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The Becoming 2011 Conference

on 6.11.2011 at 11:30pm

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I’m excited to announce that a dream long in the making is finally becoming a reality.  This August I am co-hosting Becoming 2011, a “first of its kind” event, with Jenn from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

We’ve spent the past few months brainstorming and planning to create a weekend that is going to incredible!

The vision:

“Becoming 2011 is a weekend designed to encourage and inspire women to live intentionally by becoming more creative, purposeful, and frugal.  Many of us desire to be more intentional with our time and financial resources; more intentional with our family and homes. As we gather from all walks of life, we will tackle some of those day to day issues that typically seem mundane. Our desire is that you will leave, not only refreshed, but encouraged, empowered, and motivated with the practical and tangible ideas you have received.

From personal finance, meal planning, entertaining on a budget, thrifting, home decor, trash to treasure, and more, Becoming 2011 will revolutionize the way we think, not just about our finances, but our homes. If it comes to saving money, re-purposing or creating, we want to cover it.”

I encourage you to go and check out what we have in store.

The details:

The conference is August 12-13th at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC.

Registration opens this Monday, June 13, over on the Becoming 2011 site. I have a feeling, due to limited space and the awesome price (less than $100 including lodging and all meals), spots will go fast.

Make this a time away with friends and come join us in the Blue Ridge mountains for a time you’ll never forget!

    • easternshoremom

      So excited about this!

    • allthatglitters2009

      This sounds like so much fun Jenny!

    • Brandy

      Sounds like fun!

    • April

      Sounds like an amazing idea and I'm in love with it, but too far away from me! Maybe it will be a huge hit and you can travel with it! Keep us updated!

    • Jbeckham79

      so excited! want to register Monday, what time? I have to be to work at 8am :)

      • We are having to wait for Ridgecrest to get it set, so probably not until in the afternoon.  Would love to have a set time for you :(

    • socialsavvymom

      This sounds amazing!! I will definitely try to make it, here is hoping I can grab a ticket on Monday!! :-)

    • first-timemom

      I definitely would like to attend.  What time Monday does registration start??  Would like to get 2 tickets.  One for me and a friend.

      • guest

        It would be on a Friday and Saturday…

        • Guest

          she is asking about registration, in reference to when you are able to begin buying tickets

    • hcc

      Will there be any other times/locations? I am hosting my parents 50th anniversary party that weekend….Thanks!

    • Kat

      This sounds awesome, esp considering its going to be in Asheville! But I live 12 hours south so I cant make it :( Will you ladies be doing any traveling, like taking the show on the road?

    • momof3

      Would love to attend, but it would be a bad date…Been saving for a cruise for a year, and guess when it is????

    • jessc5

      Can't wait!  You and Jen (BB&B) are my 2 FAVORITE bloggers!  I can not WAIT to go!

    • JTTLC

      Got really excited until I saw that it was not a Saturday and Sunday….:(  Cannot get away on a Friday since my husband works and cannot be with our daughtr…..hope it is a great success…….

    • Deeds_hayes

      I would love to come!  But, we're moving to Arkansas this week!  Looks like, I'll just miss you guys.  Here's hoping you'll be offering more dates!

    • Mandy

      I would love to come and would even be willing to travel from Texas, but sadly I will have had ankle surgery just a few weeks before this so there is no way I can make it. Make sure to post lots of pictures.

    • Carol

      This sounds like an awesome weekend!!!!!

    • Katherine Hutto

      Can't wait.

    • Cunningham5

      Come on down to North Florida :)  The conference sounds awesome!

    • Lori B.

      If our family comes with us is there a charge for them staying too? I would love to bring them if they could stay in the hotel while I did the conference – then just pay for their food myself.

      • guest

        The spouse rate is on the Becoming website ($41 and that includes attending the conference and 3 meals). Also, there is no additional charge for children under 18 staying in a room with their parents except for meals. There are lots of recreation options on Ridgecrest's campus as well as in the Asheville area.

