Gone are the days when going to Las Vegas was probably one of the least expensive destinations. Now it seems that all of that has changed with all of it's luxury hotels and high end dining along with a variety of designer shops. However; if you still want to go check out Sin City and all it has to offer, you can still do it on a budget if you plan it just right.
One way to save a lot of money on your hotel price is to plan for your holidays to Vegas during a time in which a lot of tourists don't go. If you book your hotel in July or August during the hottest time of the year or in December before Christmas you will find that even the more expensive hotels are going to be dropping their room rates to get people to come and stay with them.
You should also try to make sure that you plan to come and visit during the week when the prices are lower. If you trip includes the weekends you are going to have to pay a huge increase in the amount of money for your room. The hotels up the prices of the rooms during Fridays and Saturdays.
Also consider signing up for a variety of different email promotions that you can find on the different hotel websites. If you do this prior to your arrival date you will get periodic emails from these hotels that might offer you some deals that you might want to use in order to save money on accommodations, meals and maybe even some shows in town.
Make sure to check all of the hotels, don't just stick with the ones on the strip. You can look into the prices for the downtown hotels and those off strip. Ones off the strip often offer free shuttles to take you to the strip as part of their accommodations package. So you could save a lot of money by doing this. The key here is you need to be a smart shopper when it comes to finding an affordable room in Vegas.
When you check into the hotel that you decided upon make sure not to be shy and ask them if there are any free upgrades. Many times during the off season the hotels will allow you to upgrade your room with extra amenities or a better view for the same price of your original room.
When you are there and plan to go out to eat in Vegas make sure you fill up on their breakfast buffets. This is usually the time of day when the food is the least expensive and is offered at just about all of the hotels in Vegas.
You should also look for Happy Hours around town where you will find a variety of bars and lounges offering great deals on their drinks and a variety of different appetizers that you might be able to get full on. You will also find a lot of low prices for food if you go and visit the Food Court in the Fashion Show Mall. There's a large variety of food that's not going to break the bank.
Also don't forget about hotel coupons that all hotels offer their guests. A lot of times there will be buy one get one free coupons that will really come in handy and consider finding out where all the locals hang out. More than likely they'll be hanging out at places with good food at lower prices.
There are a ton of things you can do and see while in Vegas. One thing you can do which can take days is to visit all of the hotels on the Strip. Each hotel has something unique to offer and so much of it is free as well. From the Bellagio's water entertainment and it's botanical gardens to the Mirage with it's volcano.
When wanting to see a show see if where you're staying doesn't offer two for one coupons for these as well or go during times of the day that the prices are lower. The prices during the peak evening hours of course are going to be more expensive.
And finally, if you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the bright lights and casino noise, rent a car, take a packed lunch and drive out to Red Rock Canyon for a some quiet and lovely scenery.