How to Budget for your Las Vegas Vacation

April 30, 2013

Las Vegas has a reputation as an expensive place for a vacation, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Plenty of vacationers enjoy wonderful trips to Las Vegas without blowing the bank on their trips. You might think those are only the ones who win big at the casinos, but anyone can enjoy Las Vegas on a budget with a little bit of planning and creativity.

Comparison shopping before you go can save you a lot of money on transportation, hotels, and tickets. Sites like Expedia.com, Kayak.com, and similar sites can help you compare prices for travel and accommodations.  If you are flexible about when you want to go, that can help your budget as well. Ticket prices can go up around big holidays or special events in Las Vegas, so check several dates if you have some room in your schedule.

Once you’ve booked your trip, make a budget. It’s helpful to make your budget before you go, so that you don’t have to take time out of your vacation to worry about the costs. However, it’s important to leave some “wiggle room” in the budget for things you might not have thought of. Many people leave a few extra dollars a day for surprises. Once you get there, make sure you stick to your budget.

Las Vegas is a great place to splurge, but do so selectively. What is most important to you? Maybe you want to treat yourself to some big meals or spa treatments, or you’d rather see a new show and do some shopping. Decide what your “big ticket” items will be.

Spending a little extra on a place to stay can sometimes save you money in the long run. Many hotels in Las Vegas have so much to do, with pools, activities, and entertainment, that you’ll save money on daytime and nighttime fun. Many families like to stay in hotels with more activities because it allows older kids more freedom and makes it easy for little ones who get tired in the middle of the day. On the other hand, if you don’t think you will take advantage of the activities at the hotel, it might make more sense to save some money and find a more basic place to stay.

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