How to Plan a Cheap Vacation in Las Vegas

Planning a Las Vegas vacation can be scary if you start adding up the numbers. Consider a few clever ways to stretch your vacation dollars as you plan your Las Vegas vacation. The best tactic to take is to plan ahead and take advantage of discounts to get the best deals on accommodationsmealsentertainment, and nightlife.

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    A burger from In-N-Out Burger in Las Vegas
    Zeke Quezada

    If you spend less on eating you can spend more in other areas of your vacation, shows, entertainment, drinks and gambling. Ask yourself, do you really want to spend $200 on one meal, of course not, have a cheap meal and see a good show for the same amount of money. I tell people everyday that they can have a Las Vegas vacation that does not have to cost a lot of money. Food costs are the easiest to bring down. You have to eat but you don't have to eat for a lot of money in Las Vegas.

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    Front entrance and tower of the Aria Hotel
    Tim Gage / Wikimedia Commons

    Cut the cost of your vacation in half by finding a good deal to Las Vegas. If you are the type who spends most of the day and night out on the town consider whether or not you should spend a lot of money on your room. A comfortable place to leave your things and take a nap does not have to cost a fortune.

    Cheap hotels do not automatically mean crusty carpets, thin walls, lumpy mattresses and peculiar smells. It just means that they know how to offer you a better price for a bed in the most exciting city on the planet.

    As you plan your trip to Las Vegas compare prices on hotels and shows with If your looking for package deal you can also try Best of Vegas. have some patience and you'll find that while there are a lot of similar prices out there some good deals do exist.

    TripAdvisor has plenty of user submissions to help you narrow down your choice. Just remember, sometimes people are more apt to talk about the negative than the positive.

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    A group of people dining out at night in Las Vegas
    Zeke Quezada

    It's wise to look for a few coupons and coupon books in taxi cabs and online, as they can be your ticket to free stuff and 2 for 1 meals. There is no shame in saving money, so use the coupons for an extra sandwich and a free deck of cards. You can also look for the casino players club booth at the resort you are staying at. They are not as lucrative as they once were but it's still possible to get something free.

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    Row of slot machines in a casino
    Monashee Frantz / Getty Images

    You don't have to gamble, you just need to look like you're gambling. Sit at a slot machine and wait around for a waitress to come around to take your drink order—even with a decent tip, you could save yourself a fortune on alcohol.

    While it is common knowledge that you get free drinks at the tables and slot machines it is not always well known at the casino bars. Find a nice bar and, if they have video poker machines, you will get a free drink. TIP: Do not be afraid to ask the bartender if you get a free drink while you are playing the video poker machines, just do it quietly and discreetly. The staff is willing to give you free drinks but they don't regularly tell you to put money in to the video poker to get the drink for free.

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    Mystere by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas
    Matt Beard

    If you are a fan of entertainment, Las Vegas is the place for you. The drawback is that entertainment can cost a lot of money. Make sure to check the coupon books in the taxi cabs or the back of the magazines in your hotel room for coupons and discounts for shows.

    Free is always good but you often get what you pay for. In Las Vegas, free can often mean a great show that pulls nothing from your bankroll. You can spend an entire day walking around Las Vegas and get so much free entertainment that it's a wonder how the place makes any money.

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    Find a Cheap Flight

    A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 departs from McCarran International Airport, in Las Vegas
    Southwest Airlines

    The airlines are feeling the sting of a slow economy and that means you may have to hunt for that bargain. This is where your efforts and legwork can really pay off—compare rates from different websites, cash in some miles, and shop early. If you can pay less for a flight, you can use that money to treat yourself to something nice in Las Vegas.