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Attempting Frugal trip to vegas april 5-7

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by Bigben77, Mar 20, 2017.

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  1. Bigben77

    Bigben77 Low-Roller

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    Southwest had a great deal where I got a round trip for 212 total. So I am going to try and do a trip with a minimal bankroll (around 1k). I normally go with 3k or so.

    I wont be having a rental car this time and I normally go to walmart for snacks. Is there any cheap stores right off the strip for snacks and drinks. Im staying at RIO.

    Also any cheap shows that you guys recommend?

    The whole point of the trip is to just chill (hopefully its warm enough for the pool), see a few shows and play in a few small stake tournaments. The deal was too good to pass up.
     
  2. eaglejohn

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    Mac King daytime Harrahs - big elvis m-w-f- 2-6 harrahs. shuttle goes from rio to harrahs. Can also go to Walgreens when at harrahs (next to casino royale)
     
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  3. nostresshere

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    Congrats on SW flight.

    As to getting snacks at Walmart...is the savings vs Walgreens/CVS enough to offset the cost of Uber to get there and back?

    We often stash some in our suitcase from home to get us through the flights and have snacks in the room.
     
  4. Big dan

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    Or you can walk next door to the Gold Coast they have a liquor store that is pretty cheap. It also has snack food.
     
  5. Bigben77

    Bigben77 Low-Roller

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    Yeah I often get their cheap buffet there for breakfast
     
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    Jon E Coyote Low-Roller

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    SW flights finally got cheap for the midwest again, we get out there for about $120 each way now, was almost $200 a couple years ago, so we are going to try to go 5 times this year.

    As others have said there's several Walgreens/ CVS's on the strip now, and very reasonable prices too. Enjoy your trip!
     
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    dcrawf Low-Roller

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    Pickup the Member Rewards Book fron lasvegasadvisor. Yes it'll cost ya some, but the savings from up and down Flamingo Road alone will be worth it if you're dedicated
     
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    If talking about the Walgreens/CVS on the Strip,
    I would say the saving is big enough to take a Vegas Taxi, with long-haul.
     
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    searchin Low-Roller

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    for groceries , take the flamingo bus ($ 2 ) west about 2 miles to Decatur. There is a Smiths there. Good full service grocery store.
    There is a movie theater in the Palms casino. Hows that for a cheap show .
     
  10. Bigben77

    Bigben77 Low-Roller

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    yeah and there is movies by mgm as well. Hopefully it will be warm enough for the pool.
     
  11. Ben Jammin

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    Only a grand? I can do Vegas on $300, go for 3 days drunk, gamble 8 hours a day and eat free or cheap, on coupons and deals. Includes the Deuce and the SDX.
    If you really know how to gamble, have a good money management system and play the right games at the right locations you can do this too.
    I've never spent more than $500 on a three to four day excursion and I've stayed at 4 and 5 star properties, played every table game and Video Poker, (never slots) except my wife does play wheel of misfortune. (that's where the $500 part comes in)
    The house edge can be as low as one half of one percent, and with much play comes comps and RFB. Just ask the host or pit and you're golden!
    OK so add about a hun if we fly, but they don't like it when you take pot on the plane.
     
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    I agree take the bus to Smiths. You can Uber/Lyft it back with groceries. CVS and Walgreen charge strip prices. Gold Coast also has a reasonable gift shop with very decent liquor prices and that is close enough to walk to . Gold Coast also has good VP odds, Ping Pang Pong, Very nice breakfast buffet for CHEAP and the Cornerstone pub has a nice happy hour.
     
  13. Kjell28

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    Ive seen others have used Amazon Now to deliver their groceries to their hotel...an option I may use for my upcoming trip
     
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    Vons has grocery delivery. I believe they have a minimum order (and I've heard various opinions on whether they'll deliver alcohol....) and they used to have a coupon for a first order too. All info on their site....
     
