Las Vegas is known for its extravagance, its $100,000 table service and its multi-billion dollar hotels. But it also has a flip side: You can enjoy a lot of what Vegas has to offer while spending very little money. The world’s most lavish city can be explored and celebrated on just a few hundred dollars. How do you live it up in Las Vegas on a shoestring budget? Here are a few tips.
Housing and Accommodation
Check online for hotel and accommodation deals. Check on different days and check different dates for your stay, as prices can fluctuate quite a bit as hotels try to gauge their vacancies. Share your hotel room with a few other people to lower the price per person. If cost is a big concern, try staying somewhere off the strip. Yes, you’ll have to take a bus to get to the action, but you’ll save a lot of money by being just a little off the center.
Cheap Food Eats
The best way to get good bang for your buck is to go to one of Vegas’ many buffets. These buffets serve a wide array of different foods for a very affordable price. Buffets that are slightly outside the strip are very affordable.
You can also find a lot of smaller eateries that offer deals like $0.99 cent shrimp plates or $1.50 hot dogs.
Getting Free Stuff
In Vegas, free stuff has a name: “comps.” Comps are basically freebies given to by hotels and casinos. If you’re staying at a place, ask if you can get any comps with your room. If a promoter invites you to play at a casino, ask if you can get comps with it.
Comps could include free gambling credit money, discounts on show tickets, free drinks, free food, free room for a night and more.
Don’t think that only high rollers get comps. Remember, if a casino doesn’t fill a room, they get $0 for it anyway. So they’ll often give away rooms as comps as long as you’re paying for something else. The same logic applies to a lot of different things, so don’t be afraid to ask for free stuff.
There’s a $2 bus that runs up and down the Vegas strip. There are buses going to and from the strip at all hours. Avoid taking a taxi whenever possible. And avoid driving whenever possible, as you’re going to pay a lot of money in parking as well as in gas, as you’ll be idling in traffic a lot.
Most hotels in Vegas don’t offer free Wifi. Instead, you have to pay to access the internet. The rates can be quite outrageous.
You’re much better off going down the street to a Starbucks or coffee shop for free internet access. If you don’t have your own laptop, just pop into an internet café.
Gambling and Entertainment
There are all kinds of ways to enjoy Vegas without spending a boatload of money. For one, visit the Bellagio’s world famous water display show, which plays every 30 minutes at night. You can also check out the exploding water volcano at the Mirage.
For a pole dancing show you’ll never forget, head on over to Planet Hollywood. There are plenty of other performers doing all kinds of dances and stunts at Circus Circus. There are plenty of other attractions you can visit in Vegas depending on the time of year. Just ask around.
None of these shows require payment of any sort. You can just come in, watch the show and leave.
As for gambling, make sure you pick a strict limit before you step foot in Vegas. A lot of people come to Vegas with no intention of gambling, yet end up doing so anyway. There’s nothing wrong with gambling, as long as it doesn’t break your budget.
Even if you don’t intend to gamble, set a limit for yourself. If you end up playing, make sure you stop the moment you hit that limit. One good way to make sure you don’t go overboard is to only take a certain amount of cash out with you and leave your credit card in your hotel safe.
If you follow the tips in this article, you’ll be able to live it up in Vegas while paying only for a cheap room, inexpensive food and $2 bus rides. There’s no reason to break the bank for a Vegas trip.