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.
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!
The Venetian calls this shoppertainment
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...
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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...
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.