Prepping your princess for the prom without breaking the bank

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by Shern-Min Chow / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on April 26, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 26 at 4:01 PM

HOUSTON, Texas — “To die for” dresses, trendy tuxedos, gorgeous up-dos and the bling are all essential elements for the perfect prom look. But just getting ready for it can break a parent’s bank.

Getting a girl ready for prom takes planning, patience and a pretty penny. Lynn Battin has been through the ritual before.

“I have five (children); four girls and a boy,” she said. "Girls are a little bit of drama; hard to please.”

Battin was hard at work trying to get her daughter, Jailyn, ready for her senior prom at Ridgepoint High School.

They found a gorgeous Cache gown that not only fits the bill fashion-wise, but is also in the budget. The dress, which was originally $400 was now on the rack for only $100.

While the little prom princesses don’t have budgets, their parents do.

A 2012 Visa survey shows the average family spent nearly $1100 to get just one teen ready for prom. But, thanks to what we’ve found out, you don’t have to.

BZ’s resale shop has been open for only four months in Missouri City and offers serious bargains. They have prom dresses that start at only $20 and the highest priced dress is $150. They also have sizes from 0 to 24, so it is possible to find something fabulous for everyone.

Owner Bennettia Fifer deliberately focused on prom season while searching for her stock.

“We go to estate sales, we do garage sales,” she said.

Her shop also offers shoes, bags and jewelry. Once your big day is over, you can sell your dress back so another girl can enjoy it.

“We’ll trade that dress for another dress she might like,” Fifer said.

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