Sorry for the delay in posting but I was ...was....was...doing research, yeah, 'doing research.' The purpose of this blog is to help you make more money AND to save you money. I recently took a vacation to Las Vegas and was able to find some great money saving tips.
1) As soon as you check in and get to your room, you will find a coupon book. Look through it. I was able to find coupons for 35% off of merchandise at the stores, $$$ off of meals, and discounts on shows.
2) If you plan on doing any gambling, sign up for a Rewards Card. Use your rewards card every time you gamble. You will get free meals, free game play, and free shows. I was to use my card to get 3 free meals, $10 in free Game play, and $30 worth of chips for $20.
3) Once you get your Rewards card, do not pay for your meals, charge them to your room, same with room service. Before you check out visit the Rewards Booth and they may 'comp' some of the items that you would have paid for anyway. *We got this tip directly from a pit boss.
4) If a attraction is within walking distance.....do it! I stayed at the Luxor and it is connected to the Excalibur and Mandalay Bay. I was able to walk to each of them without having to pay for a cab. If you do need to get a cab to go to a different area, get a map and decide if you get a cab to the furthest location, can you walk to the others, then get a cab back instead of getting a cab for each location you go to.
5) Ask for stuff... The pit bosses don't know what you want. If you have been gambling for an hour or two, just ask if you have gambled enough for show tickets or a meal. We went downtown to the Gate Casino and was gambling, we played for about an hour when the pit boss handed us vouchers for a Free Large Shrimp Cocktail. It tasted even better knowing that it was Free!
My favorite part of the trip was when I bought seats for the Criss Angel 'Believe' Show. I bought the cheapest tickets (using a coupon) we started to go to our seats in the balcony, we simply said 'Thank You' to the attendent and she said, in a low voice, "Let me see your tickets" she preceeded to write something on them and handed them back to us and told us to go see another attendent. We had been UPGRADED! We were now in the 4th row right by the stage, Criss Angel came though our aisle during the act, we had to stand up to let him through, he shook our hand as he passed and stepped on my toe! (Criss if you are reading this, an autographed picture would make it feel better!) A very nice guy, best part of my trip, oh and I came home as a Las Vegas WINNER, I played Baccarat and Craps and did very well about 2 hours before I left to get on the plane! Anyway we bought $65 show tickets for less than $50 and we were given seats that cost over $150 each! WIN!
I finished reading "More Than a Hobby" last week. It is a very easy and interesting read and only took me about 3 hours to read it in its entirety. It is the story of how only $600 turned into the Arts & Crafts Behemoth known as Hobby Lobby.
There are many things that can be taken from this book: 1) move product that is not selling, Hobby Lobby purges its stock twice per year to make room for new merchandise. 2) Treat your employees well, if your employees like working for you, they will be more productive!
Please go grab this book and read it to see how the practices at Hobby Lobby can help you with your own business, help you at your current career, or just to see how they did it!
WHAT IS FOREX?
I think that if you want to start trading in stocks or currencies, you first need to do your research. Today I am including a link to wikipedia so that you read about forex. Even if you dont plan on trading currencies, it is nice to know how world currencies relate to each other. This really helps when a company you are investing in has a large footprint outside of the US. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/forex
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