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Las Vegas on a Budget (sort of)

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Las Vegas on a Budget (sort of)

My husband and I are going to Vegas in October for our 1-year aniversary and we are trying to keep it on a budget, with the occasional splurge. Any ideas on where to eat cheap? What's worth a splurge? Must-sees vs. things we can miss?

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1. Re: Las Vegas on a Budget (sort of)

What amt of $ do you consider to be reasonable for a cheap meal? If you have a splurge or two, what is your budget per person without drinks/wine/beer? Where are you staying?

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2. Re: Las Vegas on a Budget (sort of)

If you want a really nice meal for your anniversary on a budget, look at Prime Rib Loft at Orleans or Primarily Prime Rib at South Point. Both will provide a full meal in a very pleasant and somewhat romantic setting for less than $40 per couple.

I could also add The Cortez Room at Gold Coast, but the atmosphere isn't as romantic. You will notice that these are not in Strip hotels.

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3. Re: Las Vegas on a Budget (sort of)

I would consider $30-$40/ couple reasonable and $60-70 a splurge, maybe would consider going up to $100 for our aniversary dinner. I also plan on throwing a few hot dogs/ hamburgers in there to try and balance things out!

Oh, and we are staying at the PH Towers because I got a deal on a studio, which I know is not gigantic, but it has a fridge and micro, which were the main things I wanted. Crossing my fingers hoping it turns out more like the good reviews and not like the bad ones!

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4. Re: Las Vegas on a Budget (sort of)

go to the grocery store, good for coffee and breakfast you can even get pre packaged foods and eat in. This is a fun way to save $ Chipole, Panda Express, So much to see in Vegas that is free.

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The Earl if Sandwich is excellent for a quick bite and very inexpensive. It's located in the Miracle Mile right outside the PHo sportsbook.

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Also check restaurant.com for discounted gift certificates in Vegas. If you haven't used this before, basically you get a $25 certificate for around $10 (it varies); right now it is 50% off that price using code FREEDOM. I just bought one to use in Vegas for Stripburger.

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I'm sure you've read a ton of posts about inexpensive things to do, but there really are a ton! I was just there last month and one thing i didn't know about was the botanical gardens at the Ballagio and Wynn. I'm not sure if you have to pay to get into the Wynn one, but the Ballagio one was free and so pretty! Bring your camera!

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For a nice meal that won't break the bank try Grand Lux at the Venetian or at the Palazzo, large portions, good food, good service. Also, try BLT Burger at the Mirage or California Pizza Kitchen there. Split a sandwich (they are huge) at the Carnegie Deli. For the best buffet on the strip, try dinner at the Wynn one, wonderful and plentiful crab legs!.

For a special meal, try Hugo's Cellar downtown in the Four Queens, food and service are very, very good. It's not cheap but also not nearly as pricey as the nicer restaurants on the strip. A salad comes with your meal and they make it right at your table, you choose the ingredients you want in it. They also serve chocolate covered strawberries after the meal and the ladies each receive a long stemmed red rose..

My favorite steak house is Cut at Palazzo, from 5:30-7 they have a price fixe menu that is wonderful for $75 a person.

For the real budget meal, try either the $6.99 steak special (ask for it, it's not on the menu) or the ribs at Ellis Island on Koval. Great value for the money. You even get a home brewed beer or rootbeer in that price!

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9. Re: Las Vegas on a Budget (sort of)

Go see one good show for example "O", "KA", "Love", etc

Go to one of the exhibits like the "Titanic", shark reef,

Check online for free things to do in Vegas.

Eat one nice meal a day or every other day. When in Vegas I only eat two meals a day because there is so much to do that food is the last thing on your mind.

Food tips: Bring snack items (fruit bars, fruit, crackers, etc) and your own bottle water if you are checking your bags. I also bring small bags of cereal and buy milk at the hotel store. I save money when I bring my own breakfast. Also, bring a soft-style cooler that you can fold down in your suitcase. When you get to your room fill it up with ice and store drinks and food in it. It's much better than those hotel ice buckets.

Enjoy your trip!

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