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Broke-Ass of the Week – Bartender and Blogger Melodie

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This week’s featured Broke-Ass is Melodie. A bartender in the NYC area. When asked what she’d like me to include in her intro she said:

“Please hype that I’m a bartender with a bartending blog. I use it to meet people and get into events for free. This is my blog, Drinking is a Sport.

Unfortuately for me, it’s a sport I’m good at. Let’s she what she has to say about being a broke-ass.

Name: Melodie

Age: 30

Occupation: Bartender/usher at the local PAC

What neighborhood do you live in?: The Dirty Jersey, Woodbridge to be exact

Best money saving tip: Always buy on sale and use coupons, don’t be afraid to sidewalk shop and use craiglist free listings

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Concert tickets, I will volunteer and work shows I want to see, then network while I’m there to make more music connections

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: 3K for my car

How’d that feel?: Like I got shot in the stomach, I’ve been broke ever since.

Favorite cheap eat: 25cent wings at happy hour

Favorite dive bar: Big Nick’s Burger & Pizza Joint on the UWS is a favorite for food and beer – Just order Big Nick’s Mug

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: $1 bolt bus ticket to boston

Favorite free thing to do: The beach early morning or late night, when it’s free. The library, free lectures, free museums.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: Probably a bar, it’s the best way to network.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Yes, it makes things interesting

Do you own my book?: No, only because I haven’t been able to find it in a used book store.

Best hangover cure: Strawberries and champagne or really, really greasy food

Are you a hipster?: I’ve been a hipster since the day I was born, my parents are diy hipsters.

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website BrokeAssStuart.com 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, Geek.com 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.