If I had a dOLLLaaaarrr, I'd be rich! Well, at least in Vegas. Or better yet I'm trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents. OK, so my pre-trip report means little in a sea of--er, or should I say a tidal wave--of low-rolling trips. Lowering BRs, extended trip lengths, cutting off amount of trips...it has been a recurring trend in recent days. And here I thought my "cheapest ever trip" tag may be considered radical among our frugalmisters and frugalistas :evillaugh Personally loving the trend but who knows where it's headed... Technically, I could not beat the record on VMB or probably any board, blog or site for cheapest trip ever because I turned down several comps with Fremont, Stratosphere , Hilton, Sam's Town, Luxor, Excalibur and Quad which would easily make 2 weeks or more free...only to pay out of pocket for rooms (soon to be disclosed in the report ...usual "haunts") for an average of $30/night (and Mandalay Bay is thrown in there somewhere). In this way, I owe no corporation my money. Sure I'm probably not hurting anyone but myself but I am also helping myself by relieving some anxiety about who I "owe". The reality is that this trip may not even beat my own personal record for cheapest trip in Vegas. It's only a minor goal to accomplish. The true goal is to finally enjoy everything I have toiled all these years to discover. Basically I can focus on the things I love most about Vegas. And having been there often enough and planning so much previously, I have learned how to squeeze every ounce of value out of a room, attraction, meal, shopping experience, spa, show, club, or pool while rubbing two pennies next to a fire. Utilizing groupons, ACG coupons, myvegas, comps, goldstar, halfpriceshows, smartervegas, easyclicktravel, frequent flyer miles with SW and travelzoo, this is the journey to slay all dragons of increasingly upscale accommodations, crazy resort fees, decreasing comps and overpriced dining. In reality, I am conquering no one...and nothing. But mentally I feel as though I am securing my inalienable rights. I'm not actually going to test myself to see just how low I can roll. On the contrary, I am out to maximize value and fun at a GINORMOUS fraction of the cost. I enjoy all you "rollers" out there but I have a special thing for super duper micro rolling that I have not yet conquered, so I will do a special tribute to that. Should be a nice time. Can't wait. To this point, I am especially looking forward to nickel video blackjack and penny keno. But hey! you might see me hit $5 slots....with $10 coin-in altogether...total. You never know how crazy I will get! In reality, my BR is precisely the same as it has always been and technically I am going into this trip as I always do. The difference is, far less exploring, far more enjoying. I am finally here. I truly know what I like and I am going for it. Sure still to be a whirlwind of activity. Some meetups, some shows, an all-nighter here and there, morning voyages, trying to slip into Hakkasan, maybe dance on stage with Beyonce, a party limo, a high-end spa for free , strip walks, seedy karoake, $1 craps at Joker's Wild...aand other...stuff. BIG vision, one penny. It all starts with a dream.