Saving for #CPFC12

March 5, 2012

On Friday morning, early bird tickets to the first ever Canadian Personal Finance Conference (#CPFC12) went on sale. It’s not surprising that the early bird tickets are now gone and there are only 14 regular-priced tickets left available, but I’m happy to say that I set aside $50 for my ticket in February and was lucky enough to grab one at that price.

One of my goals for this year is to save for and attend #CPFC12. Not only will this event give me the opportunity to learn from and with friends, peers and people I look up to, but it’s in one of my favourite cities. My heart misses the beat of Toronto, and all of my friends who live there, so irrationally that I often consider quitting my job, selling my belongings and moving back. Since I can’t afford to do that without a job offer in-place, I’m grateful that I at least have friendly faces to see whenever I can afford a return flight.

Because of those friendly faces, accommodation will not be an issue for #CPFC12. Knowing that, I started calculating a budget for this trip months ago. First, I started thinking about my flight. The cheapest I’ve ever flown round-trip from Victoria to Toronto before was just over $400. Then, since I do have a few groups of friends that I want to see, I decided to make this trip at least 10 days long (if not longer). While I’m sure there will be a few nights in, I’ll still need to budget for everything from morning coffee’s to after dinner drinks. (And you know I’m going to see the Jays play the Yankees!)

I was planning on saving roughly $1,000 for this trip, until my aunt called and offered me a graduation gift. Without knowing I had this trip in mind, she offered to buy me a round-trip ticket to anywhere I wanted to go this year. My immediate reaction was NYC NYC NYC! And part of me still wants to go there instead. But the rational side of me knows that I cannot afford a dream trip (hotel, dining out, shopping in NYC, etc.) until my credit card is fully paid off. So, she’s going to pay for my trip to Toronto instead.

Now all I need is spending money. Ideally, I should save more than I will need, so I’m looking at saving about $500 for this trip. A few weeks ago, I setup an auto-deposit of $25 per paycheque to one of my savings accounts. The first $50 covered the cost of my ticket and the rest should add up to the other $450. All I have left to do now is book the time off work!

Only 200 days until #CPFC12! Will I see you there?

  • Vanessa Pagé March 5, 2012 at 5:11 am

    200 days!!!!

    I just started looking at travel costs after reading this… Via is 170$ (ouch!) but Megabus is only 50$-ish so I’ll probably bus it (le sigh… it’s SUCH a long ride).

    I’m planning to arrive Friday morning to shop like a crazy person and leave maybe Monday night (I want to squeeze in a trip to Niagara Falls). I’ll have a better idea of what I’ll do after I make my school schedule for next semester

    • Beth March 5, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Check out Porter Airlines – they have tons of deals and it’s probably cheaper than Via Rail, but not as awful as the bus! They are awesome and I love that they land downtown

      • Vanessa Pagé March 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        Ack!! It’s 185$ EACH way, oh my. Thanks for the info but I think I’ll stick with the bus :P

      • Cait March 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm

        Beth, I’ve always been confused about Porter. Everyone says it’s so cheap but, like Vanessa just showcased, I’ve never found a good price! What kind of deals have you had in the past?

  • krystalatwork March 5, 2012 at 5:39 am

    I’m so excited to see you again! Also, I might be going to that Jays/Yankees game too. :)

    • Cait March 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Awesome! So excited to see you too :)

  • addvodka March 5, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I’m still going back and forth but I know it’s going to be too late soon because all of the tickets are going to be sold. I need to find out my job situation first, so hopefully if I figure it all out and can go, then there will still be a ticket or two. Sounds like so much fun!

    • Cait March 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

      I know you’re in a tricky situation not knowing where you’ll be working, etc. If you can’t come this year, I hope you’ll come next!

  • Steve @ Canadian Personal Finance March 5, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I have also booked my ticket but at this point I have no idea where we will be living!

    It is incredible how quickly the tickets sold.

    • Cait March 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

      I think it’s fantastic! Should be a great event :)

  • shopping2saving March 5, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Congrats! That is generous of your aunt to offer you that! CPFC sounds fun, if only I lived in Canada :)

    • Cait March 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Anyone can come, not just Canadians!

  • singletothepenny March 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    This will be fantastic!
    I will probably stay downtown for the 2 nights to hang out with all of the peeps!

    • Cait March 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

      I hope you will! It’ll be nice to finally meet.

  • Hollie March 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I am blessed that I live just a short jaunt to the venue, and it is even walking distance from my office, and my boss thinks I should be at this conference so she foot the bill, so yes CPFC12 is a freebie for me. I count that as a major score.

    • Cait March 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Wow, that’s great Hollie! Look forward to meeting you.

  • afistfulodollars March 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    That’s awesome that you budgeted for the ticket ahead of time and then got the gift!

    I would love to come to CPFC12 but I don’t feel established enough yet. I think I’ll work toward coming next year – can’t wait to read all the recaps!

    • Cait March 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

      You better come next year :)

  • Kanwal Sarai @ Simply Investing March 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I’ll be there. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone!!

    • Cait March 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Same! :)

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  • Mother Miser April 24, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I will see you there! Just bought my ticket today. I am really looking forward to meeting so many of the PF bloggers in person after having read their blogs for months.