FinCon 13: Leaving on a jet plane…

Miss Thrifty7 October 16, 2013

fincon manchester airport

This was Manchester Airport when I arrived at the crack of dawn this morning. I’m off to FinCon 13: an annual conference for money-minded bloggers, which takes place this year in St. Louis, Missouri. Do you know this place? It has an arch, like Wembley (but supersized, naturally) and lies “near the hotbed” of Tornado Alley. I have my ruby red slippers packed, just in case, but what I really want to do is click my heels three times and land in the nearest Target store, to stock up on cheap Converse and Phillip Lim’s diffusion womenswear. 

Right now I’m sitting in the departure lounge, tapping away while the rain drizzles down on the tarmac, and going through my slides. I’ve been asked to speak, which is exciting (and gave me the excuse I needed to jump on this plane…) .


I’m really looking to catching up with other bloggers there. Particularly my fellow Brit attendee, Maria from The Money Principle (obviously, what with us both living in the North of England, it makes perfect sense to go all the way across the Atlantic to meet up). But also some of the personal finance and frugality bloggers from the USA, Canada and beyond, with whom I’ve been chatting on Twitter and on forums for… oh, I don’t know how many years now!

In my experience, the Americans are often ahead of us when it comes to personal finance initiatives, experiments and developments: extreme couponing, anyone? So the next few days should be an educational experience, and I am hoping to pick up lots of ideas and tips to share with you. Watch this space…


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7 Responses to “FinCon 13: Leaving on a jet plane…

Sounds amazing, wish I could be there with you guys. Hope you have a great time! I’m also in the North of England, maybe we’ll cross paths some other time.

October 16, 2013 at 11:55 pm

JasmineRose says:

Enjoy, looking fwd to hearing all about it.

October 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

I hope you are enjoying the US and having a great time meeting all the other PF bloggers. I couldn’t make it this year. Maybe next. I can’t wait to see what you and Maria have to say about your experiences at the conference.

October 20, 2013 at 11:37 pm

FinCon13 has certainly been a blast. Powerful lessons, meeting awesome bloggers…certainly looking forward to reading about some of your experiences and key takeaways!

October 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I hope the ride home was uneventful! It was great to finally meet the incredible Miss Thrifty.

October 22, 2013 at 10:19 pm

It was wonderful talking to you; well, it was so much better than meeting somewhere in the North of England. FinCon was educational, inspirational and highly enjoyable.

October 23, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Glen Craig says:

It was great meeting you at FinCon! When we started talking with PT I couldn’t read your name tag. It wasn’t until a bit later that I realized, “oh it’s Miss Thrifty!” Duh. I blame the coffee not taking full effect yet for my daftness. Great talking to you and hearing about how folks over there talk about money (or rather don’t).

October 27, 2013 at 2:47 am

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