Las Vegas Money Saving Tips

 

Shopping, clubs, gambling, shows, hotel rooms, limos, dinners ... money can go fast in a city such as Las Vegas. However you don't have to spend megabucks to have an unforgettable time in Las Vegas. As part of your trip to Las Vegas, it helps to equip yourself with a few Las Vegas money saving tips.

Saving money, especially on your trip to Las Vegas is a necessity. Don't ruin your vacation by running out of money prematurely. It pays to educate yourself before hand so that you can make informed decisions when you get to Vegas.

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The city has so much to offer and there's something for everyone, no matter what your lifestyle or budget. Even though saving money is necessary in Vegas, you can still have fun on a tight budget by utilizing some of the tips here.

Las Vegas Money Saving Tips

Food & Dining

If you like Las Vegas buffets try going during the lunch time. It's usually much cheaper with often the same food selection.

Order wine by the bottle. If two or more people are drinking wine and can settle on the type of wine that you like, you can save some money by ordering a bottle.

Frequent buffets and casino food courts. They are generally less expensive than restaurants.

Skip the soft drinks and the bottled water at restaurants. With soda costing as much as $3 a glass, and bottled water even more, your drinks can cost as much as half your meal. Even if the waiter is trying to talk you into bottled water, just order ice water.

Before entering a restaurant make sure you know how much it will cost. Check the menu if it is shown or ask the hostess if you could see one before entering. Prices could eat up your budget.

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Getting Around Las Vegas

If you drive, don't get gasoline on the Vegas Strip. While those conveniently located gas stations are great, take a few extra minutes to drive east or west to get cheaper gas. With today's gas prices, you will be happy you did. Gas stations between the Stratosphere Tower and downtown will usually give you the best prices.

Riding the Las Vegas Monorail or walking are best. For those HOT, HOT, HOT days, cab it or use the Las Vegas casino shuttles. If you rent a car, rent compact or sub compact cars. With the soaring prices of gas, fuel efficiency is key.

If you plan to go downtown to gamble or enjoy the Fremont Street Experience, take the bus! It's a people-watching extravaganza and it's only $3.00 each way or $7.00 for the whole day.

Don't forget to put sun block on your ears, especially if you plan on doing a lot of walking

Don't even think about jaywalking on the Vegas Strip, it is better to lose a little time than your life besides you will get cited if caught.

When taking a Las Vegas taxi cab from the airport, remember to tell the cab driver not to take the tunnel. The use of the I-215 tunnel from McCarran airport is NEVER the shortest route to ANY Las Vegas Strip hotel.

A tactics some taxi drivers use to scam passenger once you get to your destination, is to suddenly mention that they cannot make change. If your trip from the airport to your hotel is $12, and all you have on you is a $20 bill, you will find yourself reluctantly giving an $8 tip. To avoid this, make sure you have plenty of small bills and change ahead of time. Check here for the approximate Las Vegas taxi fare to your hotel and remember to tip accordingly.

While this is customary, tips or gratuities to taxi drivers in Las Vegas are optional and NOT required.

If you plan to pay for your taxi fare with a credit card, be aware that you will be charged a $3.00 fee over and above the meter charge.

Here is a way to save on taxi fare. If you're adventurous (and use good judgment on this one), while waiting for bags at baggage claim or standing in the long taxi lines at the airport, ask if anyone nearby is heading to the same destination, then split the fare. Cabs charge the same fare whether there's one rider or five.

If you are planning to rent a car while in Las Vegas, checkout some of these money saving Car Rental tips.

Discount Show Tickets

Las Vegas Shows

Show tickets are always cheaper online and it makes sense to buy your show Top Las Vegas Showstickets on-line before you get to Las Vegas and take advantage of all online discount offers.

Unless you're dying to see the big-name entertainer who is in town, you can see some great shows for $35-40 per person rather than paying $200-$250/person to see Cher bid farewell...again.

If you purchase your Las Vegas show ticket online, always select "Will Call" as a delivery option. With Will Call, your tickets are held at the box office for you to pickup before the show. Will Call saves you on shipping and handling because there is No additional charge. You also don't have to worry about your ticket getting lost in the mail.

 

 

 

Hotel Deals

Use discount PROMO CODES and Book directly from the hotels to get the best deals and added freebies..

Las Vegas hotels are much cheaper mid week but sometimes you can get deals on weekend just keep trying their websites.

