaters in her size. When I said that her father was going to have a fit she responded, “Oh, we’ll just leave them in boxes, put them under the bed and get out one outfit at a time. He’ll never know.” Ladies in the store just laughed - but he never did.
What a bunch of morons. Most schools have dress swaps. There’s also thrift stores or friends to borrow a dress. A couple years ago, I bought lil miss a prom dress at Goodwill for $12. Goodwill had raised their prices from a couple years before that when they were $10 (brand new with mall store tags and was a copy of one from some teen movie). That $10 one she turned around and sold for $20 so all told, her two dresses cost $2.
Yep, and those 47% that don’t pay taxes . . . I mailed off her check to the IRS yesterday for taxes on the little bit she earned for a contract labor she landed for an engineering internship her summer after jr. year in high school. Pretty sad state of affairs that a 17 yr. old can pay her fair share and 47% can’t do the same. Really messed up tax system our elected representatives have going and refuse to fix it.
I went to a High School function for my sons football team last fall, and nearly every young lady at the function was wearing a dress that belong in a night club, not in ANY school event. What blew my mind was their parents were there... HELLO... Mom and Dad.. YOU ARE THE ADULTS.. START ACTING LIKE IT.
Honestly, blew my mind, no way in hell I would have allowed my daughter to leave the house wearing such things, let alone go to a formal school function in them.
$1000 for prom? Sorry sweetie, you want to spend that much to go on a date, earn it yourself.
Dad’s know more than we really want to... often we turn a blind eye. Pick your battles don’t you know.
Mr. b and I were people watching at the mall and it happened to be a school's prom night. Apparently, parading around at the mall was their pre-prom activity. There was one gal who's front was cut all the down to her woo-hoo. As I was trying to pull my jaw off the floor, Mr. b couldn't help blurting out, "Look, she has a ferret!" I just knew we were going to get knifed or worse.
I’ve seen some really great dresses at GOODWILL....if they aren’t buying them there or making them....well...they’ve learned well from their stupid parents!
Whoa, Nellie ....
... Buckwheat had a sex change?
Ever watch My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding on TLC? These are some of the gaudiest, most extravagant weddings I’ve ever seen that aren’t from royal families. These people don’t look like they make that much money, but the weddings look like they must cost a small fortune to put on. These take place in Ireland and England.
But back in this country, I have noticed that the more extravagant the wedding, the shorter the marriage lasts.
For my prom in 1966, my dress cost $35 and that was considered a lot of money to us, and I may have spent another $10 to have my hair done. We didn’t have limos, and went to a breakfast sponsored by one of the student’s family after the prom. My daughter had her prom in 1996 and she told me of the plan to have hotel rooms. I put the kabash on that real quick. I was appalled that any parents were going along with this at all. My oldest granddaughter is 12 and I shudder to think what prom night will be like when it’s her turn. I hope my daughter doesn’t buckle under and allow too much.
Have you seen some of the prom dresses on sale nowadays? They look a bit slutty to me. They’re short at the bottom and skimpy at the top. The nuns at our school would have expelled us if we had showed up in dresses looking like that. I realize times have changed, but it’s unfortunate
what they’ve changed to. And of course the prices of the dresses are outrageous. White dresses aren’t the norm anymore for proms. It looks like the brighter and bolder the color, the better.
Duct tape saved my date & me tons o' ca$h.
I’ve never heard that before! It’s funny though, the first dress she had picked out was Mossy Oak with a hunter’s orange lining! (Thankfully, the finer second hand stores in Indy don’t seem to carry those... lol)
What a great story! :-)
I suspect most ladies in that area hang on to such a fine dress for their wedding ;)
Only shotgun weddings. :P
Bada-Bing! Try the breaded tenderloin! I’ll be here all week! :-D
shotgun weddings are the only kind in redneckville..
(I can say that cuz I are one)
I was guilted into going to senior prom. I was told i would be letting the class down if I wasn't there. It wasn't horrible but it was a major waste of time. Cost BTW was under twenty buck. I wore a dress I already had, my date's dad drove us and he gave me a corsage made from roses from his mom's garden.
He was sweet, the prom was boring.
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