    • Pork N. Beans

      I will need a coupon to attend Pete in ATL

    • Wendy

      Would love to go!  That Saturday is my birthday & this would be a great birthday present if we can come up with the money for registration by tomorrow.  However, the rates are based on double occupancy and I don't have anyone who could come with me.  Anybody else out there who'll be coming alone & nervous about rooming with someone they don't know? :)

      • Angel in Charleston

        I really want to go, but like you are hesitant to go alone. I am in the Charleston, SC, area. Where are you?

        • Sheena

          I'm in the same situation. I am in Durham NC myself.

          • Beepampered

            Sheena: If I can talk my hubby (and myself) into going, perhaps we could ride together. It's the drive alone that I'm not interested in. Bee in Apex

        • Wendy

          I'm in Western Ky

          • Camlyphu

            Hi Wendy, I live in Louisville, KY & would love to go to this event. I was gone all weekend & just saw the posting of this event & don't know if any of my friends would be interested in going. They are not into couponing as much as I am. I'd be willing to car pool & share a room if you would like?

      • Iwant2go

        I'm likely going alone from GA. Can't get my friends to commit!!! :+)

        • Sheena

          I don't mind making the drive alone. But I need some one to room with as the rates are based on double occupancy.

    • Connieb03

      That sounds awesome!  Wish it was near me in KY!

    • Kimberly

      would love to go but have a camping trip same weekend . Would be nice in the future if you could stream the conference live on computer. Just a thought . Thanks for all you do .

    • Tammie

      I read about it on Jen's site the other day.  Was starting to wonder if you were going to post about it!  Hey, Jenny, if you live near the Easley/Greenville area, I know of a family that could really use your produce while you are away!  (no, it's not for my family)

      • cvs lady

        Jenny lives in the Columbia area.

      • Sadly we are about 1.5 hours from Greenville.  We've actually figured out a way to donate it while we are gone!

    • Ancpercial

      OMG!  I REALLY want to go to this!  I do well with coupons/sales, but not so much on the other things!  I wish NC was closer to Maine.  Sounds like fun, informative & SUPER CHEAP!

    • I love both of you! Wish I could go….I'm sure both of you will make it amazing! It looks like it will be so much fun.

    • stephanie

      Sounds like so much fun!  Hope I can get tickets tomorrow :)

    • Selah's Mom

      Is there an option for staying off-site and attending Friday and Saturday events?  I live in Asheville and don't want to miss the sponsor showcase.  If not, I'm ok with just doing Saturday. Thanks for bringing it to the mountains!!!

    • Dawn

      Wish this wasn't the weekend before school goes back here!! I'll be working in my classroom–Maybe next time :) Sounds Awesome!

    • Myracash66

      Will it be 2 double beds? Just wondering if three people could share a room. Also, what time will dinner be on Friday night? We will be back in school and will leave after 3. :(

    • Frugal Chick

      Oh my goodness I am so excited about this!!!!  I hope I can get 2 tickets!

    • christi

      can our spouses stay, since it is a two person occupany and just not attend the conference.

    • $avin'some$

      sounds very interesting and worthwhile.  it also sounds very closely related to christian ministries i've seen popularized recently.  is religion incorporated into this?

    • LAM

      We live near Asheville!!! Yippee.  I'm definitely going.  Is there a way to sign up when you don't need accommodations?

    • Peggyblake1979

      since we are 5 hrs away…we would need to stay overight on sat as well…do you know how much the discounted rate will be? and if that is based on one room with double beds?

    • Joy A.

      I am sooooooo bummed – already have plans for a family reunion that weekend.  Do you think you will do this again????  My 2 close friends and I were totally gonna make a girls weekend from it – please say you will do it again!!!!!!

      • Jen Schmidt

        If we enjoy this as much as we think we will, definitely plan on it. :)

    • Iwant2go

      I am so looking forward to it. I'll start looking for travel companions for me who like to commit early, like me!

    • gagirl

      Would definitely LOVE to attend but can't that weekend. Praying you will do it again soon!!

    • Ethansprayer

      What time will the conferences/workshops start on Saturday?

      • Jen Schmidt

        We will begin immediately after breakfast, around 9 am.

    • Cindy Carr

      Could you please send me a media kit?

      Cindy Carr
      4502 Lawrence 2190
      Pierce City,MO  65723

    • Ally B

      what airport is closest??  trying to see if I can swing it!!

