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After much debate......

lancaster, pa
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After much debate......

I booked Ballys for March 3rd- 6th. Had been looking at Harrahs and Palms as well, but went with Ballys on location, strip views and its connection to Paris.

Now, i am by no means a high roller. I am trying to get through 3 days on about a $500 budget ( everything including food, gambling and any activities)

Any suggestions on stretching the budget. Food is not that important, so i am assuming there are some fast food places around Ballys.

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1. Re: After much debate......

3 days on $500 is very doable. As long as you have reasonable expectations, which it sounds like you do. In addition to typical fast food options, there are a lot of specials that are a great deal. Check out places like the Victiorian Cafe at Bill's, Ellis Island, etc.... These are great deals, but you get what you pay for. A $7.95 steak dinner isn't going to compare to Prime or Cut. But it'll fill you up and let you enjoy yourself.

Check out cheapovegas.com for a wealth of good value ideas.

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2. Re: After much debate......

For some reason, everything thinks Vegas is all about the best restaurants and food, but yet one will find lines at McDonalds, Whataburger, etc... There are plenty of places around for food options. One of the cheaper ones is the casino directly across the street - Bills - where I believe they have various specials on everyday food items (hot dogs, pizza, etc...)

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3. Re: After much debate......

If you are not planning on gambling too much of that money then $500 is, as mgg42 says, very doable. And, in my opinion, without any stretching required.

So, either keep researching money saving options and spend less than the $500 or relax and spend your budget.

If it's the former (which I suspect if probably is) then my number one money-saving tip is this set of coupons:

http://vegas4locals.com/coupon5thavenue.html

They allow you to eat cheaply, quickly and conveniently. And for me, the real saving comes in using these for a cheap, snackish lunch or dinner allowing you to then only have one expensive (relative to your budget, of course) meal a day. And, because they are quick, you don't spend more of your Vegas time eating than you need to.

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4. Re: After much debate......

There are no Whataburger restaurants in Las Vegas. But Whata-I-know because I've never heard of them! :)

Edited: 05 January 2012, 14:28
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5. Re: After much debate......

I am looking at about $300 of that for potential gambling. So that leaves me with $200 for food, drinks and tipping bartenders. I think i can get away with about $30/day for food. I dont eat breakfast, so $10 for cheap lunch and $20 for a decent dinner.

Most of my drinks, i will be doing while gambling...so that should really lower the drinking budget. May go to the Ghost Bar at Palms for a night for a few drinks with a great view. Notice i do mean a few lol Does Ghost Bar have a cover charge and are they only open on weekends?

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6. Re: After much debate......

$20 won't get you much of a decent dinner. And $200 for food, drinks, tips AND taxis and any entertainment might be tight. Use my coups for your lunch and you'll be spending less than your $10 a day. I'm setting you on the road...

Don't know about Ghost Bar. The question might get lost in here. It might be worth posting a separate thread or just phoning the venue.

Edited: 05 January 2012, 14:37
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7. Re: After much debate......

Whataburger is a Texas fast food chain with a few locations in Oklahoma.

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8. Re: After much debate......

Lots of other southern states as well, according to their website, but none in Las Vegas. Roadnut made it sound like they were as popular there as McDonald's which made me wonder why I'd never seen one.

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9. Re: After much debate......

The Ghostbar trip might be better swapped for cheap beers at Casino Royale or Bill's. Drinks will run $15-20 each (not certain about cover) and you need to figure out how you're going to get to the Palms (I wouldn't walk it from the strip). You could take the shuttle from Bally's/Paris to the Rio and walk across the street, but it will take a little time. I think that the trip to Ghostbar will eat up too many of your $200/3 days food/drink budget.

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10. Re: After much debate......

Across Flamingo from Bally's north side at the Stage Door. Cheap drinks & finger type foods. $2.50 for a good hot dog and a beer or about the same for a shot & beer if you prefer a liquid diet. Bill's Victorian Room and Ellis Island were good suggestions for specials for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Neither the ribeye & eggs (Bill's) or steak (Ellis Island) specials are on the menu so ask for them.

Could also walk over to Bill's and take the free shuttle to Goldcoast or Orleans properties and eat at their buffets or other restaurants.

Edited: 05 January 2012, 15:39