Take advantage of all discounts offered. Use online services and bundle offers; air, hotel, car, shows, etc. They can save you plenty $$$ and headaches too. Book rooms that make sense for you.

Plan to check-in on a weekday and not a weekend

Check the Las Vegas Convention Calendar to make sure there are no major events in town when you plan to be there.

Remember Vegas hotel room prices changes from day to day and is based on demand.

If you find a great room rate through a 3-party source, call the hotel directly to see if they can match it.

Remember, you don't come to Vegas to stay in your room, so why blow your budget on a bed? Save on hotel rooms whenever you can and get more out of your next Sin City vacation.

Once you decide on a hotel, always check the hotel's resort fee. When in doubt, call the hotel and ask for any hidden fee.

Whenever possible, avoid booking and paying for your las vegas hotel with a bank debit card. The reasons are explained here....

If you are traveling with children, do not assume they can stay with you for free. Always check with the hotel to make sure there are no additional charge for kids.

Be aware, a few Las Vegas hotels will charge you a $10 processing fee for hotel reservations made by telephone. Avoid this fee by booking your reservation online.

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Flight Deals

Try and combine Air + hotel when booking and go through sites like Southwest Airlines Vacation, United Airlines Vacation, Expedia, Orbitz or Priceline.

Another trick is to do a search on Trip advisor engine. It will check all airlines going to Vegas from your travel destination and all major travel sites and return the cheapest fare.

Amenities

Use amenities sparingly. Some Las Vegas hotel spas and other services are very expensive. Ask yourself, do you really needs this? If so, can you really afford it?

Most hotels will charge you for wireless internet connection. It's worth mentioning that there are a few spots on the Vegas Strip where you can find unfettered Free access. Here is a long list of other places where you can get free wireless internet along the Vegas strip.

Some hotels will add an additional resort fee to your bill. The fees can be between $3 per day to $20 per day. According to them, this fee gives you free access to their Fitness Center; free local and 800-number calls. In my opinion, this is a rip-off. Excalibur for instance, charges a daily resort fee of $9.95 and that provides you with free local calls, two free drinks (well drinks, draft beer or a $5 credit toward any other beverage) per room per stay and two free Fantasy Faire Midway Games per room per stay. Most people are not aware of what they are getting for their resort fee. Here is a list of hotels that DO NOT charge resort fees.

At check-in, remember to ask for a Funbook if one is not given to you. A Las Vegas funbook is a little book filled with Las Vegas coupons for a variety of things at the hotel. Each hotel prints it's own funbook and examples of what you can get for free or at discount prices are food, drinks, Las Vegas shows, buffet coupons, and free slot plays.

Gambling

If you are new to the gambling world, consider seating in on one of the free gaming lessons offered by the casinos. Anything from roulette, blackjack, and craps.

Avoid the 5-cent slots. They may look like a bargain, but they're not.

Sign up for the players card at every casino you enter. Some offer free slot play and discounts for food just for signing up.

If you plan to play Backjack, download and study Frank Scoblete's Lucky 13: A Simple Blackjack Basic Strategy it will surely increase your chances of wining some money.

Always use a slot card when gambling and check with a host before you leave to see what you can get comp-ed.

Before leaving on your vacation, decide how much money you'll spend on gambling. Don't make this decision when you get to Vegas. This amount is your gambling bankroll. Try not to go over it.

Do not gamble for comps

Gambling odds are better off the strip than on the strip.

Under 21 in Las Vegas Have a plan on gambling loses and gambling wins . Make a daily budget and stick to it. If you win, great! If you lose, you're DONE for the day!. Never, ever, ever pull out extra money. You are not going to win back lost money. The odds are against you.

Avoid at all costs credit-card cash withdrawal machines.

It's common knowledge that you get free cocktails while you gamble in Las Vegas. That might sound very tempting but you honestly don't want to gamble for cocktails. Here are the reasons. 1) The cocktail servers show up once in a long while to ask you if you want free cocktails. 2) They are trained to watch you to make sure you have gambled for a while before asking you. 3) You are expected to tip $1 for each cocktail you receive.

Here are a few FREE Las Vegas casino online games you can practice with at home without risking any money.

 

Note to Parents: Children are not allowed to loiter on the gaming floor, or accompany a parent who is gambling. Please ask a security guard to find out more about local rules. Also be aware of all local curfews and laws.

