Students cut corners to cut a rug at proms

Laura O'Neill

Like a lot of students this year, East Bridgewater High School senior Lauren Bombardier is looking to cut costs for the prom, starting with the dress.

“I went to Filene’s Basement to get a good deal. I think I paid about $40. I went the day they had a big sale,” said Bombardier, 18, who will attend the prom in Hull with her boyfriend, John.

She said that while some of her friends are taking a limousine, she’s showing up in her friend’s Mustang. And after the prom, Bombardier said she’s having friends camp out in her backyard.

“There’s about 15 to 20 people staying over. They’ll bring tents and sleeping bags. And we’re going to have a fire,” said Bombardier.

Whether it’s recession-based or just plain frugality, cost-cutting measures seem to be a popular theme with senior proms this year.

At Easton's Oliver Ames High School, moving the event closer to home has freed up extra money for other senior activities and memorabilia. Senior Class President Mariah Muscato, of Easton, said the decision was made two years ago, based on the funds her class had raised at the time.

“We switched our location from the Copley in Boston to Lombardo’s (in Randolph) so that it’s more cost-efficient for students. Our cost was so low that we were able to get a more expensive DJ. We feel it was a smart decision,” said Muscato, 18. “Now we have more money for prom favors, the senior class trip, and senior T-shirts. In the long run, moving our prom was the best decision.”

Bridgewater-Raynham senior Jimena Escudero, 17, said she bought her prom dress at Deb’s in Taunton.

“I got it about a month ago. It’s black and white and has a pink ribbon around it. I already have shoes,” said Escudero, of Bridgewater, who said she and her friends will help each other get ready.

“You do worry about how expensive everything is. I definitely didn’t look for a special dress this year because I didn't want to invest too much money in it.”

Escudero will drive her own car, a sedan, to her prom at Indian Pond in Kingston.

“My friends and I, we’re just going to drive down ourselves. And afterward, we’re just camping in my friends back yard. She lives in Raynham. We'll have a fire and just sit around and talk mostly,” said Escudero.

Jay Dev, a senior at B-R, said he shopped wisely since he needed two tux rentals, for both the prom and the junior prom.

“I did kind of look for the best deal,” said Dev, 17, who chose Tux Towne. “His rates seemed pretty reasonable. For the two tuxes, I spent less than $200 and I thought that was pretty good. I have to go to the Junior Prom too.”

He is attending his prom with a friend, said Dev.

“I think we’re getting a limo with her friends,” said Dev. “And I think she’s going to be hosting a bunch of people at her house, after the prom. I think we’re going back there to kind of hang out.”

Dev said he is looking forward to the end-of-the-year dance.

“This is a great way to finish off high school. It’s kind of a celebration of a stage of our life,” said Dev. “I will be moving on to another one come August and this is a great way to celebrate with all of my friends from high school.”

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