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(USA Today)   Much like the tech bubble and the housing bubble, the prom bubble has now burst. Families will only be spending an average of...$978? On a dance?   (americasmarkets.usatoday.com) divider line 182
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2014-04-09 12:16:54 PM  
I think the silliest thing I've seen is the arms race of child birthday parties.  They get a pinata, you get a bouncy castle.  They get a bouncy castle, you pay the fire department to drop by.
 
2014-04-09 12:27:53 PM  
You should see the money spent on  the 8th grade dance here. It's farking insane. We're talking limos, tuxedos, and worn once formal dresses...for 8th graders!

This might no be a big deal for some of you suburbanites but bear in mind we are in a small agri based community with a median income of about $24,000.
 
2014-04-09 12:38:27 PM  
I can't count the number of times I've regretted skipping my prom.

Mostly because, technically, you can't count to zero.
 
2014-04-09 12:44:43 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: You should see the money spent on  the 8th grade dance here. It's farking insane. We're talking limos, tuxedos, and worn once formal dresses...for 8th graders!

This might no be a big deal for some of you suburbanites but bear in mind we are in a small agri based community with a median income of about $24,000.


You know, nothing in your country or mine trumps Mexico in that regard.  People with extremely modest incomes will work all year to make sure their kids have perfect school uniforms, perfect caballero costumes for revolution day, perfect dresses and tuxes for a quinceanera, perfect elf costumes for the christmas parade, perfect roman soldier costumes for the Easter march, etc, etc.  Literally everything they have, short of food and shelter, is poured into making sure their kids look perfect at all occasions.  It's quite remarkable.
 
2014-04-09 12:45:35 PM  
I guess if I ever move to America and have kids, the thing to remember is to involve my kids in laughing at kids who look ridiculous in tuxedos and limos. That way when they get older they won't be too upset when I say "$1,000?! Piss off, you wanker".
 
2014-04-09 01:07:06 PM  
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2014-04-09 01:07:54 PM  
I read that as a porn bubble. What a letdown.

The stupidity of spending a grand for a prom, unless you just have piles of money sitting around, is too stupid to even comment on.
 
2014-04-09 01:08:09 PM  
My daughter's prom is coming up next month, so I'm getting a kick, etc...

/seriously, we might spend $100, may $150 on a dress (it is her senior year, so we may splurge a little).  A group of kids will go to Chilli's or maybe the "country club" and then to the dance.  We might spend two hundred and fifty bucks on the night, if that, which isn't terribly painful for us.  But to spend almost a grand?  You are farking high, stupid or highly stupid?
 
2014-04-09 01:09:08 PM  
Done.

www.founditemclothing.com
 
2014-04-09 01:09:52 PM  
Tux rentals and gas for Grandpa's '53 Stude have really gone up.

www.oldcarsweekly.com
 
2014-04-09 01:10:09 PM  
For girls, maybe.  For boys, it's a $50 tux rental and the keys to the Family Truckster.
 
2014-04-09 01:10:21 PM  

chevydeuce: My daughter's prom is coming up next month, so I'm getting a kick, etc...

/seriously, we might spend $100, may $150 on a dress (it is her senior year, so we may splurge a little).  A group of kids will go to Chilli's or maybe the "country club" and then to the dance.  We might spend two hundred and fifty bucks on the night, if that, which isn't terribly painful for us.  But to spend almost a grand?  You are farking high, stupid or highly stupid?


What about stupidly high?
 
2014-04-09 01:10:44 PM  
Was just discussing how the cost of everything in this country seems to be skyrocketing. Salaries don't seem to be following.

Maybe I'm just getting old and crotchety
 
2014-04-09 01:10:52 PM  

BunkoSquad: I can't count the number of times I've regretted skipping my prom.

Mostly because, technically, you can't count to zero.


Yea, skipped mine and went to the movies. Zero regrets. Unsurprisingly, my wedding wasn't fancy either.
 
2014-04-09 01:10:54 PM  
Some of these parents find their wallets opening faster than a cheerleader's legs on prom night. And that is hard to beat.
 
