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Question How much to budget for 2009 Nationals?

I don't want to put anyone on the spot, but I know for those of us who didn't attend, we'd really like to know what the per-person cost to attend actually is so that we can budget and save accordingly.

How much did you spend - TOTAL for the basics? You can admit your bar bill and purchases in the total too, but don't feel obligated. If you prefer, I can change this to a poll so that it's completely anonymous. Just let me know. Thanks in advance for your honesty.

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I guesstimated that a nationals trip would have cost me at least $900 for airfare, shared room and tickets to the events this year. Plus a small amount for meals but no bar bill or buying trinkets. So all in all, I did pretty good staying within budget and salving my wounded feelings about not being able to make the nationals this year. I found my caculator and ended up spending $939 for everything but the agility equipment, dryer and phones (still waiting to find the best deal and decide which way I want to go).


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Hi Lisa,

I'm curious about this too. When I went to Denver the year before, it was expensive, but that was my fault. I rented a car (which I probably won't do in Chicago), and I didn't share a hotel room (but I will probably share if I can next year). So it was pricey. The car was about $250 and the room was about $350 (?), but I only stayed Wed-Sat (3 nights) - a mistake. Next year, I hope to fly in Tu or Wed and go home Sun am. Depends on what my family back home can handle!

I think I was able to get a cheap flight though out of Oakland. I left my car at the airport bec it was cheaper than getting a shuttle from where I live, and I had to get there at 5 am.

There were restaurants and a Starbucks within walking distance, so that was great for food. We weren't locked into eating at the hotel all the time.

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I think my trip would have been cheap if I did not buy all the things I did. I am going to put money back this year for next. We shall see how that goes...I hate saving money but I will just think about how many neat things were there!!!

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Keep in mind it does made a huge difference where you are coming from and the deals in airfare available to get to where the show will be held. For example, one year, I was able to fly from Sacramento to Orlando, FL for $150 RT. Until this year, I have been able to purchase a RT ticket for under $300. I won't include the cost to take and show a dog as that makes it go way, way up if you have a handler and makes it go way up if you show yourself. <grin>

Flight from California = $420 RT
Hotel for 5 nights (for shared room) including food and beverage (I am sure Sarah drank more then I did) = $403
1 dinner out away from hotel for 2 = $120.00
Shuttle for 2 = $35.00
Total = $978 PRICELESS!!!!!!
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Total = $978 PRICELESS!!!!!!
Sounds like I was spot on with my estimate and feel-sorry-for-myself-spending. Thanks so much for sharing Kathy - it really helps.


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Wait Lisa and Kathy, you have to add on for the dinners, seating and catalog around another $110.

Go ahead Lisa, you can spend a little more that you saved

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Wait Lisa and Kathy, you have to add on for the dinners, seating and catalog around another $110.

Go ahead Lisa, you can spend a little more that you saved
You are right Leeann, I didn't include the cost for the buffet or the banquet nor the reserved seating I didn't sit in! LOLOLOL
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Yahoo Leeann - I'm taking the next item on my list and going shopping this weekend. LOL


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Flight from California = $420 RT
Hotel for 5 nights (for shared room) including food and beverage (I am sure Sarah drank more then I did) = $403
1 dinner out away from hotel for 2 = $120.00
Shuttle for 2 = $35.00
Total = $978 PRICELESS!!!!!!
I know Kathy said she wouldn't include the price of taking a dog, but if you are showing her yourself, it's only an additional $100-$125 each way for flying. That's not much more and you can bring the other things needed. Oh, and add an additional baggage fee if you need a separate suitcase for her things... so maybe $25 more each way?
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Next year I am going to be organized...I kinda of goofed up on a couple of things...but I was in great company and that helped alot!!!!

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