Viva Las Vegas, Baby!! The city that never sleeps is the very city that beckons couples, singles, friends and families. Las Vegas encourages us all to throw caution to the wind. It begs that we enjoy an extravagant vacation filled with either luxury or debauchery. Or maybe even a little bit of both. But what if your Las Vegas Budget looks more like your middle schoolers lawn mowing earnings? Have no fear, regardless of how much, or as the case may be, how little, money you have to spend in Vegas, luxury and debauchery and even some adventure is easily and affordably accessible with these savvy Las Vegas budget tips.
Las Vegas Budget Tips
As our very first trip away from kids in literally 24 years, we chose the ever beckoning Las Vegas. I say ever beckoning because flights there are ridiculously cheap and flying was my number one priority for our “away.” I love to fly, but due to our large family, it is really never part of travels. Instead, we travel and have been traveling for 5 full years in a 36’ RV.
RV travel is amazing, it’s family bonding at a whole new level, but for just Dan and I, we wanted something outside of our typical adventures with kids, something both exciting and luringly romantic.
And so, sticking to our Las Vegas Budget it was. Flights out of Denver were a measly $50 roundtrip. We were already winning. But, we had a long way to go to ensure that the highly inflated prices in Sin City didn’t break the bank. Here are our top Las Vegas Budget tips!
We choose The Luxor because it is literally the second cheapest hotel on the strip. I was slightly concerned by this description. My experience is cheap hotels are cheap hotels, right? But, as I read the reviews, and checked out photos, my mind was put a little at ease. It looked fantastic.
And, upon arrival, every worry I had ceased to exist. First, the fragrance that emanates from the Luxor is absolutely amazing. It is neither overwhelming nor in your face. It is a calm, peaceful, beautiful scent that felt like home, every time we returned. In fact, I’d love to find out what it is, so my home and RV can smell the same!
In addition, even at its low nightly rate, the Luxor is nicer than any hotel I have ever stayed. And, that includes the Dana Point St Regis! The Luxor is gorgeous and clean, the staff is very friendly. Additionally, the casino is great, the rooms are super nice, and the elevator is ridiculously fast.
And then the buffet breakfast. Two words. Holy Cow. Maybe we just don’t get out into luxury often enough, but for the average person, this buffet was next level. From made to order omelets to Chocolate Mousse, the food is simply to die for. I highly recommend upgrading your room to include the breakfast buffet!
The biggest piece of advice I can offer is this: Play in the casino and drinks are free. From sodas to cocktails, spend money in the casino and your drinks are on the house. Waitresses come around as you play and take your orders.
I’m going to be straight with you … drinks are a huge Las Vegas Budget buster. Everything is literally at least double the cost of anywhere else on the planet. A soda can cost you $5. A cocktail in upwards of $15. So, it behooves you to throw some quarters in a machine or try your hand at one of the tables in exchange for a few drinks.
Snacks, Water and Energy Drinks
Two words, Amazon Prime. Rockstar Energy Drinks which are normally $1.50 cost $5 in Vegas along the strip! My poor addicted-to-energy drinks husband was blown away. The morning after a super fun night of dancing and playing craps, he went searching for a Rockstar. To say he was frustrated to pay $5 for a Rockstar is an understatement. Immediately after, we followed the advice of our savvy Vegas friends and used Amazon Prime!!
We ordered these and bottles of water and some snacks and had them sent to our hotel room. We absolutely saved over $100 just doing this little trick as my dear husband eats constantly and needs hourly rations.
This is quite the Vegas hack and helps tremendously with the Las Vegas Budget. And, truth be told, we wouldn’t have even known about it if we hadn’t gone to Vegas with two very savvy friends. I’m excited to let you in on this little secret.
Every major hotel in Las Vegas offers a “gaming” club that you can join. With this, get immediate access to discounted room rates and exclusive promotions and deals.
The Luxor is part of MGM and all the MGM casinos and hotels are hooked into the same MLife network. Hence, we signed up for MLife.
Basically, everything you purchase at an MGM property should be prefaced with this card. This card offers discounts at stores and restaurants. It also racks up points to be used for Free Play. Free Play is what it sounds like! Free money to be used in the slots, future stays at any MGM property and we even were given a $50 credit off our hotel bill at check-out. I can tell you we aren’t high rollers, but we did play some slots and the Las Vegas Budget was buffered slightly by this card!
Uber or Lyft
Taxis in Vegas are off the charts expensive, whereas Lyft and Uber are cheaper alternatives. The only issue with Lyft and Uber in Vegas is pick-up locations. Be aware that you cannot call from the front or back of a hotel and expect to see Uber or Lyft appear right there. It’s not like in NYC, or literally anywhere else Uber and Lyft exist.
There are specific locations at each hotel where these drivers will wait. Ask the doorman or a hotel employee the location of Lyft and Uber pick-ups.
And be sure to do so prior to calling. If not, you could find yourself paying a cancellation fee. You see, the drivers are required to wait a mere 5 minutes and then they are permitted to leave. This happened to us. Just once.
Dan and I do most of our epic travels in the off-season. It’s always cheaper. And, we can afford to as our kids are homeschooled. As such, we are not governed by a strict schedule of holidays and teacher workdays. Both Dan and I work on the road. Hence, no approvals of vacation days needed. Freedom is our biggest commodity.
Vegas is cheap-er in the off-season. Mostly, I’m assuming, because it’s Africa Hot. Surely, the majority of tourists don’t believe walking the strip in 110-degree weather to be all that enjoyable.
What this means is two-fold. One, hotels and flights are cheaper. And, some discounts on activities can be found, if you are bold enough to ask.
Two, the crowds are minimal. For instance, the casino’s were less than packed. And seats at the Carnival Bar on Wednesday night were easily acquired. Our friends, who go to Vegas every February, were shocked.
All of this works beautifully for us as I’m not a fan of crowds and Dan loves a bargain more than most.
Truly, Vegas was a different type of trip. It’s not somewhere I’d be particularly fond of bringing children. However, several friends and Traveling Mom’s even offer accolades to Vegas as a family destination. Whereas I see it more of a getaway. A place where I can enjoy luxurious accommodations, lounge in a gorgeous pool, have a few drinks, even catch a show. It was the ultimate quick vacation to recharge our parenting batteries!