If you want drinks for free, just hit up a casino and play some cheap slots. There's also numerous 2 for 1 drink coupons pretty much everywhere you go and tons of happy hours.
Lots of cool things to see for free. You've got your standard Bellagio fountains, Treasure Island show, etc. Tons of niche shops like M&M World, etc. line the strip as well that are good for browsing. LV can be done extremely cheap while still getting to play. It only gets expensive if you get the gambling bug. If you have to, set yourself a gambling budget and once it's gone, it's gone. If you're lucky enough to be above your budget, set tollgates so you don't blow it all.
Example - you bring $100 to spend but are up $200. If you fall to $150, stop so you'll still come out ahead. You can even stop at your original $100 so you're not out a dime. This will help ensure you don't make dumb choices.
A dad taking his daughter who is turning 21 to vegas? Nothing weird about that.
Seeing as her slickdeals name includes the word MOM, I don't think it's a father.
But....start playing the MyVegas game on facebook and search for the threads on here. I've been playing for about a month now and have enough for some free buffets or a room or two during the week if I choose at some of the lower end hotels.
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the strip buffets mostly fall into two categories these days:
Pretty crappy, and only moderately expensive (ie Monte Carlo, Luxor, Excalibur, most of em anymore... golden corral quality but 2x the price of golden corral)
Pretty good, but not cheap (ie Aria, Bellago, Cosmo, Ceasars, Wynn, and a couple others- where the food is actually pretty good, but you're paying 25-35 bucks a person, and more on weekends, and more still if you want adult beverages with it)
There's certainly still some cheap eats to be had in Vegas- but the strip buffets aren't the place for it...
(unless you're getting comps of some kind... the 2-for-1 aria buffet ones for example turn it into an excellent deal for the price)
Also of note- while the drinks are "free" while gambling, you'll still want to be tipping at least $1/drink to the waitresses (especially if you want to see them coming back anytime soon for refills)
The key with a buffet is if you're actually going to really eat that much anyway. If you're a moderate eater, you're likely not going to get your money's worth.
Again it depends.... the food at the Circus Circus buffet sucks, you're not getting your moneys worth no matter what amount you eat. You'd do better at Golden Corral for half the price if you just wanna stuff your face with not-very-good food.
The food at the Wynn buffet is excellent... but not cheap. Still, even if you don't eat a TON of it, you'd probably pay a similar amount, with less variety, for "good" food most other places... (the rare fantastic bargin like Lotus of Siam excepted)
But when you can get a 2-for-1 on a buffet that actually has pretty good food, like the 2-for-1 for Aria you can get on myvegas rewards, that's when you finally get "cheap eats" at a buffet that's actually worth the trouble....especially if you go breakfast/lunch rather than dinner....
at that point you're paying 10-12 bucks a person for a wide variety of pretty good food, including lots of seafood if your tastes run that way.... (though the deserts aren't usually worth wasting your time on)
It's a rare convergence of cheap AND good in a strip buffet.
At the even higher end (say Wynn weekend dinner buffet)- it won't be cheap in the absolute sense at all, but you'd be hard pressed to get BETTER food cheaper if you're wanting a nice variety in one meal.
Other examples off hand of cheap and good in Vegas include (though many are off-strip):
Lotus of Siam already mentioned- considered by many the best thai restaurant in the entire country (and with a phenomenal wine menu too), and shockingly inexpensive for how good everything is.
Hash House a Go Go- 8-12 bucks for most items, fresh, tastes great, and you'll have leftovers
In-N-Out Burger- fresh, cheap, good.
Capriotti's- Good cheap sandwiches, buncha locations at this point
Plus the good places with restaurant.com certificates available- these are good, but only cheap if you have the certificate (which you can usually get for 80-90% off)- off hand I can think of-
El Segundo Sol
Slice of Vegas
Sergio's Italian Ristorante
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