AGeekyGal’s Fan Convention Guide: Frugal Food on the Run

AGeekyGal’s Fan Convention Guide: Frugal Food on the Run

Let’s be honest, prepping for a con can be a lot of work, especially if it’s your first one. But you still have to eat! So, let me take some of that hard work out for you! I have compiled an amazing list of food and beverages based on your hotel situation. Plus this rundown contains tips for eating and keeping hydrated while you browse the dealers hall or sit in on your favorite panels. Screenshot these on your phone, or even better, print this article out and use it as your next shopping list. I tried to keep it easy and healthy!

Convention Must-Haves
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These are all the things you absolutely must have at the con, no matter what.

Convention Must-Buys
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Add these things to your cart before heading to the con. You’ll be glad you did.

Blessed with a Fridge
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Aren’t you one of the lucky ones?

  • Uncrustables //
  • Lunchables //
  • Lean Pockets* //
  • microwave dinners* //
  • pre-made salads //
  • turkey/chicken slices //
  • carrots //
  • PB&J sandwiches //
  • jello //
  • cottage cheese //
  • cream cheese //
  • milk & cereal //
  • yogurt //
  • tuna & mayo sandwiches //
  • applesauce //
  • pudding //
  • pickles //
  • Wholly guacamole //
  • hummus //
  • string cheese //
  • salsa //
  • eggs //

No Fridge Required
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No fridge? No problem! A Geeky Gal has got your back.

  • oranges //
  • apples //
  • potatoes* //
  • peanut butter //
  • Nutella //
  • dark chocolate //
  • muffins //
  • bagels (or bagel thins) //
  • bread //
  • pita pockets //
  • rice cakes //
  • crackers //
  • tuna pouches //
  • instant noodles* //
  • trail mix //
  • protein/granola bars //
  • jerky //
  • popcorn* //
  • nuts //
  • dried fruit //
  • pretzels //
  • dry cereal //
  • chips //
  • instant oatmeal/grits* //
  • canned soup*, //
  • condiment packets of ketchup, mustard, and mayo //
  • flavor packets for water //

Meal Prep like a (K-Pop) Star
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See what I did there?

*May require a coffee maker or microwave

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  • Freeze about half the water in your water bottle, then fill it up with water before throwing it in your food bag to use as an ice pack. You can also freeze your yogurts to use as ice packs too!
  • Got Amazon Prime? Utilize Prime Pantry to get your groceries sent to your room!
  • For more meal ideas, search for “mug meals” or “microwave meals” on Pinterest.
  • If you plan on getting some of your meals outside of the hotel, look for Subway or an Asian restaurant. Order “light.”
  • For normal fast food restaurants or restaurants that aren’t very frugal, try taking half of your meal back to your room if you have a fridge and microwave. If taking back food isn’t possible, split a dish with your roomie!
  • Food trucks can be your best friend. Check them out if they’re available to you.
  • Feeling fancy? Bring a small crockpot to your hotel room for even better meals!

I have more posts on conventions and cosplay! If this is your very first convention, check out this post for general tips. For cosplay tips, check out this cool post (you’ll be glad you did). If you need a guide on buying your cosplay online, check out this helpful post. If it’s your very first time cosplaying, I recommend reading this post for more info!

Please leave a comment with your frugal food suggestions!

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5 Fandom Friday: The 5 Geekiest Things I’ve Ever Done

5 Fandom Friday: The 5 Geekiest Things I’ve Ever Done

It’s been awhile since you’ve seen a 5FF post! Needing to get over some writer’s block had me revisiting the original 5 Fandom Friday girls: The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick. See this post for a list of the prompts! If you’re already participating in 5 Fandom Friday, you may have noticed a few of us have made some DLC’s to complement the already lengthy blog prompt list. You can check out my first DLC for 5 Fandom Friday: the GG Pack (the Geeky Gal Pack)!

I had a hard time trying to narrow this down to just 5 things. From my birthday present this year being Hermione’s wand (which lights up with a flick of your wrist) (also, thanks Mom!) to planning a trip to Japan on Pinterest, there’s just too many every day geeky things that I do to have such a small list! I’ll give it my best shot; here’s my top 5 geeky things I have ever done.

