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Am I Cheap? Yes I Am !

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by Ben Jammin, Apr 23, 2014.

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  1. Ben Jammin

    Ben Jammin VIP Whale

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    But Frugal? No one can say. Aren't they the same? My wife says so.

    Doing Vegas on the cheap might not be the most fun you'll ever have without laying down but that shouldn't stop you from having a good time. If I could only figure out a way to get there without having to pay for gas I'd go more often, but alas, I have those nagging bills. But sometimes I just want to spend at least some of the money on myself,. Those pesky bills can wait, hey it Vegas Baby.

    Now you might be a high roller or an infrequent tourist but I like to go at least two times a month and because I hate to work I had to figure out A WAY TO GO ON THE CHEAP,. and SO CAN YOU!

    here's how....

    Drive. Hey, it's cheaper than flying. It's only 4.5 hours form where I live. That's going the speed limit. Who does that? How fast was I going officer?

    Sign up for every slot club and play a little at every casino. They will eventually send you a righteous offer for huge discounts on rooms if not free. Usually during the week but hey, going during the week is better unless you're a twenty something and trying to get laid. Hardly any lines and lower minimums on table games, less traffic and free bingo!

    Then, you collect up every coupon known to man, and use them. I can't remember the last time I paid full price for a buffet or a special. Free slot play too!

    Take the bus! I mean the SDX or the Deuce. Hey, it's allot cheaper than a DUI or an accident, and damned less that a cab. Forget the Monorail. Waste of time. A Bus pass is still under $10 24-Hour, $8 3-Day, $20 *Can be purchased at vendors and kiosks, or even the bus! Beat that with a stick! But you'll have to finish your drink before you get on. WTF?

    Rack up those points, and use them. Casinos have multiple points days, and you'd be surprised what you can get. Max those points and get credit at the player's club window. Do you know how many free key chains I have?

    http://www.advantageplayer.com/lasvegas/

    Free drinks are the best, and you might like to know that if you have a few bucks in the bar top your drinks are free! Just for the price of a tip, that lonely bartender will set you up. Tip well my friend, they work hard and you drink hard. I's a match made in heaven!

    If you're Downtown don't forget that Walgreens Drug Store down past the Fremont Street Experience. Budget Water, chips and many edibles can be had cheap! And the liquor store down on Fremont Street East. A 24 oz beer for less than $2? A bottle of cheap Vodka and a Red Bull? Don't they mix well! A Bag of Ice in the sink? Instant Cooler! Gotta Love it!

    There's always the Amerikan Casino Guide. ($12.95 plus shipping)That thing has boo coo coupons that work! Not so many match plays these days. Casinos got our number so they went bye bye for the most part but if you know your stuff you an still work em like a downtown hooker. Just don't get caught up in the frenzy. Take it slow.

    Did ya know the gambling is way cheaper and better down the Boulder Highway? They constantly run specials designed to attract the locals that gamble and still have a few bucks left, and they aims to get em! Check out the paper boxes for the local throw a ways for gambling, drink, and food specials at at some of the friendliest little casinos you've ever had the pleasure of frequenting. Downtown Henderson comes to mind, as well as way down the Boulder Highway.

    OK so some of you still insist on living in the lap of luxury. Deals can be had there too. I once got a Grand Vista Suite deal at the Planet Ho for $55 a night. And a Suite at the Stardust for a $16 dollar tip. This is known as the Twenty Dollar trick, but many upgrades can be had just for the asking, especially during the week. Especially if it's your first time as a guest in their property. They don't know you, and that can be a good thing! So many free rooms I almost rival the Queen of comps. Not so much any more, now a days they track your play. We used to get away with murder!

    Have fun my friend, for good deals can be had.

    If you know of any insider methods, ones I haven't mentioned her, please share them with the rest of us frugal but not cheap (yeah right ) members to enjoy.

    Now, Ill go have another drink. See Ya!

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  2. wellmel

    wellmel Low-Roller

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    Great tips! I'll have to use some of them. I usually turn my sink into a cooler too. And I always frequent that Walgreens every trip.
     
  3. sweetcanadian

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    I just did a 8 night trip and spent only $700 and had a blast so it can be done. I did not feel like i was missing anything. The only thing the both of us said we wished for was more money to gamble, like thousands more lol, because the want was there (and i do not gamble normally).

    I also did not have to go all over tied to coupons. I will be explaining it in my trip report.
     
  4. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    I wish I was only 4.5 hours away from Vegas by car...:cry:

    But nonetheless good advice!
     
