Deal Finder: Save money, look amazing on Prom Expenses

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By LaTina Emerson, The Shopper Deal Finder

The costs of prom night can add up quickly for teenagers and their parents, from dresses, tuxedos, hair and nail appointments, shoes, accessories, dinner and transportation. It’s easy to spend hundreds of dollars on this formal occasion, but many families simply can’t afford to splurge on one night of glamor.

It’s possible to look amazing for the prom on a budget, and local organizations and businesses are offering deals to help families keep costs low this prom season. Learn more:

Goodwill
Goodwill retail stores have prom dresses, purses, suits and formal shoes available, though inventory varies based on customer demand and donations.

The nonprofit sells gently used clothing and household goods. Proceeds from sales fund free services, such as job coaching, money management and skills classes that help local residents with job placement and advancement. Donations to Goodwill are tax deductible.

Goodwill retail stores are at 228 Bullsboro Drive and 3121 Highway 34 East in Newnan. For more information, call the Bullsboro Drive store at 770-254-8480 or the Highway 34 East store at 678-854-6839.

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has several prom dresses, blazers, sport coats and pairs of women’s shoes with heels available.

The Christian ministry helps families in need with food, clothing, utility assistance and rental/mortgage assistance. It accepts financial donations and donations of goods, including clothing, furniture, automobiles, household goods and appliances, which are tax deductible.

The Salvation Army is at 670 Jefferson Street in Newnan. For more information, call 770-251-8181.

A Better Way Ministries
A Better Way Ministries has short and long formal dresses available in various styles and colors, as well as handbags and women’s shoes with heels.

This nonprofit helps with men who struggle with life controlling issues such as drugs and alchohol.

A Better Ways Ministries is located at 320 Dividend Drive in Peachtree City. Call 770-486-8711 or visit abwbargains.com for more information.

Broadway Hi Fashions
Broadway Hi Fashions is giving $40 off tuxedo rentals. The men’s clothing store also offers discounts on suit purchases. Customers can buy a suit, shirt, tie, handkerchief and socks for $169.99. Broadway Hi Fashions is at 6 Jackson Street in Newnan. For more information, call 770-253-7014.

Men’s Wearhouse
Men’s Wearhouse is offering $40 off almost all tuxedo and suit rental packages in store or online. Tuxedo rental packages must include the following items: coat, pants, shirt, tie, cummerbund or vest and jewelry. Suit rental packages must include at least the following items: coat, pants, shirt, tie, vest and jewelry. Complete prom rental packages start at $99.99.

Customers can also earn a free tuxedo or suit rental by signing up to be a prom rep. If they get six friends to rent from Men’s Wearhouse, they will get a free tuxedo or suit rental or a $400 shopping spree.

Visit Men’s Wearhouse at 335 Newnan Crossing Bypass in Newnan to get measured and place your order or order online at www.menswearhouse.com. For more information, call 770-251-7506.

K&G Fashion Superstore
K&G Fashion Superstore has prom dresses, suits and tuxedos available for purchase. With a men’s suit purchase, customers can get $5 off the price of shoes or a dress shirt. Ask for the in-store coupon.

K&G sells designer brands that are up to 60 percent less than department stores. Some suits are on clearance starting at $99.

Customers can receive additional savings by signing up for the retailer’s text alerts. Text KGSTORES to 7999 to get periodic messages about discount coupons. Shoppers can also sign up at https://www.kgstores.com/kg/index.jsp to receive K&G promotions and offers via email.

K&G Fashion Superstore is at 1294 Mount Zion Road in Morrow, Ga. For more information, call 678-422-2425.

Discount retailers
Discount retailers such as Ross, T.J. Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory, which offer merchandise at up to 65 percent off department store prices, sell semiformal dresses, shoes, purses and accessories. Ross is at 1140 Bullsboro Drive in Newnan. T.J. Maxx is at 567 Bullsboro Drive in Newnan.

Department stores
Look for deals on prom dresses, suits, shoes and accessories at department stores, such as JC Penney, Kohl’s, Belk, Dillard’s and Macy’s. Visit the retailers’ websites to find online and in-store coupons and enroll in store rewards programs to receive discount coupons via text or email.

David’s Bridal
David’s Bridal is giving up to 50 percent off select prom styles. Also, customers can text PROMGIRL19 to 69340 to receive $10 off prom dresses priced at $100 or more, plus free shipping.

David’s Bridal is at 1902 Mount Zion Road in Morrow, Ga. For more information, call 770-472-1311 or visit www.davidsbridal.com.

An Affair to Remember
An Affair to Remember has a wide variety of formal dresses available for prom season. Find great deals on dresses by shopping on the clearance rack. The bridal salon is at 9 East Lafayette Square in LaGrange, Ga. For more information, call 706-416-2396 or visit https://www.anaffairtorememberbridal.com.

Shop Online
Rent the Runway is an online service that rents designer dresses and accessories to customers. The service has a variety of black tie dresses and gowns. New customers can sign up online to receive savings. For more information, visit https://www.renttherunway.com. A number of other online businesses offer similar dress rental services.

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