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Broke-Ass of the Week – Bartender and Blogger Melodie

Every week we feature a different person from the community shedding a little light on their life of brokeitude. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something about the human spirit — probably not.

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This week’s featured Broke-Ass is Melodie. A bartender in the NYC area. When asked what she’d like me to include in her intro she said:

“Please hype that I’m a bartender with a bartending blog. I use it to meet people and get into events for free. This is my blog, Drinking is a Sport.

Unfortuately for me, it’s a sport I’m good at. Let’s she what she has to say about being a broke-ass.

Name: Melodie

Age: 30

Occupation: Bartender/usher at the local PAC

What neighborhood do you live in?: The Dirty Jersey, Woodbridge to be exact

Best money saving tip: Always buy on sale and use coupons, don’t be afraid to sidewalk shop and use craiglist free listings

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Concert tickets, I will volunteer and work shows I want to see, then network while I’m there to make more music connections

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: 3K for my car

How’d that feel?: Like I got shot in the stomach, I’ve been broke ever since.

Favorite cheap eat: 25cent wings at happy hour

Favorite dive bar: Big Nick’s Burger & Pizza Joint on the UWS is a favorite for food and beer – Just order Big Nick’s Mug

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: $1 bolt bus ticket to boston

Favorite free thing to do: The beach early morning or late night, when it’s free. The library, free lectures, free museums.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: Probably a bar, it’s the best way to network.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Yes, it makes things interesting

Do you own my book?: No, only because I haven’t been able to find it in a used book store.

Best hangover cure: Strawberries and champagne or really, really greasy food

Are you a hipster?: I’ve been a hipster since the day I was born, my parents are diy hipsters.

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