I live a 45 minute drive away (Costa Mesa) and will be driving in. I've heard parking is around $12 a day (I'm on Princess if that matters). Would it be cheaper to take a cab? Is there an more affordable lot around?
a 45 minute cab ride both ways in LA is going to cost you about the same as paying the $84 for parking. But parking there sire is more comvenient.
I honestly don't know about any alternative lots, but since there aren't any airports or similar around there I doubt if there are any alternatives - unless you want to chance parking in McDonalds lot in San Pedro.