27: The Price of a Pageant (A Budgeting Guide) – Part 1

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Pageants can be expensive, but winning a pageant doesn’t have to break the bank.

 

In this episode, I’m going to break down the costs of pageants and tell you where you should focus your finances and what elements of pageantry are just the extras.

 

There are three ways to do anything: the cheap way, the expensive way, and the right way.


You don’t have to have lots of money to do it the right way. Nor are all the cheap ways wrong. There is a balance to strike. My goal in this episode is to share with you my opinion of what I believe works best, plus give you several budgeting tips to save money. What I’m hoping to help you avoid is post-pageant buyers remorse.

 

Before you start to think about how you want to spend your resources, create a goal:

 

What do you want to get out of this pageant experience?

 

My first pageant ever was a bucket-list check-mark. I just wanted to compete and I didn’t really care to win, though I would’ve gracefully accepted it.

 

I choreographed a cool new dance to perform for talent, I laughed through most of rehearsals with the other girls, and I re-wore my prom dress for evening gown. I put in some time with rehearsals for my dance and the pageant production. But that’s really it.

 

I didn’t win. But I did check it off my bucket list, so I was happy! Goal accomplished!

 

The second pageant I competed in, I just wanted to dance in front of a huge audience – This pageant was held at a grandstand with 2,000 seats. I choreographed one of the coolest dances I’ve ever choreographed, I practiced close to 10 hours a week on that. I had a blast with the girls at rehearsals and nailed my talent every time. I borrowed my whole wardrobe, except for my $45 interview suit from JCPenny’s.

 

Then, 5 days before pageant competition, I decided it wasn’t just about the dance, I actually wanted to win.

 

In the final 5 days, I was psycho-focused at rehearsals, started asking my parents for any info on current events so I could catch up on the last 5 years of politics. And…shockingly: I won.

 

I continued competing for a few years for the scholarship dollars. Then, I started to realize my impact could be so much larger if I actually won.

 

When I decided it was time to win, my whole strategy changed. I actually started using a budget. I put the budget at the bottom of the post and we’re going to review it now.

 

This episode is for the woman who wants to win the title. And, who knows that life will not end after the day of the pageant.

 

There are 4 elements to consider in your budget:
+ Pageant fees
+ Pageant expectations
+ Pageant options
+ Pageant non-necessities.

 

In this episode, we cover the Pageant Fees of the Pageant Budget. Part 2 of the Pageant Budget will cover the other 3 elements of the Pageant Budget in the next episode.

 

Tips for Budget Saving:
+ Fiverr.com and Canva.com for design needs

 

That, ladies, is how you win a pageant!

 

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