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    No free tap water at a restaurant!

    by blueskyjohn Written Mar 6, 2013

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    Sugar Factory at 3655 Las Vegas blvd will not serve you a glass of tap water. If you want water, you have to buy a 12oz. Bottle for $2.00. Also they charge a consession fee (cnf) of 3.5% of the bill.

    Unique Suggestions: Bring your own water! I walk around with a bottle of water anyway. Nothing you can do about the cnf. Maybe choose not to eat there like I do.

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    Buy Your Basic Stuffs at 7-11 or Walgreens or CVS

    by machomikemd Written Sep 27, 2011

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    before going on a Las Vegas haunt and you don't want to spend extra for the basic stuffs like bottled water or bottled juices or drinks and even cheap breakfast goodies, then try using the internet before going to vegas or using the wireless internet at your hotel (you get charged a resort fee) to find the nearest 7-11 stores or walgreens or CVS or even other convenience stores to purchase your basic necessities since the convenience stores located at the casinos and hotels tend to charge more. way much more for th basic necessities. for example, a large bottle of water at the Wynn Encore convenience store will cost you $ 5 per bottle (only $ 2.49 for walgreens and that is already the evian brand). Go ahead and find a cheap convenience store near your hotel and use your laptop or Ipad or Iphone to search,

    Unique Suggestions: if you don't want to go on long walks to the cheaper convenience stores or are not a cheapskate, then buy at the convenience store of the hotels.

    Fun Alternatives: search the internet for nearby walgreens or 7-11 or cvs.

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    You don't have to buy anything

    by mingomatic Written Jul 6, 2011

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    Vegas makes a lot of money on people who get tempted by the sparkly lights and itch to spend money. Some people make money off gambling and immediately go and buy a watch. Be smart. Just about anything you can buy in Vegas, you can buy elsewhere, most likely for cheaper. So if you're eyeing something, take down the model number and buy it online or somewhere else.

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  • Sharkreef at Mandalay Bay

    by giselle900 Written Oct 8, 2008

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    The Shark reef – how disappointing. $15 entry fee and it took all of 18 mins to walk through. Mostly a circular glass tube where you can see the same fish over and over and yes over again and if you have every been to an aquarium or snorkeled, there is nothing new. A few small sharks, lots of groupers, parrot fish and other every day ocean fish. The only thing I found interesting was the komoto dragon and large pink jelly fish. Save yourself the money, pick up a flyer and you have seen all the fish they have.

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    Be aware of time share deals.

    by fortyKwidow Written Jan 2, 2008

    The ubiquity of opportunities to sign up for a free weekend trip to Vegas is alluring, but if you're not prepared, it could be a time share nightmare.
    Originally, we attended a 90 minute pitch about the resort company, got a couple of buffet and show tickets, and signed up to get our 3-day, 2 night trip.
    When we went back, we had to go to a full-on hard sell tour and sales pitch from hell. These things go on for what seems like forever.
    It's not a bad idea to get to come to Vegas on someone else's dime (we stayed at a cool place), but make sure you have the time to take the tour(s).

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  • buy bottled water at the supermarket!

    by drasticdave Written Jul 4, 2007

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    You will need to drink plenty of water in Las Vegas. The hotels and casinos often charge $1 or $2 for a bottle of water. This is ridiculous! Instead, buy a case of water when you get to vegas, and put it in the mini fridge.It will save you a lot of money.

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    Greasing Palms

    by onestepaway Updated May 29, 2007

    Ivan Kanes Forty Deuce

    Unique Suggestions: If you have to go to this trap please get loaded before buying drinks that are over $10.00 a pop and arent that good. Please do not grease the palms of any one here, its not worth it!!
    But if you do, then good luck!

    Fun Alternatives: Try other Burlesque shows, Tangerine I heard was great and the Pussycat Dolls Lounge.

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    Blue Man Group at the Luxor

    by Irish_Turtle Written May 31, 2006

    Common, $70-100 to see men hit drums and splatter paint all over the place? This is probably your worst bet for a show here in Vegas.