 

Drinks

Buy your beer at the 7 Eleven, CVS or Walgreens. (see locations above) Any bar will allow you to walk in with a beer in your hand. They figure you'll finish it sooner or later and buy more.

Buy your bottled water from the street vendors or at 7-Eleven by the six-pack. You'll need water. (plenty of it)

Casino bartenders, even in showrooms and lounges, will give you a glass of ice water for free although a $1 tip will be appreciated.

Casino Royale, is one of the cheapest places to drink on the Strip.

Starbucks on Koval behind the Vegas strip is way cheaper than any of the Starbucks on the Strip. Open 24 hours.

Hotel Tips

Don't valet your car. While valet parking is free at hotels, it is expected that you tip the valet attendant. Save a few bucks and walk off that buffet dinner, park your own car in the free garage or lot.

Book a hotel center strip and WALK. With traffic, it will take you longer to get anywhere by vehicle anyway. And you'll be needing to work off last night's buffet dinner!

Take advantage of all the FREE stuff. Every hotel has some attraction that's free. (Most have some attraction that costs too, but you don't have to do both.)

Don't order room service. We know, it sounds tempting, but room service includes all kinds of additional charges and fees, and you need to tip the room service attendant.

General Tips

Everything in the tourist areas of Las Vegas will be more expensive than back home, don't complain how expensive things are. It is Vegas and it is a tourist trap. You didn't come to Sin City to save money.

Avoid casino ATM's. Fees on those machines average $3 - $5 per transaction. If you must withdraw cash, use one of the Bank ATM's listed here.

If you're strapped for cash, don't go to Vegas. Stay home or keep it local. Gambling, restaurants, hotels, shows and such will only deplete your savings and you'll feel like a total "L"oser when you're done.

Learn when to say when, or when to hold em and when to fold em.

Don't be afraid to just ask for something. The worst thing you could get is a "No". The best thing you could get is a discount or a freebie.

Las Vegas has a desert climate. Drink water to prevent dehydration and nose bleeds. Stop at Walgreens or CVS along the strip to buy your ice water. Their prices are a lot cheaper than in the hotels. Buy anything else you need there as well. (see locations on the right column) The hotel shops are way over priced.

To get a good view of the Vegas Strip, rather than pay up to $13.95 to see the Strip from the Stratosphere observation deck, head to the bar at Mix atop THEhotel at Mandalay Bay before 10 p.m. for a better view. Free.

Try not to wander off the Vegas strip too far, especially at night. The tourist areas are safe for the most part. You do have to watch out for scammers. Just ignore anyone on the street who comes up to you trying to sell anything. Overall, Las Vegas is a very safe town for tourists. But many people do become victims of things like pick pocketing and scams. So just be vigilant and you will be fine.

Watch for pickpockets at the Bellagio Fountains and other busy areas on the strip. They usually operate in groups.

Avoid the people who come up to you and ask if you are going to be there over night or want free tickets to a show. The strip is loaded with these pushers of timeshare sales. They are pushy as can be and it would be the biggest waste of your time. Nothing is worth that aggravation. Just tell them you are leaving that evening. Do not answer any other questions.

On the Vegas Strip or Fremont Street, If you come across Bugs Bunny, Hello Kitty, Elmo, Elvis, Transformer or your favorite character from Star Wars, it's ok to get excited and want to take a picture with that character to show your friends back home. However be aware that these characters are not licensed to be on the street. They expect a tip for taking a picture with them and you will be associating with these characters at your own risk.

Las Vegas tips Also be aware of the "porn slappers" along the Vegas strip that hand-out "Hot Babes Direct to your room in 20 minutes" cards of naked women. You will notice them by the annoying sound they make flipping their cards. Trust me, there is nothing hot about these girls. You will just be asking for hot trouble. Besides it's not wise to give any stranger your hotel room number or your contact number.

Despite what you have heard, Prostitution and solicitation is illegal in Las Vegas and all of Clark County (NRS 201.354). You have to go about an hour North for it to be legal. In Las Vegas, being caught for solicitation carries a mandatory court appearance and a court fine of up to $1,000, and/or a maximum six months in jail. You will also be required to take an HIV test.

There are laws, don't assume that just because it is Vegas it means you can do whatever you want.

