Vegas on the cheap in 21 easy steps

Whether you’re hitting the Consumer Electronics Show or Adult Entertainment Expo, get ready to learn the hard way that the Strip is an expensive place to be. Cheap hotel rooms lure you into the city, and you make up the difference everywhere else. So, when you blow your cash at the tables and your reserves at the strip joint gentlemen’s club of your choice, you’ll need a few ways to pass the time while waiting for your flight. Here are a few of my favorites for staying distracted when the slots and strippers have drained your wallet on the first day.

Fill your bags with freebies at the Las Vegas malls. The Shop Vegas Passport is free, and nobody will judge you for not actually spending your own cash while holding your hat out. Then, take advantage of free wireless internet access at the Palazzo or Venetian.

Listen to some tunes and root for your favorite at a dueling piano competition. There are three from which you can choose. Harrah’s and Treasure Island don’t charge a dime, but everything’s more expensive in New York (the New York New York hotel, that is), where you’ll be hit up for a $10 cover. Or, if you want to see people who know famous people, watch six of her band members at the Palms.

Need more? Damn, you’re greedy! Check out the whole list of 21 ideas under $21.

[Thanks, LA Times]