Over 390.5K Daily Active Readers:

Menu
BACK TO MAIN PAGE

How to Budget for a Pageant

10, March 2016

Miss Hawaii USA 2016 Top 5,How to Budget for a Pageant Miss Hawaii USA 2016 Top 5 - Photo: Travis K. Okimoto

Once you begin your pageant journey, it doesn't take long to realize that, like any other hobby or extracurricular, pageants take up time and – wait for it – money. However, the cost of competing should never keep you from trying. It’s more doable than you think.

How to Budget for a Pageant

 

Be realistic

What are you able to spend, and what do you absolutely need to spend it on? Take a minimalistic approach, and build up your pageant wardrobe a step at a time. If you are able to, try to spread out your big expenses such as your evening gown and pageant lessons. I’ll let you in on a secret: You don’t have to buy everything brand new. Many dress shops have a resale section, and many pageant girls are looking to sell their wardrobe. If you're really blessed, you may not have to spend a penny! I'm talking about borrowing and sponsorship. Two of my favorite words. Never be afraid to ask to borrow or to ask for sponsors. You have nothing to lose, seriously. The worst thing anyone can tell you is no, which sounds a lot better than a phone call from your credit card company. While you may not be able to borrow everything or get enough sponsors to cover the complete cost of your pageant, it can certainly relieve a financial burden.

 

Stick To a Budgeting Process


For example, many people find Dave Ramsey’s envelope system convenient and simple. Here is the envelope method in a pageant girl's nutshell: First, calculate your total income and figure out how much can go toward pageants. From there, gather envelopes and label them by what you need to spend. That may be “wardrobe,” “hair and makeup,” “travel,” “clothing,” and so on. With this budget, you allot a certain amount of money to your designated envelopes each payday or as you are able to, but no cheating. (Read: How to Create a Budget for Your Pageant)
 

 

Find Sponsors


This is where you have to roll up your sleeves, put on your lip gloss, and just do it. Asking for sponsors is not fun, but is it very rewarding. If you aren’t sure where to begin, start by typing a letter of sponsorship explaining who you are and the pageant you are competing in. Next, find a day to go out into your community and ask local business if they would like to sponsor you. You may be directed to someone else if you are speaking to an employee, or you could be asked to come back at a later date if the owner is not available. That’s just one instance where your letter comes in handy. Also, don't forget to ask friends and family if they will help sponsor you. Each little bit adds up. Thoroughly explain who you are, and tell them about the pageant you are competing in. Doing this also helps you to become more comfortable speaking which will be reflected in your interview. All the more reason to try!

 

 

Fundraise, Fundraise, Fundraise!

A fun fashion show, a small pageant, even cookie dough! With the help of family, friends, and pageant directors, fundraising can not only relieve a financial burden, but it can be fun. You can make this an opportunity to share your platform and to network with new people. Never underestimate the power of a good fundraiser and good friends.

 

 

Look into a part time or side job

Open an Etsy shop or sell a product. If you find a part-time job, that business could end up being your best sponsor. This is an opportunity to make good connections and even have fun making a little money. Keep in mind, you aren't supporting a family with this job, so it doesn't have to be anything big. However, a little bit here are there can go a long way. Who knows! You may just end up with a extra spending money for expensive health foods, am I right?

 

 

Don't forget about the little things

Last minute purchases before a pageant are often overlooked. You have your spray tan, hotel room, food, butt glue, you know – the necessities. These items are easy to forget when you are making your budget, but think forward every step of the way up until the pageant. Seriously, a frantic Target trip the night before the pageant can make you cough up more cash than you had originally planned, so add room in your budget for last minute items. Making a checklist of items to pack for the pageant can save you money and stress, so make that a top priority. Once you have your goals and your budget on paper, you are set. A woman with an agenda is a force to be reckoned with.

 

 

PREVIOUS ARTICLES

0 thoughts on “How to Budget for a Pageant”

Leave a Reply

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss USA & Teen USA 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Tennessee State

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Sterling Miss USA

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Mrs Premier World 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Tennessee Cosmos USA

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Mrs. California 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Mrs Global United 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Montana's SUPER Pageant

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Alabama’s Southern Miss

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Secret City

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Midwest US United Pageant

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Summer Fun Pageant 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Teen Namibia

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Junior Miss Iowa 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

USA Elegant Miss 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

USA Petite

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Valley District Fair

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Global United 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Hamanni Lee 2020

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss South East Pageantry

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Tennessee State 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Princess of America 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Crown & Glory UK Pageants

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Virginia State

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

MS PLUS AMERICA 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Earth USA 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Kentucky Cosmos USA

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Sahara 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Queen 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

International Junior Miss

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

California Petite 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss West Coast 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Global Elite Miss

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Stellar Role Models 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Genuine Elegance Pageants

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss East Cascades 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Princess of America Ohio

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Mother/Daughter 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss World. 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Li'l Miss Iowa 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Kentucky Cosmos USA 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Crawford County 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Sarasota Pageants

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Immigrant USA 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Teen La Center 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Stellar Role Models

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Christian Miss 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss junior teen 2019

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Galaxy Pageants

Upcoming pageants

Up Coming Pageant

Miss Model City

Titleholder of the Day

Title Holder Of the Day

Lauryn Lynch

Little Miss of America 2019

Her tip is: "Remember you are fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Learn More

RECENT ARTICLES

Best Prize Packages in Pageantry: 2019 Edition

Best Prize Packages in Pageantry: 2019 Edition

How to Set Goals (and Achieve Them)

How to Set Goals (and Achieve Them)

Best in Pageantry FAQs

Best in Pageantry FAQs

Everything You Need to Know About Pageant Headshots

Everything You Need to Know About Pageant Headshots

A Queen's Guide to Pageant Makeup

A Queen's Guide to Pageant Makeup