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Broke-Ass Stuart is in Serious Trouble

Updated: Nov 20, 2020 09:52
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We had a meeting on Friday to look over the Broke-Ass Stuart financials to see how bad they are. And WOW. They aren’t just bad, they are TERRIBLE.

That’s why we’re writing to ask you to please join the Broke-Ass Stuart Patreon at $6 or above.

An Inside Look at Why Things Are So Bad:

At BAS we make money in 3 ways: Advertising, Passports (beer, wine, and coffee) and Patreon. Since the pandemic hit, something like 50% of our income has dried up.

That’s because most of our advertisers are local events or cultural institutions who want to sell tickets. Since there are no more events, and all the cultural institutions are closed, there are no more advertisers.

As for the Passports, those are coupon books for bars and restaurants and well…you can imagine how that must be right now.

That’s not to say we aren’t trying to do Passports. Our SF Coffee Passport is for sale right now but it’s selling far slower than in previous years. And we’re trying to organize an SF Beer Passport but it’s slow going at the moment since so many places are still closed.

So the Broke-Ass Stuart Patreon is pretty much our only source of consistent income.

We have cut our expenses as far as we can and we wouldn’t have made it this far without our current Patrons, but we need more help to weather this pandemic. We’re super excited to bring back our partnerships with local businesses and events, when that’s possible, but in the meantime we need extra support to make it to the other side. We know so many people are hurting right now and we deeply appreciate everyone who is able to give so we can continue to create the awesome content we’ve been bringing you for the past 15 years.

Why This Matters:

Broke-Ass Stuart is an important resource for the community and, as one of the only independent media outlets left in the Bay Area, a much needed voice.

Here are just a few of the important things we’ve covered over the past few months:

With your help, we’ll be able to continue providing the vital community focused resources needed now more than ever.

We hope you’ll become a member of the Broke-Ass Stuart Patreon at $6 or above, and help our team continue to deliver community focused journalism to everyone. Plus depending on what tier you join, becoming a Patron gets you anything from random silly postcards from Stuart to free merchandise from our store.

Thank you SO much. None of this is possible without you.

Sending you love & solidarity,

Stuart, Alex, and Team BAS

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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.


  1. Bill Schwalb
    August 20, 2020 at 7:19 pm


    I’d like to give a one time donation. How do I do that?


  2. Jon Burrows
    September 2, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    I would edit this: that douchebag who writes books

    to say “that phony lazy douchebag who supports Trump and denigrates his opponents, spreads rumors and re-posts from Facebook….”