      • Amyjeffreysmomof3

        greensboro or charlotte are clise

        • Amyjeffreysmomof3

          woops, meant close!!

      • Pebbles

        Ashville has an airport

    • Medicgirl014

      I need a media kit!
      Dawn Nix
      557 Old Tory Trail
      Aiken, SC 29801

    • Muscproducer

      What time does registration open?

    • I love your mission. I've followed you and Jen for a while. I speak about freezer cooking as a ministry within my church of 5000 and MOPS groups I'm starting to branch out and speak in other areas.If you ever need a speaker for your event and want to partner, I'd love to help. I live in Asheville, NC

    • Rachel

      Is anyone planning to attend from the New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Brunswick, Sampson or Duplin area of NC that may be interested in carpooling?

    • Momdeals

      When does registration begin.  I am anxious to attend this conference.

    • Jennifer

      A girlfriend and myself were planning on attending however we were wondering if anyone had a firm answer on whether or not spouses were allowed to join just for the ride and adventure.  We were contemplating staying the Friday and Saturday night if this is the case, otherwise we're just going to stay the one night.  If we could get an answer on this shortly we can then plan on taking care of reservations today.  We're just concerned that we might miss out on the registrations without some answers.  Thanks in advance!

      • Jen Schmidt

        hi Jennifer – I just updated the site with those details. Spouses may come, but there will be an additional charge since conference prices were based on meal plan and double occupancy through Ridgecrest. It's still very affordable for them to join you, plus meal will be taken care of as well. To add on the Saturday evening, it will be only $59/room (with no meals after Saturday lunch.) Hope that helps.

    • Gillyp3864

      How will you handle the double room thing if some money-aving guys attend and come alone?

    • Elyselroberts

      What time will actuall events start on Friday?

    • Alison V.

      This is awesome and congratulations for realizing a dream of yours!  I hope you will be able to do this again next year, maybe in the spring, b/c I can't make it to this one!  Sounds like a great retreat for women and good for recharging the frugal soul!

    • Ktraiford

      I can't find the registration link only a “registration coming soon”. where on the site is it located?

      • Elyselroberts

        It isn't open yet

    • ddflamingo

      will u be posting the information and such from this event on your site afterwards. that is my anniversary weekend and wouldn't be able to attend.

    • Kcreviews

      Very excited about this–I'm happy for you, Jenny. But in the interest of being frugal, I won't be able to travel the 4 hours to go to this. I hope everyone has fun!

    • Kristy529

      What time does registration start!! Don't want to miss out. Can't wait!!

    • Bvstarr

      Wow!  This sure sounds like fun.  Our school starts this week and it's always hectic so I won't be able to attend.  I hope this spawns another conference that I'll be able to attend.  Best of luck!

    • Awesome, you do so much great things for us ladies!! Can't wait to read the posts or watch videos, however you spread the word about all the fun happening!

    • Turtle2u4

      Thanks Jenny!!! Got my reservations!!!

      • Joon2018

        How did you get reservations? Mine still says coming soon.

        • Turtle2u4

          I called the reservation number.

    • Angel_in_Charleston

      Awesome … finally got through to make my reservation. Can't wait!

      Jenny, you might want to update your post with the reservation phone number. Just a thought.

      Appreciate so much all you do for us! You are such a blessing!

      • Thedivaofcoupons

        Hi Angel in Charleston – I have just made a reservation as well and live in Summerville SC – do you happen to be looking for some to carpool with? email me at thedivaofcoupons(at)gmail(dot)com

      • Mandi

        How long was the hold?

        • Angel_in_Charleston

          Almost 10 minutes. So happy to get a reservation!

    • Medicgirl014

      Just got through and got my reservation.Will be staying 2 nights. Leaving from Aiken, SC and have room for 1 person to carpool with if needed

    • Brandy

      I just called to make a reservation and was told they are all booked. If anyone wants to sell their reservation, please email me at brandysanders33@gmail.com.

      • guest

        I just called and they told me they have opened up more rooms so there should be rooms available now!

