Something I hadn’t thought of is researching the community for resources. Especially in a big city, there might be programs for free stuff and things to do!
Take Million Trees LA , a great organization that took over for Green LA, a program that gave away free shade trees through the LA Dept of Water and Power. I filled out a form with Million Trees – they are giving away up to 7 trees per property!
I also discovered a blog called Take Sunset, which features “real estate, architecture, and things to do in los angeles.” Fun!