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A Las Vegas Valentine’s Day trip might be on the cards for you this year. Or maybe you’re deciding to spend a weekend partying over spring break?
Las Vegas has it all, whether you’re interested in chancing your hand at the tables or just spending three days hungover. Whatever you want to do to unwind in Vegas this year, it’s going to cost money.
Vegas has never been cheap. But after spending almost a month in Vegas myself, I’ve got some sneaky tips for paying less.
Where Can You Find the Cheap Tables?
You might be surprised to find that the low roller tables are steadily becoming more expensive. Most casinos only have $10 card games at the lower end.
I was disappointed because, for me, I didn’t want to be spending hundreds of dollars in one night. So after a little research, I managed to find some lower stakes tables.
Your best bet for finding the $5 tables are in Treasure Island and Circus Circus.
It’s also still possible to find low roller tables on Fremont Street (Old Vegas). I also heard rumors you can still find penny slots there, but I never came across them.
How to Avoid Resort Fees
Resort fees are a scam.
There’s no question about it. It’s a way for hotels to charge absurdly low prices but then smack you with additional fees that are sometimes higher than the room price itself.
And you even pay taxes on the resort fee!
They keep going up every year, so how do you avoid these dishonest hotel fees?
The truth is that you might read guides online telling you about the sneaky ways in which you can challenge resort fees. The problem is this is time-consuming and doesn’t guarantee that it will work.
My advice is to simply stay somewhere without the fee. Most of the casinos and hotels on the main strip will charge a fee of some kind.
But there are hotels close to where you want to be where you can stay without any resort fees.
Some of these are:
Unfortunately, resort fees are only going to become more common. So it’s best to get used to it.
How to Save Money on Drinks Outside of the Casino
Places like Fremont Street do allow you to drink a beer in the middle of the street. It’s one of the few places in the whole country you can do this.
Now when I went to Fremont Street in 2017 I looked into the prices of the beer that come in a plastic cup.
$16?! Yes, that’s right, for a single beer that’s $16.
As you can imagine, I wasn’t going to pay that. Luckily, there’s a 7 Eleven selling the same beer on Fremont Street. Just get a plain plastic cup and pour the same beer into it.
They can’t tell the difference because it’s only a plastic cup with beer in it. Not that anyone cares either way!
My only other piece of advice is to drink away from the Strip. I did find a dive bar between the main part of the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street.
It’s called Dino’s Lounge and you can get a beer there for between $3 and $4. That’s the only affordable bar I found on the Strip itself.
Here’s the Cheapest Way to Drink in Vegas
Anyone who goes to Vegas will spend a huge part of their budget on drinks. They’re so expensive that even a couple of drinks can take a chunk out of your wallet.
I’m not someone who’s willing to pay these inflated prices, so I used the best option around.
Find a $5 blackjack table, as I detailed above, or look for a game of roulette. These are the games that offer the best house edge and your best chance of breaking even or winning.
As long as you don’t take exotic bets or play like an idiot, you’ll roughly hit or break even over a few hours.
Now when you’re playing at a table all the alcoholic drinks are free. They come around to the tables often and all you have to do is tip them a chip. Most people give one of the blue $1 chips.
You can ask for anything you want, from beer to whiskey and coke.
And since you’re playing a casino game that’s both fun and gives you the best chance of success you can actually make a profit on getting wasted with your friends and family.
On my first night in Vegas, I gambled for 13 hours straight at the same blackjack table and got absolutely wasted. Yet I made a $150 profit that night. So all those drinks cost me nothing and I left with my pockets full.
What better way is there to enjoy gambling and drinking at the same time?
What’s the Best Way to Eat Cheap in Vegas?
Eating cheap in Vegas on Valentine’s Day can seem like a challenge. Going to the buffet at your hotel may seem like the best choice.
But it’s expensive. If you look at Caesar’s Palace, which has the best-ranked buffet in Vegas, you can see it’s $55 per person at dinner. That’s crazy if you’re going with your family.
So here’s a trick that can be done at any resort offering buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
It’s called the transition period.
The way it works is you enter the buffet just before lunch ends. It’s open all day so it doesn’t matter. You pay for brunch and you start eating.
Take it slow. Then they’ll steadily swap the brunch food for dinner. And voila you’re now saving almost $20 per head on dinner.
A lot of people do this and the staff really aren’t paid enough to care. I did this every day and every day around the transition period (around 2:30 pm) there were tons of people doing just that.
I’d feel bad but then I realized they were charging a resort fee, so I decided to claw some of that cash back.
How to Get Cheap Tickets to Shows in Vegas
There are three simple ways to do this.
Want to see a specific show?
Book online in advance and try to find discount codes online. Sites like Groupon offer some of the best deals.
Do you just want to experience any Vegas show?
Look for the stands lining the main Vegas Strip. They’re there to try to shift unsold tickets at the last minute. They offer the best deals you can get on the ground.
Just make sure to ask which seats the tickets are for because you might get stuck with a limited view.
What’s on where you are?
Another option is to stay at a resort that puts on shows. Most of these hotels will have big discounts for guests who’re already staying at the hotel.
These discounts can be as high as 30%.
Last Word – You Can Experience Las Vegas on a One-Star Budget
Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day is something different. It’s not romantic but it’s fun.
You don’t need a big budget to maximize your trip to Vegas. Follow these tips and you’ll cut down on some of the biggest expenses you’ll face.
What’s your favorite hotel in Vegas?