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BlogHer ’12 – Part Two: What I Spent While I Was There

10 Aug

My flight arrived at JFK at 5:30 am on Thursday morning.  While I never have any problem sleeping on planes, it was still only a 5-hour flight, and it was really 2:30 in the morning Los Angeles time.


Right next to my baggage claim carousel was a Dunkin’ Donuts.  This was clearly a sign, as there is no Dunkin’ Donuts within a 50-mile radius of where I live.  The only way we can get DD coffee in southern California is to find it in a grocery store and brew it yourself.  So, hell yes, I was going to get me some.  I got an almond-flavored iced coffee for $3.78.

To get to Manhattan, taking a cab from the airport didn’t make frugal sense since I was traveling alone.  Flat fare to get into Midtown is $45, plus any tolls and tip.  If I had been able to share a cab with one or two others, it might have been worth it.  I was originally looking for a group van or Super Shuttle to take in for about $15-20.  After reading too many horror stories about pretty much all the companies on Yelp, I opted to take the AirTrain.  From there, I transferred to the E line, which took me to the 53rd and Lexington stop, 5 short blocks north of my hotel.  It took about an hour and 15 minutes, but I took my time because it was the crack of dawn anyway.  When my BFF came in on Wednesday evening, it took her over 2 hours in a cab because of rush hour.

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BlogHer ’12 – Part One: What I Spent Before I Got There

8 Aug

Yes, I popped my BlogHer conference cherry in New York last weekend.  I got back to La-La Land at 12:30 am on Sunday night and am now feeling less like a zombie (a satisfied one, but a zombie nonetheless).

The first thing that probably goes through anyone’s mind is, “Crap, that’s an expensive city!”  My trip was multi-purpose:  1) I had just launched this blog, 2) I hadn’t been to Manhattan in 5 years, and 3) my BFF was also going on behalf of her company, so it would give us a chance to spend some time together.  She would be the only person I knew going there, and I know you’re thinking that my first money-saving strategy was to crash on her floor.  Negative.  Here’s what I did to have a cost-effective, grand ole time at BlogHer ’12 sans sponsors.

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BlogHer? I Barely Know Her

1 Aug

I’m headed to my first BlogHer Conference tonight, but ironically, I won’t be blogging while I’m there.  I’ve chosen to travel lightly, so my laptop is getting a staycation while I’m in the Big Apple.

However, I will be tweeting, so please follow me at

I’ll have a nice long write-up about all the ways I saved bucks on my trip when I return!

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