Wasting Money In Las Vegas

Wasting money in Las Vegas

We just came back from a six-day trip to Las Vegas. Mrs. PR and I like getting a way a few times per year to get some sun and sit by a pool. Las Vegas is a quick easy flight, in a few hours we are out of the rain and into sunshine. We don’t usually do much gambling, we might splurge on a show. Other than people watch, walking the strip, Fremont Street, we are usually at the pool. In Vegas the food is great, the portions are huge, but it is expensive. For example buffet $25-$38/ large coffee $3:50-$4:25/Beer $8 & up/Wine $20 & up/Burgers $12-$15/resort fees $30 per night. With the Canadian dollar at 0.78 after the exchange rate it is fairly expensive.



The opulence of Las Vegas is amazing, you can walk past a blackjack table with a minimum bet of $10,000, or people playing the $25 slot machine where the minimum is a hundred dollars a pull. Even if I had millions of dollars I just can’t see myself wasting money like that. It’s fascinating to me that people work so hard for their money and waste it away gambling. I know some hit it big but really how many do!?



For the two flights from Victoria and five nights at the Excalibur hotel was $940 Canadian. We spent $1050 Canadian while we where there. The total budget flights, hotel, and spending money was $1990 Canadian. Some would say it was a waste of money and a younger Steve would agree. But for old guy Steve, experiences are never a waste of money.


  1. Glad to see that you were able to get to Vegas for a bit of a trip. The gambling has never been my thing, but the restaurants and people watching in Vegas are a definite draw. I had no idea the food was THAT expensive though! It just seems more than a tad expensive these days overall (especially with the Canadian dollar being where it is), but you can definitely get deals if you watch for them. Sounds like you had fun though!

    • Thanks James. The wife and I go to Vegas at least once a year and it is getting more expensive. I think it’s a little of everything -Canadian dollar, cost have gone up, and you are on the strip. If you go a few miles off the strip it is a lot cheaper. The sun/pool it’s still fun and worth going !

  2. Hi Steve, Good on you for taking some time off. I have been to Las Vegas just once, and it was to do the unthinkable – write my veterinary board certifying exams! Unfortunately, I did not have the time to enjoy the sights and sounds. I look forward to “really” visiting at some point in the future.

    • Writing your veterinary exam was a great reason to go Enoch ! I am sure there is some cheap airfare from Winnipeg this winter. Just sucks the Canadian dollar is 0.78 ish.

  3. I haven’t been to Vegas for a few years! I always liken it to “Disneyland for adults”. Looks like you had a great time. I keep money in a US dollar account (Royal Bank has a free one) so that I don’t have to pay the terrible currency prices when the exchange is bad.

    I used to love playing Blackjack and I thought the best thing was that they walk by and give you free drinks!

    • I have a U.S. Dollar account as well. Unfortunately I depleted it from my last trip in September so something I will have to budget to replenish. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Steve, I just got back from Vegas last night. My wife was running the half marathon for the first time. It’s a great place. You can find incredible food and a lot of excitement if that’s your thing. I’m like you though, I don’t like gambling big sums of money. Why would we if the odds are in the casinos’ favor?! šŸ™‚

    • That’s awesome ! I hope she did well, looks like the temperature was perfect. I was training for that marathon a few years age but didn’t make the trip and did the Royal Victoria marathon instead. Vegas is so much fun !

  5. I like this! I was actually thinking of doing a travel cost breakdown for my trips as well!

    Anyway, I’ve only been to Vegas once and it was for a trip m brother had won at work so I got to go as his plus one for free! I loved it and I want to go back. Im not a gambler either, so it makes the trip doable! But we are waiting until my son is older and we can leave him with Grandma lol.

    Great post!

    • Thanks Gabe, I remember those day’s when we had to have parents look after the kids (we didn’t travel much then) Now we just make sure there is lots of food in the fridge for them. Vegas is so much fun and awesome for a quick getaway.

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