Just a little over a month away FinCon 2015 is hot on my mind.
I’m starting to get nervous for multiple reasons. You see like any good personal financier I am getting worried about the numbers.
What is going to be my ROI? How will I make sure its good?
Though we can afford it in one sense, it is a big investment. I mean there’s the conference pass, the hotel stay, the plane ticket, lifts to and from the airport, food. There’s a lot of money tied into this thing. But its not just that, there are other costs too, specially in the realm of time. My vacation time and weekend both things that are for my family won’t be. My husband and I will have to go 12 days without really spending any time together. It’s a sacrifice, and I need to make sure its worth it. I need to make the most of it. That’s a lot of pressure.
So I’m hunting. Hunting for any information to make sure I do the right things.
Cost so far
- Airplane $480.70
- Hotel $515.17
- Fincon pass $408.95
That’s a total of $1404.82 and that’s not including food or lifts.
Though I did save with the pass because I signed up for FinCon mailing list and so I saw the note about the 48hr sale. Hey if I’m going to go I might as well get the best deal. I’m not sure if I should have saved more by purchasing a regular pass instead of the pro pass. Am I at a point that a pro pass is necessary?
Purchasing so far in advance is also a big commitment and back then I wasn’t 100% sure I would be going. But it was their policy that allowed for transfers that put my mind at ease about purchasing 9 months in advance.
Though I probably could have saved more on the pass I think I did pretty good. However, I really messed up with the airfare. My poorest financial decision and biggest regret was not pouncing on $282 for flights. Seriously. Uber fail on my part. Securing the best deal on flights is usually my number 1 concern when I travel.
Accomodation costs are also high but I signed up during group pricing. Are you heading to FinCon? Message me I am looking for roommates. Ladies only though. 🙂 I booked the 2 beds room in anticipation of finding roommate(s) to cut down costs. It will be a fun adventure and its only for 3 nights. As Finance bloggers I’m sure we can all agree that cutting costs is valuable. I am looking for roomies to cut costs down all around.
At this price this is not just for fun it is for business. I mean if it’s just for fun that is really expensive fun for just myself. My husband and I could have done over 10 organized races(fun runs) for that, taken classes and paid for babysitting, or even taken a week long family trip somewhere.
I guess another reason I’m scared, worried is that I’m going by myself. It’s intimidating. I have had the good fortune of attending conferences before during college ( shout out to SHPE) but it was always in groups.
Not having anyone to fall back on means I am going to have to be super proactive, so that I’m not that weirdo standing at the edge of the room. Luckily I never had a problem with that and most say I’m very outgoing. But it has been a long time since I’ve been in this situation.
Being outgoing and making connections is what’s going to make this trip a success.
As preparation I have read/watched and re visited these 2 resources. I really recommend you check them out.
Bugetblonde’s conference hustle advice
So let me know in the comments about any other good work I should read before September 17. Not only will you be sharing with me but any other readers aswell. Planning ahead and being prepared will benefit us all.
Mixed bag of feelings
Even with all the nervousness weighing on my chest. The excitement is steadily building as well. This is going to be a big adventure.
Ahhh! 😀 how amazing!
I am going to hopefully see more then just the inside of a fancy hotel room. I will have the chance to explore a new city I’ve never been too. Traveling! Hooray!
Then I am going to be surrounded by people who share similar interests. Making connections and meeting all these inspirational people who have impacted my life. Never before have a gone to a conference where I know people even though we’ve never met.
Are you going to FinCon? Let me know it would be nice to meet in person. Are you looking to cut cost ? Send me a message. And don’t be shy with any recommendations. More good tips on maximizing the experience are highly welcome and greatly appreciated.