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Las Vegas on a Budget

When most people think of Las Vegas, they think of flashy clubs, expensive shops, glitzy shows and limousines. One wouldn’t be wrong, conjuring up these images – there are insane amounts of people that go to Las Vegas and spend tens of thousands of dollars in a matter of weeks (or even days!)However this is not the only way to ‘do’ Las Vegas. It is a shame that so many people looking for a budget holiday will cross Vegas off their list due to the misconception that it’s just not possible to enjoy Las Vegas on a budget. Well my friends, it actually is entirely possible; read on for some tips.



Don’t leave the expensive hotels off your list when you’re searching for accommodation. The expensive hotels actually have excellent deals at certain times of the year that work out to more than half off the usual price for a room and it can actually work out cheaper than staying in budget accommodation.  Also keep in mind that stays during the week will be significantly cheaper than on the weekend. If you’ve exhausted all options and searched on Expedia or Booking.com for hotels in your budget and still haven’t found anything, then there are a variety of different hostels that charge around $15 a night.

Eat and Drink

One thing Las Vegas is not short of is buffets! For all you buffet fans out there, this is definitely the place to be! Breakfasts and lunches are cheaper than dinners (usually about half the price,) so fill up at lunch and just have something light at night. When you’re feeling extra hungry, consider the “Buffet of Buffets.” Yes this is exactly what is sounds like! The king of all buffets. For $50 you get a pass to all of the buffets around Las Vegas (including at the fancy hotels) and you can eat as much as you want for 24 hours! Warning; not for the faint hearted!


Vegas is filled with entertainment options for free (or for cheap.) The Vegas strip ensures an entertaining night/day out exploring the incredible themed hotels. The hotels regularly put on free shows to attract crowds and they really are extremely impressive! I hate to say it, but if you are a girl you will find that you will spend a lot less on entertainment – for example, club entry at all clubs across the strip are free for girls. Also, during the week when business is a bit slow, many restaurants will invite groups of girls into their restaurants where they will eat for free. Why you may ask? They want to make the restaurant look more full and in turn attract more customers! One thing you have to do when visiting Vegas is go to one of the incredible world class shows. Vegas2go offers last minute tickets to a variety of different shows at 50% of the price! Bargain! Also in front of the Mirage hotel, a huge volcano erupts every hour from 5-11pm – a must see! Finally if you enjoy alcohol but you don’t enjoy paying the exorbitant prices, step inside one of the many casinos! Casinos offer free drinks to gamblers, and it doesn’t matter if you’re just playing on the 1 cent slot machines, you’ll still get to enjoy this perk!

Those are just a few ways you can enjoy Las Vegas on the cheap! Have you been to Las Vegas? How did you manage to stay within your budget?

About Jess

Jess hails from Sunny Australia and is the youngest of the frugal ladies. She loves shopping for a bargain, reading, watching movies and spends most of her life on the beach

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  • Becky Lyons Borgia

    Wow! I had no idea that Las Vegas could be done on such a budget! That’s incredible.

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    Wow So exciting! I’m headed to Vegas for the first time in FEB!! I’m so excited!! I copied your ideas down to check them out!! eek!

  • Kung Phoo

    Great tips! We did Vegas on a budget a few years ago, and it definitely can be done. I want to go back!

  • Saving Common Cents

    These are really helpful tips! I never would have considered doing a Vegas trip, especially becuase of the glitzy, glamorous cost of things. But, now, maybe? It’s a lot more affordable than I ever would have thought!

  • klpmiller

    oh, the buffet of buffets?? That sounds AWESOME and very inexpensive if you average it out across 3 meals!

  • Bibi @ Bibi’s Culinary Journey

    I love Vegas & I keep going back every year. No for gambling, but for the shows & shopping. There is so many ways to enjoy Vegas on a budget. It just takes time & research before you go. So many deals 🙂

  • Joanna Sormunen

    Thank you! I’m sure to follow your advice if I ever get a chance to go to Las Vegas. That would be so much fun and better yet if I can get the money to last 🙂

  • Mom Elite

    Great tips! I’ve been wanting to visit Vegas. Now you’ve given me some good money saving tips so hopefully I can make it happen some day soon.

  • Retire for the Fun of it

    You could say we really visit Las Vegas on the cheap. Our son lives in Vegas (free bed), he knows all the best places to go (free gas). Love that you showed the Belagio fountains – our son programs all the music that is synchronized to the fountains.

  • I am not a gambler but would LOVE to visit Vegas one day. I heard it is such a great experience so these tips will come in handy, who doesnt like to save a buck on vacation?

  • Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack

    Thats my kind of vacation, free free and more free

  • Shannon

    I’ve been to Vegas – and it can be enjoyed on a budget. You just have to search for the deals. We chose to spend money on shows and entertainment. Everything else we did on the cheap.

  • Rita VonCoupon

    Great tips thanks! I’ve never actually made it to Las Vegas, but I’m sure that money saving tips would be required for me. I’m not very good at winning in the gambling games. I’m actually heading to Atlantic City this weekend with friends…wish me luck!

  • Katherine Bartlett

    These are great tips. I’ve never been there though

  • Still DatingMySpouse

    When is Vegas off season? I was wondering when could someone catch a good deal at the most impressive hotels on the strip?

  • G.s. Marjara

    This is really amazing piece of information about budget trip to Las Vegas. We never thought of Las Vegas in our life because we never had that kind of budged as it is projected about Las Vegas. Oh good God we may explore further to find if we can have something in budget for us so that we can enjoy Las Vegas in next holidays or so.

  • WoodArtsUniverse

    That’s a wonderful article !!! I have been to Vegas and enjoyed alot ..went to Buffet dining which is called cheapest way of eating 🙂 which includes as many visits to the food stations..

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I don’t think I could eat $50 of buffet food in 24, 48 or 96 hours but I know a few people who could. That’s amazing! I haven’t been to Vegas in over ten years, but I must say this kinda gave me the itch.

  • Hey Jess, I’m planning to go to Vegas this year so these tips will be really helpful! Bookmarking!

  • Craft Dictator

    Well this just makes me want to plan a trip! This is some great information and thanks for sharing!

  • Eileen

    I haven’t been to Las Vegas. I will make sure to keep your tips in mind when I do visit. I love the $50 Buffet of all buffets!