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How to Plan For The WOW Summit 17, Chicago on a Budget @MomsMeet #WOWSummit

So you’re either grappling with a maybe or you’ve already made the decision to attend the WOW SUMMIT 17, Chicago (OCTOBER 13-14 | ITASCA, IL), and now you’re wondering how to prepare for it without breaking the bank. You’re at the right place. Budget planning is my thing.

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How to Plan For The WOW Summit 17, Chicago on a Budget @MomsMeet #WOWSummit

To start with, if you haven’t purchased your ticket, do it before the end of May because they’ll go up in price from $89 to $119. You’ll already be on the way to saving money. If you’re a Moms Meet blogger, you probably have enough points to redeem for your ticket (6000 points). If you don’t have enough points, you can earn some easily and quickly by reviewing your favorite products on your blog or doing Moms Meet quests.

Next, you’ll want to reach out to other bloggers who you are comfortable with, who have made the commitment to raise happy and healthy families, like you, to see if any of them want to share a room. Per Moms Meet website, the Eaglewood Resort & Spa, located just outside Chicago is offering summit attendees a special price of $159 a night (price includes the resort fee). Kathy from Reviews by Kathy, our VA and yours truly are sharing a room to bring the price down so we can go a day early and stay over after to check out the sights. Call 877-491-0468 and reference Moms Meet WOW Summit to receive your group rate.

How to Plan For The WOW Summit 17, Chicago on a Budget @MomsMeet #WOWSummit

Next up is transportation. If you’re going to be flying in from out of state the closest airports are the O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway International Airport. You can compare the cheapest flights to Chicago by using Fare-Finder. You can save up to 80% on roundtrip tickets by comparing their offers. Visit Moms Meet for more information about these airports, and methods of travel available to the resort. We decided to rent a car because we plan to do some sightseeing after the summit and because we’re going early. We want to have a day to rest from our flight and find our bearings. Again, you can save money by chipping in with other bloggers to rent a car. If I’m not mistaken, our car is going to cost $100 for our entire trip and as I stated we’re going early and staying over. It would be even cheaper if you’re just flying in for the 2-day summit.

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    Next you’ll want to think about having a notepad, micro-cassette recorder or PDA with you. If you’re taking your VA or a guest with you, make a little goodie bag for them to let them know how much you appreciate them. Amazon carries inexpensive PDA’s or even micro cassette recorders. For me, I learn by writing so my choice is always a handy dandy notepad and pen. I’m old school like that.

    How to Plan For The WOW Summit 17, Chicago on a Budget @MomsMeet #WOWSummit

    I’d love to know if you’re planning on going to the WOW Summit or if you’re still trying to decide. Please leave a comment letting me know.

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    33 Comments

    1. Nicole Brenic

      April 29, 2017 at 5:33 am

      This is my first year as a blogger or being in Momsmeet. Living in Milwaukee and being low income I did purchase a pass through rewards points and we are trying to make it a family thing. Having a 4 year old and staying 3 nights, it would be difficult to stay at the resort they booked, as it is 15 dollars additional per night for a fridge and offer no microwave and we need to pinch pennies, so we are looking at a couple other hotels which offer the free shuttles within a 5 mile radius as well as free breakfast since there is a fee here as well. Need to save wherever I can . This will be our second vacation ever in 20 years so we are hoping we can work it out I did also use rewards and have an extra Saturday only moms pass because I thought we had to be approved as blog ambassador to attend blogger weekend since my application is still pending but any blogger can go. If anyone would like, and there is a way to contact me, I can have my Saturday only moms ticket transferred to you for free.

    2. Sapana V

      April 26, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      This will surely be a good event for all moms. I would try my best to attend the summit.

    3. My Teen Guide

      April 26, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Thanks for these tips. We have 6 months to plan and prepare, and of course, save for it. I would really love to attend and I am going to do what I can to get to IL in October! This is going to be one big awesome event for us moms! Hope to see you there!

    4. Tessa Smith

      April 26, 2017 at 6:48 am

      This is something I have always wanted to try out. I know a few bloggers who are attending this year. It is not in the budget for me this year – plus the timing is bad. Hopefully I will be able to go next year!

    5. Maurene Cab

      April 26, 2017 at 1:51 am

      I love events like this. It’s just so empowering. I love your tips on how we can save for it.

    6. Emily

      April 25, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      The farefinder app sounds like a great option! We just spent some time in Chicago for spring break with the kids and there is so much to do. The restaurants are all amazing!

