The Broke Girl's Guide to L.A. — Everything Under $15!

With Coachella and a season of expensive getaways around the corner, we’re making a valiant effort to stretch every last dollar at home. But, just because we’re stashing our cash doesn’t mean we have to be Debbie Downers about it. With that in mind, we’ve scouted the raddest happenings around town — all for under $15 bucks a pop.
From wine tastings to retro roller skating, these must-dos will keep your wallet fat and happy in the foreseeable future (starting this weekend, in fact!). For good measure we also threw in a few free activities. Now, pull up that iCal and get ready to pack in some seriously cheap thrills. Those monthly credit card statements will be much easier to swallow after perusing this list — you can pay us back thank us later!
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Griffith Observatory
Sure, you've hiked the semi-touristy park a bajillion times, but have you partaken in the star-gazing activities at the observatory? There's no cost to access the grounds and — little known fact — it's the home of Public Star Parties, a monthly celestial gathering where astronomers explain how to use telescopes and give you the skinny on what's happening above. Plus, for just $7 (or $5 for students with IDs), you can partake in the space shows (we suggest going to the evening shows at 7:45 or 8:45 p.m.) at Samuel Oschin Planetarium.
Griffith Observatory, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive (at Los Felix Boulevard); 323-913-4688.

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Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre L.A.
Get ready for giggles galore at this improv sketch and stand-up comedy hot spot. With shows every night of the week, this is our go-to if we're in need of some deep-belly laughs... we're talking uncontrollable! They say laughter is the best medicine, and with tickets starting at $5, we'll take it. Donald Glover has an ongoing Sunday night show called Shitty Jobs, and some of our fave funny people (like The Office's B.J. Novak, Saturday Night Live's Jason Sudeikis and Modern Family's Julie Bowen) have been known to sneak in a surprise performance or two.
Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Avenue (at North Bronson Avenue); 323-908-8702.

Photo: Via Shitty Jobs by Liezl Estipona
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Richard Prince: Cowboys
We're serious fans of this NYC-artist's work and his most recent exhibit is an absolute must-see. Running now through April 6 at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, the show features a room full of cowboys (well, images of larger-than-life cowboys) that has a John Wayne-meets-Marlboro Man feel to it. It's free admission, so we recommend splurging on a poster to bring the rodeo home.
Gagosian Gallery, 456 North Camden Drive (at South Santa Monica Boulevard); 310-271-9400.

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Malibu Wines
If you can't escape to wine country, you'll always have Malibu Wines. A hidden gem of the California wine region, this Santa Monica vineyard is renowned for its top-notch wine tastings and picturesque location. Take your pick of flights for either $12 or $14, and enjoy an afternoon picnic on the beyond-beautiful grounds. Believe us, this gives Sonoma a serious run for its money.
Malibu Wines, 31740 Mulholland Highway, Malibu; 818-865-0605.

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Landmark Theatres
We take movie nights very seriously in this town, and when we go, it's only to the best — which is why we love Landmark Theatres. Whether it's that foreign film that killed it at Sundance, a cult classic like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or a screening of Stevie Nick's film In Your Dreams , this is the must-attend theatre. Insider tip: Join their film club for a heads up on new releases, free screenings, and much more. Just don't forget the popcorn.
Landmark Theatres, 10850 West Pico Boulevard (at Westwood Boulevard); 310-470-0492.

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The Hump
Who doesn't love a dance party with a soundtrack packed with '90s jams? Sounds like dance-machine heaven to us. Hosted by DJ Paul Tao (our fave music biz maestro), the free parties go down once a month at the Mexican Village. What makes this fiesta so great? The uh-mazing tunes are aplenty and the margaritas are cheap: All the makings of an awesome evening.
The Hump at Mexican Village, 3668 Beverly Boulevard (at North Westmoreland Avenue); 213-385-0479.

Photo: Via The Hump by Preston Thalindroma
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Golf N' Stuff
Want to channel your inner pinball whiz or mini-golf champ amongst castles and moats? Look no further than this magic land in Norwalk. Zoom around in go-karts for $6.25, hit up the bumper cars for $6.25, or mini-golf for $8.50. Or, really spurge with the season special of $18 for two hours of unlimited fun — $3 over our $15 mark, we know, but we'll make an exception for this one.
Golf N' Stuff, 10555 Firestone Boulevard, Norwalk; 562-868-9956.

