I heard of MommyCon only a couple of months ago, and it sounded awesome. I told my husband I really wanted to go but we couldn’t afford the ticket. So he looked at me and said, “That has never stopped you before. You always find a way or coupon.”. (Insert him rolling his eyes when he says coupon. haha) I thought about my husbands comment and told myself he is right. I also thought about all the other families that can’t afford to go but would greatly benefit from the experience. So I set out on a mission to try to find out ways to save money on a trip to MommyCon so that families with budgets stretched thin can go.
Below is how you can save money on MommyCon if you cannot afford to go, and what you could walk away with.
Tickets: A general admission ticket to MommyCon D.C. 2016 cost $45.00 plus tax. If you wanted to add a VIP ticket on top of your general admission it was more. I figured since it was my first MommyCon and since it was in D.C. I would go with just a general admission ticket that got me in on the main day. I started off by seeing if anyone was doing any Facebook or Instagram ticket giveaways. (Entering contests is my secret passion) I entered SO MANY contests. haha! My perseverance paid off though and I won a free ticket from Innobaby on Instagram. (They are an awesome company that sells tons of baby food prep items, food storage and everyday use, and general kid items. You can check them out here Innobaby.com) Thank you so much to Innobaby for the chance to attend MommyCon, and to the wonderful ladies who were working their booth!
After I got my ticket I joined the MommyCon Facebook Discussion group and discovered more ways to save on admission. In the group page you will find individuals buying/selling tickets to the event. I also saw an individual who was giving away free tickets the day before. I found though the best way to get a free ticket is to volunteer. The day before the event MommyCon was looking for volunteers to help with putting together gift bags and such. If you were willing to get to the location really early the day of the event they would pay for your admission ticket or if you already had a ticket pay you $10.00 an hour to help. This is awesome. I commend MommyCon for this. Volunteering is the best way to get free admission to MommyCon because it is two-fold. You save money, but you help out the organization putting on the event. I have already decided that I will try to Volunteer next year if I am able.
Another way to get a free ticket is to ask for it on your baby registry. Some people might not agree with this but now that I have gone to MommyCon I think a ticket to go would be an amazing gift for an expectant mom or dad. The freebies and knowledge you get are well worth the price, and if the guest who buys your ticket goes with you even better!
Parking: Parking can get expensive so make sure you shop around at garages. Also make sure to check out the MommyCon discussion for individuals who have discount codes or referrals. Some very nice Momma had a discount code and website that made it so I only had to pay $4.00 for all day parking one block from the convention center.
Gift Bags/Vendor Freebies/Session giveaways: The contents of the gift bags were awesome. I am sure it changes every year based on the vendors, but for something that you get for free you can’t beat it. Also, every vendor pretty much had a little freebie for those who visited their booth. I visited ever vendor booth, but timing is key. You need to get to the event as close to the start time as possible because some of the vendors were out of their little freebies by the time I got there at 11am.
Make sure you go to a couple of the sessions. Not just for free stuff, but for the knowledge. The number one free item you will walk away with from MommyCon is something new you learned. Sometimes there will be giveaways in the session, but not always. I attended the Cloth Diapering 101 session and did end up winning some cloth diapering essentials, but I learned far more than what my freebies were worth.
Food: Best option is to bring your own food. while food vendors are on site you will want to save your money for the actual MommyCon vendors. Trust me.
Giveaways at the end: This was banana’s! So many things were given away. Strollers, car seats, nursing pillows, breast pumps, etc. If you are in need of any of these items as a parent then definitely stay for the giveaways at the end. (Side note. You must be present to win during the giveaways, and not everyone wins.)
Below is all of the goodies I walked away with from MommyCon D.C. 2016. I know it might sound crazy from some one who loves free stuff, but I am donating the majority of the below to my Mother-in-laws church for their Mother’s in need and their Baby drive.
All together MommyCon cost me $36.00. $4.00 to park, and $32.00 on new Grovia cloth diapers for my little one.
Side note! I did not include tips for saving on travel since I lived within driving distance. Feel free to share your tips and tricks for saving on travel to MommyCon in the comment section! 🙂
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