Choose an inexpensive hotel or even better, use our simple guide to finding the best hotel rates to get a nice hotel for the price of a "cheap" one. Don't be short-sighted, though. The hotel rate that looks the lowest may come with a hefty daily parking fee, Internet charges and other fees, while the place with a slightly higher daily rate may provide free breakfast, free Internet and free parking.
Get a Discount Admission Card: The Southern California CityPass includes Disneyland, Universal Studios and Sea World at significant savings over buying all the tickets separately. If you're going to Hollywood, you may also get save money by getting the Hollywood Citypass. Use this guide to find out whether CityPass is right for you
The Go Los Angeles Card offers a discount on a lot of LA attractions. Use this handy guide to find out all you need to know about it.
Free Attractions: You can't get much cheaper than this. Some of the things you can see for free include a television show taping and the Rose Parade, and we'll even tell you a little-known secret for getting into the Hollywood Bowl for free.
Do Lunch (or not): If you want to try an expensive restaurant, their lunch prices are often lower than dinner. Or, (this is one of my favorite strategies) get a really cheap lunch and use most of your meal budget for dinner. Every January, many of Los Angeles's top restaurants participate in Los Angeles Restaurant Week, offering special, fixed price meals for discounted prices.