My frugality has come to a screeching halt I noticed. Most weekday dates for the Quad in May have stayed at $80-90 range (after resort fees) and as I have mentioned before, I simply can not justify it. Ironically, this formerly super duper low roller here is being thrown $79 nights at Aria, 2-night comps at Cosmo, and $50 nights at MGM with $50 resort credit, etc. Naturally, I find myself climbing to higher heights of hoteldom because the price, at least in this market, is justifiable for my sensibilities. These hotels, however, come with more expensive food, high resort fees and incidentals and other high-priced luxuries. I am excited about this new world that I have felt forced into. But it's not likely for me to stay in it too long...at least not the way I want to. You see, I have a thing for the Strip. Before, I would stay downtown or off-strip to save a buck especially on weekends but now I am so spoiled I just always want to be surrounded by the strip atmosphere (although I still do take the occasional downtown comp or Gold Coast rate). But I like long...I mean lonnng trips (minimum of 1.5 weeks). The two desires don't mesh well. I used to take 3-4 night stays and then one random trip of 2 weeks changed all of that. However this upcoming trip is turning out to be one of the most expensive yet. Pull back is inevitable. Moreover, I have since gotten a taste for eating expensive (relative to myself) meals like....everyday. Expensive being $20-30/meal...although I tend to eat once. My buffets of yesterday and Mcds and Mermaids are few and far between. I am not sure how to operate in shorter trips anymore because as I remember them, I run around like a chicken with its head cut off and leave Vegas ravenously (lol) craving another trip. With longer trips, I take my time and leave "full", casually awaiting the next adventure. How do I begin the trek to scale back?