I’m a first-timer but I found a lot of ways to save money at Fincon. Frugal people are gonna be frugal, no matter where they are!
Even if you never go to Fincon, some of these tips could apply to any conference you might attend, and hopefully they’ll get you thinking about ways you can save when you travel.
1. Share a room.
A single room at the FinCon hotel is pretty pricey, but sharing a room cuts the price in half.
I put out a request on the FinCon Facebook group and found a roomate pretty quickly that way.
Having your own room is lovely, of course, but honestly, I spent almost no time in the room. I pretty much just slept there, and that’s not worth paying full price.
My friend Whitney was smart and got herself two roomates, which cut her hotel costs by two-thirds!
2. Don’t bring/rent a car.
Walking + public transport did the trick just fine, and that was much, much cheaper than paying to park a car in a city.
Also, I logged a lot of steps on my tracker watch this way!
3. Bring snacks and a water bottle.
Snacks and drinks at the hotel were stupid expensive.
I went to Aldi before the conference and picked up some packable, unrefrigerated snacks, which came in super handy.
(bananas, trail mix, granola bars, and beef jerky)
I snacked on these and also ate them as breakfast for a few days, since breakfast was not free at the hotel.
4. Drink water while out to eat.
I ate out for lunch and dinner because it was a great way to talk to people outside of the noisy hotel. Definitely worth paying for.
But I ordered pretty inexpensive meals and I always drank water.
5. Buy food from stores around the hotel.
My friend Cassie (from The Thrifty Couple) and I bought things like cut fruit and cheese from the nearby Rite Aid. Not as cheap as the grocery store, but cheaper than the food at the hotel!
6. Take advantage of the free food at FinCon.
Some of the parties included food, and several brands that there also had happy hours with appetizers. Free coffee was available on multiple days as well.
If you’re into alcoholic drinks (I’m not, as I’m a serious lightweight), those are readily available at parties/brand events.
If you already paid for your ticket, you might as well get the free food!
7. Use the FinCon app to get cheap food ideas.
Fellow attendees were regularly posting when they found inexpensive places to eat near the hotel.
2500 finance-minded people are bound to come up with some great ways to save money at FinCon.
8. Buy your ticket in advance.
Immediately following Fincon is the best time to buy next year’s ticket at a deep discount.
FinCon allows you to transfer your ticket to someone else, so if something comes up and you can’t attend next year, you can always sell it to someone else. That makes buying ahead feel much less risky.
What did I miss? If you travel to Fincon or any other conferences, share your tips in the comments and help us all out!
P.S. In case you missed it, here’s my FinCon19 Q&A post, complete with lots of FinCon photos.