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TELL US: What's your budget for prom?

How you are planning to pay for your perfect prom look? Contact April Knutson and share prom budgeting story at Thinkstock/Special to The Forum.

FARGO — It's prom season. Now, during weekends already packed-full with activities, the search for the perfect dream dress (or tux) is on.

But purchasing formal attire — whether it features a 2018 prom trend like a dramatic train, cape, sleeves or sequins — is the only the first step. You can't forget about shoes, hair, nails and creating that perfect glowing tan. Then there's the dinner and the limo and the venue to create that perfect photo moment.

All of that can add up to high price tag. In fact, according to Yahoo Style's 2017 Prom Across America survey, the average teen spends more than $600 on prom.

How much are you planning to spend on prom? Will you ignore the price tags so you can create your dream look? Or are planning to save a few bucks by buying a dress (or tux) secondhand?

Are you foregoing prom altogether? How will you spend the money you save?

Share with us your prom budgeting story by filling out this form. You could be featured in an upcoming story.


April Knutson

April Knutson is lifestyle-focused journalist producing stories for the Forum News Service about people, health, community issues, and services. She earned her degree in both English Literature and Mass Communications. After working as a digital marketing specialist and web design consultant for a few years, she joined Forum Communications in 2015. She grew up on a farm near Volga, S.D. Follow her on Twitter @april_knutson.