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Prom season is just around the corner and before you break the bank to buy a dress, here are a few suggestions to save you some cash.

Before you buy 'new,' think 'used' and check out some consignment shops like Plato's Closet, Buffalo Exchange, Otra Vez or Too Good to be Threw. You may be able to find not only a dress, but also shoes and accessories for less than the price of a brand new dress.

Also make checkround at local bridal shops- not for a wedding dress,but rather, look fora bridesmaid dress. They make great prom dresses and come in great styles and colors.

Think basic and jazz it up. If you find a regular black dress that you can see yourself wearing more than once, grab a pair of rockin' heels and wild jewelry to bling it up for prom. Then you're getting your money's worth out of the dress.

If you have to have designer, think rental. Websites like renttherunway.com will let you borrow a $1,700 dress for a $125. And you're most likely guaranteed to be wearing a frock that no one else will.

Another option, swap with friends. If you have a closet full dresses you've worn to previous dances, why not mix and match with your BFF's or with other classmates' outfits? Let's just hope they go to different schools.

If you're in the market for a job and a dress, think retail and apply for a job at Macy's or Dillards. Both stores offer sweet employee discounts on merchandise.

Lastly, if you have some time and creativity you can make your own formal duds with Duct Tape. Duck brand is also offering the person with the best design a $5,000 prize. That can pay for the limo, dinner and your prom picture package.

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