Los Angeles is an amazing city, but it’s not always the most affordable place to live. You can save a lot of money if you know where to look and what to do.

The average person will spend $1,000 a month on rent and utilities. If you move into a shared apartment with a few roommates.

1) Move into a shared apartment

Don’t accept every single job you’re offered. Take time to review what you did well and what you could have done better after each job, then pick and choose your next gigs.

2) Accept no

One way to make living on a budget is finding a roommate. This can be helpful if you don’t have enough money for rent or need someone who is willing to split your expenses with you.

3) Get a roommate

L.A. is big enough that you can easily find less expensive housing outside of the central area, and you’ll still be close enough for a quick commute into work.

4) Consider an outer-city lifestyle

Instead of paying for a hotel, use sites like Homeaway and Airbnb. Both websites allow you to rent homes from local hosts at reasonable prices.

5) Use sites like Homeaway and Airbnb

You’ve heard of working as a background extra on a movie set, but did you know that is one of THE easiest ways to make money?

6) Become a Movie Extra (Yes, Really!)

The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Broad are just a few of L.A.’s most iconic museums that offer free admission on occasion.

7) Take advantage of free events