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The $2 Meal Challenge

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by sco5123, Mar 31, 2014.

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  1. sco5123

    sco5123 VIP Whale

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    There are cheap eats. And then there are cheap eats.

    If fancy food, sky-high prices and sit-down style dining does not appeal to you or is not necessary always, then this $2 meal challenge may be interesting to you. Or if you're broke, busted and just trying to save the little money your friend western union-ed you to survive :evillaugh after you went a little over-budget :rolleyes2::nono:, then you may be in luck!

    What is the $2 meal challenge? It is not a real challenge whatsoever. In fact, you can eat decently, although not entirely healthfully, for something in the $1-3 range just to satiate that little bugger called your stomach.

    Here are some ideas...

    -Good ol' Mcds (always within a 5 minute walk) and the little-above $1 menu is still on the Strip. When I am busy at the slots or staying at Quad, $2 and change for a burger with small fries fills that hole enough to forget about food for another day of play and frolic. :licklips:

    -A personal favorite of mine is Mermaids downtown, with $1 fried oreos (and twinkies!) and $1 hot dogs *still* in this day and age is fantastic! I get a meal and a full-on decadent, very tasty dessert for $2 bucks. I have seen fried oreos on the Strip from the $6-10 range. :confused2: And it tastes far better downtown. :wave:

    -$1.99 hot dog at Casino Royale is a real filler. I think it's foot-long but I am not sure. Taste fine to me. :ssst:

    -A bit uncoventional but no one said you couldn't eat a Hershey's chocolate bar for a buck as a meal/satisfying snack from one of the many 7-elevens, Walgreens or CVS springing up all of the place. I am sure there are a few "quick-fillers" in these stores in the $2 range that is perfectly fine.

    -Speaking of 7-eleven, their glazed donuts are currently 2 for $1. So get a smooth BOGO for you and yours for a sweet breakfast.

    -Nathan's hot dogs are everywhere (notice a hot dog trend dominating this list? :evillaugh). Palms, Flamingo, Luxor, Ballys, New York-New York, Slots of Fun...and the list goes on and on for the number of places with Nathans. What not everyone knows is that you can basically get items on their list 50% off *all the time*. They have 50% coupons in the ACG book and all over websites online. That makes a typical $5 cheese fries, a great $2.50 for a meal! Yay! And good Nathan's cheese fries are quite nice.

    -Plenty of off-strip burgers are still in the $2 range from Wendy's, Burger King, In-and-Out(<---and this one is popular in the area). An ice cream or shake are usually in the $1+ range.

    -Dupar's pancakes are $3 bucks a piece, so a taste of these famous pancakes are near range.

    -If you have some Boyd points, consider that buying food with points take off 40% from the price. At 5.99, a Gold Coast buffet would be in the $3+ range.

    -Krispy Kremes are everywhere. $1.39 for popular donuts.

    Try this culinary adventure (and make sure to detox when you get home:wink2:)!:thumbsup:

    Any others? The meal can reach as high as $5-6.
     
  2. Persistent Cat

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    Not proud of it but on our last trip, we ate our height in hot dogs :beer:
     
  3. NickyDim

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    The Silver Sevens is your place Sco, at least for breakfast. At $4.99 for breakfast buffet AND 2 for 1 coupon from the ACG and you're looking at a $2.50 All You Can Eat breakfast buffet. Or you could splurge and get their deuces wild breakfast in the Spoon Cafe for 2.99.
     
  4. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    Um, no.

    Our trips to Vegas these days are for business (though we'll spend a couple of days before or after the trade show for fun) We usually rent a car so we'll head to a grocery store to get food for lunches to take to the trade show. I like a spinach salad with lots of lean protein. I'm guessing that the per person cost of that would be about $2.50. And healthy to boot:peace:

    I'm all for frugal, but not at the expense of my health. I lost 60lbs last year and it was freaking hard. I'll spend more money to maintain health, if that's what I need to do. Even if I'm spending that money on a rental car so I can grocery shop:thumbsup:
     
  5. makikiboy

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    Also remember that a number of hotel restaurants have "late night" prices so you can get a steak and eggs or a breakfast before 7 or 6 am for a good price. These late night prices sometimes start at 11 pm so you can have a late dinner.
     
  6. luci5

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    Denny's had a $2 and $4 menu which was pretty good.
     
  7. DBear

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    Stage Door, how much is the beer and dog...$2.50, I think, maybe $3. Fails your challenge but still close. Wins the challenge by including a beer though.
     
  8. LolaDoggie

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    Costco and/or Sam's Club hot dog and pop for under $2.
     
  9. ken2v

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    I might suggest that a specific trip to Costco, via car or even more so via taxi, is an exercise in stepping over a dollar to pick up a dime.
     
  10. airball1996

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    Don't forget vending machines!
     
