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12 Easy Tips For Doing Vegas On The Cheap

Because what stays in Vegas…doesn't have to be all your money.

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2. Don't buy alcohol — it's free.

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When you're gambling, cocktails are free (even if you're just playing the slots). Just make sure to tip the waitress well so she comes back: $5 should do it to start, then $1–2 for each drink after that.

3. Though road-tripping is arguably the cheapest way to get to Vegas (from the West Coast), flying is not as expensive as you might think. Look for deals on local airlines.

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I once bought a ticket from LAX to Vegas on Southwest Airlines for only $19 each way. Look for the deals — they're there.

7. Don't rule out staying in a suite! If you split it with friends, it can actually be relatively affordable.

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True, there are always cheap rooms available somewhere — but if you want to stay at a relatively nice place without breaking the bank, then consider splitting a suite with friends. At The Venetian, a standard suite sleeps six people (each room has two queen beds and a queen-sized sofa bed).

9. Avoid cabs if you can. Save some money by riding public transportation.

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Ticket prices for the monorail: single ride ($5), unlimited one-day pass ($12), unlimited three-day pass ($28). Seriously, I know it may not look far, but to walk from The Excalibur to the Wynn is 2.5 miles, so save your feet!

10. Hit up a brunch buffet. They're much cheaper than dinner buffets and typically include some kind of alcoholic beverage.

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Brunch buffets start as early as 11 a.m., so you can save some cash by having a late breakfast/early lunch. For dinner you can grab something lighter (and cheaper) in one of the many food courts sprinkled throughout almost every hotel.