Prom Spending

Prom1988

Visa did a phone survey of 1,000 families to see what they are spending on prom this year. Parents who make less than $50,000 will spend on average $778 and parents who make more than $50,000 will spend an average of $916. Not all families buy into the hype of prom though, 22% of families who have teenagers will not spend any money on the prom, probably indicating their kids aren't going. This Good Morning America video features a mom and daughter who spent way over the average. This 15 year old girl spent $3000 on her outfit - that included tanning, hair extensions, teeth whitening, designer shoes and bag, and to top it off a $1700 dress. I'm pretty sure I didn't spend that much on my wedding ensemble. But as Quinn Fabray pointed out on Glee - "you can get married as many times as you want, but there is only one Junior prom." Here's a breakdown of prom spending by region:

Prom Spending 2011

*featured photo - prom circa 1988