Broke-Ass of the Week – Sonia Mansfield
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Sonia won’t buy expensive wine, has gotten tons of free DVDs and loves cheap yoga. Plus she’s been one of Julie Michelle’s sujects at I Live Here SF. Sounds like my kind of broke-ass! Read all about her below:
Name: Sonia Mansfield
Occupation: Content editor, social media marketing maven and star of The Sonia Show
What neighborhood do you live in?: Dogpatch
What are you listening to these days?: Some racing game my husband is playing on his PS3. [I asked … Apparently, he is playing two different racing games: One is called 'œBlur' and another is 'œSplit Second.' How could I possibly confuse them?]
Best money saving tip: I love yoga, but at $15-$20 per class it can really add up. So, my good buddy Kate and I like to take advantage of the introductory offers at yoga studios all over city. It’s a great way to get cheap yoga and discover cool yoga studios. Plus, in this town, you never run out of yoga studios.
What do you refuse to spend money on?: I believe the correct answer is sex. Also, I refuse to buy expensive wine, and by expensive I mean more than $10. I only buy what’s on sale.
Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: My college degree. It’s a really expensive accessory that I only use into tricking people into thinking I’m smart.
How’d that feel?: Exhausting. Working two jobs to pay for college = no sleep.
Favorite cheap eat: I love stuffing myself with all-you-can-eat pizza at Goat Hill Pizza. On Monday nights it’s only $10.95, and if you are sly you can sneak out with a couple of slices to have for lunch the next day.
Favorite dive bar: Broken Record in the Exclesior has a crazy selection of whiskey for cheap. Plus, they’ve got really tasty, affordable bar food in the back room.
Best deal you’ve ever gotten: When I worked as a TV critic for a newspaper, I got a ton of free DVDs: movies, TV show box sets. Almost every DVD I own I didn’t pay for. HBO sent me a massive, elaborate 'œSex and The City' box set of the complete series in a velvet pink case. I gave it to my sister for her birthday. She still thinks I’m the coolest sister ever.
Favorite free thing to do: Walking my dog, Homer, along the Embarcadero is my favorite thing to do in San Francisco, and it’s free.
If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: I’d like to say 'œa house,' but I’m not sure $1 million will get me a house in San Francisco.
Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Who answers no to that question? I think I have an amazing life. I feel lucky to have it.
Do you own my book?: I do not, and I’m only doing this questionnaire in the hopes that you will float me a free copy.
Best hangover cure: Coffee and beignets at Just for You CafÃ© in Dogpatch. I also believe in the power of ginger beer.
Are you a hipster?: What’s a hipster? I think that answers your question.