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Bike Curious Rentals
A ride courtesy of Martone Cycling Co. is the next best option to owning your own bike. For noncommittals, rent some wheels for a couple hours and cruise around the beach on an idyllic L.A. day. At only $6 an hour, you can cycle all of Venice and Santa Monica.
Bike Curious Rentals, 34 Windward Avenue (near the Speedway), Venice; 310-396-1166.

Photographed by Shawna Sellmeyer
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Diddy Riese Cookies
Introducing the only edible treat that made our list — and for good reason. If you haven't ventured to this Westwood sweet spot yet, then get on it! This world-famous dessert is $1.75 a pop: Pick two freshly-baked cookies and one generous scoop of ice cream to smoosh in the middle, et voilà! Ice-cream sandwich magic.
Diddy Riese Cookies, 926 Broxton Avenue (near Weyburn Avenue); 310-208-0448.

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World Dodgeball Society
So what if you weren't the first one picked for the team in the fifth grade? Now's your chance to get competitive with some old-school dodgeball. From amateurs to pros, this game is no longer reserved for recess. Just check out the site for the next session nearest you: Gyms all over L.A. are offering two hours of play for just $5. (And, how fly are those knee-highs that girl is sporting?!)
World Dodgeball Society, locations vary

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Moonlight Rollerway
When we feel like channeling Rollergirl in Boogie Nights, (minus the hot pants!) we head to this retro roller rink. This '80s-inspired venue lets you speed around while listening to old-school tunes. So gather your friends, rent some skates (for $14.50 or under on most nights), and let the good times roll. Moonlight Rollerway is also home to a Roller Derby league, so if you want to learn the ins and outs of skating, this is your chance.
Moonlight Rollerway, 5110 San Fernando Road (at Hawthorne Street), Glendale; 818-241-3630.

Photographed by Shawna Sellmeyer
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CreativeMornings
We can't think of better way to start your a.m. than by attending CreativeMornings, a free monthly lecture series for creative minds — breakfast included! With chapters all over the country, these guest lectures always get our genius juices flowing, especially with those heated group discussions that follow. Past speakers include L.A.-based designer Clare Vivier and graphic designer Joe Stewart. The next talk is this Friday, March 29 with artist-slash-designer, Stephen Kenn. Seats go super quick, so reserve your spot here ASAP! These events end by 10 a.m., so you can go into work feeling that extra oomph of inspiration.
CreativeMornings, lecture location varies.

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Norton Simon Museum
Make this trip to Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum for a Saturday adventure. You'll be in awe of Dan Flavin's current exhibition: Installations that incorporate light into the nooks and crannies of the museum. We also love the permanent collections of Asian, modem and contemporary art as well as the dreamy sculpture garden. Admission is only $10, and the museum waives all costs for visitors the first Friday of every month, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Norton Simon Museum, 411 West Colorado Blvd (at North Orange Grove Blvd), Pasadena; 626-449-6840.

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Runyon Canyon Yoga
Looking to clear your mind, body, and soul after a long hike? Head up to Runyon Canyon's yoga sessions for your outdoor sun salutations. Taught by kick-ass (literally!) yoga teachers, the classes are free, though donations are always welcome. Namaste.
Runyon Canyon Yoga, 2001 North Fuller Avenue (at the Fuller Avenue entrance); no phone.

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Free Music At The Satellite And Bootleg Theater
Get into the music-fest spirit and enjoy some free entertainment every Monday night at The Satellite and Bootleg Theater. There's a new residency each month, and the headliners for April include the must-see indie band Chief at The Satellite, and L.A.-native Gavin Turek (sort of a Lilly Allen-meets-Carol King) at the Bootleg Theater. So much music and so little time!
The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Boulevard (at West Silver Lake Drive); 323-661-4380.
Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Boulevard (near Alvarardo Street); 213-389-3856.

Photo: Via Pinpoint Music
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