  11. ClownHo

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    I'm all for fun challenges, and in 1997 I might have been able to pull off your challenge, sco, but in this day and age, I couldn't do it if I wanted to.

    Back in 1997, when I first went to Vegas, you could get a lot of cheap food at the Boardwalk. Cheap eats could be found down at Slots-A-Fun and Westward Ho. And I seem to remember back when the Riviera still had clout on the strip they had cheap eats at a walk-up counter near their big room of nickel slots. Those days are over, as are my days of 1/2-pound hot dogs, even if I could still get one for 99 cents.

    My buddy is a lot like HoyaHeel. He doesn't care about paying more for groceries in order to have quality produce and other goodies. He was working in Detroit for a couple of weeks last month and drove to Stinktown for a weekend to meet up with me and our buddy who lives in Stinktown. Before heading back to Detroit he went to a suburban Stinktown grocery store because he had another week in Detroit, and his success in finding a decent grocery store in Detroit with good quality produce was far from successful. My Stinktown buddy said the grocery store he recommended was a bit high when it came to its prices, but the quality was there. My Detroit buddy didn't care, because despite the fact he could expense a meal every night, he preferred to have fresh produce for salads that he stored in his in-room refrigerator, as that was his preference for dinner each night.

    It takes extra effort to eat as healthy as my Detroit buddy does, but he's in better shape now than he was in college, and he married a woman 16 years younger than him, so I guess he has some incentive.
     
  12. dewey089

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    Breakfast is easy once you go all the way to $6. These station casinos $4.99
    Palace Station
    Boulder Station
    Santa Fe Station
    Sunset Station
    Texas Station

    Magnolia's Four Queens late night has pancakes and French toast within the limits.

    I agree that the cheapest deal is that Silver Sevens with this coupon.

    http://centralmediaserver.com/247M/vv-coupons.pdf

    Plenty even without the coupon on eye openers
    http://www.silversevenscasino.com/sites/default/files/menu/Cafe%20Menu.pdf



    and they do take solo travelers and give them 50% off.
     
  13. Viva Las Vegas

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    Many meals are just tips for me (based on comps), but I have also "splurged" non comp as indicated below during the past few trips:

    In N Out: $6.75 Double Double $2.75; Fries $1.50 + Shake: $2.50.

    Red Rock Resort: $5.95 + $2 Tip: Breakfest/turns into lunch buffet.

    Gold Coast: $6 + $2 Tip $ Breakfast Buffet.

    El Cortez: $5 + $1 Tip Two $1 Hot Dogs, $1 Chips and $2 Bud Draft @ Sportsbook.

    Gold Coast: $5 + $1 Tip Two $1.50 Hot Dogs, $1 Popcorn and $1 Pop @ Sportsbook.

    Ellis Island: $5 + $2 Tip per person (2 for 1) or $10 total Fish N Chips dinners (w/ 2-4-1 ACG coupon). Steak special not eligible for 2-4-1 coupon.

    Binion's Grill: IIRC $5 + tip 2-4-1 Burgers.

    There are many more 2-4-1 ACG coupons which can bring a buffet meal under $5 PP.

    Gone but not forgotten:

    Golden Gate Deli: $4.50 Clam Chowder + $1 Shrimp Cocktail + Two $0.25 dinner rolls.
    Barbary Coast: $2.99 Pancakes and Bacon Late night special.
    Westward Ho: $5 + $1 Tip: Foot long hot dog + 2 Heinekens.
    Hooters: $5 + tip 20 wings @ $0.25 each after midnight.
     
  14. bighead1970

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    You can eat for free on someone's leftover room service food cart out in the hallway. Just ask Gaggles.
     
  15. coralrush

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    It won't comprise a whole meal, but a $2 taco (they are small, you'd need at least 2 for a light meal) at Tacos El Gordo (just north of Encore) is probably the TASTIEST cheap eat... love the lengua and pork adobada!
     
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    If fruit and candy makes a meal, you can eat for free with a room at the El Cortez cabana. The fruit is in the foyer. When I stay there I grab a banana each way. With room snacks from the local Walgreen's, that makes a meal under $2.
    Of course, you don't get the variety you get on a left over room tray.
     
  17. English Dave

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    We don't eat any of the leftover food, but take the little unwanted sauce bottles........:evillaugh
     
  18. dewey089

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    Just noticed on the Jean Scott April blog that Suncoast hot dogs in the deli until 5 PM are only 75 cents.
     
  19. weas

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    Breakfast and Bingo $5.00

    My favoirte breakfast is a $5.00 buy-in at Bingo at Suncoast or Gold Coast or Palace Station or Red Rock and you get 2 donuts coffee and juice. Plus 45 minutes of a chance to win some $$$$$$
     
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    $2 Tacos at Tequila Bar & Grill for the WIN!!!
     
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