      • Sombersby178

        Hey Brandy.  Did you ask to be placed on the waiting list?   If not, call back and do that.  We were told the same thing…about a half an hour later, they just called back and took our reservations!!!  We're in!

    • Traci0322

      OK, good luck registering!  I have been dialing since the registration opened, after checking every ten to twenty minutes all morning for it to open, and no luck.  BUSY SIGNALS!!  :(  hope I get through, as I already changed my schedule with work and my kids to make sure I could go.  Fingers crossed…

    • Sombersby178

      My friend and I called…took a while to get through, but finally when we did…they're booked up!  The gentleman put us on a waiting list for when they have more openings.  I'm not exactly sure what that means…but I'm crossing my fingers and praying for a callback!!!  I'm so excited!!  I really hope we're able to come!

    • jessc5

      I can't believe it is all booked up!

    • Traci0322

      I am on the phone with them right now and she is taking my info and registering me as I type this.  She said that there are still deluxe rooms available, and I just booked a standard…

    • Sombersby178

      YAY!!!!  We're in!!!!  We were put on the waiting list, and I guess they opened more rooms!!  We were called back around a half hour after our first call, and were told that we now have reservations!!!!  YAY!!!  I'm so excited!!!  Ladies, don't give up.  Call back if you didn't request the waiting list.  Something may open for you.

    • Maryanne

      Love Southern Savers website but was a little disappointed in the disorganization of the plans for the Becoming 2011 Conference. Started at midnite last night, tried again at 5:30 a.m., and waited all the way until a little after 2 p.m. for the registration to open up. Then I call the number and find out they are all booked up. My sister and I were planning to attend. We then thought we would try to attend the Saturday only conference for a price of $50.00. Now it looks as if there are additional fees added. I thought this conference was about saving money.

      • Jen Schmidt

        Maryanne – I apologize for any confusion with registration. We updated on the Becoming site that registration was open this morning by phone. It sold out quickly, but within minutes they were able to secure some more rooms for us.
        There are no other additional fees, in fact, some room options are even cheaper. All the prices are now outlined clearly on the site, and the day only pass is $50.

        No additional rates have been added.

    • Bee Good

      I am so excited! I cannot wait for the conference. I am so glad that everything worked out. Thanks Jenny for helping to put together an event like this. Me and my mother in law are going and we cannot wait!!
      Good luck to everyone that is waiting!

    • Paula

      I was just able to book, held for about 5 mins, then got a rep and poof booked.  I am however a single right now, I am hoping I can get others from my area to go.  I am sooo excited about this.

    • AC

      Any chance there will be a sweepstakes for this? I am dying to go but my husband lost his job and I am expecting, so I can't afford it. :(

    • Annaeric

      This sounds awesome!!!  I just sent a message to a group of my friends and I'm hoping we can get together and go.

    • amy

      I wonder if there is anyway you could work out some type of video- not telecast- but an archive that we could load and watch. Maybe even a complimentary note taker that that  gave us an outline and few resources. Would love to go!! Let's hit up Greensboro or Raleigh area with one of these or the beach.

    • Lulu41960

      I was wondering if you would ever come to Louisville Kentucky and teach one of your classes  because I don't have a car to make it out of town everybody thinks I'm crazy for wanting to coupon,but I just tell them when I start saving and your still paying full price we will see who's crazy then

      • megan

        i had a few friends that said the same thing now e coupon together! good luck and enjoy

    • hendrix

      Do you think it's possible to host a Becoming conference close to Statesboro, GA?  I'm sure there are many who would love to attend.  I, myself, would love to attend! However, I cannot travel that far with 2 small children. 

      Also, will the 3 of you consider, if not already have, publish a book about the things discussed at the conference?  I'm eager to become VERY frugal!

    • megan

      i vote for a conferance closer to south florida…even central florida i know there are os of us who would love to attend but find the time crunch to travel to the beautifulcarolinas not so possible…just am idea, the beaches are beautiful her! :)

    • Couponsforheather

      I am booked for this conference, but have a question. My sister and Mom want to go but not stay at hotel (since booked up), can they still attend the conference?  How do we go about buying the tickets – still through Ridgecrest? Thanks so much. IT is my Mom's birthday weekend and thought that would be a great weekend away with her daughters.