So, you have a big company event coming up. It’s a conference, a training event, a How to Get the Most Out of Your Event–Without Going Broke!convention, or simply a motivational meeting for your company. Of course you want to go-everyone will be there: your up and downlines, bigwigs, other reps. There will be seminars on how to do your job better, close more sales, sign more reps, make more money.But how about some information on cutting your expenses? Well, you can start with the event itself!First, get the schedule of the event. When are the seminars? When are the big meetings? Are there any other events you want to attend?Second, decide on how long you really have to be there. I’ll tell you, you can pretty much get everything you need by attending only one-and-a-half days. Fly (or drive) in on Day One in the morning, arrive midday or afternoon. Make your scheduled events that day, fill your next full day, Day Two, with everything you need to do, and fly out on the evening of Day Two.Third, see about a discounted entrance fee if you are only going to be there for one day. There should be a rate for the full event, and also a day rate available.Fourth, start planning your travel well in advance, and plan it yourself. Check with your company to see if there are any special deals, but usually you can do better by arranging it yourself. Check both the airline websites PLUS the travel sites. Will it be more convenient or cheaper to take a train? Can you carpool with anyone? If you have to park your car, get a hotel with free parking. Remember not to get hit with any extra baggage charges-weigh your suitcase before leaving home, and don’t buy anything while you are at the event. If you pick up any materials, see about mailing them home, or ask if they will mail them to you.Fifth, get your hotel room. You are only staying one night, so you save big on those possible expenses. Do you have any points you can cash in for that hotel? Can you share a room with anyone? The farther away from the event site you stay, the cheaper your hotel will be. But remember that will be offset by inconvenience and commuting time. When you make your reservation, call the hotel directly-not their 800 reservation number-and ask for their best possible rate.Ask about any specials or discounts they offer (various organizations, military, convention, rewards program). Do they offer a discount if you pay cash? Keep asking for any special deals. Double check that price against the online sites like Expedia, Orbitz, etc. Remember to find a hotel with free parking if you need to, and close to an inexpensive restaurant if you can. Hotel and convention center food is ridiculously expensive, so plan ahead. And will they be able to check your suitcase on your one full day, so you can go to the event without dragging it around? Ask if they have a shuttle service to the airport. Some cities offer inexpensive buses, trains, or subways to the airport-ask at the hotel.Sixth, plan your meals. Are there any catered events you are planning on attending? There goes one meal! Maybe all you need for breakfast is a coffee and muffin-find the closest Starbucks; do NOT order room service! Pack some granola bars and fruit for those low-energy moments. Bring your own soda or water and leave it in your room-or try to find a drugstore or grocery store to purchase a few things. Bring your own bottled water for the event-don’t buy anything from the hotel minibar, or at the event if you can help it!And finally, seventh, don’t sign up for any services or make any purchase decisions until you get home. You don’t need to buy business cards or office supplies at the event-you can do that much cheaper on your own, at home.Enjoy yourself!