2014-04-09 01:11:10 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I think the silliest thing I've seen is the arms race of child birthday parties.  They get a pinata, you get a bouncy castle.  They get a bouncy castle, you pay the fire department to drop by.


THAT'S the suburban white people way.
 
2014-04-09 01:11:54 PM  
They had an auction on used dress to support the scholarship fund.  My daughter got a never worn for $5.  She went to a friends hose for pizza before and the dance cost $10 to get in.  I think she did the whole thing for less than $20.  Of course this was the semi-formal and not a full on prom.  Of course I have been telling her the evils of big weddings from the day she was born. of course
 
2014-04-09 01:13:21 PM  

unyon: You know, nothing in your country or mine trumps Mexico in that regard. People with extremely modest incomes will work all year to make sure their kids have perfect school uniforms, perfect caballero costumes for revolution day, perfect dresses and tuxes for a quinceanera, perfect elf costumes for the christmas parade, perfect roman soldier costumes for the Easter march, etc, etc. Literally everything they have, short of food and shelter, is poured into making sure their kids look perfect at all occasions. It's quite remarkable.


Oh God, this.  Quinceaneras in particular go off the chain pretty fast.

I wonder if the trend in the Prom Bubble will translate to a drop in Big Marriage.  I've been to a lot of marriages, and if there is one thing that gets out of hand in terms of dollars spent to money possessed, it's weddings. I've been to weddings that could have easily paid for a house downpayment.
 
2014-04-09 01:13:26 PM  
That's fricking insane. My younger sister bought her dress off of an older girl for $50. Another hundred dollars for adjustments/fitting and she was good. Reused a pair of heels she owned.

The dress was worn once at a prom from the next county over about 4 years ago. It had been hanging in a closet ever since and no one knew.
 
2014-04-09 01:15:31 PM  
I'm a high school teacher who gets to chaperon prom this coming Saturday, so I'm getting a really big kick out of these replies...

It's not just the dress and the costs of the day itself, although those are ridiculous expenses.  There's PRE-prom prep to consider.  The girls are tanning, getting fake nails, getting hair extensions, and then of course paying for makeup application on that day.  On top of that you have the cost of the dress and jewelry, plus hairstyling, plus any underwear/shapewear (I hope to some kind of sky wizard, PLEASE let them be wearing underwear), and then the date might pick up the cost on dinner and flowers.  Oh and there's the cost of photos.

Of course the girls have also been prepping by snuggling up to their dates in the halls between classes for the last month.  It is kind of interesting to watch them drop these dudes as soon as Saturday is over.
 
2014-04-09 01:15:45 PM  

Cheron: She went to a friends hose


I'm sure she did ;)
 
2014-04-09 01:16:34 PM  

chevydeuce: My daughter's prom is coming up next month, so I'm getting a kick, etc...

/seriously, we might spend $100, may $150 on a dress (it is her senior year, so we may splurge a little).  A group of kids will go to Chilli's or maybe the "country club" and then to the dance.  We might spend two hundred and fifty bucks on the night, if that, which isn't terribly painful for us.  But to spend almost a grand?  You are farking high, stupid or highly stupid?


I could see it getting out of hand really quickly if the kid was really shallow and they had parents that promoted it.   "My best friend is getting a limo, why can't I have one?"  "Tina's shoes were $200, I need new shoes too."  That kind of crap.

I had to buy my own darn prom dresses.  So at least you are being nice to your daughter and helping her with that.  Just don't do like my mom did and offer to get her a hotel room.  I really don't know what she was thinking.
 
2014-04-09 01:17:21 PM  
I didn't go to my prom, and I don't think I've ever even thought about it again until now. But if you've got the money, I guess spending a grand on one final high school celebration isn't too outrageous.
 
2014-04-09 01:18:42 PM  
Skip the tuxedo rental and buy a nice dark grey suit that can be worn to graduation, college/job interviews, college formals ect...
The suit will fit you better and look nicer than one size fits all tuxedo.
 
2014-04-09 01:18:53 PM  

TNel: Cheron: She went to a friends hose

I'm sure she did ;)


www.cbc.ca
 
2014-04-09 01:20:52 PM  

unyon: Dancin_In_Anson: You should see the money spent on  the 8th grade dance here. It's farking insane. We're talking limos, tuxedos, and worn once formal dresses...for 8th graders!

