A serious suggestion. Go to Dragon*Con next year. How will that help at C3? Well first off, if you've never attended a large convention before, C3 will be overwhelming. D*C has 20,000 plus members attending, with a huge variety of panels and events at all hours. That will help you figure out how to balance your time between all the events. Plus you get meet an amazing group of people from all over, and see some of the best costumes ever. Secondly, the dealer's room at D*C is huge. If you are worried about overspending at the C3 dealer's toom, you can split up the purchases you'd make at one convention into two. There will be a lot of crossover for the major dealers as well, so if you see something you want at D*C and can't afford it, chances are high you can get it at C3 the following year. I will admit I probably overspent a bit at D*C this year, but that puts me in a position to buy a lot less next year. I have the pins and patches I was looking for now. Apart from maybe a really nice shirt, there will be less for me to want to spend money on now.