High school proms are getting extremely expensive

Ahhhh, prom, that fairy tale night of limos, glamour, dancing, buckets of fresh pig blood, and — a TON of cash. According to the most recent data (compiled by Visa in 2015), the average prom attendee spends $919 on the likes of tickets, dresses and tuxes, haircuts, shoes, jewelry, makeup, manicures, corsages, tanning, transportation, dinner, […]


April 24, 2019

Ahhhh, prom, that fairy tale night of limos, glamour, dancing, buckets of fresh pig blood, and — a TON of cash.

According to the most recent data (compiled by Visa in 2015), the average prom attendee spends $919 on the likes of tickets, dresses and tuxes, haircuts, shoes, jewelry, makeup, manicures, corsages, tanning, transportation, dinner, and post-prom activities.

The tradition began more than a century ago as a simple “night of firsts,” and started to evolve into an elaborate affair in the 1950s, when American families found themselves flush with disposable income. Today, prom is a veritable money-pit.

The average middle-income family spends $234k raising a kid (0 to 17); at $919, prom represents about 0.4% of this entire 17-year cost.

These rising costs have drawn criticism that prom isn’t accessible to everyone. Though for many, it never has been: Until 2013, a handful of proms were still segregated — and in some states, gay couples have been banned from attending prom altogether.

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