Happy Friday friends! As many of my more regular readers know, Mrs. Frugal Rules and I were in Vegas last week for a bit of a vacation. To make a long story short, we had an absolute blast!
I know that a big part of the fun for us was knowing that we had funded the trip solely off of credit card rewards that covered us getting there, our stay at the Bellagio and a nice little chunk of change left over in cash rewards to spend on what we wanted.
We started the trip out by staying Sunday night at the Monte Carlo as we like to try somewhere new every time we go to Vegas. The hotel itself was sort of ho hum but we got to eat at a nice pub Sunday night, the night of the 49er’s/Seahawks game, so it was more than a bit nutty. Their beer menu was literally 12-15+ pages long and it was a blast to try a few new to me brews.
Monday morning we took the tram over to the Bellagio where I was in awe of Mrs. Frugal Rules $20 bill sandwich prowess. Truth be told, it was a little more than $20, but she was able to secure us a room that was slightly smaller than our house, at the end of the hallway and with numerous floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Fountains of Bellagio. I’ll be sharing a post on how to work the $20 sandwich here in a few weeks and actually came up with a few other blog post ideas while there. Say, can I write off the remainder of our trip expenses as a business expense because of that?
While we’re not big gamblers, we did gamble a little, and spent most of our time relaxing, taking in a few shows and enjoying some awesome meals. We saw Mystere (which is the original Circqu de Soleil show) at Treasure Island on Monday evening and saw Penn & Teller on Tuesday night for my birthday. We went to the Mob Museum on Wednesday and just relaxed around the hotel the rest of Wednesday and Thursday before we got home late Thursday night. You’ll also notice no mention of getting a tattoo. That’ll be saved for a future trip perhaps.
My frugal side was thankful for the savings on lodging and transportation costs as little in Vegas is cheap. In fact, I spent the most I’ve ever spent on a meal on Tuesday night by plopping down just over $300 on dinner alone. Crazy…maybe, but well worth it and I had the best steak I’ve ever had in my life so that’s got to count for something right?!
A Relaxing Time
In spite of everything we did and spent, it was a greatly relaxing time. I was a bit nervous of how our clients would be with us being gone for the week. For the most part, they left us alone, but we did have an inbox full of new work when we came back.
I would also like to thank Michelle for managing things on the blogging end while I was gone. She was a lifesaver and if you’re ever needing someone to manage your site and/or email while you’re gone I highly recommend her.
My lovely wife basically made me hire Michelle and I was very thankful I listened to her as it truly allowed me to vacate for a few days. We left Sunday morning and I used my phone throughout the day on Sunday, but by dinner Sunday night I was so sick of the phone that I handed it over to Mrs. Frugal Rules and I touched it maybe 2-3 more times max before returning home late Thursday evening.
All told, it was a fun time and I’m already looking forward to the next “free trip” we get to take thanks to rewards points as I finally converted my wife on the pros of it. Along those lines, I also have a post scheduled for a few weeks from now to detail how we were able to swing going on the trip for free and our plans for churning this year.
You’ll also likely notice that I’ll be a little more quiet on the blogging front again next week as we had family arrive in town at the end of this week and are here through next weekend. Not the greatest timing, but I thankful to see them nonetheless.
What’s new going on in your end of the world? How difficult is it for you to ignore email while on vacation…I KNOW I’m not the only one.
Photo courtesy of: Nicole S