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I am no longer FRUGAL!

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by LucyR., Mar 6, 2013.

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  1. LucyR.

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    I am starting to pay the high prices of food and drinks in Vegas because I now think that Convenience is more important than saving money on food and drink
    in Vegas.
    I have gotten into the habit of paying for food and drinks eventhough they are overpriced in Hotels. It's like I ask for extra food items like a bowl of strawberries and whipped cream to add to my pancakes. I don't even ask how much it will cost me. It makes me feel like I am eating on a cruise ship where
    we get for whatever we ask for if they have it available.

    I still look for hotel and air bargains. But... I nolonger carry my own luggage
    at the hotels. I choose to pay a tip for the Bell-men to transport my luggage.
    It feels good in not having to hassell sp with the luggage.

    I still like to pack a few fruit and candy snacks for Vegas but if I see an apple for one dollar at a hotel I will pay it because I really want it.

    Once in awhile the frugal part of me comes out.lol. LucyR.
     
  2. Marky147

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    I couldn't agree more Lucy, those extra couple bucks for your luggage make life so much easier and I always like to treat myself at every opportunity in Vegas :thumbsup:
     
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    Sounds like good vacationing to me.

    I'm frugal about certain things so I won't be about others.

    I may grab hotel and air bargains, eat at buffets, and buy liquor for my room on the cheap but spend a gang on drinks while I'm out partying and gamble away.

    Things I can find on the internet cheap/ahead of time, I go for it. It's but a click away while watching TV or something. Things out and about, I tend to go for convenience first.
     
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    I totally agree, convenience is way more important to me than saving money.

    I'm not gonna walk 1/2 a mile cause item X is $1 cheaper at store A than store B.

    I'm not gonna sit around waiting for a bus to save a few bucks when there's a cab right there.
     
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    I will wait for a bus on the strip only cuz the Deuce/SDX comes so often. Plus, sometimes there may be a big group of us and we'd need a fleet of cabs.
     
  6. theshaah

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    Even I too the most frugalist of travelers....the one who took a career with the airlines for free travel, the one who joined every slot club in town hoping for some semblance of a free room or casino rate, the one who redeems every coupon he can in the LVA and ACG to get my full value....has seen myself becoming less and less frugal. I've even resorted to only buying one of the books this year. Even then...I probably won't use all the coupons I usually do.

    I'm at an age where I'm finally making decent money, putting money away for retirement, and visiting las veagas so often it feels like a second home to me. Some things are worth the convienance. So I find myself splurging on things I wouldn't before. Like food, and drinks, and other things that I normally wouldn't partake in to save a few bucks. I figure I'm already saving 300 plus on airfare each trip....so why fret over a few pennies.

    I still do my best to make each trip as free as possible.....but sometimes it's nice to splurge...besides I can always make up for it on a subsequent trip.
     
  7. LolaDoggie

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    It's about priorities. There's times to go cheap and times it doesn't pay to go cheap or I would rather not go cheap. I'm like that at home and like that on trips. And like others have mentioned you do hit a point in age where you no longer want to spend the physical energy to be cheap. Vacation is a time to enjoy yourself, to reap the fruits of your labours. If you can afford it, you deserve it, good for you Lucy.
     
  8. Tammy58

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    LOL...We are in our 50s and still are "frugal" but not opposed to paying for what we really want. The past 2 years we paid for the suites we wanted instead of taking the freebie CET room. We eat a "little" more expensive than we use to (others here would still classify us as cheap). Unfortunately there are still some things that I cannot convince the hubby to do...even after all these years and trips. He will not valet, use bell desk, order room service...and I am sure there are other things everyone else does that we won't. Mike (the dh) does not want someone else dinging the rental car, he always has his laptop with him and doesn't want that being dropped or stolen....even I cannot pay room service prices when I can go downstairs and save tons of money. We do stay and eat where we want...we are very self sufficient...never talked to a concierge in our lives. We know what we want and how we want it...and when we want to leave we want to leave NOW. LOL...We have taken care of ourselves fine for all these years...no desire to change that. Show tickets are always bought ahead of time...heck this year the 2 shows we have tickets for would have been $500 full price...travelzoo turned that into $288...I call that frugal! Hoping to meet you this trip Lucy...I have 5/14 on my calendar, just not sure what my itinerary is like right now.
     
  9. Jimbo338

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    Oh My God, Lucy. I saw your thread and thought I'd have to JUMP RIGHT IN AND GET YOU INTO REHAB! I was oneof the first moderators in "Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)".

    I think you are wrong (Whew!), You are still frugal just to a different degree in different ways. First of all, who doesn't look forward to going on vacation? Why? We go on vacation to relax, have fun, recharge our batteries, break the routines of everyday living. It is not just treating yourself, it is medicine for your mental health. Who as never gone on vacation and spend more on something or did something that we would never do at home. That is what makes it a vacation and that's why we take vacations,

    I like to yard sale because you can find great things that are useful for a fraction of what you would pay new. Sometimes it is new but it is one of those things that would be nice to have but you don't use it enough to jsutify the expense. I park with and behind Lincolns, Caddilacs, Lexus', Mercedes that belong to people who could well afford to buy everything new. They are not cheap.......they are frugal.....it is a philosophy of living. I watched a bit on tv about movie stars who show with coupons. It's not that they are cheap......it is a value thing.

    In our case, I have tried to do the most with the resources I have to go to LV. I have seen and done a lot for very littlle and had fun doing it.I start my next trip while on a trip, making notes of things I want to see and do. I write notes about things I read posted here. Over the years now (my first trip was in 1997) I have changed my routines, and my activities because I have changed too. I don't walk as much now, but I bus a lot. Cabs are good when they are needed. I am still frugal and still not cheap.