This might no be a big deal for some of you suburbanites but bear in mind we are in a small agri based community with a median income of about $24,000.

You know, nothing in your country or mine trumps Mexico in that regard.  People with extremely modest incomes will work all year to make sure their kids have perfect school uniforms, perfect caballero costumes for revolution day, perfect dresses and tuxes for a quinceanera, perfect elf costumes for the christmas parade, perfect roman soldier costumes for the Easter march, etc, etc.  Literally everything they have, short of food and shelter, is poured into making sure their kids look perfect at all occasions.  It's quite remarkable.


this.

I've been to a number of quinces, my wife is half mexican and  taught at a predominantly latino high school in Dallas.  It's pretty crazy, like a wedding, prom, and a theatrical performance rolled into one. They even get a bit creepy, imagine flipping through a brochure to buy a car, it's the same kind of thing only marketing a 15 year old girl. However, it's one hell of a party and a lot of fun too.
 
2014-04-09 01:21:17 PM  

BunkoSquad: I can't count the number of times I've regretted skipping my prom.

Mostly because, technically, you can't count to zero.


Honestly, I do not 'regret' missing mine. I wish I had gone, in retrospect, just like I wish I had gone to an after party and wish I had played sports in high school.

It would have made me a more normal person instead of the raging misanthropic introverted ball of self loathing I am today.

And it very well might have been fun.
 
2014-04-09 01:21:21 PM  
Skipped prom. Drank beer and smoked weed in the woods instead. Not a single regret or fark given.
 
2014-04-09 01:23:35 PM  
With dress, shoes, limo, dinner and prom ticket, I think my daughter's came to around $250 in 2011.
 
2014-04-09 01:24:09 PM  
I've got a crazy idea. How about if the kids want to go to prom, they get a farking job and pay for their own farking prom expenses? Problem solved.

fireclown:
I wonder if the trend in the Prom Bubble will translate to a drop in Big Marriage.  I've been to a lot of marriages, and if there is one thing that gets out of hand in terms of dollars spent to money possessed, it's weddings. I've been to weddings that could have easily paid for a house downpayment.

Hell, the De Beers inflated price of the bride's wedding ring could often cover a down payment on a house.
 
2014-04-09 01:24:46 PM  
Borrowed dad's car.
Tux was $40, Nosegay was $20.
The beej, was wonderful.
 
2014-04-09 01:24:51 PM  

kroonermanblack: BunkoSquad: I can't count the number of times I've regretted skipping my prom.

Mostly because, technically, you can't count to zero.

Honestly, I do not 'regret' missing mine. I wish I had gone, in retrospect, just like I wish I had gone to an after party and wish I had played sports in high school.

It would have made me a more normal person instead of the raging misanthropic introverted ball of self loathing I am today.

And it very well might have been fun.


It's never, ever too late to participate in intramural activities. Join a local triathlon club or jiu jitsu academy or something. Do it now!
 
2014-04-09 01:25:13 PM  
You should see the money I spent on my dances.....I still have all of it.
And Im okay with it.
 
2014-04-09 01:25:23 PM  
My senior prom would cost about $250.00 back in the 70's compared to $1000 today with inflation.
 
2014-04-09 01:25:29 PM  
Hey, if it gets their son laid, the parents can have grandkids sooner!
 
2014-04-09 01:25:37 PM  
I went to my prom.  Afterwards, made out with a girl in my dad's new Oldsmobile.  Never saw her again after  that night.  Meh.
 
2014-04-09 01:26:53 PM  

kroonermanblack: Honestly, I do not 'regret' missing mine. I wish I had gone, in retrospect, just like I wish I had gone to an after party and wish I had played sports in high school.


I was glad that I went to mine even with the less than stellar outcomes for each of them.  Sometimes it is just good to get out there and do things.  I really wish I had ran cross country or track.  Hell, it would have probably been fun to even try out to be a cheerleader.
 
2014-04-09 01:27:22 PM  

patrick767: Hell, the De Beers inflated price of the bride's wedding ring could often cover a down payment on a house.


