Have you ever done Vegas on the Cheap?  Unfortunately, it seems our glory days of casino free-play and comped rooms and meals are a thing of the past.  But trust me…it did not stop us from having fun and “experiencing” Vegas in a whole new “cheap” way!

First, we booked our flights for $150 round trip for both of us on Southwest Airlines.  How unbelievably cheap is that?!? With a little help from Google Hotels, our next step was reserving a suite at The Palazzo…which saved us hundreds of dollars.  That being said, always be sure to check out discount travel sites for special room rates and flights.

Just because you travel on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t look like a high roller…right?  For the plane ride there, I suggest a button-down blouse or a sweater, blazer, jeans, boots or loafers, and a camel coat…which makes any outfit look classy.  Wearing sneakers is another way to stay comfy and look stylish….perfect for travel and strolling the strip.  

Style Tip:  I’m obsessed with Veja fashion sneakers.  And the good news is you can try on and purchase them locally at Stanley Eisenman’s!

I have to admit, we missed having our meals being comped but still dined at nice restaurants.  So, on the count of three, everyone say, “Hello, Happy Hour!” Our favorite was Buddy V’s at The Venetian.  Even Neiman Marcus offers a happy hour in Vegas on Friday and Saturday from 5 to 6. How posh nosh does that sound?  

One way to achieve a “high roller” look on a budget is with black jeans.  I wore black-coated jeans day and night…during the day with a black and white tweed blazer and in the evening with a pink animal print blazer.  Be sure to take a look at our selection of all black ensembles on our Pinterest board…such a classy look for happy hour and afterward at the blackjack table.

Alcoholic beverages are expensive anywhere you go…right?  Here’s one of our “cheap” travel tips…pack a few wine bottles, (or beverage of your choice), and have happy hour in your room/suite.  WWJD (What Would Johnny Drink)? He suggests packing your wine in a Jet Bag, absorbent and reusable bottle bags. Order them on Amazon. Trust me on this one…they have been well-tested by our family!  And BTW…it’s always 5 o’clock in Vegas!

Years ago, friends told us about an “off the strip” casino called Palace Station, famous for its acclaimed Oyster Bar with the big draw being a seafood chowder called Pan Roast!  For an extra bonus…you can play bingo at the casino for as little as $15 a person for an entire hour! And BTW, wear what you want because nobody there gives a crap (and I’m not talking about the tables).  

Oh my goodness…does this sound like a lot of “cheap talk”?  I hope so because one thing I know for sure, you are going to love doing “Vegas on the Cheap”!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected].