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Ive been really trying to keep my money safe for ACen though ive admittedly splurged here and there XD

 

but i have a little nest egg for ACen saved up these past couple months to ensure i buy what i want and still wont starve.

past years i saved a fistful of cash for food and a couple hundred for loot. but i always end up missing out on that really expensive item i want that i find ( not this year! lol)

 

70-80: for my share of the room (were going to be REALLY pakced in XD)

200 for food ( dont think i need that much but never hurts to be safe :) )

1K: for any and all loot i want. i only plan on spending around a few hundred but if i see something i want this year its mine X3 weapon repicla, model kit, fancy portrait you name it.

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Gabichox   

$130 - hotel

$20 - food. It's all about sandwiches, apples and a water bottle for me!

$120 possibly - Anything else..... Since I usually buy stuff online nowadays I find it less enticing to buy things from the dealers room. :I This is mostly going towards LM.C anyway.

Plus finding merch and doujin from current season anime is really hard considering most of that stuff comes out way late.

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I've really downsized over the years. Last year I made $30 (total money on me) last 4 days, having been borked, as compared to a couple hundred in past years; I think one time I'd actually came to con with close to $300-400 on me just for spending in the AA/DH (wth 15yo me, wth).

 

This time around I'll probably only have $80-100 for the weekend, mostly toward split food and possible small finds in the AA, and possibly an overpriced drink or few in the hotel bars later at night (my group's room is booked on my card so I won't need my part in cash this year). If I'm feeling splurgey, I might bring $150 or so, and maybe we can eat one night one of of the restaurants that aren't McD's or Giordanos -- particularly that 1940s style Irish pub that's getting built by the Muvico, assuming it's done in time (or maybe the Hilton's 1920's restaurant and I can feel like a time traveller despite lacking a TARDIS or River's/Captain Jack's timey-wimey watch ; w; ).

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major bump lol

 

 

you want to have enough money for anything: IE

 

 

Room 530

 

Gas about 50

 

Food About 200 especially if you eat at any restaurant in the city

 

500 spending cash, ie merch, and booze , party money.

 

and about 100 dollars locked away for emergency , ie broken down car , room increase fee dont spend this money just because you exhaust all your fun money.

 

so im looking at .... 1380 , which aint bad. Remember your basically on vacation for 4-5 days. people look at it like its too much money but honestly if you went to vegas or Florida you would spend just as much or maybe more.

 

best advise bring a credit card that gets cash back for your room , food ,and booze, and bring about 500 in cash for all your merch since most dealers only take cash.

 

 

FYI dont carry that 500 on you at all times take about 150 eatch day to the floor and only spend that per day, then you wont run short on day two.

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MOMO2   

I am good in the dealers room but I always want more then I need.

 

About $200 for room

 

$100 for stuff

 

$50 for food (coolers are great)

 

$50 for party things

 

Then some others, so like $500

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$300 for hotel

$100 for hotel fee

$50 for badge (I usually purchase them late since my money is kinda weird)

$20 on food (I don't eat much, so I'll just bring some food from home or something to munch on)

$120-150 for spending

 

This year's gonna be pretty much cheaper than the last since I'm now in college and on a serious budget. But I'm most likely going to spend all my time in panels and the gaming room than I did last year in the Exhibit Hall most of the time. And I might lower my spending cost since most of the things I see at the con are things I can live without or get cheaper online.

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I don't have a certain number when saving up, but I figure I can get by on this:

 

Hotel: $0. I'm lucky, and my mom pays for the hotel room. I know that there are some hotels for $70 or so nearby, so if I needed to, I'd pay that.

 

Gas: $0. My mom ALSO pays for gas because she goes to Rosemont to visit a friend who lives nearby, and there's no need for me to pay for it.

 

Food: I really don't need to eat anything besides dinner (I just don't get that hungry), so maybe $20. And that's just to be safe. I eat random snacks I bring with me here and there (some trail mix or chips periodically), so I don't feel bad during the con. I recommend that others bring about $60 or so, just because food can get expensive in Rosemont.

 

Other stuff: I'm bad in the Dealer's Room and Artist Alley, so I bring anywhere from $200-$400. I can't be sure if a figure or plushie I buy online is legit or not, so I don't buy those except at ACen. Which causes me to spend more than I probably would online, but at least I know what I'm buying is real. I see so many knock off items on Amazon and Ebay that I'm afraid to buy any figures online. ^^;. I also didn't have much access to buying other merchandise until recently, so I had to buy it all there. Now that I do, though, I may spend less. XD. But it's typically around that amount.

 

And I think that's all. I may bring extra money, in case something happens, but that's all.

Edited by Fate Averruncus

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A good practice, I learned, is to not be an impulse shopper at the first dealer's table. Its good to initially browse everyone's merchandise and take note of items you may like. This stops you from blowing all your money and feeling salty when you find a better item, you could've afforded. If you see something that you KNOW is rare, it's probably a good idea to get it. I remember one year I saw two figures for a really good deal. I said I'd come back for them, but they were gone :/

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Normandy   

A good practice, I learned, is to not be an impulse shopper at the first dealer's table. Its good to initially browse everyone's merchandise and take note of items you may like. This stops you from blowing all your money and feeling salty when you find a better item, you could've afforded.

This is definitely true. I've also found that sometimes other dealers will have the same item for less so it pays to make sure you're getting the best deal.

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Plane ticket: $300

Baggage fees (both ways): $50

Hotel - $400 (I budget what it'll cost me to go alone just in case there are any roommates who cancel)

Food - $100

Photoshoot: $50

Spending money: $300

 

I believe there's a shuttle from the Rosemont airport to the Aloft where I'm staying, but in case there isn't, I've got $25 down for cab money (the airport is super close). All in all, $1225 at most.