    7. Anita Anderson

      April 25, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      I hope the next Moms Meet Summit is in NYC. I haven’t heard about Fare Finder and want to say thanks as I’ve been searching for a site like this.

    8. Sarah Bailey

      April 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      ThIs sounds like an absolutely amazing summet to go to and the early bird price is amazing. If I was near I would totally make sure I went!

    9. Franc Ramon

      April 25, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      The fare-finder app can really be useful in generating savings. It would really be quite an experience to be part of the wow summit.

    10. Tamara

      April 25, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      I keep thinking about it. I really want to go! I’m glad I still have time. This is a great breakdown on everything we need to know!

    11. Robin Rue

      April 25, 2017 at 10:56 am

      I seriously wish I could go to this. It sounds like it’s going to be such an amazing conference.

    12. Jeanette

      April 25, 2017 at 9:39 am

      I am definitely going to bookmark this. This is quite a extensive list and some of it I didn’t even think about doing. Thank you for sharing this.

    13. Brandi H

      April 25, 2017 at 4:40 am

      This sounds like an amazing opportunity. Thanks for the suggestions on what we need to bring if we go.

    14. Mary Edwards

      April 24, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      This sounds like a great conference. I’m not attending any this year. But if its around next year I definitely will

    15. AnoSA

      April 24, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Good thing there is such initiative for women. To empower moms is indeed a wow for me. We should all be helping hand to all mothers and women out there.

    16. Stephanie Jeannot

      April 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Oh this really sounds like a great conference. Educational and informative and yes I agree getting tickets now would be a great benefit to save that money.

    17. Jeanine

      April 24, 2017 at 10:41 am

      I hadn’t heard of this before. Sounds like it would be lots of fun though, and worth checking out! I’ve always thought a summit would be fun to attend!

    18. sara

      April 24, 2017 at 5:02 am

      I went to the WOW summit last year and it was wonderful! I had such a great time and learned so much. I highly recommend it. The sessions were incredibly thought provoking and I met many new brands to me.

    19. David Elliott

      April 23, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      The wow summit sounds like a fun event. I hope you have an amazing time with all the moms out there when you go.

    20. Dinesh silva

      April 23, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      I k ow a few bloggers wo will be interested in this post as they are planning to go to the WOW summit. I’ll pass on the links, thanks for the info.

    21. Glenda

      April 23, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      I’ve never heard of the WOW SUMMIT 17, before but it sounds like a great event. Unfortunately, I live too far away to attend.

    22. Katie Kinsley

      April 23, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      I would be going if I was still living in Wisconsin! It is too far away at this point to consider it now.

    23. Heidi Dee

      April 23, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      That sounds amazing and your tips are great! Hopefully soon I will be able to make it to a conference!

    24. Jaime Nicole

      April 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      I would love to go to a summit like this or a blog conference. It just never seems to work out timing-wise! Wish I was joining you!

    25. Jenn Borget

      April 23, 2017 at 11:27 am

      The WOW Summit is such an amazing event! I love the purpose behind it too, definitely need to go!

    26. Jocelyn Rosnick

      April 23, 2017 at 11:02 am

      I hadn’t heard of the WOW Summit before. It looks like a wonderful opportunity. Thanks!

    27. Rebecca Swenor

      April 23, 2017 at 4:17 am

      The Wow Summit is an amazing event and these are all great tips for anyone going. It is so important to plan ahead for event. Booking a flight months ahead can really save you money. Thanks for sharing the tips.

    28. Claudia Krusch

      April 22, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      I would love to attend! So sad it’s so far away! But I will definitely check it out….maybe……..

    29. candy

      April 22, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      I won’t be attending this wonderful event. Not that I don’t want to attend just that we made plans last year to travel to europe. Since this has been planned for a year and family is going this must come first. I expect to hear all about it with tons of photos.

    30. Chris Lewis

      April 22, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Sounds like a great summit. Love the tips. I had not heard of this summit before, but it sounds like something I would enjoy!

    31. Ali Rost

      April 22, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      This is my first time hearing about the WOW summit. It seems like such a wonderful event! Also a great list of tips for cutting back on expenses. I tell you what .. things like this can add up quickly. Had to smile at your pen and paper comment. I’m the same way!

    32. KATHY MYERS

      April 22, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Is it too early to pack?!?! Can you tell I am excited!! Count me in!! First time going to a blog summit!

      1. Terri Beavers

        April 22, 2017 at 9:24 pm

        Pack away lol. I’m ready too. I’m looking forward to both days but especially Friday’s workshops. I want to learn what I need to, to work on building my blog.

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