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Lost My Job

I have just been made redundant meaning our big trip to west coast and vegas next year is in trouble.

Has anyone done it on a very small budget or is there no point looking in to that.

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Define big trip, how many nights, how small a budget, what you plan to do etc etc Vegas can be done on a small budget but it affects what you can and cant do such as shows, meals accomodation etc.

There's lots to do in Vegas without spending any cash but obviously there's a sh*tload more you can do with cash.

the more details you supply the easier it is to get a clear response...

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Vegas can be done on a small budget but only if you are prepared for it. There are hundreds of coupons availible but you will have to accept that the top end restaurants and shows may not be an option. You can spend a very small amount on food such as all day access to a buffet. Some I believe are only $20-$25 pp. Then if you want to see shows its worth while looking for 2-1 coupons and the day time shows as they are really cheap usually. Then the last thing is to stay away from the slots and tables. I know this is part of the LV experience but if you dont have much money dont bet. Sign up for players cards with free slot play such as PH, Wynn and TI if they still offer these. Maybe only small amounts but with my $5 from TI I won $110 that I also used downtown to win another $400 on a wheel of fortune machine.

There are so many things to see and do that is free such as the Bellagio Fountains, Conservatory area, Freemont Street Experience and if your prepared to walk alot rather than cabs then it will be as cheap as you make it.

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Still some decent but not pricey places to eat. Ellis Island & their $6.99 steak special comes to mind. With a little homework it can easily be done.

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That's a bugger. Good luck on the job front.

As for doing Vegas on a budget, we have done a "no expense spared" trip followed the year after by a "no frills" trip.

We stayed at Bills for 4 nights followed by 3 nights at the Venetian on a fabulous offer. At the time they were doing $119 per night with $50 per night slot credit thrown in so we didn't spend our own money on gambling while we were there.

We didn't do any side trips (Grand Canyon etc) and we didn't eat in any high end restaurants (just buffets, coffee shops and food courts with the odd nicer meal thrown in).

This year we have a budget option planned with 4 nights at Bills again followed by 3 nights at the MGM Grand on their "buffet" deal. We are getting 3 nights accommodation for $200 with an all day pass to their buffet included in the price.

There are some really good offers around if you are prepared to keep looking out for them and booking and cancelling hotels to take advantage.

You need something to look forward to, especially just now and what can be better than a planned trip to Vegas?

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I think a lot will depend on where you want to stay, as a Brit who goes to Las Vegas a lot, if we go for two weeks we stay at Tahiti in an appartment, much cheaper than a strip hotel.(Look them up on the net) This is a couple of miles off strip, but runs a free shuttle bus on to the strip, it is very nice by the pools in the day, you can cater for yourselves if you want (they run a free shuttle to the stores also to the shopping malls!!!!)If not Orleans Casino is just across the road, much cheaper than the strip, food is just fine.

This leaves you free in the evenings to go and sample the free sights on the strip , you can have a great time with very little money.When you go back to Tahiti you can climb into the hot tub with a drinkie's BLISS!!

However, that said, if you like to gamble to any extent , i would be inclined to wait until your finances are in better shape.

Good luck with a new job.

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Commiserations Orlando - I hope you find alternative employment soon. Alot can happen between now and next year ...and yes you can do Vegas on a budget.

Smartervegas.com has alot of discount promo codes for all the hotels and, from this October, BA start flying to Vegas which hopefully will spark a bit of flight undercutting between them and Virgin. Having said that, Virgin have been dropping alot of prices on their flights generally.

So I'd say watch and wait - do some research -and don't write it off! The other thing you might do ....sign up at all the hotel websites for email offers - believe me, they are sending alot out these days!

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Check out www.cheapovegas.com for some additional ideas on how to have an inexpensive vacation in Las Vegas.

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So sorry to hear you were made redundant...hopefully there is a new and better job just around the corner for you.

Re Vegas on a budget....I believe Vegas can be done on the real cheap. If you aren't too fussy about where you stay, there are many hotels you can book for about $30/night that are either on the strip or not far from it, or of course you could stay downtown. I'd research cheap buffet options in advance of my stay, make sure you know the food court options and avoid gambling.

There is lots you can do in Vegas for free. Just walking the streets can be a fun thing there, the fountains, the outdoor shows, the amusement rides. Rather than gamble, you could spend some time watching some high rollers. If it's pool season, hanging out by the pool is free.

I would definitely do Vegas on a budget. The first time I visited there was so much to see and do that I didn't even think about gambling for the first 3 days.

I hope you have a great trip and great new job soon!

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I'm currently out of work as well, and just got back from a Vegas trip a couple of weeks ago.

I had a great time - as the other people have said, if you budget and set your expectations a bit lower, you can still live it up and not break the bank.

For myself, I walked, took the bus and monorail versus taking taxis. Took longer to get around, but actually it was kind of cool that way since I ended up meeting more people.

As for meals, I went on the cheap for breakfast and lunch and then would have a good dinner. If you take some time to pre-plan/use coupons, you can eat pretty well without having to resort to buffets (which I'm not a big fan of to begin with).

A good way to save on adult beverages is to find a liquor store and stock up on supplies for your room, just have a few before you go out. There's also a few places on the strip that have dirt-cheap drinks as well.

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Sorry to hear about your job situation, I would agree with the post about The Orleans for a cheap option for Vegas. Breakfast £3.99, Prime rib $6.99, bogof on Buffet - which was very good. They did everything they could to keep us in their casino, bless them. Shuttle bus every 10/15 mins to the strip. We have been many times, and this time was 'on a budget'. If you have a good breakfast, lunch will only be a $2 hotdog from Bills maybe. Food is as cheap or as expensive as you want in Vegas.

Car hire was £20 per day with netflights all in, only had it for 2 days for Valley of Fire and shopping - gas fill up was $15 - bargain.

Looking at BA prices, they are a bit expensive at moment, but if you book indirect to Vegas, takes a bit longer, but saves you quite a bit of money. In fact, after travelling with Virgin in May, we definately will be looking at BA or Utd or whoever.