 

If you're flying like I am, make sure to take baggage fees into account! I'm flying United Airlines, which charges $25 for one checked baggage. Double that since you'll be taking two flights, one there and one back. Check the website for whatever airline you're flying to figure out what you'll be paying.

 

Roommates may cancel, so save up what you'd need for the hotel if that happens.

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Jos   

$600 for hotel (fees included - 3 Nights @ Hyatt)

$175 for badges (3 of them)

$250 for food (2 people for 4 days)

$350 for gas ($150 extra, just in case)

$75 for parking (just incase fee's)

 

Additional:

$330 for resort for my dogs while i'm at ACen

 

Also still planning on spending around $150 for fabric to finish my costume

 

So close to two grand x_x

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Here's how my breakdown is going:

 

-$120 for my portion of a shared hotel room (parking is free).

-$50 for the badge

-Bringing basic snacks and food, but $50 to eat out one night.

-$200 for just fun spending over the weekend.

 

....I'm under $450 for the weekend.

 

-AT

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MCP 3.3   

100 for my share o' the room

50 for the badge

60ish for a tank of gas for whoever in my group drives

100 for food (We usually bring a lot of food so we don't have to pay crazy prices, but we always go to Giordano's)

100 Emergency cash

700-800 for dealer's hall

 

I always save up my money really good before the con so I can be really bad spending it at the con. But it helps that my tax return always seems to come right around the middle of April, so I don't have to worry too much.

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So, I know this thread is super old at this point, and these forums are severely underused these days, but here are some money/budgeting suggestions that I offered to Otakon goers this year:

 

https://board.otakon.com/index.php?/topic/27513-the-otakon-2016-how-much-money-should-i-bring-thread/

 

Even though I posted that on Otakon's forums, you can apply the general concepts etc to ACen as well.

 

Happy saving! I've started to save for ACen 2017 already.

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If you live at least 5-10 minutes away you will save a lot!!! I didn't need to use a hotel for ACen 2016 so I had lot more spending money for Exhibit Hall LOL :thumbup: Also bring a cooler bag too with food in your car, saved a lot of money there!!!

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If you live at least 5-10 minutes away you will save a lot!!! I didn't need to use a hotel for ACen 2016 so I had lot more spending money for Exhibit Hall LOL :thumbup:/> Also bring a cooler bag too with food in your car, saved a lot of money there!!!

Too bad I'm coming all the way from NYC. :P

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Rinzle   

100 for my share o' the room

50 for the badge

60ish for a tank of gas for whoever in my group drives

100 for food (We usually bring a lot of food so we don't have to pay crazy prices, but we always go to Giordano's)

100 Emergency cash

700-800 for dealer's hall

 

I always save up my money really good before the con so I can be really bad spending it at the con. But it helps that my tax return always seems to come right around the middle of April, so I don't have to worry too much.

 

First off LOOOOVVVVVEEEEEE your username i am a huge fan of Tron and Tron Legacy. My username is short for Rinzler.

 

ok back on topic.

 

I usually have about 150 set aside for room

another 100 or so for food

and about 250 set aside for spending as i wish. I try to keep it at 500 or below

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Isamu   

$300 for room

$200 for dealers room

$250 for food (We hit Gibson's on Friday)

$250 for red bar (I sometimes buy Long Island ice teas for strangers)

$300 for emergencies

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Personally here's how I break it down

 

Hotel: I have the money to pay for the room and parking no matter who is staying with me. Now I know that most of us are broke and having $500+ is not easy to do but it doesn't matter who is staying with you or how trustworthy they are. They could still back out/get sick/etc. And you'd be stuck with the bill then. So make sure you have your room and parking ready to go. If everyone that is in your room goes, then you've got money to play with at the con. If not, you're at least set for the weekend

 

Food: I make sure I have around $30-40 a day for food depending on what you like to eat. If you go to the Fashion Mall food court or McDonald's, then you could probably do with less. I have a wife and child, so I need to have probably around $50-60 a day for food. Also depends on if you bring food with you. The amount you need for food varies on how much you're going to eat

 

Dealer's Hall/Artist Alley: I take maybe $100 for it. Not that there isn't a lot of really neat stuff to buy in there but mainly because I can buy most of it online for cheaper and not pay sales tax. So buy at your discretion just remember it's probably less expensive online. Make sure to check pricing before you buy

 

Emergency: Entirely subjective. I have around $200 in case something happens and I need to get home fast.

 

Yes, this is a lot of money but conventions are not cheap nor should they be. You either have the money to do and not be in financial danger. Or you don't

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FOR US LONG DISTANCE TRAVELERS:

 

Hotel

My stay at the Embassy is going to be around $1500 this year so far, and that's because I'm planning on having 6 people in my room. Try to save that much.

total: $1500

Food

Have at least $100/day handy for food, more if you plan on having something delivered (like, say, Giordano's). Thursday through Monday, that's $500.

total: $2000

Transportation

I rented a car last year, which came in handy for trips to Walmart and Walgreens for provisions. That set me back about $250.

total: $2250

Provisions

Snacks and sodas are a must-have. I'm not calculating alcohol in this at all since I usually buy booze throughout the year for this one weekend. That's another $200 easy.

total: $2450

The above total is what I'll have in my bank account come ACen time. As I said before, try to have around $900 cash on you. If you still have most of it by Day 3, have fun but don't go too nuts with your money. Saving about $75/week should set you straight for that one weekend.

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This is my first year having a hotel so im unsure how much im spending xD
My last 12 years i commuted each day i went (minus some rides when i could)

Hotel: $440
Food: $70 for the whole weekend?
Dealer's Room: $500? I mainly just buy collectables and Plushes.
And then My Bus Pass xD

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