Let’s face it: no one is rolling in dough in this economy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get away for a weekend and live it up in Vegas with your buds! If you play your cards right, you don’t have to empty your wallet to get drunk, rich, and laid a few times. Here are a few tips on how to cut down on costs without compromising an epic trip.
Round up the troops! The more people that come with you, the more they can share the cost of gas, booze, and the room. Just don’t make it obvious that you are going to cram eight bodies in a room reserved for two. Besides, your room is there for only three things: pre-gaming, pleasure, and passing out. If you happen to find a date for the night, suggest you go back to his or her room, player.
This brings us to the next point: booze. Vegas can be the best trip you’ll never remember, if you plan accordingly. You should have more booze in your car than luggage. Bringing your own drinks, mixers, and chasers will save you a lot of money. The average drink in Vegas can cost anywhere from $8-$18, so don’t be shy; take your beers to go! Parched? Only have a little cash? No problem! Head over to the slots or the tables, where drinks are free if you are gambling.
Some time during your trip, you will probably get hungry. Vegas is known for its great buffets; however, they can get very pricey. Not every meal needs to be a feast. Most hotels have a food court with a variety of choices at moderate prices. When eating out, stick to water (you’ll need it!) over sodas and teas, because the cost of beverages adds up quickly.
Okay shooter, listen up: everyone goes to Vegas with the fantasy of winning big. In reality, most people end up broke wishing they would have spent it on an escort, a limo ride, and a Costco sized box of condoms. Add a mild STD on top and it’s starting to look like a pretty average trip. If you are going to gamble, always approach the casino with a budget in your head. Think of a number you can afford to lose and never go over that number. Try to limit your gambling time to the morning and mid-day; this is when the tables are the cheapest. Make your money last because, as long as you are gambling, drinks are free! For a few lessons on how to gamble without looking like a fool, visit VegasClick.
Now that the essentials are covered, here are a few quick pearls for the serious penny pinchers: Take single bills to the strip club. Stay at your own pool to avoid usage feed. Get a discounted hotel on the strip and walk everywhere, rather than taking a cab. If you must “go big” (i.e., clubbing, bottle service, or “makin’ it rain”), save it for only one of the nights. And if someone accuses you of being stingy, simply respond, “It’s not cheap. It’s ballin’ on a budget, son.”