My Frugal Vacation!!

September 7, 2010

(Jaycie & Me)

A little over a week ago I met my dear friend Jaycie (from Coupon Geek) in Las Vegas, Nevada. We live so far apart and usually only get this opportunity at blogger conferences (if we are lucky). So, we decided we could plan a little FRUGALICIOUS vacation using all the online resources and coupons possible! Let me tell you….we definitely succeeded!! Your probably thinking, you what? In Vegas? Haha…well, we figured Vegas hotels would be cheap during the hot Summer months and it was! So, let me tell you how we did this little frugal mini-vacation and all that we were able to do in just two days!!

First, Jaycie saved up her Swag Bucks to purchase Southwest Gift Cards and flew to Vegas for FREE! Yes, I said FREE!! It is possible! Swag Bucks is an awesome search engine program that allows you to earn points just for searching the internet the way you already do and then redeeming the points for prizes or gift cards. My plane ticket was a gift from my parents for my birthday.

Southwest offered Jaycie a discount code for the Monte Carlo Hotel in Las Vegas when she booked her flight, so we got our hotel super cheap. One of the nights was only $59!! There are lots of online discount hotel sites like Hotels.com that offer very competitive rates and the further ahead you plan, the more you will save!

While we were there we ate at restaurants that we got certificates for through Groupon! Groupon is a wonderful online program that offers 50-90% off various online stores, restaurants, spas, entertainment, etc. Every day they have a different offer in almost every major city, so if you plan ahead, check Groupon daily and purchase certificates ahead of time for places near your vacation site (or even at home for a date night) you can save a ton on entertainment and dining out!

We paid $25 for a $55 dining certificate for the upscale Kotan Asian restaurant in the Treasure Island Hotel. I have to tell you….it was AMAZING food and it was fun getting dressed up too! The outfit I am wearing cost $15 (from Forever 21) and Jaycie’s dress was $25 (from Target)! When it comes to clothes,  you are in the right place for deals because I LOVE fashion!! In fact a lot of my friends call me a frugal fashionista. I think that is funny! Well, who said just because I am wise with my money means that I can’t still have a sense of fashion? Right? Well, you will find clothing salespromo codes, and printable coupons for department and retail stores on a weekly basis here on Coupon Gal.

                         

…………..(This is me)                                                        (This is Jaycie)

The food was not only delicious, but it was actually beautiful!! Check out our california sushi rolls and mochi desert!

          

For entertainment, we are simple gals (and frugal too), so you can bet we took advantage of the FREE stuff! We enjoyed our hotel pool, street performers, and even watched the water show in front of the Bellagio hotel. That water show is wonderful by the way….if you ever go there, you should take a little time to go see it.

I know you are probablly going to laugh, but we even went to the movies!! Haha…I know, movies in Vegas? Well, we both have little ones at home and it isn’t always easy to get out to see a movie, so we used our $4.00 Fandango Movie Ticket we purchased through Groupon to see the movie Eat, Pray, Love! It was a great movie by the way and I am reading the book now!

If you have been reading my blog for any time now, you know I LOVE to take pleasure in the sweet things in life! You know…. warm Summer nights, dancing when no one is looking, and of course DESERT!! I actually (just ONCE) want to go to a restaurant and order desert before my meal! Why not? Wouldn’t that be fun? Well, thanks to Groupon once again, Jaycie and I each got a dozen of Gigi’s Cupcakes for just $18!

I have to tell you, the best part about getting these cupcakes was giving them out to random people in Vegas! We gave one to a vendor in the middle of the Caesars Palace mall, gave some to two different couples eating next to us at the Cheesecake Factory, four different workers in Tiffany’s & Co., and even to a girl in the women’s restroom! Haha….seriosly, I did give her one in there! It felt wonderful to share our deals we got with other people, even if it was in the bathroom!

So, while I love taking the time to write and tell you a little about my life, my main point is thatplanning ahead is the best way to save money!! I know I say that all the time, but I say it because I really do believe it! I practice what I preach here on Coupon Gal. I have a Swag Bucks accounta Groupon account, I use Hotels.com, and I definitely PLAN AHEAD! Thanks to these wonderful programs, I am able to save, enrich my life, and enjoy frugal vacations and you can too!! So, cheers to your next frugal vacation!

*We were only there for two days and used three different Groupons!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Coupon Gal September 9, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Well Hello Julie and Adele!

Thank you so much! The blogging conferences are where you learn how to improve your blog. You can google Blog Her, Type A, and Blissdom…those are the main ones that many bloggers like us go to! They cost money, but you will learn a ton too!

Best of luck to you both in your new endeavor!!

Christy,
Coupon Gal

2 Coupon Gal September 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Hi Lesile!!

Thank you so much!! Yes!! I would for sure be looking at Groupon everyday to see what offers they have near the area you will be vacationing. You would be surprised with the variety of things Groupon has to offer!! Plus, check out the hotel prices through that Hotels.com link. I know the further ahead you plan, the cheaper the hotel will cost ;)

Best of luck to you!! I hope you have a very nice frugal vacation!

Christy,
Coupon Gal

3 Leslie September 9, 2010 at 12:04 am

OMG That is AWESOME! Can you give me some advice on how to preplan for a Disney vacation? Should I be looking for Groupons in Orlando as well?

4 Coupon Gal September 8, 2010 at 8:19 am

Hi Kaley!! Hope you have been doing great!! We had so much fun! Jaycie is such a sweetheart!

Hopefully I see you at Blog Her next year. I’m already signed up to go :)

Christy,
Coupon Gal

5 Kaley @ Cha-Ching on a Shoestring September 8, 2010 at 5:29 am

Oh my goodness. I LOVE that you girls did this!! Looks like a blast!

6 Julie and Adele September 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Great site!!! Came across it as I was browsing other sites!!! What is a blogging conference??? This sounds like so much fun!!!! I wish I could go. My sister and I are new to blogging…we have been doing it for about 1 month. Any info on this would be great!!! Also great planning…you guys did a lot for only a little money!!!

7 Coupon Gal September 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Hey Girly!!

Love ya and miss ya too! I will see you for sure at Blog Her next year if you go. I already signed up chica! ;) Have a blast at Type A! Wish I was going!

Christy

8 Coupon Gal September 7, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Awh Zack!! We would love that! You are welcome any time!!

Christy

9 Zack September 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm

You girls look like you had a blast!

Maybe next year the other Musketeer will get invited! LOL

Zack

10 KeriLyn@SheSaved September 7, 2010 at 3:27 pm

love it … miss you both so much!!!

11 Coupon Gal September 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Jaycie!! I miss you and would love to do this again! The only request I have is that you leave the wind at home ;) haha…love ya!

Christy

12 Jaycie September 7, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I’m getting hungry for all that food all over again! Such a nice write-up, Christy. I had a blast hanging out with you. We might have to make it an annual event, my dear friend! :)

I have to tell you, I’ve been hungry for sushi and mochi ever since we left! So glad we treated ourselves to the dessert–I’m in search for it here in Chicago now.

~Jaycie

13 Coupon Gal September 7, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Awh!! Thank you so much Cree! I am happy I was able to inspire you! I love helping people and that is ALWAYS my #1 goal here on Coupon Gal!!

Have a FRUGALICIOUS day!

Christy,
Coupon Gal

14 Cree September 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Wow Christy that is awesome! You two did a great, frugal trip in my town! Luv it! I’m so inspired! So nice that you gave away some of your cupcakes!!

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