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Needing frugal ideas and suggestions for a group of 14

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by LoveeVegas, Jul 20, 2015.

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  1. LoveeVegas

    LoveeVegas Tourist

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    Hi there is a group of 14 coming from scotland for a girls week

    Can anyone give any tips for the cheapest if not free things that we can all do ???

    Plus what is the cheapest way to get around ??

    Hit me with your suggestions please xx

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    should have also said the age was between 21 - 70 lol xx
     
  2. scc31

    scc31 Low-Roller

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    In the morning/day: Walk around the strip and check out the resorts. That's always a cheap way to spend your time there. Every resort has their own experience to it and is essentially free as long as you don't gamble. There is practically a mall within every resort. Inside you can eat mall food that'll save a lot of money and you can look at shops you might not find in Scotland. You can always walk the Fashion show mall as well which is pretty huge in itself but is your typical mall that you'll find in America. (Across of Encore/Wynn/next to Treasure Island) as well as the Caesar Palace shopping area.

    Some free attractions to look at are the Bellagio Conservatory, Flamingo's Habitat, Bellagio Fountain, Mirage Volcano, and just walking around the strip in general you'll see many performances/street acts.

    As for eating, well that depends on you. You can eat Chipotle for $8.50 or spend $40/person at a buffet depending on where you want to eat/craving.

    At night: If they're there to party-party then that's probably not going to cost them that much. If they go clubbing, it's easily the cheapest thing to do. You buy a couple bottles bring it back to the hotel room take a couple shots before you head out. Free entry (most of the time), put yourself on guest list (look up JackColton), and proceed to party + free drinks possibly from guys. (STAY SAFE THO!!!!! Don't ever let drinks out of your sight, etc etc even if a guy offers to buy you a drink, you go up to the bar tender with them to retrieve the drink having your eyes on the drink 24/7 and never leaving your girlfriends side just incase)

    If you're not there to party-party, then you can go to downtown Vegas. While it might seem a little bit off putting, downtown Vegas is pretty entertaining + cheaper dining options/gambling tables. If you choose to stay on the strip there are a lot of stuff going on as well. Mainly infront of hotels you'll find people partying or just relaxing. You can always check out resorts to find entertainment as well. Like shows, etc etc.

    You can check out the ticket stands, Tix4Tonight, which is located throughout the strip that you can budget on for shows. They have the best discounts on the Strip for the top Cirque acts as well as the lesser known shows that might not be a popular but still as good. (google/Yelp the respected shows for opinions)

    As for getting around, monorail, walking, and resort shuttles between properties are your best bet. To get from the airport to the Strip I recommend taking a shuttle/bus that is shared with other visitors. This will cost like $7-9 (I forget the exact number) and takes you straight to the front of your resort. You tip a couple bucks and go along your way. This is actually cheaper then getting a Taxi and probably easier since you have such a large group. The only problem is, to get back to the airport this way you have to buy the second leg of the shuttle and have it scheduled to pick you up at a resort on the day you're leaving. Which isnt a problem if you put your ticket somewhere safe and remember when your scheduled pick up is.

    There are free shuttles/trains between some of the resorts that will make it easier for you get between them. For example, there's a shuttle between Excalibur and Mandalay Bay (I think, correct me if I'm wrong VMB) or Treasure Island and Mirage. While not the longest distance, therse short free shuttle rides will save your feet from getting torn apart from all the waling in the heat. There's also a monorail (which cost money) that goes throughout the strip. Taxi will probably break your bank. So unless you're clubbing and are in heels, I don't think Taxi is the best option.
     
  3. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Cheapest way to get around is walking. After that, the bus is the next cheapest.

    As for free stuff, there are plenty of threads on that subject, but a few things that immediately spring to mind:

    Check out the lights on the Luxor pyramid
    See the water features and public art at Aria and CityCenter
    Fountain show at Bellagio
    The conga line of party pit dealers that march through Planet Hollywood in the evenings
    The go go dancers in the party pits at Paris
    The volcanp at Mirage
    The conservatory at Bellagio
    The smaller flower display at Palazzo
    The ceilings at Venetian
    The water features and gardens at Wynn
     
  4. sybgal

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    (See that you have already made 5 trips to LV.....have you went to all the free things already? ) Well....the cheapest way to get around is walk....lol. Where are you staying?....may have a lot to see & do in that area. Hit all the free stuff....fountain show, conservatory at Bellagio, volcano at Mirage & just wander around checking out all the casinos.....

