Mardi Gras balls are happening every weekend, and from the tickets to the table décor to the drinks, revelers can bet they'll spend a good chunk of change.
But, as Abby Breidenbach has learned, cutting some corners can save a lot of money.
One of the the easiest is by getting a dress and other formal wear items for cheap.
Abby rounded up her best tips to save a couple hundred dollars.
The cheapest store you can hit is Goodwill.
You never know what you'll find when walking into Goodwill. And at prices like $15, even if the fit isn't perfect, alterations will still keep you under $50 total.
Next check vintage and consignment shops.
At these stores you'll find name brands at a budget. And if you're looking for a fur wrap, some of them are even less than half priced.
If you prefer to shop online for a new dress, then places like Amazon, SHEIN, Nastygal and ZAFUL all have options for less than $30.
Another great place to check and favorite of Abby is the Dillard's Clearance Center in Baton Rouge.
While it may be a bit of a drive, Abby says the store can have $200, $300 and $400 dresses for as low as $30.
And for those wanting something free, it's always a great idea to do a prom and bridesmaid dress swap with friends.