    Just like all of our younger years. Im my 30's I was working several jobs, had a bunch or rentals, when I wasn't working I was painting, papering, mowing, plowing, plunging, insulation, etc. I am now on Social Security and Medicare. I still work and will continue working because I like to work and it is good for you to stay active. But do you think I want to work like I did in my 30's......not a chance! We have all paid our dues and deserve to relax a bit. We can still be frugal....but in different ways. Being frugal is not about not spending money, it is about getting value for the money we spend, and we each assign the values.

    There, I hope this intervention gets you guys to believe that you are still frugal, just modifying the plan. Just keep saying, "It;s ok."

    Jimbo3338 (still frugal)
     
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    I think we all need to remember that part of being frugal is making sure we don't waste time and energy as well as money. That's part of the reason I started renting car. I feel I can get to wherever quickly. While I may be paying more than a bus ride at times, I feel that it's worth saving the time. I do get frustrated over food prices on the strip but that just means I am more likely to stay where food prices are cheaper but that doesn't mean I will go out of my way to eat fast food or at really bad restaurants because they are cheap. It's all about balance in the end.
     
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    YES...JIMBO... I am still frugal in some areas

    My Mom taught me to be frugal. It is really hard to let go of being frugal. But my cousin keeps telling me to spend my money on myself and be good to myself.

    I am listening to him more and more. I am a retired senior and my cousin tells me to travel as much as I want because the day may come when I will nolonger
    be able to travel without taking a Care provider to take care of my needs while traveling. Or... I may just find it easier to stay home and not travel much.

    I have stayed at the Paris, Ballys, Flamingo, PH, Monte Carlo, Bill's Saloon and NYNY. I wasn't able to find great foods to eat at those hotels unless I paid a lot of money $$$$.
    So, I had to become a hunter for my food.lol. Some places were tourists traps.
    Some had some nice sandwiches like the PH.
    I also bought the 24hr. buffet special and that was great because I could find some foods that I like to eat.
    I would sometimes close my eyes and pay $3. for a bottle of coke soda.
    I do tip for service like the bell-man, shuttles, house-keepers, etc.

    Hi Tammy58, I changed my plans and will be going on a cruise ship to the PacificNorth west on the NCL Jewel. It is very affordable at $299. person.
    The cruise is on May 8th so I had to cancel my trip to Vegas. I couldn't pass up
    a great deal like that. I was born to cruise and have spent thousands of dollars
    going on cruise ships. I am sorry I will not get to meet you in Vegas.

    I always look for cruise ship specials and also hotel specials in Vegas. I love to travel and I hope to keep traveling.

    Jimbo338, Thank you for your concerns and I do plan to stay frugal in some area of my life. Thank you for making me laugh.lol. LucyR.
     
  12. thenuke1

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    im much less frugal aswell..

    ever since i started my new job my gambling budget has incresed from $20 a night to $40 - $60 a night

    still try to get food and hotel deals though
     
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    You hit the nail right on the head!
     
  14. leanonme

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    good for you., I've personally wasted a lot of time trying to save a few bucks.
     
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    It's always fun to hear what people are or are not willing to bargain shop on. We all have different priorities and they will change throughout the years.

    I remember in the early 90s always trying to find those $10-15 hotel bargains on the Strip. Maybe I'm still frugal enough that I haven't stayed on the Strip in well over 10 years. But that's partially because the Strip no longer holds an attraction for me.

    Now that I've rented a car in Vegas for years now, I've actually found that staying in off-Strip properties actually saves me enough that I consider the car a freebie. I love having the freedom to start my day anywhere in the city and come and go without relying on a city bus, hotel shuttle, or cab.

    When I'm planning a trip, I'll still check different weeks on travel sites (always Sun-Fri trips) to see how much the prices changes, but I don't sweat a $100 difference in price anymore. I'll pay extra for an early-morning flight, which is my preference. And I'll upgrade the room if it's reasonable.

    I still enjoy the cheap buffets and low-roller gambling. I moved up to higher stakes gambling and realized I didn't enjoy it any more than lower stakes. So I went back to lower stakes. I use a players card wherever I go, but have never played specifically for comps. I bounce around casinos so much that I'm not loyal to any one player's club.

    But now I always treat myself to first class flights. So I went from $15/night hotels and city buses to first class flights and a rental car.

    I'm a bundle of contradictions. But that's how I roll at this chapter of my life :peace:
     
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    LOL, Always:
    You still sound pretty frugal to me. You hav just readjusted your frugality!!!!!

    Jimbo338
     
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    There is no need to be frugal for the small things like carrying your own the luggage and stuff. People should always remember that there is nothing in the world that goes away without coming back.
    My father said to me once that most of the people in the tourist industry live on the tips.
     
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    lol, you're right. I am still one of those who sneaks candy and drinks into the movie theater.
     
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    +1 for not as frugal. At one point I didn't take a vacation at all for 4 years. Now, although my rooms are always comp, I'll pay for the upgrade for a room, have someone haul my luggage and pay for a car service to the airport. I'm very blessed to be able to afford it. However, I do not take it for granted and get super excited to live life on the luxury side if only for a few days. I am responsible for everything at the house, work, etc. When I am on vacation I want to be pampered. I fly first class, stay in suite and order room service at least once.

    But, it never really leaves you. When I order room service I keep the rolls in a napkin for a free breakfast. I cannot stand to pay high prices for a diet Coke so bring my own if I'm driving somewhere. I usually only eat 1 or 2 meals each day and put the salad in the room fridge.

    If it were a stretch for me to afford this I would not, but who know how many times I'll be able to do this, so I'm going to enjoy.
     
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    And you should not feel guilty about it; you've paid your dues. The way I look at it, it's therapy......better than seeing a shrink, and a lot cheaper too!

    Jimbo338
     
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