    Depending on where you stay, you may get a coupon book at check-in that has some good discounts. You can google free LV coupons to print off some good ones for snacks like Nathan's, Haagen-Daaz, etc.... Tix 4 Tonite will provide good discounts on many shows....think can also get some for restaurants. Good their site to see the current list & there used to be a $5 discount coupon to help defray the fee.....every person could use one.

    Not sure when you are going but could possibly enjoy pool time.....go early to get loungers for a group that size....

    Good luck!!
     
  5. LoveeVegas

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    thanks for all that information , far more than i expected lol

    yes i have been 6 times to vegas but never managed to get around everything and most the things i have done already has been expensive things ... i was just wondering for things to do as everyone who is coming cant afford to be spending alot like others and want to make sure their trip is just as good

    We are staying at ceasers this time xx

    Some of them are wanting to goto wet and wild ... is this easy to get to from the strip??
     
  6. mjamesp

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    Take the bus downtown. With a big group like that if you've already started drinking you can make that trip a good time. Those that have more $$$ can take a cab. Wet-n-Wild isn't very close to the strip. Taxi Fair Finder put it at $49 one way.

    Try to use Groupon once you're there. Not sure if buying Groupons is a problem being from Scotland. Tix4Tonight is a good suggestion.
     
  7. NewOrleansSlimm

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    if your into automobiles as i am (im in the auto industry) they have the auto collection at the linq, just goto the website and print out your free passes...saves about $12 per person
     
  8. UKFanatic

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    You would probably want to rent a few cars. Its not close to the Strip
     
  9. cphllps

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    It is about 12 miles from Caesars. Did a Google Map search and you could take the busses, but it would be 1-1/2 hours each way.
     
  10. LoveeVegas

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    Thanks for your help guys, Im sure using groupon wont be a problem as i can view las vegas groupon from here too . I love groupon!! thats pretty crap about how far wet and wild is away, Im not a fan but others are wanting to go, I will suggest renting a van for the ones who want to go. Thanks guys xx
     
  11. Texas Gramma

    Texas Gramma Low-Roller

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    Best advice

    Best advice is to go downtown... casinos are all close together easy walking distance for all ages and full of things to do.
    For a special meal consider Hugo's in 4 Queens basement ... it is a little known downtown secret .... I've never been disappointed... I've even gone alone when I wanted to treat "Me" and was treated like a "high roller".
    They start with a great atmosphere, give each lady a rose, and then wait on you hand and foot... with a delightful menu... Included with all entrees at no extra charge... bottled water, assorted warm breads and special cheese toasted lavosh. Intermezzo... Fruit sorbet to refresh the taste buds. Hugo’s Table-side Salad, fresh vegetable de jour and choice of potatoes or wild rice.
    A finishing touch of white and dark chocolate dipped strawberries, apricots and baby figs... prices vary from $39 - $64 depending on your entree... or as a waiter told me you can have everything but an entree by ordering the $16 Table side salad... fine if your appetite is small or you want to share an entree.
     
  12. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    What everybody said so far. Just want to add you all should organize into groups, since the age groups are so varied. This will help with keeping everyone accounted for. One person is the "go to" person of that group that can report on the status, as far as who is missing and going elsewhere and who is just staying in the room and not interested in doing what the group is planning.

    Also I suggest monorail passes to get to the far ends of the Strip when casino and attraction visiting.
     
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  13. LoveeVegas

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    thanks guys, texas gramma hugos sounds good will be sure to give it a try xx
     
  14. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Some GROUP suggestions.

    Any time all 14 want to do something together, it will be a major issue. Cabs, walking, no matter how you move. It is a crowd. AND - somebody will always be late, or left something in the room, or....

    I would plan things close by. Plan multiple things so folks can do something different. No sense expecting everyone to want or desire to do the same thing. Group dinner will be a challenge if you want a large table. Consider 2 or even 3 tables . In reality, you can NOT talk to everyone at a large table anyways.

    Good luck and have fun.
     
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