The closest MommyCon to me is 6 hours away in Chicago so I start my MommyCon budget a few months ahead of time. There was no way that I was going to miss the best natural parenting event in the country just because of a little travel. In fact, my sister-in-law and I decided to start making it our “Mom’s Weekend” away! We leave the big kids at home with their dads and just take the babies. (Well, I guess they’re toddlers now….) We did this last year when the boys were just 4 months and 6 months old. Every penny counts when you’re going to MommyCon because there are SO many amazing vendors. If you can pinch your pennies on the cost of getting there, staying, and attending- then you can spend more money while you’re there… Cloth diapers, baby carriers, toys, products for mom, products for baby… So many goodies!!!!
Here are my 6 tips to making your MommyCon “Mom’s Weekend” away successful on a budget!
Start by using the code FLUFFBUM17. When you purchase your general admission ticket, use my discount code! When you go to checkout, there’s also a “social sharing” option. Use that option to your advantage by posting it on your Facebook or Twitter. My discount code CAN be combined with this option to save you a total of $7. Want to attend a VIP session? Be sure to join the Facebook group that MommyCon has set up for your city. There- people will sell their tickets if something comes up and they can no longer attend. You may be able to score some VIP tickets a tad bit cheaper!
Carpool. If you’re traveling and can bring a friend- drive together! You’ll have company to keep you from getting bored, and maybe you’ll make up for the lack of adult interaction you get during the week! 😉 Carpooling is also a great idea if you’re going into a big city, like Chicago. Parking is expensive! So not only will you be splitting the cost for gas- but parking too!
Split the hotel room. Again, if you can travel with a friend- split the hotel room! We get one room with two beds and it’s perfect for us! This helps cut our travel expenses down big time! MommyCon will have a block of rooms at a hotel with a discount. If you can swing the cost, great. If not, you can always find a cheaper hotel within a mile or so and stay there. Check out some of the travel websites that give hotel room discounts. Also- it’s never a bad idea to get AAA before a trip and most hotels have discounts for AAA members!
Bring Wine. And don’t forget the corkscrew and cups! Last year, after such a long day full of driving and sitting in the car- wine was a necessity once the babies were asleep. I remembered to bring some disposable cups- but totally forgot the corkscrew! And just FYI- don’t listen to those “how to open wine without a corkscrew” posts on Google. We tried those…. didn’t work. Luckily, there was a bar in our hotel so I just ran down and asked the bartender to open it for me! Obviously this isn’t a “money saving” option. But it’ll help with your sanity from a day in the car! 😉
Plan out your MommyCon day ahead of time. Trust me on this one. This will be my third MommyCon so I’m no pro but I’ve been around the block. 😉 The day of MommyCon can be so hectic. There’s so many people, so many vendors, and just so much going on. You need to have a game plan. Figure out the sessions you want to attend beforehand, visit vendors in-between sessions, and just have a general idea before you go. If not, you may lose track of time and miss a session you REALLY wanted to see or you could scramble and miss out time shopping; and for some, that could make or break your MommyCon experience.
Take pictures!!! Even if you don’t like getting in front of the camera, looking back on MommyCon weekend is just so much fun. Take some selfies, ask a friend to take a picture with you and a speaker, just take some pictures! If you’re taking a kiddo, take some pics of them playing with the super fun toys! (You may just need to buy one later so grabbing a picture of it isn’t a bad idea!) Take pictures of the awesoe stuff you purchased from the vendors, of your awesome goodie bag, of that glass of wine after the event. Seriously- just snap some pics. And don’t forget to post them on social media with the hashtags: #MommyCon, #MommyCon17, and the hashtag of your city: #MommyConCHI, #WEARConference, #MommyConNYC, #MommyCon Memphis, #MommyConATX, #MommyConVanCity, #MommyConOC, #MommyConORL, or #MommyConATL. Again, not a money saving tip- but you’ll thank me later. 😉
Have fun at MommyCon!!!!! Just a reminder, here’s where MommyCon is traveling in 2017!
Chicago, IL – March 3-5
New York City, NY – March 25
Memphis, TN – April 29
Austin, TX – June 3
Vancouver, Canada – July 22
Orange County, CA – August 12
Orlando, FL – September 2
Atlanta, GA – October 28
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