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Tips and Tricks for saving money.

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by Backagain1, Dec 6, 2015.

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  1. Backagain1

    Backagain1 High-Roller

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    Does anyone suggest another store besides Walmart? Like the two mentioned here - Local grocery store - Mexican Market?
     
  2. LVKG16

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    Good advice. Signing up!
     
  3. gpenguins67

    gpenguins67 High-Roller

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    I remember the days when we had to be on a really tight budget when we first started going to Vegas. I remember other people saying how things were so expensive but I never felt that way. Here are a few of my suggestions that I've noticed some of my friends have wasted money on.
    -Don't take a cab everywhere. That definitely adds up quick. Tell them to get a pair of comfortable shoes and plan on walking.... a lot.
    The other good thing about walking around and exploring is that there are signs for deals everywhere. If we were there during the football season we would start scoping out signs for drink and food specials for Sunday.
    - Hanging out at the pool all day sucks if you are paying $6 a beer. Till this day we still hit the ABC store and pickup a bottle of something. When we head down to the pool we refill our starbucks cups with drinks then head down. At least it gives us a few rounds before we start shelling out money for drinks. Even with the frozen drinks. The pool charges double the price for half the size, Grab one of those at one of the stands before you go to the pool. I've never had a problem bringing a drink into the pool as long as it wasn't a glass bottle or a cooler of beers.
    - Take advantage of the happy hour specials. Do a google search for happy hours before heading out. Good way to try the high end restaurants without spending $100 a person.
    - Don't plan on having a sit down restaurant meal 3 times a day. Not to say you have to eat at the food court for every meal but grabbing a small sandwich for lunch could cost $10 vs a restaurant visit for $40 for essentially the same meal.
    - Don't feel the need to have every meal in the restaurants in the casinos. Again if you are walking around like I suggested before you can spot the deals and find other places on the strip where you can get a good meal cheaper.
    - If I feel like killing time and getting free drinks, I'll hit the poker room and play 2-4 limit poker. Ive bought in for $100 hung out for an hour or two and walked away with the same money. If you play a no limit table, you might not fair as well.
    Another big one is to hit the CVS or ABC store and get a few bottles of water for the room. Its a lot cheaper than spending $6 a bottle of water at the hotel lobby store when you need water at the end of the night.
    - When drinking at the sportsbook, I'll bet the horses. For most places a $10 bet on the horses will get you a drink ticket. Even if you don't know what you are doing. You can just bet the favorite..... its not gonna win everytime but it will reduce your chances of losing every bet.
     
  4. RockyBalboa

    RockyBalboa Front Line Winner

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    Some good suggestions, gp.

    One that I am steadfast in doing is I bring a small softsided cooler with me and put it in my checked bag. That way I can keep 6-8 bottles of drinks on ice while I am out and they will be ready upon return. This saves quite a bit since the hotel gift shops charge so much for a bottle of water or gatorade.
     
  5. gpenguins67

    gpenguins67 High-Roller

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    Take no offense to this but if you guys were doing this while I was playing at the table I would probably turn around any try to strangle one of you guys.... lol I'm sure you guys are having fun and not bothering anyone but you gotta make sure you find the right table that doesn't mind having people lurk over their shoulders the whole time while they are playing.

    Just a followup to the comments about going to the grocery store or Walmart. If you need to take a cab to any of these places you are probably gonna spend more money in cabfare or uber getting there and back than you will save. The ABC stores and CVS/walgreens might costs a few bucks more but you will save that on getting to the store outside of walking distance. Now if you have a rental car, then it makes sense to make that trip.
     
  6. jasonargo

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    I agree with many of the other posters' suggestions. I bring two soft coolers with me for the room and pick up beer and Powerade at a store, usually a Rebel convenience store. I normally have a rental car so that makes it easier.

    I prefer to stay downtown for the usual reasons - lower hotel rates, cheaper food, & better gambling. I love the $5 single-deck blackjack at the El Cortez, and the Boar Bar at Main Street Station has great beer and 9-6 Jacks Or Better video poker for quarters. California has excellent VP options also.

    I get an American Casino Guide every year, though this year it seems to be a bit light on the gambling coupons.

    For food here are some of my favorites:

    $9.99 prime rib special at Market Street at the California, happy hour 2-4-1 appetizers at Chicago Brewing in Four Queens, steak special and other food at Ellis Island cafe (love their pork chops), Binion's burgers, Magnolia's at Four Queens, happy hour personal pizzas at Pizza Rock.

    Restaurant.com and Groupon.com are good sources for discounts on food. Goldstar.com is a good way to save money on shows.

    My upcoming trip will be a challenge, as we will be a party of 5 rather than the usual solo trip or just with my lady friend. We have two ACGs, and the trick will be eating well without busting anyone's budget. Two elderly parents, my brother, and lady friend, and at least one wheelchair. It will definitely be a slower pace than usual!

    Have a great trip and good luck.

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  7. Backagain1

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    Thank you, you too.
     
  8. Franken Dean

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    After getting my Rental car I usually go to Vons grocery on Flamingo. It is by UNLV campus and has good liquor buys.

