A vacation to Las Vegas is enticing to just about everyone. Even if you aren’t a gambler, the live shows, musical acts, and the sheer magnitude of the atmosphere will please just about anyone. The only problem is that staying in the city tends to get a bit expensive. If you follow a few tips, you’ll be able to enjoy Las Vegas without cashing in your life savings.

1. Drinks on the Cheap

Visiting Las Vegas is synonymous with gambling and drinking. As the motto says, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. The problem is that drinks tend to be outrageously priced at most casinos and restaurants. So, the best way to save money is to get comped drinks at the casino. If you are gambling, casinos will give you free drinks. Remember to tip the waitress well, and she’ll keep bringing the free liquor as long as you keep playing. Also, look for tourist traps such as Carnaval Court and Margaritaville because they often have drink specials; it’s a great way to start or end the evening on the cheap.

2. Affordable Accommodation

Booking a hotel in Las Vegas can be a tricky and expensive venture. If you go during peak season, your options can be limited, far from the Strip, or downright pricey. To avoid this, research your options and have an idea of what amenities you would like at your hotel. If you visit the city in the middle of the week, it’s much cheaper than the weekends, as well as less crowded. If you like stylish, luxurious, affordable accommodation, be sure you look at the Luxor Las Vegas. It’s a great option to be close to the action without having to take out a second mortgage.

3. Cheap Eats

Dining can be an expensive portion of your trip to Las Vegas. However, if you do some research, you’re sure to find some affordable options. If you are the type of person that can gorge themselves, find all-you-can-eat buffets and be as gluttonous as possible. Other options include eating light at lunch, such as finding a deli in town off the strip. A third option is to go to the old part of Las Vegas. This area is just a short cab ride away, and often has cheap eats to entice customers to come (and stay for the gambling).

4. Entertainment

If it’s your first trip to Vegas and you aren’t sure exactly what to do, entertaining yourself can be the cheapest aspect of the trip. Instead of paying top dollar for acts, just scope out the free attractions and take in the scenery. Walk around the famous casinos or check out the Bellagio fountains. Entertainment is what you make it in this town.

Before you head to Las Vegas, remember to thoroughly plan your trip. If you take the time to do some research, you can save a bunch of money. And remember that what happens here, stays here.