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Broke-Ass of the Week – Rachel Znerold

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I first met Rachel when she was visiting San Francisco.  I didn’t have a place to live, so I was crashing with my girlfriend and her roommates, and Rachel was staying staying there as well.  To quote her, “I remember you running around the house in your underwear, and immediately, I was like, ‘This guys is nuts. I love it.'”  Yeah, I generally don’t belong in public.

Besides having a last name that seems to need another vowel, Rachel is also an artist and has even been flown to New Zealand because of one of her murals.  You should check out her art here.  She’s also taken part in Julie Michelle’s I Live Here SF project and as you guessed it, Julie took the above photo.  I heart Julie and her work.

And now for the main event: read below to see what kind of tips Rachel has for you.

Name: Rachel Znerold

Age: 29

Occupation: Artist (Painter and fashion designer)

What neighborhood do you live in?: The Mission

What are you listening to these days?: Surfer Blood, The new LCD SoundSystem, Effi Briest

Best money saving tip: Make your own clothes! (or shop vintage)

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Peanut M&M’s in a hotel snackbar.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: A nice fast car that got stolen soon after.

How’d that feel?: Ironic.

Favorite cheap eat: Sunflower Vietnamese

Favorite dive bar: 500 Club

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: A plane ticket to New Zealand in exchange for painting a mural!

Favorite free thing to do: Cruise my bike around the '˜hood.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: A house with a garden!

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Oh man, do I ever.

Do you own my book?: Yep, got it as a gift when I first moved to SF.

Best hangover cure: E-mergency + Huevos Rancheros.

Are you a hipster?: No. I’m too earnest.

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.