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Tips for an Affordable Las Vegas Vacation

Tip 1: Don't gamble!

This is probably no secret to the majority of readers, but the best way to keep your hard earned money is to not hand it over to the casinos. Though they can be fun, the main purpose of these casinos is to loot your wallet and line the pockets of hotel owners. Think about it. All money needed to pay for the lights and glamour that Vegas is known for has to come from somewhere. In most cases, it comes from tourists losing at the casinos.

If you just can't stand the thought of going to Vegas and not trying your luck at a couple of games, then make sure you have set budget before walking into the casino. Once you've lost that set amount, it's time to call it quits. That way you don't get caught in the moment and spend more than you intended.

Tip 2: Bring your walking shoes.

One of the less convenient things about Vegas is that it can be a bit challenging to get around. The Strip is over 4 miles long and with new hotels and casinos being built ever year, it just keeps getting longer. To get around you have the option of riding the tram or calling a cab, both of which can put a serious dent in your wallet. Taxi fees depend on the distance traveled but generally run any where from $5 - $15 one way plus tip. Therefore, just traveling to another casino can end up costing you upwards of $30!

While the tram is significantly less expensive, it doesn't stop at many of the hotels on the strip. That's where good walking shoes come in. With a pair of comfortable shoes you shouldn't have any problems in walking between the different hotels and attractions. Both your feet and your wallet will thank you for it!

Tip 3: Book your hotel stay for LESS days than you plan on being in town.

Yeah. This one sounds a bit strange, but allow me to explain. Let's say for example you plan on staying in Vegas for 5 days. In that case you should make a hotel reservation for only 3 days instead of 5. What are you supposed to do for the last two days you ask? Why, book the last two remaining days at a significantly reduced rate of course!!

What most people don't realize is that it's significantly cheaper for hotels to extend discounts to existing guests in the hopes that they extend their stay rather than trying to lure in new patrons. A day or two prior to check out it's not uncommon for hotels offer promotional rates that are less than 50% of the standard rate.

Tip 4: Buy show tickets directly from the hotel hosting the event.

Hotels commonly slap on a pretty large markup for tickets to events not hosted on their property. For example, if you were staying at The Belabor and planned on attending a show at the MGM Grand, you would find that the same tickets would cost you 10% more at The Bellagio vs. MGM. Save yourself some money and get your tickets directly from the venue.

Tip 5: Bring snack food, especially if you have children.

Everything costs more in Vegas and the food is no exception. Unless you plan on eating McDonalds or Burger King for you entire trip, be prepared to spend a minimum of $20 / person no mater where you choose to dine. However, you can greatly reduce your expenses by just carrying few snack foods to hold you over until it's time to eat. Depending on your appetite, it's possible to get by with just two meals a day plus snacks.