I hope you’ve enjoyed my NFR marathon leading up to my flight to Vegas. Believe it or not, I fly out tomorrow morning, so make sure to be checking my social media for updates, outfits and the dish on everything NFR.
I’ll be the first to tell you I’m all about balling on a budget – I’ve got no shame in my budget game! Everyone knows that just getting to Vegas is enough to give your bank account a heart attack, so I’m giving up a few of my tips to save that cash during NFR. Read on to see how I make it work in this expensive town.
BUY A MONORAIL PASS.
Every time someone asks me for tips on their first trip to Vegas, I always tell them to invest in a monorail pass. It’s not like it’s a secret or anything, but my first year at the finals, we spent SO much money on taxis. Save your cash and buy a monorail pass – it’s thirty-some dollars for a four day pass that can get you just about anywhere on the strip or to the convention center in a matter of minutes.
You’ll save so much money and get around town so much faster than waiting for an Uber or taxi to pick you up. Especially if you’re running between different events during the day or want to take a break in your hotel room in the middle of the day, a monorail ticket is essential.
SKIP THE BREAKFAST BUFFET.
This is a classic tip that I use on almost every vacation ever. Instead of spending forty to fifty dollars on brunch for two, we take a trip to the nearest convenience store. I usually pick up a box of breakfast sandwiches, protein bars or oatmeal and fruit. Since every meal is pretty expensive, it really adds up to cut out one of those meals every day. It’s also convenient since you can just use your hotel microwave to get a quick breakfast in.
Of course, another way to take advantage of this tip is to pack some snacks in your bag for the day as well. Instead of grabbing a ten dollar hot dog when you’re hungry, you can reach for a convenient snack from your bag. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the splurge on vacation, but I think it’s more fun when you’re not breaking the bank!
CHECK OUT THE GREAT VIEWING PARTIES.
Let’s get real, NFR tickets are super expensive if you want good seats, especially if you’re paying for more than one person to go. Instead of shelling out hundreds to see a round every night at the Thomas & Mack, I like to spend my time hanging around the fabulous live viewing parties on the strip. Sure, I want to see it in person at least once, but it’s actually a lot of fun to hang around the hotels too. They usually have giveaways, door prizes and offer drink specials too.
There’s so much to being in Vegas for the NFR, don’t feel like you’re missing out on the experience if you can’t afford to go to the big show every night. You’ll be in good company at whatever viewing party you decide to go to, I promise you that!
GOODWILL HAS THE BEST NFR OUTFITS.
I’m totally serious when I say some of my best NFR outfits have come off a thrift store rack. Don’t feel like you have to spend a fortune on a new wardrobe to fit in at Cowboy Christmas – you can be a showstopper in a pair of vintage bell bottoms or your grandma’s fur coat. It doesn’t have to be new and expensive to turn heads, and that’s the truth.
Use your closet basics to your advantage – good pairs of jeans, leggings, a white tee, a leather jacket…then go pick out some one-of-a-kind vintage items from your local thrift store. You can guarantee your look will be totally authentic and 100% rad. Nothing feels better than having someone ask where you got your outfit and telling them you got it for a dollar. Rock what you’ve got, girls!
HIT UP THE FREE EVENTS AND AFTER PARTIES.
While there’s plenty of awesome pay-to-enter acts in Vegas, there are TONS of awesome free parties and events throughout NFR. Hit up the concerts at the South Point, MGM and Mirage or go to the nightly Buckin Ball. During the day, hang around the South Point arena, the Wrangler arena in the Convention Center or just explore all the shopping at the different locations around town.
You can find a lot of information on events and parties on the NFR experience website. They have daily events to see and special events spread out through the length of the NFR. If you dig a little bit, you can find lots of fun things to do, places to be without shelling out cash every day.
How are you saving money in Vegas this year? Do you have more tips to share? Let me know in the comments.
Stay unique sisters – see you in Vegas!