Planning for Prom

Prepare for prom season with these budget saving tips.
Chris Hintze

Prom is an unforgettable night for many high schoolers, but expenses can add up quickly. Help ensure the teen in your life is prepared for a fun (and safe) evening that also stays within budget.

Finding Prom Attire & Accessories

Finding a prom dress that can be worn more than once is a challenge. Shopping at a local consignment store is a great way to keep costs down while finding something unique to wear. Visit Mall of America and the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes to find jewelry, purses and other accessories. For even greater discounts, you can purchase a Mall of America coupon book (available to AAA members at a discounted price) or receive one for free to use at the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes.

Fun Prom Traditions

Exchanging flowers with a date is a well-known prom tradition and usually comes in the form of a boutonnière and corsage or a bouquet. is an easy, hassle-free option for prom, although it’s still a good idea to put your online order in ahead of time so you aren’t rushed for delivery. In-store savings are also available at participating locations which can be found at

Reserving Your Ride to Prom

What better way to get to prom than arriving in style? From stretch limousines to SUVs, reserving transportation a few months in advance is important. Not only will it leave you with a wider selection of vehicles to choose from, but you avoid the risk of not getting a vehicle at all if you wait too long.

Valley Limo & Coach is a transportation service that offers a wide selection of luxury vehicles. They will work with you and your budget, so whether your teen plans to go with a group of friends or just a date, finding a suitable vehicle is easy. Plus, professional chauffeurs remain on-site throughout the entire event and provide their direct contact information so that parents can stay in touch. AAA members save 10% on transportation services at Valley Limo & Coach.


Here at AAA Minneapolis, we support the AAA PROMise which encourages young drivers and their parents to talk about the dangers of underage drinking, drug use and impaired driving, especially during prom and graduation season, when many teen-related crashes occur. For more info, visit

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