Los Angeles Still Has a Drought Going On, But That Didn’t Stop One Mansion From Running Up a $90,000 Water Bill

As we work on our sub-savings accounts and trying to make the cheapest homemade muesli possible, take heart in the knowledge that some people spend more money on water than many of us make in a year.

The Cost Of First-Ever-Plane-Flight FOMO

My frugal upbringing made me very thrifty. The idea of spending any sort of money on travel, which was an intangible moment rather than a tangible good, was ludicrous.

The Cost of a Week in Los Angeles and San Diego

Four days of dining out in San Diego is less than half the cost of three days of dining out in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Unions Now Fighting Against $15 Minimum Wage

Here’s some sad, surprising news from Los Angeles: after helping support the fight for a $15/hr minimum wage, LA unions are now requesting that the $15 minimum wage not apply to certain types of employees.

Los Angeles Announces $15 Minimum Wage By 2020

Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council made plans to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15/hr by 2020. This comes after a series of #FightFor15 protests, including a 15-day hunger strike in front of LA’s City Hall.

The Cost of Things: Going Cross-Country to a California Wedding

Both of us had elected to stay at a cheap-o Best Western rather than any of the ornate local resorts and that was an A+ decision I would totally make again. Budget hotels give you free wifi and free breakfast! Often, perversely, the more upscale ones do not.

How a 5 Percenter in Los Angeles Does Money

“So I know that I’m in the top 5 percent of earners. I know I do well. But then when I go to my kid’s school, we’re probably closer to the bottom 10 percent as far as wealth goes. So I feel really rich sometimes, and other times I feel like: why isn’t that me?”

On Living Cheaply in Los Angeles, Or Trying To

I knew from the beginning that I wasn’t in love with the apartment. The living room space was nice in theory, but difficult to appreciate under its permanent cover of the other girls’ stuff and clutter. My bedroom was at the end of a long, narrow hallway, with one high, small north-facing window that provided dingy light in the mornings, and none at all by noon. There was no built-in storage, and the ancient stove ran cold, with one reliable burner and two that never worked at all. The backyard, which had seemed charmingly ramshackle when I first saw it on a nighttime tour, turned out to be brown and barren, and the front porch was filthy with years’ worth of dust and dog hair.

Now What? How Answering This Question Lead Us to Changing Everything (Part VI)

This month “making it” in Los Angeles looks like this: David lost his gig and Ceda’s doing a lot of stand-up. They’re navigating life changes together and separately and also discuss expenses for their cats (not in this column, in real life). Here are the highlights.

The High Cost of Renting in Los Angeles (and Nationwide)

Southern California Public Radio station 89.3 KPCC is doing a project on the “rent crunch” in Los Angeles.