TIP: HOW TO LIVE A CHAMPAGNE LIFESTYLE ON A BOXED-WINE BUDGET
How to Live a Champagne Lifestyle on a Boxed-Wine Budget
by Candy Washington
Love living in LA but hate how deflated your wallet feels once the bubbly from your Frosé fizzles out?
Here are some great hacks for living your best life without breaking the bank.
Get Out For Girls’ Night
Let’s start with one for the ladies. Want to have a V.I.P. night at the club with bottle service and beautiful people—on someone else’s tab? The Girls Night Out Meetup group is your ticket! Drink, dance, and take selfies with celebs for free. The group is for women who want to make friends, have fun and party in style. There's no fee to join and you receive invites for fun nights out at exclusive L.A. nightclubs.
Free Classics at The Hollywood Bowl
One of L.A.'s best kept secrets is that its most iconic destination, The Hollywood Bowl, opens its doors to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the summer rehearsal sessions of the Philharmonic—at no cost. Even the parking is free, which is virtually unheard of in L.A. Get there early and grab your seat—doors open at 9:30am. Also, if you have a group of 10 or more, you can book a free tour of the Hollywood Bowl Museum.
Hang With the Gettys
Invite your friends over to binge-watch Trust, FX's smash hit mini-series set in 1973 that recounts the abduction of John Paul Getty III, then-heir to Getty Oil, then head over to the real-life Getty Center to take in the J. Paul Getty Life and Legacy Installation. According to the Getty: “The installation includes three objects collected personally by Mr. Getty and a digital interactive experience in the form of touch screens that visitors can explore to learn about Getty's art collection, his personal life, business dealings, and establishment of the Trust and the Museum.” The best part is that you don't have to an heir to a rich estate to attend because the tickets are free until August 1.
Eat, Drink and Play at Grand Central Market
Get your group together or head out on a solo mission and eat, drink, and play your way through the Grand Central Market in historic Downtown Los Angeles. On Thursday it's free game night and food prices may vary, but there's no entry fee.
Take a Hike at Runyon Canyon. Grab a group of your people and gear up for a celeb-spotting workout. Runyon Canyon is free and open to the public and you're pretty much guaranteed to spot one of your favorite celebrities or reality stars walking their dog up one of the trails. But bring plenty of water because the only thing hotter than the celebs is the blazing L.A. sun.
Relive Spring Break at Cabo Cantina
With all drinks at 2 for 1 prices from 4-8pm every day, how could you not relive your glory days at Cabo Cantina? Taco Tuesdays, which features all you can eat tacos for a mere $7, is a surefire way to get the gang together and create lasting memories over extra gauc and margs. Did I mention that bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys start at just $12 on Saturday and Sundays until 3:00pm?
Go Wine Tasting at Silver Lake Wine
Love wine but don’t have the time or money for a long weekend in Napa? Instead of pairing your credit card with a big bill, pair it with a minimal fee of $15 to taste three reds and three whites, paired with Cookbook bread and farmhouse butters at Silver Lake Wine. Featured bottles will be available to take home at a discounted price. Bonus: grab some yummy Guerilla Tacos from their food truck after.
Spend an Evening at the Drive-In
There's nothing more romantic than hanging out old-school style and catching a movie at the drive-in. For just $19 bucks you can watch classics and new releases at the Street Food Cinema. Your ticket also gives you access to an array of yummy food trucks and you can pick-up a few beverages to enjoy as well. Discount packages are available and what makes the carefully curated experience really worth it is the musical acts that also perform—from noted stars of rock to smaller local bands.
Break Up With Your Bank
When was the last time you sat down with your bank for a heart-to-heart? If it’s been a while, you might need to talk about those monthly checking fees, foreign transaction fees and barbaric overdraft fees. Especially when you’re a young thing pursuing the dream, the last thing you need is a bank that profits when your coffers are low. Instead, check out a local credit union or a digital banking startup like
Varo Money that doesn’t charge any fees (overdraft included!) and has tools in place to help users save.