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BA of the Week: Alexandra Naughton

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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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This week we shine a spotlight on Alexandra Naughton, a lovely SF broke-ass who hangs out with Elks, bumps Wu-Tang, loves the Gold Dust Lounge and references Freaks and Geeks. She was also super sweet and said this at the end of her email: “Thank you for the feature! I’m proud to be a frugal Broke Ass :)” Let’s see what kind of insight she can share with us today:

Name: Alexandra Naughton, but you might have seen me on the net as theTsaritsa.

Age: 26 going on 27, which is crazy to me because I still think of myself as being a little kid.

Occupation: I’m an office manager for the San Francisco Elk’s Lodge (the oldest continuous Lodge in the country) by day, but by night I write a blog called The Tsaritsa Sez, as well as work on my own hip-hop music.

What are you listening to these days?: Jean Grae, old Marilyn Manson, and Wu-Tang Clan. Forever.

What neighborhood do you live in?: The Panhandle.

Best money saving tip: Make your own coffee at home, and bring a lunchbox to work.

What do you refuse to spend money on: Bus fare and movie tickets. Instead I walk and have a Netflix subscription.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: A new bed from Ikea.

How’d that feel?: I had to apply for an Ikea credit card, because I didn’t have a credit card at the time, and didn’t have nine hundred dollars plus tax on hand. It took me two months to pay it off, but I did it.

Favorite cheap eat: I cook at home a lot, but I will enjoy a French dip sandwich at Grubstake.

Favorite dive bar: The Gold Dust Lounge. (Save the Gold Dust, sign the petition!)

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: Designer clothing from Thrift Town. I love that store.

Favorite free thing to do: Lay in the sun at Dolores Park.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: A house in San Francisco, but for that I’d have to be a multi-millionaire.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Yes! I have an awesome boyfriend, a wonderful kitty named Sookie, great friends and a good number of hobbies. I would love to get paid for my passions, but in the meantime I try to make the most out of every day.

Do you own my book?: No, but I follow you on Facebook and regularly read your website!

Best hangover cure: A bottle of Mexican Coca Cola and lots of greasy food.

Are you a hipster?: In the world of Freaks & Geeks, I’d be a geeky freak. I’ve always felt like an outsider, but as I just referenced a TV show that only lasted one season, I guess some would call me a hipster.

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  1. May 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I have one very important comment here, Freaks & Geeks should have lasted longer. That is all.

  2. May 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Great interview! The Tsaritsa is as cool and interesting as they come. She also posts some great photos on her site.

  3. June 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Completely agree, Danie! They took it from me too soon, just like they did with Bored To Death and Arrested Development…

    Thanks, Q! You rock 🙂