    Unique Suggestions: Get a good coupon.

    Fun Alternatives: See a magic show or go watch the many free attractions such as the pirate show nightly at the Treasure Island.

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    Free acrobat show at the Tropicana

    by Irish_Turtle Written May 31, 2006

    A quick gig in the middle of the casino by two men. A few twirls and flips and its over. Obviously a cheap thrill to get people into the casino, but avoid it by all means.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't go!

    Fun Alternatives: Free acrobat show at the Circus Circus throughout the day.

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    Don't pay cover

    by HotSpotJ Written Nov 4, 2005

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    My Vegas card take-home

    Cover is the largest waste of money for the partier and the biggest profit for clubs... I mean, you are paying them to go buy drinks at their establishment??? Just ask a cabbie or your hotel clerk and they will have PLENTY of these free no-cover charge passes to almost anywhere...

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    The Strip

    by bill_in_vegas Updated May 28, 2005

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    Las Vegas "Locals" consider all of the mega-resorts on the Strip to be Tourist Traps because with the exception of Concerts and Live Production Shows everything that is available on the Strip is available elsewhere at much lower prices. Consequently, we only go to the Strip to see concerts by famous performers or to see live production shows - or sometimes just for some tourist watching :-)). Please do not misunderstand me - the "Strip" is the wonderland of the world for adults but if you are planning on spending all of your time in Las Vegas on the "Strip" just be certain to bring plenty of money because you are going to need it...

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    Bar prices

    by trina1 Written Jul 1, 2004

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    I think each bar in hotels makes up their own prices for drinks .
    you would think it would be one price per hotel or even bar .
    so just put 25c in a slot and get a free drink of the waitress and tip her then you decide how much your drink will be.

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    Shark reef at Mandalay Bay

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 7, 2004

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    Shark reef at Mandalay Bay

    I know some people with disagree, but I have to call this one a tourist trap. For one thing, $16 is overpriced for the few aquariums and exhibits they have here. Also, I've been scuba diving and I've been to Seaworld several times so there was nothing here I hadn't seen before. Maybe that affected my opinion of Shark Reef. After all, the fact that they put this place up in a hotel is impressive.

    But I'm still calling it touristy, The again, I really liked the wax museum so take my advice as you see fit. I put some pictures in a travelogue so see for yourself and decide whether you think its worth it.

    Unique Suggestions: Check out the numerous fish, jellyfish and sharks in each section and listen to the audio provided at the entrance. They do provide some limited information on the types of marine life and their environments.

    Fun Alternatives: I'd head to the wax museum, but that's just me. Or I'd suggest getting $16.00 in quarters and playing video poker. Hey, this is Vegas, There are tons of ways to spend $16. How about another all you can eat buffet?

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    Very little is cheap in this town ...

    by shrimp56 Written Jun 5, 2004

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    Many of the shows are wonderful, but they cost an arm and a leg.

    Unique Suggestions: Research the show you want to see carefully before plunking down your $$$$

    Fun Alternatives: There is a lot of free entertainment around if you look for it. Some of it is found in people-watching. Some can be found in the hotel malls such as the Forum Shops [The Twilight of the Gods], the thunderstorm at Desert Passage and the mimes and singing gondoliers at The Venetian. You don't have to pay for the ride to enjoy their voices!
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    The Venetian calls this shoppertainment

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    So I'm not a gambler okay?

    by shrimp56 Updated May 31, 2004

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    Las Vegas is a very expensive town. Not gambling will save you a bundle. Last trip I gambled and lost $2.50. It would have been $1., but I got bored at the airport :) It's hard to avoid the ubiquitous "slots."

    Unique Suggestions: Set yourself a limit. Mine is usually $2. -- but I was having so much fun doing other stuff I didn't do that much until I got to the airport:)

    Fun Alternatives: The alternative is to shop -- ooooopppps that's money too :)))) Or just enjoy the craziness of the buildings and the people walking around.

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