Tim and I have decided we need to get the hell away from life for a bit. And if life hands you this much natural bad luck, you might as well try the artificial kind in casinos.
I booked a Sunday-Tuesday stay for the cheaper rates, and we used credit card miles to pay for the majority of the hotel costs. We’ll still pay about $45-55 after taxes and (eyeroll) resort fees. At least the Monte Carlo offers free Internet service. A lot of hotels (I’m looking at you, Caeser’s Palace) don’t and yet still charge the fees.
You can avoid the fees at some hotels, mainly the ones off the main strip. But we want to be closer to the action. Our last stay was at the Stratosphere. Cheaper, but it felt a bit run down and certainly far from the main drag.
So between gas and hotel, we should pay around $175. Then there’s the issue of food. My supervisor sent me a piece about $10 or less eats in Vegas. I was a little underwhelmed, but it’s good to know our options. And I think Tim should try out the funky hot dog place.
I was sorely tempted by the Buffet of buffets pass. Until I saw it costs $45/person and only lasts 24 hours. I’m good. Granted, a dinner trip alone will run you $30-50. So if you want to hit a buffet it seems like the best option. But Tim is mistrustful of buffets overall, and I just don’t care enough to pay $100 for a day of food. Even if we tried our best, I don’t think we’d eat enough to make it worthwhile. Instead, we’ll just bring some snacks and then deal with actual meals as necessary.
As for the actual gambling, I haven’t pinned down an exact number yet. But whatever we do take, I’ll consider lost. It’s easier on my sanity. If we come away with anything, great. Otherwise, I got exactly what I expected.
This time I also want to take in more of Vegas than just the casinos, though I’m sure we’ll spend a decent chunk of time there. Maybe we’ll watch the cheesy Treasure Island pirate show or check out the Bellagio lighted/music-ed fountain for a bit. The mobster museum, though not free, is also of interest. And we’ll check out discounted ticket booths to see if there’s anything we’re interested in at reasonable prices.
I have to say, I’m very happy that we started separate accounts for various goals. Since there’s money in the vacation fund, I’m not fretting about lowering our savings account balance. The money has been earmarked for exactly this kind of thing. That’s a relief because I’d like to try to enjoy ourselves and not count every penny. Maybe just every other one.
Do you guys have any money saving tips? Or any suggestions on where we should eat?