Dollars and Sense

How to Maximize Your Vegas Budget

We’ve all been there. Your friends want you to take a trip, but you don’t exactly have a ton of money to spare. But you know you can’t pass up the opportunity, especially when the trip is to Las Vegas. 

So how do you get the most bang for your buck without compromising the fun you that only Las Vegas can deliver? Here are a few suggestions, at no charge (See, you're already saving).

Meals

For those who love the all-you-can-eat option, Las Vegas has plenty of buffets that cost under $30, especially for breakfast. A few options to check out are Bayside at Mandalay BayThe Buffet at Excalibur and Garden Court Buffet at Main Street Station. However, if that’s still too costly for your budget, don’t worry, there are plenty of other choices.

One of the best ways to take advantage of cheaper meals is to dine at restaurants during their happy hours. You’re sure to find plenty of small dishes from $3 to $10. Their times tend to vary from place to place, and not all offer a happy hour, but many of them do. You’re bound to find something tasty if you know where to look.

El Segundo Sol inside the Fashion Show mall holds happy hour every day from 4-7 p.m. and has discounted tacos, quesadillas, and nachos. Hussong’s Cantina at Mandalay Bay offers $3 tacos, Monday−Thursday from 3 p.m.  The Barrymore inside the Royal Resort offers grilled octopus and oysters Rockefeller for $9 daily from 5-7 p.m. along with other various good eats.

Free Attractions

One of the best things about Las Vegas is that plenty of the big attractions are completely free. The Fountains of Bellagio and the hotel’s botanical gardens and conservatory, the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, the volcano at The Mirage, and The Wildlife Habitat at The Flamingo are great sights you can see without opening your wallet. 

You can also check out some incredible artwork inside the ARIA resort, and the street art lining Downtown Las Vegas. 

anytime from Sunday through Thursday. And if you don’t mind taking an Uber or Lyft occasionally, off-the-Strip hotels can be a less expensive option as well.

Clubs, Bars and Lounges

It’s true what you’ve heard − the drinks in Las Vegas are a little bit pricier than you’d probably find in your hometown. Most bars will charge an average of $10 and clubs $15 or more for a simple well drink. But don’t be discouraged! Just do a little research here and you'll find some amazing Happy Hour specials to help you save a few dollars. 

If your group is interested in heading to a nightclub, the entry cost can be quite high, especially for guys. Your best option is to look for a promoter to help get you into a club. Promoters can be found all over the Strip, as their main job is to help bring crowds to the clubs.

For all those lucky ladies out there, many clubs have drink specials if you show up by a certain time.

But if you do find a promoter to help you get in, the cost will most likely be waived or cut in half.

For all those lucky ladies out there, many clubs have drink specials if you show up by a certain time. The Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay offers ladies free champagne on certain Saturdays from 10 p.m. to midnight. If you’re on the guest list at 1OAK, you’ll most likely receive a free-drink ticket.

And for those who love wine, every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. there is an event called Rock ’n’ Roll Wine. Members can taste free samples of various wines; becoming a member is free and the location changes every week.

Hotels

Most visitors know that there are tons of luxury hotels on the Strip that offer extravagant suites for a high cost but, what many don’t realize is that there are a lot of low-cost luxury hotels as well. If value is what you’re looking for, be sure to check out LuxorExcaliburNew York-New York and Flamingo on the Strip. Also, be sure to avoid visiting during holidays and large-scale events such as a UFC fight or NASCAR weekend as prices tend to be much higher during these times.

For those who can afford to visit during the week, weekday prices tend to be much lower if you stay anytime from Sunday through Thursday. And if you don’t mind taking an Uber or Lyft occasionally, off-the-Strip hotels can be a less expensive option as well.

Fremont Street

The best kept secret in Las Vegas. All right, so Fremont Street is by no means a secret, but it is the best kept secret when it comes to price. Pretty much everything on Fremont Street is well under the price of the Strip − from the hotel rooms to the food and drinks, and even the entertainment.

Transportation

Take the bus called The Deuce. It’s your cheapest option and stops at every hotel.

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