January 13, 2011|By David Lester

Where is the one place that you always think of when you’re knee deep in snow?  Unwrapping another turtleneck with a kitten on it from Oma?  Choking down dry turkey at Auntie Gertrudes?  No. Vegas Baby!
My family was visiting me in Hollywood this year and the day before Christmas Eve we decided to drive to Vegas.  Yeah, that’s right, Vegas!

This is a dream come true for me!  It’s been a mission of mine to spend Christmases all over the world with my family.  They are super important to me and I want to make sure that the time we spend together is the best time we can.  Two years ago we went to Egypt and who knows where we will go next year.  Family makes me happy and that is where I spend my money while having an amazing time.

But just because I choose to spend money on family doesn’t mean I won’t get the best for the lowest price, right?  We booked at the Flamingo the morning we left and got an ah-mazing price.  It was basically free.  I took my charming mom, smiling like an angel, up to the desk with me and explained that my family had never been to Vegas before and that we would LOVE the best suite. Well, mom’s looks paid off and we were on the top floor with the best view of the strip.

We walked the strip, went to some great restaurants, and waited for Christmas day to swoop in and get all of the boxing week sales.  My uber charm at Prada had the staff pulling things from the back that hadn’t gone on sale yet.  I got a classic, winter jacket for 30% off that would have been long gone if it ever made it to the rack.  To the charming goes the spoils!

For entertainment we changed up the traditional Christmas Eve church service for Boyz II Men!  They sang their hits, Mo-Town classics (my fav), and a Christmas carol set.  Those guys still have it.  Everyone should see a well performed “runningman” at Christmas.

For the same amount of money that I would have spent back home having an expensive, over the top traditional holiday, we went on a once in a lifetime Vegas-mas that we’ll all remember.  Isn’t making great memories with family what the holidays is all about?  Gifts I’ll grow out of.  Dinners at home blend together over time.  White Tigers and show girls are forever.

Can’t wait to see where we go next year!  Love your money and it’ll love you back with holidays to remember.


David Lester
About David Lester

David Lester is a best selling author and professional Financial Coach, helping people be better with their money. David has written a personal finance book that breaks with traditional attitudes towards finance and describes his own philosophy to money that he has gained through his personal and professional experiences. His philosophy on money applies to many areas of everyday life, including banking, investing, goal setting, shopping and entertainment.