Vegas Getaway

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One of my favorite things about saving money is spending the money we saved to create a fun experience for our family. This weekend, my hubby and I used a bit of our savings to take off to Las Vegas for some relaxation and fun…without the little one! Thankfully, my mom and sister are close enough to watch Eli while we spend a little time together.

Our trip was possible because of some great money-saving opportunities. We got our airline tickets fairly cheap (about $150 each) thanks to Allegiant Airlines’ low-cost fares. It’s definitely a budget airline, but we were able to fly for literally half the cost of the larger airlines.

We use a credit card for gas and large purchases, and that credit card gives us rewards in the form of airline miles. Instead of booking our flight with miles we had with United Airlines, we used them to completely pay for our hotel and rental car. This saved us a couple hundred dollars (and spent the miles we probably weren’t going to use on an airline ticket). The hotel reservation also came with an upgraded room and a free breakfast already included.

And, when we got to Vegas, we bought a 24-hour pass to the buffets at one casino chain. We ate four meals off this one pass, so we estimate we saved about $60 each on meals.

As for the gambling, we each took about $100 and used that for our fun money through the whole trip. I figure that isn’t much to spend on three days of entertainment!

There are many free, family-friendly things to do in the Las Vegas area. Here are a few from our trip:

Marc loved the fancy cars on display everywhere! This was at a mall on the Strip.

Marc loved the fancy cars on display everywhere! This was at a mall on the Strip.

 

The Hoover Dam is free to see (tours cost extra) and just a short drive east of Las Vegas.

The Hoover Dam is free to see (tours cost extra) and just a short drive east of Las Vegas.

 

The Bellagio Hotel is full of fun, free things, such as the conservatory's changing displays.

The Bellagio Hotel is full of fun, free things, such as the conservatory’s changing displays.

 

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