Budget for the Prom with the Plan’it Prom App- Win a $50 Visa

Having one child already out of high school, I know all too well how quickly the costs of prom can add up. Now having two other teens in the house, I am happy to have been introduced to the Plan’it Prom app. This app keeps you on track and offers valuable tips to save money.

My oldest was lucky, her birthday was just before the end of the school year. So she requested items for prom for her birthday, or money.  We shopped around for a dress and saved wherever we could other expenses. There was no big expensive party to attend. But she did hang out with friends afterwards. Since she had a job, she covered most of the costs herself. However it was not cheap!

Somehow, I think boys will be just as expensive! 

If you have a child or are a student, about to participate in prom, you need to check out the budgeting app Plan’it Prom. 

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Thrifty Canadians Spend 26% Less Than Americans on Prom

Visa Canada survey reveals Canadians plan to cover more of their teenagers’ proms than Americans but will spend less overall; Visa’s “Plan’it Prom” App helps manage budget and savings.

To help parents and teenagers plan and budget every aspect of prom in order to support responsible spending, Visa Canada has launched a free smartphone app. The free Plan’it Prom app allows users to make a realistic, detailed prom budget and then helps them stick to that budget by allowing them to track their spending as they shop. Plan’it Prom is available in the iTunes store, the Google Play store and from www.practicalmoneyskills.ca/prom.

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Expenses for prom can include, dress or tuxedo, shoes, hair and make-up, limo, food, party and more. It adds up! Budgeting can keep your teen and you on track with their spending. This app is free to download and easy to use. 

You add in your personal info as well as expenses and budget. Then calculate adding it up as you go along. 

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There are also great tips for saving money with every expense you can encounter. Another handy feature is the timeline countdown with to-do list. There are so many features on this app you will be happy you used it. You have nothing to lose and everything to save.

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If you have already started planning and paying out towards Prom you can still get on budget. Download the free Plan’ It Prom app today. Plan’it Prom is available in the iTunes store, the Google Play store and from www.practicalmoneyskills.ca/prom You will be surprised to see where and how you can save money!

See @VisaNewsCA #prom for more info 

Giveaway time

One lucky Canadian reader is going to win a $50 prepaid Visa to help towards prom expenses. Fill out the form below for your chance to win. Good luck! 

Disclosure- This is a compensated post. All opinions are honest and my own


  1. michelle says

    I wish to save some money on the hair and make up expenses – it just adds up so quickly and I fail with hair styling.

  2. andrea amy says

    The dinner 🙂

  3. Jeannie Lam says

    I wish I could save on dress and accessories. Prom dresses are so elaborate now and expensive!

  4. Never went to prom.. my mom wouldn't allow it 🙁

  5. never went at the time i thought it was no big deal but now i wish i would of takin the time to go

  6. dorcontest says

    I really enjoy having dinner with the whole highschool gang.

  7. mommakoala says

    Years ago when I went to the prom, my mother made my dress. We just had to look nice and didn't have the expense the kids seem to have now.
    (Debbie W)

  8. jeannine glen says

    this would be nice to win

  9. Victoria Ess says

    It would be nice to save on the dress!!

  10. Kelly Gordon says

    The "dress" wow they are expensive, although I love seeing all the beautiul dresses

  11. We got a great deal on a dress and my neighbour did my hair n makeup 🙂 we all split on a rolls royce limo for the night!!!!!!!

  12. Juliee Fitze says

    The cost of the dress.

  13. The dress!! so many gorgeous dresses but they are so expensive

  14. glogirl3 says

    I didn't go to my prom but if I did, I would have liked to save on the dress.

  15. Gwen Collins says

    Definitely the cost of a dress that is only worn once. As bad as a wedding dress!

  16. Transportation.

  17. Judy C(Judy Cowan) says

    It would be nice to save on the dress, they can be very expensive!

  18. seham merzib says

    the dress too expensive!

  19. Francine says

    I graduated early, so never went to prom – can't say I missed it or the expense.

  20. Carol M (Lushka S) says

    Save one the dress

  21. Cheryl Grandy says

    I'd be most interested in saving on the clothing.

  22. amanda012 says

    I would love to save on the dress since they can be so expensive!

  23. Brenda Penton says

    I wish I could have saved on my dress.