De Beers is a whole 'nother tirade.  I've been very fortunate in not having relationships with girls who really love jewelry.
 
2014-04-09 01:27:46 PM  
Was travelling with a school from Newfoundland and was shocked to learn that it's more or less standard practice there for kids to fly to New York for a weekend to buy their prom dresses.  This at a time when Newfoundland's unemployment rate was up in the 15% range.  The poor kids were stuck flying to Halifax to buy theirs... the horrors.
 
2014-04-09 01:27:49 PM  

kroonermanblack: BunkoSquad: I can't count the number of times I've regretted skipping my prom.

Mostly because, technically, you can't count to zero.

Honestly, I do not 'regret' missing mine. I wish I had gone, in retrospect, just like I wish I had gone to an after party and wish I had played sports in high school.

It would have made me a more normal person instead of the raging misanthropic introverted ball of self loathing I am today.

And it very well might have been fun.


I can count the number of times I wish I'd skipped prom and gone to a friend's hangout alternative. A handful. It wasn't bad but skinny awkward shy girl without a date wasn't changed by a pretty dress - and my scalp felt like it was on fire due to the woman who brutally "styled" it. Graduation Party - now that was fun; although the friend that got super drunk and depressed put me off drinking.
 
2014-04-09 01:28:27 PM  
My parents had money... but I couldn't get a dime from them to go to the prom.  I couldn't have gone anyhow since the state track and field championships were on the same day.
 
2014-04-09 01:30:05 PM  

bsteiny: I'm a high school teacher who gets to chaperon prom this coming Saturday, so I'm getting a really big kick out of these replies...

It's not just the dress and the costs of the day itself, although those are ridiculous expenses.  There's PRE-prom prep to consider.  The girls are tanning, getting fake nails, getting hair extensions, and then of course paying for makeup application on that day.  On top of that you have the cost of the dress and jewelry, plus hairstyling, plus any underwear/shapewear (I hope to some kind of sky wizard, PLEASE let them be wearing underwear), and then the date might pick up the cost on dinner and flowers.  Oh and there's the cost of photos.

Of course the girls have also been prepping by snuggling up to their dates in the halls between classes for the last month.  It is kind of interesting to watch them drop these dudes as soon as Saturday is over.


You must have some CSB's to tell.  Wanna share a particulary funny/frightful/OMG one?
 
2014-04-09 01:31:40 PM  
It seems like the last 20 or so years keeping up/passing the Jonse's has gone on roids. In order for you to look good in front of yourfamily and friends you will bankrupt yourself or starve yourself for one damn day. I only wish I had a way to make money off thes people that scream "Shut up and take my money!"
 
2014-04-09 01:31:50 PM  
I spent more on my stepdaughter's shoes than her dress.  She's done growing so $140 for dress shoes isn't unreasonable considering she also does some small time modeling.  Her boyfriend is paying for everything else including my extra box of shotgun shells.
 
2014-04-09 01:31:56 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I think the silliest thing I've seen is the arms race of child birthday parties.  They get a pinata, you get a bouncy castle.  They get a bouncy castle, you pay the fire department to drop by.



I feel that way about giant weddings too.

Really, just 600 of your closest friends?!?!?
 
2014-04-09 01:33:10 PM  
Some hymens will also burst.
 
2014-04-09 01:33:24 PM  

jtown: For girls, maybe.  For boys, it's a $50 tux rental and the keys to the Family Truckster.


Plus booze, plus a little weed, plus the condom you probably won't get to use.
 
2014-04-09 01:34:02 PM  

dwrash: My parents had money... but I couldn't get a dime from them to go to the prom.  I couldn't have gone anyhow since the state track and field championships were on the same day.


I'm sure it wasn't that no one wanted to go with the track team equipment manager...
 
2014-04-09 01:34:42 PM  
People have kids then get stupid. Or, stupider.
 
2014-04-09 01:34:54 PM  

El Dudereno: Rapmaster2000: I think the silliest thing I've seen is the arms race of child birthday parties.  They get a pinata, you get a bouncy castle.  They get a bouncy castle, you pay the fire department to drop by.

THAT'S the suburban white people way.


Do you even know ANY Asian, Latino, or black people at all?
 
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