  5. Bungadin

    Bungadin Low-Roller

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    Drive
    $35 in gas and 4.5 hours for me too. An MP3 player makes the drive go quick. Stock up on snacks and a cooler for the car. Bottled water stays frozen for 5 days in the winter and 2 days in the summer if you're parked in the shade. Canned and dry goods stretch the food bill. Bring some booze and soda pop.

    Sign up for every slot club and play a little at every casino.
    For this Low Roller Boyd sends me at least 2 free rooms per month plus $25 food at Orleans, $10 food at Sam's. Gold Coast is stingy. Cal and MSS have lower rates with occasional comps.

    Take the bus!
    SDX, CX, WAX, HDX, BHX, 106, 108, 202, 201. Grab a map and see whats of interest on the routes. $5 gets you a 24hr pass if you buy it on the local routes. The WAX and CX get you between DT and the Strip quicker than the SDX and Deuce. Boyd also has free shuttles running.

    Rack up those points, and use them.
    Machines rate better than table games. Grab a bartop and watch the game. With nominal play I have enough for a Jackie Burger at the ElCo.

    Tip well my friend
    $2 off the bat seems to get you noticed. Drop a 5 spot and watch the sparks fly.

    If you're Downtown
    What do you mean "If"? If you're Frugal, you're probably already there for the gambling and decent cheap eats.
    The ElCo Jackie Burger, Magnolia's, 777, Pop-up, Lanai Express, 2nd Street Grill to name a few.
     
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  6. NativeSoCal

    NativeSoCal Low-Roller

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    I'm only 4.5 hours from Vegas by car.................
    But haven't driven since the 90's.....

    Driving is for sober people!! :beer::evillaugh

    And that desert drive is the most boring, dreariest, ugliest drive in the whole wide world.

    And...gas is over $4 a gallon now!!
    Jet Blue outta Long Beach....$57 one way. Can't beat that by driving.:thumbsup:
     
  7. Nevyn

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    Do I answer my own questions? YES I DO!
     
  8. Viva Las Vegas

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    Going 11 nights next month and my total cost ($185) is limited to final night and flight change fees (booked via United miles). Trip would have cost $41 w/o fees.

    Comped tournaments @ Bally's ($150k slot) & The Cal ($25K VP), and stays at Cosmo (w/ FP) and South Point.

    Ways to get through trips with minimal outlays (ordered by average trip cost for people flying in):

    #1. Game choice: Learn blackjack (strategy and tracking), video poker (strategy & get info on bonus point days) and/or live poker (cash or tournament). Other games may be fun, but these are the only three games which a player has a mathematical possibility of returning a winner (or at least close to even) with proper strategy and taking advantage of good situations (positive shoes, paytables near/above 100%, poor/drunk poker opponents).

    Gambling is the average person's number one cash outlay for a Vegas trip. Give yourself a chance at more positive/even/low loss trips and you can enjoy Vegas more and longer for less average cost.

    #2 Transportation: I use points (or vouchers for bumped flights). Wait for sales and travel on off-peak days (Typically Tues, Wed and Sat). Take less trips for longer periods to save on transportation and minimize the impact of bad flights, TSA and other flight costs.

    On the ground, take advantage of free shuttles or Vegas' decent public transportation. If you have one or more sober driver possibilities, car rentals are typically a great way to go to explore the valley. Make sure your CC or personal insurance cover all possible losses.

    #3 Accommodations: Limit gambling to places where you are either A. staying comped/discounted or B. a place you would like to seed comp offers for a future stay. If you play VP or BJ at comfortable limits, at a casino which appreciates your level of play, you should get comped/discounted rates which will beat most "sales" or deals found online. Be willing to move during a trip to book back-to-back (or b2b2b2b) offers at different casino corporations, and you can stay 1-2 weeks comped.

    If you don't gamble, stay weekdays or take advantage of Hotwire / Priceline. Great deals for 4/5 star hotels can be had, and there are so many areas, you can typically narrow down your bid options to 1 or 2 hotels, based on star rating, location and other factors. Complete a search for bid tips.
     
  9. keno60

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    Water is cheaper at the Jerky Store downtown. Usually 2 for a buck. Silver 7's used to be the cheapest with a smaller but .25 bottle, now its .50.
     
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    water is cheap at the Grand Canyon experience. 2/1 500 ML or 2/2 for 1L dasani
     
  11. Ben Jammin

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    Yes but for two people it's about 80 bucks and the places I like to go aren't really on the beaten path.