Be aware that the Nevada police often disguise themselves as prostitutes or "johns." They do this in order to trick suspected sex workers or customers into soliciting prostitution so they can then arrest them.

What to Wear in Vegas

When in Vegas, just be yourself and dress appropriately for the occasion. Vegas is very laid back and anything goes but if you are going to a nice restaurant, dress formally. The same thing goes for shows.

Remember to check the weather and pack your bags accordingly

Las Vegas is a lot of fun. Have a great time.

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Pharmacies along the Vegas Strip

Walgreens

Walgreens Pharmacy locations on the vegas strip

(All locations are serviced by Deuce on the Strip)

Walgreens
3765 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-739-9645

(across from Monte Carlo Open - 24/7)

Pharmacy Hours: 8am - 10pm

Walgreens

3025 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-836-0820
Northeast corner of Las Vegas Blvd & Convention Center Drive. Close to Riviera Hotel

Pharmacy Hours: 9am - 7pm

Walgreens

3717 S. Las Vegas Blvd #100
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-262-0635
Corner of Las Vegas Blvd & Harmon Ave.

Pharmacy Hours: 8am - 10pm

Walgreens

3339 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-369-8166

(near the Palazzo)
Corner of Las Vegas Blvd & Buccaneer Way.

Pharmacy Hours: Open 24 hours

Walgreens

1101 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
702-471-6844
Corner of Charleston & Las Vegas Blvd

Pharmacy Hours: 8am - 10pm

Walgreens Downtown Las Vegas

495 Fremont Street #170
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 385-1284

Fremont / 4th Street

Pharmacy Hours: 9am - 5pm

CVS Pharmacy Las VegasCVS Pharmacy locations on the vegas strip

CVS Pharmacy

3758 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702- 262 - 9028

(Next to Monte Carlo Hotel Open 24/7)

between Monte Carlo and City Center

CVS Pharmacy

2700 Las Vegas Blvd. N., Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-369-2619

Close to Circus Circus Hotel

7 Eleven Las Vegas Blvd7-Eleven location on the Vegas Strip
3743 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas
(702) 597-2606
within the Hawaiian Marketplace

Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC
Walmart Locations close to the Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Walmart Supercenter Store #3473
4505 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Phone: (702) 258-4540
3.70 miles | Open 24 Hours

Las Vegas Walmart Supercenter Store #1560
6005 S Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: (702) 451-8900
4.07 miles | Open 24 Hours

Las Vegas Walmart Supercenter Store #4557
3075 E Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Phone: (702) 433-4267
4.31 miles | Open 24 Hours
From The Vegas Strip: Board Route 201 eastbound on Tropicana Avenue alongside the Tropicana Hotel. Walmart is located at Tropicana Avenue & McLeod Drive.

Las Vegas Neighborhood Market Store #3788
6310 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Phone: (702) 870-1220
5.25 miles | Open daily 6 :00 am - 12 :00 am

Las Vegas Walmart Supercenter Store #1584
3615 S. Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Phone: (702) 367-9999
5.68 miles | Open 24 hours
From the Vegas Strip: board Route 203 westbound on Spring Mountain Road alongside Fashion Show Mall. Walmart is located at Spring Mountain Road and Rainbow Boulevard.

Snacks, Liquor and Gasoline - (within 1 mile of the strip)

ARCO Station - AM PM
1619 Las Vegas Blvd. S

Las Vegas, NV
Tel: (702) 386-1738

7-ELEVEN
3001 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 733-1957
Corner of Las Vegas Blvd

& Convention Center Dr

ARCO Station - AM PM
2955 S Paradise Rd.

Las Vegas, NV
Tel: (702) 732-9977

7-ELEVEN

531 E. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104

(702) 733-7335

ARCO Station - AM PM
209 E Flamingo Rd.

Las Vegas, NV
Tel: (702) 731-3842

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McDonalds Las Vegas

McDonald's Locations Around Las Vegas Strip
2896 South Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702)732-3200
2880 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109-1120
(702)731-1575 

2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702)678-5115 

2248 Paradise Rd  
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702)796-0664  

3700 S. Paradise Rd
 Las Vegas, NV 89109-4605

(702)731-5756 

The nearest Walmart to the Vegas Strip is located on Tropicana Avenue and McLeod Drive. To ge there, take Bus Route 201, East on Tropicana Avenue from Las Vegas Boulevard .


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