First off, this is not to be mistaken with the true value of these events. That’s an entirely different subject and one I will try to touch on in another post.
Nope, this is what it will actually cost you to participate in one of these events. The overhead, the time, the travel. Everything you probably didn’t think of when registering in the first place.
This post is not intended to scare you away, but rather, to educate you so you know ahead of time what you’re signing up for, financially, and hopefully make it a little easier to prepare. I have also linked to the cheapest places I have found for each item, to hopefully take the sting away.