It’s a very long story but my next trip to Vegas is all set for March 2nd to March 9th. I am completely, 100% stuck with those exact dates. There is a large convention in town that week that is pushing mid-week strip hotel prices up quite a bit. I also have to entertain my brother and his wife from the 7th to 9th so I have to be near Caesars. My usual budget is blown to bits. I’m OK with it but I’d feel better if I could try to minimize the damage a little bit. I’m hoping to keep my Sun to Thurs budget down to partially make up for Thurs-Sun. It’s going to put my Frugal Vegas Ninja skills to the test. I do bring a soft sided cooler to Vegas with me for drinks and snacks and we will have a rental car for the week. I’m a coupon user and specials hound. I’m not comp’d. I get the odd bone thrown to me via email or snail mail but nothing special. I’m not on facebook, hate it, won’t do it. So, my questions and what I’m weighing out. I’m hoping for some feedback and ideas; -I think my best strategy is to stay downtown Sunday to Thursday. We like downtown, lots of bargains all around (food-booze-rooms), and we wanted to split the week anyway. Am I right there? Four Queens is around $40 a night and ElCo is probably less than that. Pools aren’t a factor that time of year. - Will strip prices come down that weekend? Is March Madness that serious so early in the month? -I’m looking at Bally’s and The Quad for Thurs to Sun. Should I be looking at Mirage? Flamingo? I would have gladly stayed at Bill’s if it had stayed open. Jerks. Should I even consider Caesars? How low can those rooms go? I’d like to keep it at or under $200 a night, am I delusional? -Any advice for airfare? It looks on the high side as well. We fly direct out of Detroit. I don't have the option of getting an airline credit card to get their deals. And I don't fly enough to have points to play with. The email deals require flexibility and speed that I don't have. I'll suck it up with the airfare if I have to. Anyhow, if my brother ever says I never did anything for him, I’m gonna kick him square in the gonads with a frozen workboot.