With Comic-Con only 17 days away, hopefully you have already begun working through various details for the show. For some of you, one of the most stressful parts of this week will be trying to plan your budget- especially if you have never been before. Unless you live in Star Trek’s moneyless society, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and let the anxiety over money affect your enjoyment during the week. Between the cost of your badge, hotel, travel, and more, this trip can really add up. Well, the good news is that once you are finally at the show, you can really make it through relatively affordably. But before we talk about how to stretch your dollars, let me just start with this important thought.
Going to Comic-Con is kinda like entering the Christmas season. I would encourage you to embrace this mindset while planning your budget. Like Christmas, December is not going to be the time to save money- and once you accept this fact, spending is not as painful. Set aside a certain amount of money and then enjoy it, I mean really enjoy it. Don’t burden yourself with the mental calculations of how much money you are spending and how it could be used in a more sensible manners. Obsessing over the cost of Comic-Con will only rob you of the best Exclusive money can’t buy- happiness. Couples are especially vulnerable to this and fighting over money can ruin a trip fast. So for all of you that are planning every last cent, be generous with yourself, decide on a budget, and make this the best 4 days of the year. You’ve worked hard, waited forever, survived the Comic-Con gauntlet, and totally deserve to splurge on yourself.
So in regards to some Comic-Con financial tips and making a budget, I want to open it to you all. Many of you have come up with great cost-cutting techniques to save a few dollars each day at the show. Whether it’s using an ‘envelop system’ or a certain budgeting App, there are a lot of ways to lighten your financial stress. By leaving a comment, you can provide some helpful ways to survive the week- especially for first timers. For example, here is mine:
- A few years ago, while staying at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, I would make a daily visit to the Subway across the street at K/6th (open 124 hrs). I’d buy a breakfast sandwich and a turkey sandwich for under $10 and pack them to eat later. I was set for the day. It’s easy to get in trouble when you haven’t planned ahead.
My last and most important thought on this post is for us all to embrace a spirit of generosity. Some of you have much more resources to work with during the week. By picking up a the tab at a restaurant for your group or by buying someone an Exclusive, you can really make an attendee’s day. Even by surprising your line mates with a well needed cup of coffee, you can really make a difficult day a little better. I believe our Comic-Con community is the best and you can express it through your generosity.
I look forward to reading your creative money saving tactics. Even after all these years of going to the Con, I always learn so much from our Comic-Con community. Submit and share your financial wisdom!