As per any trip to Las Vegas, planning was essential as mentioned in a previous blog. Most important was the Couponomy employed on this trip. Using nothing but coupons from the Las Vegas Advisor http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/ we saved quite a bit of money. The cost of the membership is $37.00 for the online version. For $50.00 you get their monthly magazine mailed to you. The information in the magazine is great for hints on promotions, shows and food. The coupon book is called The Pocketbook of Values and is issued annually. While the book is geared toward local's casinos, there is a fair amount for the strip and downtown as well.
Our coupon use was as follows:
2-1 hotel at Main Street Station (downtown) - $79.20
2-1 buffet at Green Valley Ranch (used for lunch) - $11.84
2-1 buffet at Rio Carnival World (Saturday brunch) - $25.85
2-1 buffet at Main Street Station (lunch) - $8.50
2-1 dinner at Bay City Diner (Golden Gate) - $11.00
2-1 dinner at Ellis Island (had baby backs in their BBQ eatery - OMG....good!) - $14.00
$10 matchplay at Terrible's won - $10.00
$10 matchplay at The Cannery lost - $0.00
Free hot dog and beer at Slots-o-Fun - $1.99
Grand Total Saved: $162.89
If we could have stayed one more night, we would have stayed at Terrble's for 2 nights instead of one and saved an additional $69.00.
Of note: The Las Vegas Advisor has published facts that when comparing months from 2006 to 2007, the tides are changing. The trend of the strip gaining and downtown losing has reversed for several months running now. The strip is going down and downtown is going up. When visiting, you can see the downtown draw. Walking from casino to casino (without a taxi), buying big cheap drinks, being drunk and wild, etc. It is old Vegas and people are realizing that it is more fun than ultra lounges and $16 drinks with a dress code. I think the big strip boom is finally going to be over once Palazzo opens. Hooray!