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Been thinking.. I'm not cheap.. somewhat frugal.. I don't want too be gouged

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by Vegabound, Jul 9, 2018.

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  1. Vegas Erica

    Vegas Erica High-Roller

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    I'll just add, I learned by playing at the table that the dealer also enjoys playing.
    Sometimes I'll ask their preference - the tip or to play and most of the time they choose playing.

    Most of the time this learning is based off what the rest of the table is doing.
     
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  2. dewey089

    dewey089 Guru of Value

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    Well, I think I was sensitive to his feelings. I did not announce it at the table. He and I were the only two in bathroom. I wasn't snarky. I started with, "I'm not trying to tell you how to play your game...." And then "Perhaps you don't know this but it is customary...…"and when the first tip came in, the dealer mouthed "Thank you." The young fellow seemed fine. He came back and played with us and did not seem the least off his emotional self.
     
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  3. Federated52

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    I also try to be "frugal" when I go to Vegas. It is getting harder though. I tend to stay at the lower tier casino's, because I really only am in the room to shower & sleep. It does seem that it is gearing more to the younger crowd, and the bigger budget gamblers. I have not been to Vegas in over 20 months for that same reason. I don't really miss it that much either. I not saying I don't want to go back, just not once a year like I was doing for the past 15 years like I used to. I still am saving up for a trip, Although it may not ever be next year. Glad to hear I am not alone in my thoughts.
     
  4. Headache 21

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    I'm definitely in the frugal department.

    I live in a major city so don't need to go to Vegas for the same restaurants I can go to here.

    I like to go once a year. Sometimes solo, sometimes with my brother in law.

    If I'm solo I usually stay at a mid tier hotel unless I get a good deal. Only comp offers I ever get tend to be midweek and I have no interest in that (a friend is a local and I don't need him to take off work to hang out with my dumb ass).

    If I go with BIL we usually stay at a nicer place since we're splitting it.

    I will cash in myvegas LPs and look for drink deals and whatnot.

    I take an early morning flight in to save a few 100 bucks.

    I'll even take the WAX instead of Uber if the timing works out.

    It may sound cheap, and we're pretty well off so don't really need to be cheap - but the wife isn't as gung ho on the whole gambling thing (why she never comes) so I get try to maximize my funds so that I can keep making the trip year after year.

    It's not always a matter of do you have the cash or don't you.
     
  5. YoungGun

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    I think there are some of us who are recreationally frugal when we go to Las Vegas. A friend of mine is a surgeon who makes more in a month than I do in a year and he ate at the Palace Station buffet (pre-remodel) for every meal because he got a little rush from getting what he considered a bargain. I think part of our friendship is built on a shared enjoyment of looking for good deals. However, when we go with significant others we have no problem with fine dining and paying for bottle service. Another friend I have basically plans his trips around eating 4 times with Buffet of Buffets.

    My last trip my meals ranged from a $5 lunch buffet to a $200 dinner at a steakhouse. I got enjoyment from both in their own ways. That American wagyu was one of the best steaks I’ve ever had, but I equally enjoyed that $5 buffet because it felt good to be eating that well for $5.

    I think being frugal because you can appreciate a good deal is different than being frugal by necessity and I don’t see any problem with either. I do have a problem with those who are cheap. You can usually tell the difference between frugal and cheap by how much someone tips.
     
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  6. The Rumor

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    It's also true that some of us eat a fair number of nice meals and go to a number of sporting events/things for work, and I don't feel like I need to have every meal be the most magical thing ever when I'm on vacation - especially when I'm already drinking 1,000 calories a day. I don't need a crazy lunch and a crazy dinner. I'd rather have another $100 a day to gamble
     
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  7. Calder

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    Pow!

    Thanks, YoungGun, for describing my travel philosophy in one elegantly simple phrase.

    All those years of trying to explain vacationing in a tent (or less):
    "You went to Hawaii and slept on the ground?!?"

    Recreationally Frugal.

    I need to stencil that on my backpack...or my Golden Gate T-Shirt.
     
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