What’s in your (con) wallet?
A while back, Penny Arcade’s Robert Khoo suggested a terrific rule-of-thumb for estimating the amount of change you’ll need at a comic convention. In a nutshell, it suggested bringing 4-5% of your projected sales in ones and fives.
Of course, if the bank you use doesn’t have a branch in the town the convention is in, this can be tricky. And even if it does, it’s just one more thing to try to figure out in a strange city.
So I always end up bringing my change along with me.
In my studio, I have what I call the “con wallet.”
(It’s an old wallet that I had long ago retired to my sock drawer.)
Now, whenever I have a spare five or one-dollar bill, I stash it in the con wallet.
When I’m packing for a convention, the con wallet gets packed along with the rest of my carry-on luggage, and I take it with me to the convention.
As con season is in full swing, this is particularly useful because I’m liable to have plenty of small bills at the end of a convention. Instead of banking them, I just roll them over into the con wallet for the next time.