I've been a member of this forum for a while but haven't visited in a bit. I just wanted to say that I'm so glad that this forum -- and this sub-forum, in particular -- are here. I'm going to start following this forum more, I think. I'm a pretty active member on another very active Las Vegas forum. I enjoy the information that I get there and the posts from many of the members. However, some are very "snobby." If there's a post that asks or complains about prices or something, people pile on. It's so...annoying and pretentious. We take 2 three-week cross-country trips to Las Vegas a year and spend 7-10 of those days in Vegas. Being away from home for 3 weeks at a time is costly. We spend a ton before we ever leave the house to get our car ready for our trip, secure arrangements for our much-beloved and very-spoiled pets, etc. If we were just going for 2 or 3 nights, it might be different. Because our trips are so long (and cost quite a bit before and after Vegas), we use budget accommodations like Bally's and look for deals along the way. It's nice to have others I can chat with who understand being on a budget of some sort vs. talking to those who basically act like you shouldn't even go if you don't have a practically unlimited budget.