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Think of your trip to a casino in these terms. It's a bit of a sight seeing trip if you're off to Atlantic City or Vegas. Consider your gambling money as money spent on a trip or entertainment instead of money thrown away. How much would you spend to go to the movies or a dinner show? If you look at the time you spend in the casino in terms of hours of entertainment, then making $20 last two hours in the slot machines is the equivalent of a movie and popcorn. It's not the best way to save money, but there is a reasonable way to have fun in these elaborately decorated casinos.
To anyone seasoned at gambling, the penny slots don't sound exciting, and, honestly, it was a pretty desolate area of the casino. My friends has deserted me at that point, but in the end, the area impressed me. I started with $5 and played off that $5 for nearly forty-five minutes. Not bad entertainment.
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I'm a 27 year old single woman and I live in Henderson, NV, close to Las Vegas. Problem is I gamble too much of my money when I get my paycheck. I find myself to be very bored when I don't gamble. I need some new hobbies. Any ideas on what I could do so I wont be bored would be appreciated. Thank you.
April from Henderson, NV
I live in Carson City, Nevada, so I hear ya cluckin'! I got into the same scrape when I moved here. All those shiny lights and bells are mesmerizing! Here's how I survived: First, avoid the casinos at nearly all costs. If you can, have your checks automatically deposited into your checking account so you're not tempted to cash them at a casino. Second, if you do love to gamble, take only as much as you're willing to lose, your driver's license and your SS card ONLY, no debit or credit cards and play until you run out or are ahead and leave. It's not a way to make money, and the house always wins. It's a form of entertainment, like going to the movies or seeing a show.
As for hobbies: find things that keep your hands busy. Scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, baking...Try several things to find one you like. Sometimes perusing the aisles at a craft store will give you some ideas. I'm a series mystery reader myself, so I log onto stopyourekillingme.com for author names and titles of books and see if I can find them at my local library for free. Find a favorite actor, research them at imdb.com and watch every movie he or she was ever in. Learn to read tarot cards or palms. Write haiku. Read or listen to "Women & Money" by Suze Orman for ideas about how to get your money to work for you rather than gambling. Invest in the stock market and watch your stocks. Get a coloring book and color every page. Go for a walk, play tennis, ride your bike, practice yoga, meditate. Read "The Joy of NOT Working" by Ernie J. Zelinski for other ideas.
There's tons of free or cheap stuff to do in Las Vegas. Look around to see what 's available.
Good luck to you!!
I agree with the other post. By getting in a healthy group of activites with people you not only make friends to keep your mind body & soul you do not waste your money and your rewards are many. Most classes of the crafts mentioned above are very low cost like 10-$15 some even free as long as you provide your supplies. Your money is not wasted because after the classes are over, in your spare time, you make what you have learned as a side job and earn more money.
My daughter & I took a cake decorating class and we loved it. I now make my own cakes and do not have to buy bakery cakes. We found our cake classes at our local vocational school. They offer many classes all through the year for all ages. You could plan your months activities ahead of time for different classes and be busy all the time to avoid that no end temptation of gambling. As soon as you get your check go straight to the bank and put it in. All craft stores offer these craft classes too like Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
Here is a website for the Henderson Parks & Recreation Centers.
Cityofhenderson.com - I live in LV and was so bored when not gambling I needed to find something to do. I joined a line dance class at one of the Clark County centers and loved it so much I became an instructor. It is a great way to stay in shape, meet nice people and laugh a lot. (By the way,I had never done line dancing previously!)
There are so many classes available, yoga, pilates, etc. at these centers both in LV and Henderson. Stop in and pick up a catalog.
So if you really want to stop gambling there are no excuses!
Find anything you like to do - singing? Join a choir? Rockhunting? Join a group. You could even take up night time rock climbing on a climbing wall. You need to substitute for the "thrill" of gambling. Also look in on Gamblers Anonymous. There are lots of people with similar problems!