FinCon ’16, get at me! As all good personal finance bloggers know, FinCon is the Mecca of the online personal finance world. A whole conference about personal finance and the online world…oh my gosh, I’m so excited. And it’s in San Diego, one of the prettiest cities in the whole damn country. Dreams really do come true y’all.
I’ve been secretly plotting how I would go to FinCon this year but had take exactly zero steps to make it a reality. I haven’t started saving, I haven’t take time off from work, I don’t have a hotel room and until very recently I didn’t even have a ticket.
When I was trying to spend $1,200 in order to qualify for a special rewards offer, I thought a great way to spend a few hundred dollars would be to bite the bullet and buy my FinCon ticket. There are several ticket options though, and this being my first FinCon, I had no idea if the type of ticket mattered. My instinct is always to go with the lowest price, of course! However, if there’s one thing I don’t want to short myself on, it’s my experience at FinCon.
So I reached out to a few bloggers who have been to the conference, and asked which ticket they recommended. One of them, the very lovely Kayla from ShoeaholicNoMore emailed back with so much more than advice: she offered me a chance at a free ticket!
Kayla walked away from last year’s conference with a coupon code worth a free pass to FinCon. It can only be used by first timers, and that was me! She very generously offered it to me, and I very quickly snatched it up!
So now it’s official: I am going to FinCon 2016, where I will meet so many amazing bloggers, including the wonderful lady who is allowing me to go. (Thanks again Kayla!)
I have to come up with a budget for the trip. There’s still airfare, hotel and food costs to consider. If any conference veterans have advice on how to minimize expenses there, please leave your wisdom in the comments. Or feel free to shoot me an email at [email protected]. I’m so hyped about going, I really want to discuss it with everyone and anyone!
Kara Perez is the original founder of From Frugal To Free. She is a money expert, speaker and founder of Bravely Go, a feminist financial education company. Her work has been featured on NPR, Business Insider, Forbes, and Elite Daily.