How to Save a $, Las Vegas
In some of the hotels, especially the New York, New York, there are booths set up where the workers snag passers by and offer them free tickets to a show or $50 in free slot credits for attending an "informational seminar". What this really is is a bus ride out to some condo sub-division where they spend 3 hours trying to get you to buy one. If you are duped into accepting the tickets or credits they require that you give them $20 in cash that you can get back when you show up for the "seminar". That way if you don't show up you are out $20. What they don't tell you right away is that if you change your mind before it's time for your seminar you can just go and ask for your $20 back. That's what we did once we figured out the scheme.
This is a must for any vacation in America! This is a thick book composed of "buy-1-get-1-free" coupons to hundreds of places. There is a fine dining or classy section of coupons. There is also a casual section. For those who like Jack in the Box and other informal restaurant, they have that section too. In addition, there are quite a few coupons to various shops and online companies, which offer 25% and below off products. And Finally, there are many hotels listed in the back of the book which offer 50% off rack room rates. The list contains all the participants across the U.S. You can usually finds these books at colleges and universities or you can buy one online at http://www.entertainment.com. These books usually go on sale around October and they all expire November the following year. Usually around February, you can get the books around half price, just because the company doesn't want to get stuck with any printed books. I just bought 2 books for Vegas at $12.50 each, which includes free shipping. Below, is a list of all the fine dining and casual restaurants which offer the "buy-1-get-1-free." I have only listed the restaurants in Vegas, however, there are a few in Henderson, Boulder City, Bullhead City, Jean, Mesquite, and Laughlin. My other page entitled: Entertainment Book (Part 1), has a list of all the fine dining & casual coupons listed in the book. And my other page entitled: Entertainment Book (Part 2), has a list of all informal coupons listed in the book.
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Please note: The numbers in parenthesis corresponds to the quantity of coupons for that particular place.
~ Regal Cinemas, United Artist, & Edwards Theatres (36)
~ Angel Park (3)
~ Speed the Ride
~ Theaters of Sensation
~ Southern Nevada Zoo (3)
~ High Roller
~ American Superstars
~ The Auto Collection
~ Callaway Golf Center (3)
~ Casino Player Magazine
~ Central Park West
~ Cinema Ride
~ Clark County Heritage Museums
~ Crystal Palace USA (3)
~ Dansey’s Indoor R/C Hobbies
~ Emerald River
~ Green Valley Golf Range
~ Guinness World Records Museum
~ Invensys Classic at Las Vegas PGA Tour
~ Cyber Speedway
~ Las Vegas Little Theatre (LVLT)
~ Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix (3)
~ Las Vegas Natural History Museum
~ Laser Force (3)
~ Laser Quest
~ Liberace Museum
~ Lied Discovery Children’s Museum
~ Madame Tussaud’s
~ Mickey’s Cues & Brews (2)
~ Mountasia Family Fun Center (3)
~ Lost City Museum
~ Paintball Adventure Quest
~ PINK E’S (2)
~ Riviera Comedy Club
~ Crazy Girls (Riviera)
~ La Cage Show (Riviera)
~ Scandia Family Fun Center (3)
~ Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society
~ Bowling at Terrible’s (3)
~ Utah Shakespearean Festival
~ Wet’n Wild (3)
~ Disney On Ice
~ Knott’s Soak City
~ San Diego Wild Animal Park
~ Knott’s Theme Park (3)
~ San Diego Zoo
~ Six Flags Magic Mountain
~ Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
~ Universal Studios Hollywood (3)
How do you think they can build such huge resorts, offer buffets for nearly nothing, tantilize you with free shows and provide free parking? It's called gambling dummy and the more you gamble and lose, the more they can provide these free goodies. So think about it and keep the money in your pocket!!! I would like to thank those of you who gambled and lost tons of money, you really subsidized my trip :-)
Unique Suggestions: Plan on a set amount of money that you can reasonably afford to lose (say $20.00) and once you reach that limit, call it a day.
Fun Alternatives: There are so many other things to see and do while in Vegas (e.g., shows, parks, walking, shopping, eating, etc.) so get out of the casino and have some fun.
Strip hotels will sell you liquor, toothpaste, laundry service etc. for inflated prices. Likewise, the price of your wife's manicure (or yours) will be $35 from the hotel instead of $15 off-strip. The Fashion Show Mall (3200 S. LV Blvd just N of Treasure Island) is very ritzy compared to, say, the Boulevard Mall 3/4 mi to the east.
Unique Suggestions: Win lots of money from the casino first.
Fun Alternatives: A few blocks east of the Strip there are regular shopping areas where you can visit drugstores / clothing stores / get your hair or nails done and save half (compared to the same products or services at your hotel). Example: Boulevard Mall (3258 S. Maryland Pkwy between Desert Inn & Flamingo) is a shopping mall surrounded by lesser (read: normal) shops. Good, fun laundromats in this area will really save you a bundle.
I noticed that most photo-processing on offer was a rip-off in Las Vegas, especially in the Casinos. There's a supermarket right on the strip (I think it's called Walgreens), which does it much cheaper!
A tourist trap is having people coming up to you and ask if you want your picture taken. We had a picture taken of us at the Excalibur show and for TWO small pictures, it cost us about $20.00! Have somebody you met take the picture instead.
While I'm sure the Stratosphere is an excellent casino, the thrill rides at the top are not quite so stellar. While there is an assumed thrill to riding one of the world's highest roller-coasters, in fact the better coasters can be found closer to the ground at the other casinos. Its especially annoying that you are charged to go up the tower and then charged again to ride either the drop or the coaster.
Althought buses seem to be the cheapest and easiest way to get around, check your
options. OFTEN buses are packed and fare is 2.00. If you don't mind splitting a cab
with your group and are not going far, you will get there with less aggravation and also
quicker without making stops on every corner
Hotel Stores - If you forget your sunblock please I beg of you use the Walgreens in the middle of the strip. A small bottle of sunblock inside the Hotels costs ten bucks. THe Walgreens is located center strip at 3765 Las Vegas Blvd. S, tel. 702/739-9645
Avoid the stratosphere roller coaster, it's a real joke. It's nice novelty to have a roller coaster at the top of the tower, but it's wimpy and expensive. The observation deck is cheaper and just as exciting.
The Las Vegas shows are outrageously expensive. Expect to pay $100+ to see Siegfried and Roy show or performers of a similar ilk (i.e. cheesy, slick, and ultimately boring) consider the large number of 2nd-tier shows that run every week. Lots of well known magicians, comedians and musicians are often to be found playing at smaller venues and much more reasonable prices. Failing that, consider amusing yourself with the free entertainment that most of the hotel/casinos put on near their gaming floors.