Broke-Ass of the Week

Broke-Ass of the Week – SF Appeal’s Eve Batey

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Pretty well dressed for someone who usually only wears pajamas.

While we here at generally just bring you cheap booze and penis jokes, Eve and her team at SF Appeal have made it their duty to report actual news.  Since they began they’ve been doing a killer job of breaking and disseminating stories, using this new fangled medium called the “internet” to inform you of San Francisco’s goings on long before they make it into print.  They do a hell of a job of it too.  And they do penis jokes.

My favorite thing about Eve though is that she’s really good at writing snarky emails.  Our first exchange ended up being 10 or 15 emails long and generally consisted of us talking shit to each other.  I knew I liked her immediately.

Read below to pick up some of her tips on surviving brokeness.  It’s a good chance to revel in her snark as well.

Name: Eve Batey

Age: 39

Occupation: Pajamablogger. OK, I’m being flippant, this is Broke Ass Stuart, I need to be serious! I’m the editor of the SF Appeal, a news site that focuses on San Francisco.

What neighborhood do you live in?: Outer Funset

What are you listening to these days?: I really like the new Robyn.

Best money saving tip: Crossroads Trading Company for clothes. It’s amazing what nice stuff you can get for so so so cheap. I think of all the money I’ve spent at 'œbig' stores for stuff to wear to work and want to smack myself. Of course, I don’t really need nice clothes now (see: pajamablogger) but it’s good to know it’s there.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: I feel like restaurants really screw you on glasses of wine. There are a lot of things I’d rather do with $10.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: When I got married we got a really large cash gift from a member of my husband’s family. I used some of it to buy a nice couch, I think it cost about two grand.

How’d that feel?: That might be the most grownup thing I’ve done, before or since. But it’s been 4 years, and it still looks great and is fun to flop on, so I’m OK with it.

Favorite cheap eat: The Taco Shop at Underdogs or Burmese Kitchen.

Favorite dive bar: Pittsburgh’s. I also like the bar in Celia’s #1.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: I once bought a car for $450, did a little work on it on my own (not much), and sold it for $1500.

Favorite free thing to do: Flop on the couch. You guys, I am tired. I like to take the dogs to Ocean Beach. But just having time to do nothing is pretty great, you know?

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: The first thing I’d do is pay everyone I work with what they’re worth. Then, if I had infinitish, Getty like wealth I’d love a car and driver.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Absolutely. I’m way happier now then when I was making real money.

Do you own my book?: You sent me a review copy so 'œown,' yes. Did I pay for it? No. Maybe THAT should be my 'œbest deal I’ve ever gotten' answer. Is it too late to change?

Best hangover cure: Super greasy breakfast at Bashful Bull Too.

Are you a hipster?: I’m way too old to even know how to answer that question.

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Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap

I've been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle , "an SF cult hero": SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York, but to those familiar with my work, I'm just "that douchebag who writes books about cheap stuff and drinks a lot".


  1. June 17, 2010 at 10:46 am

    eve batey is so right on… everything robyn touches turn to gold!!!

  2. June 17, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Eve rules. In many, many ways. Great to see her on BAS.

    • Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap
      June 17, 2010 at 11:12 am

      I love it! All the comments and RTs have been SF blog people. We should organize a big SF blogger drink up some night.

  3. June 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Damn, that must be a kick-ass couch. Go Eve!

  4. Alamo L7
    June 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Rad. I love the SF independent blog/best journalism in SF/A-maize community information scene.

  5. Leanna
    June 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    OMG. I love that MY penis joke is featured in this. (As in, my joke about a penis, not my… never mind.)

    Thanks for giving Eve this dubious honor. 🙂