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    If you reaaally want to eat cheap, there is a Sonic just past Gold Coast, within walking distance.
     
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    I go for 2 weeks on a $3,000 bankroll. No problem making the money last if you're a careful gambler (no slots, no bets on games with less than 99.5% return) and keep your bets small. Like Ben Jammin, if you play carefully you can get plenty of comps to cover your rooms, food, entertainment, etc. My biggest cost is a 2 week rental car and tips.
    That being said, don't eat at Rio unless it's comped. Overpriced and poor selections. Next door at Gold Coast are 2 very good Chinese options as well as a decent buffet at a decent price. Also, the Gold Coast has much better table odds and vp pay tables. Everything is better over there. The Palms is now a Stations and may have some great deals but I haven't checked it out yet so I won't comment.
     
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    wager less and you will be fine
     
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    Pretty generic convenience store just past Sonic and across from Palms Place that isn't a bad choice for a few snack items and a large, icy cold beverage. Not cheap but not bad. There is also a rather seedy place in the shopping Plaza behind Gold Coast. Could always ride the shuttle to Ballys and hit up CVS.
     
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    OP, a 3 day trip on $1,000 is easy to do, seriously. I spend much more on Vegas trips now but I have many more years having a GREAT time in Vegas on LESS than $1k for 3 days.
    I agree with others that you don't need to trek all the way to Walmart for reasonably-priced snacks as there are many places closer where you can get reasonable snacks plus during a 3-day trip I wouldn't want to spend that much time traveling to and from Walmart.

    You have great recommendations regarding places near Rio for snacks and just up Flamingo near Bally's there's the 24-hour CVS. I haven't been there yet but the Walgreens on the strip not only have snacks but light groceries, salads and beer and wine too. I'm sure the CVS there, which I think is 2 floors, is the same.

    Don't know if you are over 50 but you will be there on a Wednesday and Stations casinos have great promos if you are in the over 50 club. Even if you are not, the LVA book or the less expensive (under $20) ACG book is worth it as there are coupons in there for comped buffet meals at Gold Coast and I believe Orleans for earning just a few points. Rio is in a great spot because you have Gold Coast and Palms and Orleans a walk or free shuttle ride away where you can get a super inexpensive, if not "free"-with-points buffet. You can also take the bus or walk east on Flamingo to Ellis Island and/or Tuscany for decent but super inexpensive meals (under $10) with a coupon and sometimes even without one. Yes, Vegas now has more "high end" restaurants than ever but IMO it is still not that hard to eat for $25 or less for the day (breakfast and dinner with a midday snack) and you are in a good location to be able to do so.

    I would recommend getting a 3-day all access RTC bus pass. It is just $20. You used to be able to order it online and have it mailed, at no cost. They have stopped mailing the passes but you can get them from the RTC app. Unless you plan on spending a lot of time downtown IMO you can skip cabs or Uber/Lyft altogether with the $20 pass and can even take public transportation with your pass to and from the airport. No tips. Just $20 all in for your transportation needs though if you want to Uber/Lyft to and from the airport we're talking probably about $35 all in RT. Or you can do an airport shuttle for about $15 RT.

    Enjoy your trip and have a relaxing time!
     
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    For my trip coming up in May, I have the following breakfast/lunch/dinner on the table:
    1) $50 off $100 at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay (Restaurant.com)
    2) $25 of $37.50 at Slice of Vegas at Mandalay Bay (restaurant.com)
    3) 2 Free Breakfast or Lunch at Luxor (myvegas)
    4) 2 BOGO for Breakfast or Lunch at Luxor (myvegas)
    5) $75.00 off $150.00 at Tender Steakhouse at Luxor (myvegas)
    6) $29.00 for 2 at Spice Market Buffet (Travelzoo)

    Based off these discounts, I will be saving approximately $230 on these meals if I stayed closed to the minimum.
    I'm for sure not cheap, just frugal and would rather put the $230.00 in savings into a slot machine.
     
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