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Tips To Save Money in Las Vegas

August 14, 2014
Usually I love to blog when I’m out traveling this great country of ours. Only in Las Vegas would there be a “hackers” convention and I was told by multiple people not to go online if I didn’t have to. Thus I write this 30,000 feet in the air as I make my back to our home base of Dallas. Let’s start with some great news. The locals love the Las Vegas Hookers Fishing Club t-shirt. I was stopped multiple times by people asking where they can get that awesome t-shirt. 
 
 
 
 
When they asked if it was a real fishing club, I told them that they were guaranteed to catch something in this club but it’s not real. That got a chuckle every time. You wouldn’t think of the desert as a fishing attraction but there is actually some really good fresh water striped bass fishing in Lake Mead about 30 minutes south of the strip. I know you go to Las Vegas to party and win tons of money (You’re the one) but there are some hidden gems and tips that will payout more than that Wheel of Fortune slot machine you are addicted to.
 
1) Hiking in Red Rock Canyon. For Seven Dollars or a few spins on the slot machine, you can witness breathtaking views, spot desert wildlife and enjoy the amazing color blend of these mountains. Red Rock Canyon National Park offers a wide variety of hiking trails from beginner to expert and if hiking isn’t your thing, the 13 mile scenic drive with overlooks along the way make for some great pictures. You don’t have to spend huge bucks to take a helicopter ride or 100 mile car ride to Grand Canyon. Views are just 20-30 minutes away at Red Rock. I would also suggest the Valley of Fire. It’s about an hour ride but just like Red Rock, you will remember it forever. 
 
2) Within a couple of miles of Las Vegas Boulevard the food is just as good but 50% cheaper. Many of you live near major tourist attractions. Do you eat there or do you avoid it? Las Vegas is the same way. There is a reason all the big name chefs have restaurants on the strip. Venture a few miles away and you get more food a lot cheaper. For instance, we hit I love Sushi one night. 
 
 
 
I know, the name isn’t as appetizing but forget about that part. The Sushi is outstanding as is the local atmosphere. The same goes for breakfast hangouts like Jams and Black Bear Diner. If you can’t get off the strip, save money by hitting their one of the hotels cafés. People don’t realize that the chefs basically train and work together. Might not be as fancy and the menu might be all over the place but these cafés take great pride in their service and meals at reasonable prices. At the Palms Casino where we were staying, we went into their café which offered both an American and a Chinese Food menu. I had an amazing salad that had me coming back a second time. 
 
3) Happy Hour research- In Vegas there are usually two Happy Hours, 5-7 like the rest of the country and then many places give deals starting at midnight or even as early as 10p. You don’t even have to do the research. The Concierge is there for a reason. They are your Google and their best interest is making you happy. Ask them where the best deals are. They might even have a coupon book and no, don’t shake your head, you can still carry around a coupon book and look cool. 
 
4) Remember the term “local”. That’s a key target word in Las Vegas. If someone tries to give you a great deal, tell them you are a local and they will shut down immediately. Casinos rent out space to time share companies who will pitch you on ticket deals as well as free stays in return for a presentation. They realize that their time is better spent with tourists and you won’t be bothered just by politely saying that you are locals. If you eat at a casino, ask about their local specials. Many times, they might have a different price point on certain items or may offer a local special. Here’s the catch. They might ask for your ID so if you can show a good poker face, tell them that you left it in the car or don’t have it on you. They will likely honor that price. Is it dishonest, maybe but so is not allowing people that can count cards. That’s a skill, not a crime. Local also applies with the cab companies. In conversation with the cab driver, mention you lived in Las Vegas. The city is a grid and they have ways to keep you in a cab longer if they want to. I’m not saying they will but telling them that you lived there will certainly lessen your chances. Remember this street name, Koval. Koval runs parallel to the Strip and only locals travel on that street. You know how it can take up to 25-30 minutes to drive down Las Vegas Boulevard? If you take Koval your trip becomes 5-10 minutes. To make things even easier, most of the casinos on that side have back entrances to Koval. Even if your hotel is on the other side of the strip, there are several streets that run through the strip that you can use to save time, fuel and money. 
 
5) Ask for an upgrade. Always be extremely nice and more than likely the hotels, car rental companies will probably say no but there are those times where ask and you shall receive does apply. Many times, business might be slow and there goal is to make you a repeat customer. 
 
6) If you are traveling downtown, you shouldn’t pay for parking. Casinos are cutting down on the validation of parking but Binion’s is one that if you play games at their casino, they will validate. Throw in a couple quarters, remember what slot or table you played and ask for validation at one of their help desks. Act confident and be ready to tell them the exact slot or table you played and they will take care of you. 
 
Hopefully you like these tips as much as the two t-shirts we have to offer. You saw the Hookers and now we introduce you to the Las Vegas Snake Eyes. This was one of the first sports logos we came up with. When I lived in Las Vegas, I could never figure out why teams were so afraid to use the term “Snake Eyes”. I know it’s a bad roll in craps but it has great double meaning. Las Vegas sports logos should be anything but tame. 
 
 
 
Thanks as always for reading. Las Vegas is one of my favorite cities and hopefully these tips help you save a buck or two.
 
 
 
Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Junkie
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