    1131 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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    After getting my Rental car I usually go to Vons grocery on Flamingo. It is by UNLV campus and has good liquor buys.

    1131 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119
     
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    Don't know if this is cost saving or sanity saving, but I bring a small coffee pot so that I can bring a coffee down to the casino in the morning. I hate waiting in lines and paying inflated prices, and have spent WAY too much waiting for the CW to show up at my machine. Fave Vegas morning....coffee, video poker, enjoy. Fast forward to evening....I have either packed a bottle of whiskey if I checked a bag, or picked up a bottle at Stage Door. Small bottle of 7 up from Walgreens, ice, and a repeat of the morning. Make my LARGE and STRONG drink in a plastic cup, and find my happy machine. If the CW shows up, I order and tip. Nice to have a back up to dump into my solo cup!
     
  10. bclub

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    Stage Door? Ohhhhh yeah. Get that roller hot dog and a Bud, combined with the HUGE shots they serve....I'm there! 6/5 VP so just slow play it....
     
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    I stop at the pizza place at Ellis Island (Metro Pizza) They have buy one get one free. (I think on Thurs.) That is a slice or a whole pizza. They are off strip about a block behind Bally's
    Also I eat at Gold Coast buffet. It is cheaper than the strip buffets. It is not tooooo long a walk from Caesar's, or you can take a "free" shuttle from Ballys (?) correct me if I'm wrong.
    They also have footlong hotdogs at Casino Royale.
    $1 Michelobs at Casino Royale as well.
    Those are my go to's everytime I visit.
    If you don't want to do a lot of walking or use cabs, you can use the monorail. I'm not sure of the prices on it though.
    Hope that helps. Good Luck & Have Fun !!!
    Also Steak & Shrimp at Lucky's @ The Hard Rock for $7.77 (You have to ask for it, It's not on the menu.)
     
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    From your post most responders are assuming you're staying Downtown. So you're watching costs on rooms. You got plenty of tips about saving on booze...get a bottle at CVS for the room, get it elsewhere in the city if you have a car. You got tips about food...don't do nice restaurants 3x/day. You can get great meals in the coffee shops. (The Cal coffee shop has a great $9.99 prime rib special. I also like the El Cortez coffee shop. Binions also has a great hamburger deal in their coffee shop.) For a really good reasonably priced dinner you might want to try the Asian restaurant across the street from El Cortez. Your trip should all be set.
     
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    If you are really budgeting money for food then you can always go to McD's for their dollar menu. For 2 to 3 bucks you can get a burger and fries. Sodas of all sizes are a buck for now.

    There are also some hot dog and beer specials at many downtown casinos.

    If you are over 50 you can also check to see if there are some senior specials. Unlike most cities it is great to be over 50 and considered a "senior". In many cities you have to be 65 and over to be considered a senior.

    I usually buy a gallon bottle of water along with a smaller bottle. I just reuse the smaller bottle and fill it up with the water from my gallon jug. You can pick up the gallon bottle for a buck or two at many places.

    BTW, the el cortez doesn't really have a coffee shop anymore, that has closed and been replaced with a pizza joint. Siegels 1941 has replaced the coffee shop and fine dining restaurant and IMHO the prices aren't that great anymore.
     
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    Sign up for players cards EVERYWHERE--and USE them! Haven't paid much for rooms in Vegas since we started doing this.

    We usually are comped at Caesars properties. Joined Founders Club to acquire Diamond status--resort fees comped, 2 free show tickets/calendar month (really nice if you book your trip at the end of one month/beginning of another), $100/year dining credit. Free drinks/food at diamond lounges every evening & 12-9 Fri/Sat.

    Airfare--I check every site/airline. Companion pass on SWA was FABULOUS the last 2 years (acquired mostly through bonus sign ups). Missing that. Hope to get it again in future.

    Bus to DT if we go for a day. Free shuttles to offstrip casinos. Have usually done cabs to/from airport but looks like Lyft with their app specials this time. (very occasionally rent a car; rarely cheaper)

    Meals--bring protein bar for breakfast. Lunches with BOGO coupons/groupons, etc and/or Total Rewards points Dinner at diamond club.

    Drinks--I NEVER pay for a drink. BUT I gamble. Luckily poker & video poker are my games. Waitresses very good in poker rooms. Or I belly up to a video poke bar. Yes, sometimes that cup of coffee costs me $20...If I were to pay for a drink, I would hit ABC stores for cheap liquor. Those $1 MIchelobs at Casino Royale are a great deal too. Happy hours rock. (I will get an updated list up after our June trip)

    Shows...as said, at least 1 show free with diamond tickets. Otherwise I scour groupon/travelzoo/living social/etc. for great deals. Free Marc SAvard tickets in las VEgas ADvisor coupon book

    Gambling...AMerican Casino Guide & Las Vegas Advisor book for matchplays/freeplays. We never do less than break even for the price of the book. Stretches your gambling $. Take advantage of all sign up bonuses, WIN cards (Circus Circus, possibly NYNY, Luxor, Mandalay Bay; not sure about Tropicana or 4 Queens anymore). I also play games with low variabliity that I have learned to play well.
     
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