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Tuesday, August 30

Frugal Las Vegas - the Food Budget

Our 9-night vacation has a total budget of $2,000. While I'm not worried about our spending on most categories, the food budget is going to be a challenge. Fortunately I do have a discretionary line ($332) that I can borrow from.

Our food budget for the trip is $180. Since I was sure we would overindulge ourselves whenever a buffet was involved, we mostly are planning to eat two meals a day. This morning our breakfast is free. We are staying at the Suncoast (off the strip), and one of the freebies they sent me in the mail is for two free breakfast buffets.

A lot of people would find it hard to eat dinner for two for $20. But this is Vegas. Between the possibility of "earning" free meals through gambling and some of the more aggressive dining options - Ellis Island, as an example, features a sirloin steak, soup or salad, baked potato, vegetable and beer for $7.95 - I am not too stressed about making budget.


  1. I've had that meal at Ellis Island before. It was $4.95 or $5.95 then but that has been a few years ago. It is harder to find the cheap food deals than it used to be. My wife and I have a Diamond Card with Harrah's that allows us to eat free in the Diamond Lounge. The meals aren't much but we also get free drinks.

  2. I agree that it isn't as easy to find an extreme bargain. Many of the best deals are on the graveyard shift (midnight to 5 or 6 in the morning) and I just don't function during those hours anymore. Something else I am finding handy is checking out Groupon every morning. There's usually a couple of BOGO deals available.