  24. BlessedTA says


  25. mrdisco1 says

    limo costs

  26. nikki robak says

    the dress

  27. The dress – Wish it was cheaper

  28. dinner

  29. Jennifer L. says

    The cost of the dress can be expensive…it would be great to save on this.

  30. Chris Stockford says

    The "dress" wow they are expensive,

  31. Jennifer P. says

    The dress!!

  32. I wish I saved on my dress!

  33. Tammy Dalley says

    The tux!!

  34. wendy Hutton says

    the dress that is the most expensive part

  35. sschool2010 says

    Transportation – those limo rentals aren't cheap!

  36. hmrcarlson says

    This would definitely help out our babysitter with her prom expenses!

  37. nicolthepickle says

    The hair, manicure and accessories would be nice to save on.

  38. The dresses are the most expensive.

  39. Leigh-Ann Murphy says

    The cost of the dress is insane!

  40. jas starry says

    A suit!

  41. jennifer gibson says

    Saving on a dress and limo is a big deal. Ask friends and family members for a gently used dress, even bridesmaid dresses will fit the bill. To save on limos rides, get a discount by having a group use it and it's a great way for everyone to feel safe (no drinking and driving!).

  42. spamgirl says

    The dress!

  43. the crazy expense of the fact that they all want to attend in limos

  44. kristen v says

    the dress and limo ride

  45. the dress indeed

  46. natasha Severson says

    absolutely the dresses and extra's that go along with the dress (ie purse, flowers etc) I NEED COUPONS bahahah

  47. with already $350 spent on tickets and photos, etc… it would be nice to shave abit off my Grade 12's Suit & shoes. Thanks!

  48. Florence C says

    Saving on the grad dress.

  49. Kayla Gilbert says

    Definitely the dress! All prom dresses are so pricey!

  50. Sunshine G says

    I'd love my niece to be able to get a dress that wasn't a zillion dollars!

  51. prairiebelle says

    the dress. They are always so expensive

  52. Lorrie Coleman says

    This would be nice to win so that could go out for a nice dinner

  53. Shoes! How many pairs does a girl really need???

  54. jessica s says

    save on the dress would be awesome!

  55. Tricia Hope says

    I gave my girls a budget of $250 for their dress,shoes,and whatever else they thought they wanted.They both choose awesome dresses that were well priced and got shoes,undergarments and their hair and makeup done.So proud of them!

  56. I did not go to prom because everything was too expensive for my family.

  57. Karla Sceviour says

    The clothes,,dress and tux,,are the most expensive..would be great to save on them

  58. I saved because I didn't go to prom.

  59. It would be nice to save on the suit.

  60. Amy Lovell says

    I def wish I could save money on the dress! They’re uber expensive and for just one night

  61. Karry Knisley says

    The dresses are so expensive. My daughter has prom next Friday.

  62. Lisa Neutel says

    The dress ..my daughter has expensive taste..and I live on a tight budget

  63. Heather R says

    I've never had trouble keeping her to a decent price on a dress….but the hair, makeup, nails, shoes and other accessories….MAN that adds up!

  64. The nicest dress are always the most expensive it seems, so definitely the dress needs saving for!

  65. The dress was a breeze… its the shoes that ended up costing a lot. Would love some money to pay that VISA bill 🙂
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  66. The dress

  67. I would put my savings to my wedding 🙂

  68. butterflyamyc says

    I would like to save money on the dress.

  69. Makeup done by professionals, because if you don't have the right tools, you have to buy everything (foundation, blush!), and also, if you don't know how to apply them correctly… then it all goes downhill.

  70. The DRESS! Definitely the biggest prom expense!

  71. Teresa Claire says

    My daughter's dress was quite expensive. I would have liked to have saved on that.

  72. stacey dempsey says

    My daughter is graduating this year and so far the biggest expense is her dress and accessories. That is one item I wish were cheaper and the dresses are not very practical to be worn again to too many places, but it is prom so what can you do , once in a lifetime occurance for her

  73. Anu Chopra says

    I would love to save on the prom dress for my daughter!

  74. The dress, always the big one

  75. julie bolduc says

    The shoes would be good to save on!!!!!!

  76. I'd love to be able to save on a dress for my sister. She's having a hard time finding a dress that both fits her and that she likes. It's looking like it's going to be quite the expense.

  77. charityk says

    my dress was way to omuch but so pretty

  78. The tux rental, I would rather purchase a suit that they can use in years to come, pressure is on for the boys to wear a tux though.

