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10 MORE Vegas Breakfasts Under $10

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Because you really shouldn’t skip breakfast just to save money

I know a lot of you are searching for cheap meals on or near the Las Vegas Strip, because one of the most popular posts on my site continues to be 10 Vegas Breakfasts Under $10, which I originally published in August 2010 (and have updated a couple of times since then).

I decided it was time to hunt up some more deals! (You can thank me later.) Here are 10 MORE Vegas Breakfasts Under $10. Again, prices do NOT include coffee, juice or other costly beverages. Drink water, it’ll probably be the only time all day that you do.

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How to Save on Vegas Flights, Part II

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I love travel, but not the cost of it. One of the reasons I love visiting Las Vegas so much is that hotel rooms can be had at reasonable—or downright cheap!–rates compared to most major U.S. cities. But saving money on your hotel bill is just part of the battle.

Airfare is another major expense that could make or break your ability to travel. Last week, in part I of How To Save on Flights to Las Vegas, I listed a number of methods you might use to save money on airfare. This week, I will share some online resources that could help you save money on your flight to Las Vegas. Continue reading

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How to Save on Vegas Flights, Part I

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Unless you live within driving distance or your airport has a discount carrier with direct flights to Vegas, one of your biggest expenses for your Las Vegas trip may just be your round trip flight. With fuel prices rising and airlines adding on fees for everything from checked bags to window seats, what’s a budget-conscious traveler to do?

There are several ways you can try to save money on flights. Depending on the market you live in, these strategies may or may not work. (By “market,” I mean how many airports you have within driving distance of your home and how many airlines nearby service the Las Vegas area.)

Today, in part I, I will cover some general strategies to keep in mind. Because this blog is primarily for those who are embarking on their first solo trip to Las Vegas, these tips are basic.  If you’re already a “travel ninja,” you may be bored by this. But feel free to add your own tips in the comments section! (Just no commercial links, please.) In part II, I’ll list some specific online resources I use that may be helpful to you as you hunt for cheaper flights. Continue reading

Best Places to Buy Cheap Souvenirs in Las Vegas

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So, you’re going to Las Vegas on a shoestring budget, but you want to pick up some cheap souvenirs for the folks back home. You take a peek at your hotel gift shop and realize everything there is overpriced. You walk through the Forum Shops at Ceasars and the Canal Shoppes at the Venetian and realize if you bought souvenirs there, you’d spend almost as much money as you did on your trip itself. So…where do you go? Here are my favorite places to buy cheap souvenirs in Las Vegas:

ABC Store

ABC Store

ABC Stores

I love the ABC Stores for so many reasons. First, there are several locations to choose from, so you should be able to find one close to where you’re staying. There is one on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas. On the Strip, there are ABC Stores at the Riviera, the Fashion Show Mall, the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, and the Showcase Mall near MGM Grand. There is also a location off Strip on Tropicana. This is always one of my first stops in Las Vegas. I like to come here to stock up on cheap bottled water and snacks. But I’ve also bought inexpensive souvenirs here for myself and others. My favorite item? A $4 Vegas calendar that I get to enjoy all year long until my next trip. Continue reading

Ocean One Bar and Grille: Downtown Prices on the Strip

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It’s the rare restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg for food and drinks. Ocean One Bar & Grille, located at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, is one such restaurant. Ocean One also happens to be one of those restaurants that polarizes people; if you read online reviews, they are wildly mixed. I’m always fascinated by restaurants or hotels that get such drastically mixed reactions. It’s as if half the people are having an alternate universe experience. But which half?

Ocean One Bar and Grille

Ocean One Bar and Grille

I’ve been eyeing Ocean One for years now, because they almost always have half-price coupons available at Restaurant.com.  At first, I chalked this up to the restaurant being new and wanting to get the word out. But it’s been open for years now and still offers half-price coupons and cheap drink deals. Even though it’s located in a busy shopping mall and should get lots of walk-in traffic. Hmm…sounds suspicious, doesn’t it? Continue reading