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Broke-Ass of the Week – Kat Flagen

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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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Our Broke-Ass of the Week this time around is Kat Flagen.  She paints airplane parts for a living and has a penchant for potato bacon soup.  I think she should paint a picture of potato bacon soup on an airplane.  Let’s see what she has to say about being a broke-ass.

Name: Krystal Anne Flagen a.k.a. Kat

Age: 28

Occupation: Aerospace Protective Coatings Tech…..i.e. I paint airplane parts so they don’t crack in the subzero atmosphere

What neighborhood do you live in?: Georgetown in Seattle Washington

Best money saving tip: Buy used…..Borrow and barter with friends… are awesome!

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Expensive purses like Coach….anything designer…..stupid labels…..

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: 2002 VW turbo beetle

How’d that feel?: ….well it broke down 3 months later…….. the word fail comes to mind

Favorite cheap eat: Homemade creamy potato bacon soup

Favorite dive bar: 9 LB hammer….down the street in Gtown in my hood

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: 15 free coupons for free gallons of milk!!! Gotta get the calcium

Favorite free thing to do: Go and enjoy all the awesome national parks in Washington….or go walk around Capitol hill or anywhere funky in Seattle and discover cool shit

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: A new wallet!…or albeit a Coach purse…. womp womp womp

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Its growing on me….so survey says……aww hell no

Do you own my book?: Waiting for it to go on sale…….

Best hangover cure: Scrambled eggs….salsa and kraft singles all mixed together…. then a nice heave and ….all better

Are you a hipster?: Last time I checked I had a prescription for my glasses……so I’m going to lean towards no

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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.