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  1. pc_jessica

    pc_jessica Advanced Member

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    Hi all! I know conference is over but I want to go next year it will be my first year! I am just wondering how much it normally costs so I know how much need to save each month. Thanks
     
    Jul 27, 2009
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  2. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    There are a bunch of threads about this topic from the early part of this year - Jan. through April.

    A rough estimate is: $250 for conference registration (it is usually less if you use Conference Club or get Early Bird prices, but it's better to budget too much than not enough)
    Hotel: depends on how many nights you stay, how many people you put in the room, and where you stay. The official hotels are usually $180 or so a night after taxes, per room.
    Meals: 3 meals on Day 2 and 1 on Day 3 are included with registration. Downtown Chicago's not a cheap place to eat.
    Miscellaneous: tips, cabs, souvenirs, coffees, snacks, biz. supplies, surprise boxes... they all add up
    Transportation to/from Chicago
     
    Jul 28, 2009
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  3. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    Conference Club does wonders!
     
    Jul 28, 2009
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  4. JDooley

    JDooley Member

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    how do you sign up for Congerence club and does it only cover cost of conference only or is it like a christmas savings account where if you put in 600 you get 600 at the end to pay for whatever with that way we can pay conference hotel and food?
     
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  5. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    Conference Club for 2010 will open up in August. You specify how much HO takes out of your month end commission checks, and they set it aside. Then, when registration opens, you have that money to use to pay for registration. If you put in more than you use (because you set aside enough for a guest, etc.), or you end up not going, they refund it in your next commission check.
     
    Jul 28, 2009
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  6. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    So PC doesn't add to it, it is all money that we earn and have PC put aside.

    right?
     
    Jul 28, 2009
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  7. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    That's right. It's just a place to have it set aside so you don't spend it. :)
     
    Jul 28, 2009
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  8. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Bummer, would be nice. But I can understand why they don't or can't
     
    Jul 28, 2009
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  9. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    The first two years I did conference club I only put in enough to cover conference. This year I put in more. When I was reimbursed it happened to be enough for the deposit on the room. So by the time I went to conference I had to spend very little out of pocket.
     
    Jul 28, 2009
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  10. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    So when it is conference time, they just send you the money? Sorry, I'm being so dense but, I really want to be sure I understand. I know that you can have them apply the money toward your conference fees so that money they would send you but the rest, like extra money you put aside for room and food they would just send to you?
     
    Jul 28, 2009
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  11. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    When you register for conference, it takes that amount out of your conference club. Anything left over is put onto your next pay check. You can put as much as $500 into conference club. So you can save extra for your room, food, etc.
     
    Jul 28, 2009
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  12. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

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    If I don't have to spend my tax return on a car like I did last year, I hope to be able to go next year.

    When I went last year, it was only because I had $700 dropped into my lap through the stimulus plan. My hotel was FREE thanks to the generosity of a clustermate and her Mariott points, and it STILL was not enough. But I was struggling financially so much more at the time, spent more on supplies and surprise boxes than I planned, and got blindsided by some big bills.

    Our cluster usually stays 4 days, so if you have 4 in a room, figure one day's rates for your hotel stay. I considered driving (it's only 6-7 hours) but realized with gas prices and parking, it would be cheaper to fly. There are cheaper options, however, like the Megabus.
     
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