    The El Dorado and Joker's Wild, Rainbow Club, Fiesta Henderson, Sunset Station, South Point and even the M sometimes(but rarely).

    It's nice to have a car but don't drink and drive.

    Airport fees must be low in Long Beach. Can't touch that deal at the Burbank Airport or even LAX.

    And, it's not wise to take pot on the plane. That is if you smoke it. Also booze and an Ice chest for those Bloody Marys in the morning. No one makes em like I do, with V-8 and top shelf vodka with all the trimmings.
     
  12. rob889

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    I go to vegas 4-5 times a year and almost always drive. Way cheaper and it is nice to be able to hop around even if it is just between downtown and the strip. There are definitely sights to be seen and I'm thankful I've been able to do so much exploring.

    That being said, I'm flying out of LGB on my next trip and I got it for only $41 on Jet Blue. The cheapest return flight at the time was a 7:00 AM flight for like $127 (it has since gone up) so I'm opting to drive home with my friends cuz having to make it to the airport for a 7AM flight doesn't sound like that much fun.
     
  13. ken2v

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    Long Beach is awesome. Love that airport. Before we left the southland we were using it easily as much as the nearer ONT.

    Some drive, some fly. Cheap is relative and personal. Time is money, after all. Some need a car up there, some don't, some shouldn't. All that matters is what works for each of us individually.
     
  14. Jimbo338

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    There are all kinds of ways to save money, in LV, or you may wish to call it changing your allocation of money. It depends on your likes and dislikes, no one is really right or wrong. There was a thread the other day asking, "when do you start your next trip, when you get home?" Mine starts while I am still there....making lists of things I know I won't have time to see or do. I make notes all year from readin tips and travel reports. I save a list of things to bring on my computer and each trip I print a copy and start checking off things. A bottle opener for instance. I found cokes bottled in Mexico in real bottles using sugar etc. I looked allover for an opener in the usual stores but most were Made in Chine, with a LV sticker and for sale for $4.95. I have a million at home so it went on to a note in my file,then on the list,like someone's tip to brink a few clothespins for all the drapes that don't close all the way!

    I sometimes bring a small bowl and a plastic spoon and a small box of cereal. I am not a big breakfast person. This way I can keep the hunger away til my usual time of 11:30 amd and have dinner at about 6. I end up with 2steak dinners so less junk food, and save on a meal. Walgreens is handy but expensive. Walking back to EC downtown they were selling a 2 liter of Coke fo 2.49 but the dollar store just before EC was $2.00, snacks and other stuff was cheaper as well. Finding wifi spots before getting to lA can save you $12/DAY. I GET A FRIDGE So make a run to Albertson's or Smiths for milk,juice , fruit, snacks etc. I do it via bus. If you're close to a laundrymat you can prob eliminate the checked bag and do a load in the middle of the trip.

    When attending a trade show as I do in Feb, I try and let my inventory run down a bit and buy it there. Attending the trade show I attend seminars and look for new products and better products and lower shipping costs......all continuing education,business related and some deductible. In addition I cansave hundreds of dollars buying at show prices which might be 10% off and free shipping. Easy to recoup the price of my airfare from the east coast and/or hotel. Then you can have a really good time on vacation!
    Jimbo338
     
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    I like the tip about clothes pins. I do my laundry in the middle of the trip, and like you, I have a Vegas to Go list, grind some coffee beans to take for a few days. The more we save the more to gamble or spend on other luxury items.
     
  16. Kickin

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    Even better than clothespins is to take binder clips. They can be used for anything clothespins are used for plus a whole lot more. Useful for papers obviously, but also good as an emergency money clip. I keep all my players cards in a binder clip so they're all together in my bag, then just pull out the ones I'll need. You can use a small clip to hold your players cards and hotel key all together in your pocket as well. Better than fattening up your wallet or keeping everything loose in your pockets. In general they are very useful when traveling.
     
  17. ClownHo

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    i echo the idea of binder clips as money clips. i have a few money clips now, but before i had one, i used a binder clip. learned that tip from my tax guy, who always has a wad of cash in his pocket.

    i hadn't considered using them for the curtain, but now i will.
     
  18. breanna61

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    Great idea!
     
  19. AOchoa95

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    Buy my beer and booze at Costco, before I get to the hotel. Saves me $$$. Eat lunch at the buffets, or late night specials. Park the car in valet and buy a three day bus pass. Yeah, I'm cheap!
     
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