  79. The gift of a lap top is my big expense and I wish I could save on it.

  80. Silvia D says

    on the prom dress and accessories!

  81. Lori Bazan says

    The Suit rental for sure!

  82. Irene Newstead says

    Everything is so expensive, I could sure use the $50.

  83. Jenness M says

    Wish I could save on the dress and alterations.

  84. never went to prom but know I'll have to worry about this in a few years.

  85. beewbedard says

    saving on a dress would be great

  86. Hair and makeup! Leave it to the professionals!

  87. I wish my son could save on the boutonniere or corsage for his date by making them yourselves.

  88. The dress, they sure do cost a lot.

  89. karinespace says

    On the dress, it's so expensive

  90. Leanne M says

    I would like to save on the dress.

  91. Donna L. says

    The dresses are so pricey!

  92. Marjorie L. says

    the dress is the biggest expense

  93. formal clothes and limo cost so much

  94. I wish I could save on the price of the prom dress.

  95. Lindsay S says

    The dress!

  96. mrsbubsmith says

    those dresses are crazy expensive!

  97. huffychic15 says

    It would be nice to save on the tux!

  98. The dress! My daughter has very specific likes and that means $$ 😀
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  99. angela m says

    Save money on the dress

  100. angela mitchell says

    I don't mind getting a great dress but I would not be spending money on my daughter to get her nails professionally done or get a tan in a tanning bed or anything like that.

  101. marcusbarnes says

    It would be nice to save on the outfit. Thank you!

  102. Ronald G says

    Renting a tux that many guys have worn before

  103. Save on the dress, they can get a bit out of hand

  104. shellie clark says

    renting a limo

  105. Reduce hair cost by cutting hair very short. Wash, rub dry and run hands through to pouf.

  106. A camera to take to the prom for the memories

  107. shoes! will probably only be worn once!

  108. tanyab79 says

    I wish I could have saved on the dress since my sister did my hair and makeup. 🙂

  109. a dress would be good

  110. Diana Corlett says

    Would be wonderful to be able to make my granddaughter's dress for her. Very expensive to purchase.

  111. Danalee Davis says

    I would love to save money on the prom dress. What a huge amount of money!

  112. the dress – they are expensive!

  113. Darlene W says

    The dress is too expensive for most so the help of a $50visa would help

  114. Michael Hurst says

    I'd like to save money on my sons suit!

  115. edmontonjb says

    I hope to save on attire for my boys when they are old enough for prom so we will likely rent suits


  116. Birdiebee says

    The dress and shoes have been a real expenses for me.

  117. kadreyah says

    Definitely the dress. They are probably the most expensive item for the night.

  118. truckerofbc says

    A dress expense

  119. The dress!!! They're so expensive!

  120. The photos taken are so terribly expensive.

  121. Wish I could save on graduation gifts for others

  122. Jen Conlin says

    The Dress- so expensive ikes. Il

  123. I wish I could save on the tuxedo and dress shoes for my son.

  124. I could really use some help with the makeup and hair! It can really be pricey.

  125. I didn't need one but my daughter will eventually need a dress. Hope they arent that expensive by the time she needs it.

  126. Adina H. says

    Graduation photos are too expensive, so it would be great to save a bit on those.

  127. Jen Lenhart says

    the banquet cost for sure!

  128. Doris H. says

    Would be nice to save on the accessories.

  129. Elizabeth R says

    Definitely the dress, usually a major expense.

  130. Juliee Fitze says

    The dress would be good to save on.

  131. Nancy Fontaine says

    I wish I could save on the dress!!

  132. Erin Leigh says

    i would like to save money on getting hair done

  133. Christy Martin says

    I would love to save on the dress! I used to work at a "woman's" store and leading up to prom time they really put on quite the window display. Through out the year, it was not store for young women but they all seem to know to come there for prom dresses. They were some of the best I had seen but were between $100-300. Insane. You don't need to spend that much, but it doesn't mean you can find much for under $100. Ouch.

  134. Lauren E. says

    It would be great to save on the dress

  135. Wendy Arnott says

    The dress! Wedding dresses are the same price as the dresses they require now. My grad dress 20 years ago was less than 200$. One grad I know of is doing "little black dresses" as a theme.. much better idea.

  136. The limo is always tedious. And unless you are using it for nearly an hour it seems like a ripoff.

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