Smart Money Podcast: Live From Las Vegas!

Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions.

This week’s episode is a special live episode that was recorded at a company gathering in Las Vegas over the summer.

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Before you build a budget

NerdWallet breaks down your spending and shows you ways to save.

Our take

If you want to gamble in Vegas — or wherever you are — know what you’re getting yourself into before you start blowing your money. That means understanding that the house always comes out ahead. And set yourself a gambling budget, much like how you would set a budget for any night out. Say you allocate $50 for a night of gambling. Once that money is spent, avoid the temptation to pull more cash to spend. That can help you keep your spending in check.

Also, brush up on the rules of whatever game you’re playing. Some dealers can help you learn how to play a game that you’re new to. And at the end of the day, make sure…

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This article was written by Sean Pyles and originally published on