Write Fanfiction


I’m sure everyone has written fanfiction at some point… No? Just me? Damn. I had an account when I was about 12 or 13 that was just terrible. Not the account itself but my writing was horrendous. I ended up creating a new account on I wrote Over Oceans which was inspired by my long distance relationship and my love for MMORPGs (imagine my frustration when I received a review that alluded I had never played a video game). My readers are still asking for new chapters 4 years later and, while I feel terrible for having an unfinished story, my heart is no longer in it, and my writing style has changed.

Maybe one day I’ll return to Over Oceans and give it the ending it deserves.

Attend a Convention

Photo by Megan Price – AWA 2015

I’ve been to three anime conventions so far. My very first one was KamiCon 2013 in Birmingham. I went with one of my best friends and Alec, and we had a blast! We swore we’d cosplay the next go around. An opportunity fell in my lap to go again: MomoCon 2013 in Atlanta with Alec and my brother. Two cons in one year was more than my otaku heart could take. It was 2015 before I would go again. This time, my cosplay dreams came true.


Photos by Alec Magee – AWA 2015

It was my dream to cosplay Asuna from SAO and I finally got the chance! I did tons of research and even made a few blog posts on cosplay and conventions: attending your first convention, your first cosplay, and how to buy your cosplay online. It was a magical moment to have people ask for my picture and to be on Crunchy Roll for a few minutes (and to see the users light up the screen screaming my character’s name and telling me that I was cute was a confidence booster). I can’t wait to do it again!

Participating in a Kingdom Hearts Panel

Photo by Alec Magee – AWA 2015

So not only did Alec and I have to wait to see if we’d even be let into this panel for over 30 minutes (even foregoing another event), but once we got in, the panel was a bit of a let down. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve attended several panels, and they’ve always been interesting. We just thought this KH panel would be… more. We barely got to talk, and most of the discussion was centered around “what if’s” for 2.8 and III. Regardless though, we still had fun chatting with other fans, and it was a one of the geekiest things I had ever done.

Buy Anime Figurines

Alec inadvertently started this. For my birthday about 4 years ago, he bought me a wonderful chibi Asuna from SAO. She was adorable and came with a million parts. I loved it! And I just wanted more. I’ve only bought one other figurine since then but Alec has collected a few as well. I can’t to have the space to properly display them and expand our collections.

Bonus: This blog


Yes, this blog counts too! My very first blog was personal and very introspective. A Geeky Gal has become my special place on the internet since then and has become my favorite place to talk about all the things I love. My niche. My favorites. Everything.

What are the geekiest things you’ve ever done? Tell me in the comments!

First Time Cosplaying: What to Expect

First Time Cosplaying: What to Expect

First Time Cosplaying What to ExpectAnime Weekend Atlanta 2015 (AWA) was an absolute blast this year and probably one of the best conventions I’ve gone to. It’s in Atlanta, Georgia and spans over 4 days – Thursday through Sunday usually in mid-September. If you’re in this neck of the woods, I highly recommend going! It’s freaking huge compared to Kami-Con (Birmingham, AL) and Momo-Con (Atlanta, GA). There’s a ton of panels, popular cosplayers, and so much more at AWA.

This convention was different for me in many ways compared to Kami-Con and Momo-Con. The biggest way was that I was going to cosplay one of my favorite characters for the first time ever. I was excited and nervous about the whole thing, but I was ready. My boyfriend and I had been preparing the week before by getting our wigs in order (brushing, de-tangling, and styling) when I realized how much fun I was having. I didn’t need to be scared anymore about what people would think, because this new hobby was incredibly fun and relaxing.

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A Geeky Gal’s Fan Convention Guide: General Tips

A Geeky Gal’s Fan Convention Guide: General Tips

Fan Convention Guide General Tips.jpgMy wonderful boyfriend and I will be attending Anime Weekend Atlanta 2015 in September. This isn’t our first convention (it’s actually my third together with him), but it is the first one we’ll be cosplaying at! Needless to say, we are both excited and have been planning like crazy. The purpose of this post is to pass on our wisdom and tips to make the most of your experience at your first convention, whether you cosplay or not.

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