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In between the dress, the shoes, the hair, the makeup, the corsages, the limo, the dinner, and of course, the tickets, teens and their parents can easily drop close to a grand on this adolescent rite of passage. According to an annual survey by Visa, the average American household spent $919 on the big dance in 2015. While that number is actually down a bit from $978 in 2014, it's a price tag that's out of reach for many families.