A Great Weekend in Vegas without Breaking the Bank

There are so many things to do when visiting Las Vegas.  It is definitely one of the most fun places to visit, whether you are visiting with friends or family.  You are able to partake in anything from the exciting shows, including concerts from the best entertainers, to amazing Cirque Du Soleil.  Las Vegas has some of the best restaurants in the country, not to mention its buffet’s if you are in the mood to splurge.  Although it can be one of the most expensive places to visit, there are plenty of ways to still enjoy America’s Sin City on a dime while still having a great time.  Recently four of us girls visited on a budget.  We decided to go on a whim and purchased last minute deals on hotels and flights, going from Thursday to Sunday, sharing one room in the center of the strip for under $400 per girl.  We still got our share of drinking, dancing, eating; not to mention plenty of fun.  Private mortgage information is usually kept with our husbands, so the finance talk was kept at a minimum and it was a girl’s weekend away.

The first day we arrived late, as we left after we all got off work, but with flight delays, we did not land until after 10pm, so after checking into the hotel we decided to get drinks at our hotel casino bar.  We decided to test our luck on some penny slots, while scoring a few free drinks while we gambled, a definite perk in Las Vegas that other cities with casinos do not offer.  We then decided to check out another casino bar where promotions for their drinks were 2 for 1, so we could not pass that up.  With those cocktails in hand walked the strip and took photos with the many celebrity look-a-likes, watching the street performers, and the free shows that a few hotels provide.  When hungry we ate a food court for under $15 a girl.  

On Days 2 and 3 we had the days planned where could save money and still have a great time.  We walked to the liquor store nearby and purchased drinks to keep in our hotel room, as it is Vegas, you can walk around with drinks, so why not provide our own instead of spend top dollar.  Each day we went to the pool, while each night we shared appetizers, pizza, salad, plus a good amount of sangria.  After dinner when we wanted to hit the town we used free drink tickets given to us by promoters and cut the lines at the night clubs.  As a girl you cannot beat this, as my husband and his friends will have to pay a couple hundred dollars a person to get bottle service just to get into the club, so we took full advantage.  If we liked the club we stayed, buying drinks when the free tickets ran out.  As the weekend ended, no one bought us drinks, we spent between $60-$100 each day, and left with plenty of memories to last.

Using a Rain Barrel is a Smart Way to Save on Water

The new rain barrel with a rain chainAs spring approaches it is time to start thinking about your vegetable and flower garden, maybe even fruit trees and berry bushes if you are lucky!  A lot goes into having a successful home garden and pre-planning for the season is a great way to save money and plant a thriving garden.  First, check out all of the tools and equipment that will go on sale in the fall and winter seasons.  Buy a new rake, shovel, and watering can during those months because they are usually on sale or in the clearance section of the gardening isle.  Purchasing a rain barrel or making one at home is a great way to save you money and help the environment.  You can make a rain barrel from scratch using old wine barrels, olive or pickle barrels.  Some of my local nonprofit organization sell full rain barrel kits for under $50!  This is a great deal, and spending this small amount of money, will save you save a lot of money over time on your water bill.  Along with that it will also help the environment to prevent too much drain run-off into the street sewer systems.

One of the most common uses for rain barrel is for watering your flowers and plants.  Placing your rain barrel in a good location on the side of the house is very important.  You want to make sure you catch as much drain run-off as possible and use the recycled water to feed your garden every day.  Your plants will thrive with the natural rain water and grow delicious veggies all summer long.

Proper rain water drainage is important for your neighborhood and sewer systems.  Having good ventilation in the dirt does, is key in helping save water and stop drain run-off.  During a heavy rain or storm the run-off water flows with gravity, thus moving down a driveway into a sewer drain.  If there is a lot of rain, and a drain gets full of rain water it can cause the street sewers to overflow or back up causing a huge mess, even flooding.  If everyone had a rain barrel and used it on a regular basis then it would help save houses from flood damage and money spent on repairing the house, along with helping save the planet.  

Saving water is another good reason to invest in a rain barrel.  Your water bill will be significantly lower using rain water to feed your flowers, veggies and plants.  In some cities water is very expensive and the rates go up in the summer, using a rain barrel for the garden that feeds your family is like saving double because you grew your veggies for free or low cost seeds, and then watered them with free water from Mother Nature.

Saving money with a rain barrel is easy.  Check out your local going green non-profit organizations online and invest in a rain barrel today to save you money in the future and help the planet.


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