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Doin' Vegas: Ballin' on a TIGHT Budget

When my girlfriends and I were looking for spring break plans, our first thought was probably like most of yours: Mexico?

That was shot down real fast because most of our parents hit us with a hard NO when bringing that up. So, Next question... Vegas?


The thought of paying for spring break, even months in advance, gave me heart failure thinking about the $600 rent (plus utilities), car payment, and such already on my monthly plate. But how could I let that stand in the way of going on my last spring break vacay EVER? Not to be dramatic, but like, the next girls trips that occurs will probably be bachelorette parties.

Step 1:

Secure the flight, book seats and buy luggage later; the opportunity to purchase check-in bags and pick a sit will be the same prices until the day you leave - flights only get more expensive and booked up

Step 2:

Book the room and push the limits - Lie about how many people will be in the room; during check in, have the people not listed on the room hang back with the luggage

Step 3:

Turn your cash into quarters and don't touch it until you leave

This helped me so much when I was saving to go abroad. Any chance I could, I would count my tips from waitressing and take out 20 bucks and go to the bank and ask for 2 rolls of quarters; I would go home, unravel the rolls, and dump it in a mason jar until it reached departure week. It is so much less temping to spend your money once it's turned into scattered quarters in a jar.

Step 4:

Get a friend like Jessica to build a schedule and find promoters early on, otherwise, you'll be the blind leading the blind

Step 5:

Be smart about buying new going out clothes.

Coordinate with your girls going and you'll find there's so many potential outfit swapping. One night I wore a $15 Amazon romper and it was the most I got complimented all vacation.

Step 6:

Embrace the promoters.

It may sound too good to be true (and a lot-a-bit-creepy) when these random men are approaching you asking if you want bottle service and free admission to clubs... but this is the one time these people are your friends. You seriously will not spend one dime on club entry or tables.

Step 7:

Vegas has "Amazon Now" which allows you to order groceries, etc. to your location in 1-2 hours; we ordered cases of water, cranberry juice, and snacks for the room which came to about $20 a person.

Step 8:

Skip the fancy dinners and hit the food court -

Save that extra cash for the experiences, not the dinner plates.



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