Sometimes it is the little things that add up going to a competition. My budget will be fine with airfare, hotel and comp costs... but then I have to add on parking at the airport I'm flying out of, shuttle service to hotel I'm arriving at, meals at the hotel that are always overpriced, tipping here and there for various services, and usually buying something... shoes, jewelry, dvd, photos . I think there are lots of good ideas in this thread for cutting costs while competing, and for me, the main one is selecting comps that are going to give me the most enjoyment for their value, which for me usually means ones with lots of rounds and a great show. I wonder why photography and videography are exclusive at competitions? They do a great job, but there is usually only one company to pick from, while there are several vendors of dresses, hair, makeup, shoes, and jewelry, if you want a DVD or photos, there is only one company to choose from.