What Happens in Vegas...Drains Your Bank Account

Other | Wednesday 29th January 2014 | 00

Here are some basic guidelines if you’re hoping to leave Sin City without spending your life savings

  1. Hotels are for sleeping and no one sleeps in Vegas. It may seem tempting to splurge on a lux night in a famous Vegas hotel but resist the temptation. Odds are you’ll be too tired to appreciate a five star hotel room anyway. Plus, remember that all the major hotels have casinos and buffets available to the public. Feel free to spend your day at Bellagio you can reap all of the benefits of being a guest without the price tag. If you’re still not convinced, and have your heart set on the high-roller lifestyle, remember to keep your eyes peeled for hot deals. In Vegas the real money is made in the hotel casino so rooms are often offered at low prices to encourage gambling, odds are you can score lush accommodation if you explore all of your options.
  2. Free drinks are rarely free. Casinos claim to offer complementary drinks if you’re at the slots or the tables but that’s not the whole story. Consider these drinks pay by the minute rather than free. The goal here is to keep you spending so waiters make the rounds pretty infrequently. Also, it’s America so you’re expected to tip. If you want to make the most of it give your waiter a big tip after the first drink and hope they keep you well stocked. Just remember that this, like everything in Vegas, is a gamble. You may hand over your tip right before a shift change and have to start from scratch when the next waiter appears.
  3. Always be prepared. Another option for budget drinking is to hit the grocery and build up supplies. If you have access to a car cheap alcohol can be found just a short drive from the strip. Pop into a CVS, Albertsons, or Vons to stock up. Fill up a flask or, if you’re feeling thrifty, save the cup from your ‘complementary’ drink and keep it filled all night. Ice machines should be available, free of charge, on the guest floors of the hotel so you can keep everything chilled.
  4. Have a game plan when it comes to food.  If buffets are a must when it comes to your Vegas vacay opt for a Buffet of Buffets pass. This will allow you access to buffets at 6 different hotels including Cesar’s Palace and Planet Hollywood. You can attend as many as you want in a 24 hour period for about 50$(30£) per person. This is a steal considering a single buffet trip can cost you where from 25$ to 40$ (15-24£). If you’re not bothered about buffets you still need to be careful. Vegas has a host of amazing restaurants but they come with a hefty price tag. Even your average fast food place tends to jack up prices around the strip. Your best bet is to hit a grocery store, like with the alcohol, and snack in your hotel room. If you have car access you’ll find much more reasonable prices just a few miles from the strip. You can also try to hit one of the cheaper buffets and eat enough to fill you for the day.
  5. Don’t blow your money at a strip club. It may be tempting to shower the scantily clad men and women of Vegas with cash but you’ll absolutely regret it. Vegas is a feast for the senses and you’re sure to get an eyeful but that doesn’t mean you have to pay for it. Just a wander up and down the strip will offer a whole range of nude visuals. Tipping is not optional in America and you will already feel like you’re handing away your savings to bar tenders, waiters, and bellhops don’t add strippers to the list. If you absolutely must, remember then be prepared to pay for it. Relocate money from one of your other funds rather than cheat the performers. Those men and women work hard for the money, if you want to objectify them you’ll need to fork over the cash.