The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Las Vegas: Secrets of Living the Good Life--For Less!


Yes, you heard it right: Las Vegas is full of free and ridiculously inexpensive stuff-you just need to know where to look. Leave it to "The Cheap Bastard" to uncover all the ins and outs and exclusive bargains to be had, and to tell you the real deal with wit and humor.

The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Las Vegas will show you:

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Yes, you heard it right: Las Vegas is full of free and ridiculously inexpensive stuff-you just need to know where to look. Leave it to "The Cheap Bastard" to uncover all the ins and outs and exclusive bargains to be had, and to tell you the real deal with wit and humor.

The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Las Vegas will show you:

How to be entertained for free or next-to-nothing-from magic shows to comedy

Where to find free (and almost free) lounges, bars, and clubs

How to get culture on the cheap-from museums to art galleries

Where to find a wickedly cheap meal or drink on or off the Strip

How to keep the kids happy without going broke

Where to find free classes in anything from yoga to computers

With The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Las Vegas, anyone can enjoy the good life!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762760022
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Series: Cheap Bastard Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,438,838
  • Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 12.12 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Shaena Engle is a food and travel writer whose articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, M Lifestyle, Glance Magazine, and PokerPro. She travels to Las Vegas monthly—from her hometown of Los Angeles, where she is president of the PR firm Engle Communications—to write on gambling, poker, nightlife, and, being an amateur magician, magical happenings. She has authored two books, including The Best Places to Kiss in Southern California. She wrote the iphone application The Best Places to Kiss in LA, and is currently at work on two for the Las Vegas area.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Section 1 Entertainment in Las Vegas

Theater: Free & Next to Nothing Shows 2

Just Plain Free 3

Scoring Cheap Discount Tickets 6

Always Cheap: Off-Strip Theater 7

Music: For a Song 10

Free (And Almost Free) Lounges 11

Bars, Clubs, and Restaurants 19

Alternative Venues for Music 24

Public Concerts and Festivals 25

Comedy: Cheap Jokes 27

Affordable Comedy on the Strip 28

Comedy Clubs and Improv Nights 31

Magic: Cheap Tricks 33

Low-Cost Shows 34

Magic Shops 36

Dance: Footloose and Free in the Desert 37

Nightclubs 38

Places to Swing and Dance 41

Dance Performances 42

Gambling: Cheap Bets 43

Player Clubs 44

Cheap Tables and Slots 53

Section 2 Exploring & Living in Las Vegas

Cheap Sleeps for Travelers 58

Getting to the Strip 60

Off-the-Strip Hotels & Motels 60

Downtown Hotels & Motels 65

On-the-Strip Hotels & Motels 68

Food: On the House 70

Cheap Buffets 71

Breakfast Specials 76

Steak Specials 79

Prime Rib Specials 80

Hot Dog Specials 82

Really Cheap Burgers 84

Happy Hours 88

Just Plain Cheap Drinks 97

Cheap Cups of Joe 99

Hair, Beauty, and Massage: Freestyle 102

Beauty School Deals and Discounts 103

Massage and Body Work 104

No-Cost Makeovers 105

Getting Hitched: On the Cheap 108

Cheap Chapels 110

All in the Family: Free and Cheap Stuff for Kids 117

Activities for Kids 118

Amusement Rides 123

Playgrounds 127

After School Programs 128

Shopping: Sin City Bargains 130

Window-Shop Till You Drop 131

Casino & Resort Malls 134

Shopping Outlets 135

Even Cheaper: Thrift and Consignment Shops 137

Specialty Stores and Boutiques 139

Swap Meets 141

Pawn Shops 142

Fitness, Fun, and Games: Cheap Thrills 144

Major Parks 145

Recreation Centers 147

Cheap Yoga 147

Cheap Places to Swim 149

Cheap Golf 150

Education: Low-Cost Learning 152

College Courses 153

Other Deals on Classes 154

Libraries 156

Places with Free Wi-Fi 158

Recreation Centers 161

Museums and Art Galleries: Cheap Culture 162

Free and Almost-Free Museums 163

Art Galleries 169

Free and Cheap Gardens 173

Real Estate: Buying on the Cheap 175

Homes on the Cheap: Buying in the Time of Foreclosure 176

Work for Your Rent 177

Medical Care: Cheap Checkups 179

Cheap Clinics and Centers 180

Clinical Trials 182


A Cheap Dates 184

B Retro Las Vegas, Baby 187

C Pawn Shops 190

D Parks 193

E Recreation Centers 199

F Public Golf Courses 201

Index 204

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