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Broke-Ass of the Week – Kate Kotler

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I first became aware of Kate right around the time the SF book came out.  She wrote a yelp review about the book in which she not only praised it, but said I was “kinda hot”.  This of course appealed to my unquenchable vanity, and I immediately thought she was cool.  I’ve since met Kate at  a few yelp events and realized that she was cool for other reasons too, among them that she: writes for a shit ton of blogs, is working on book of humor essays, and used to be a professional fire eater!  Plus she’s funny and has good broke-ass tips.  Just read below.      


Name: Kate Kotler, aka Adorkable Grrl 


Age: 35


Occupation: Currently – I am a “Victim of the Economy.”  When I’m not collecting unemployment, eating bon bons and watching soap operas I write.  I am a contributor to BitchBuzz and Fray: A Quarterly of True Stories (I also write a few other snarky blogs that get me in trouble on the innerwebs.).  Oh yeah – and, I look for a job to replace the one I was laid off from.


What neighborhood do you live in?: I recently relocated to Berkeley after five years of living in the Cit-tay.  Prior to that I lived in (reverse order) the Mission, the Outer Richmond, Chinatown, Lower Pacific Heights and some neighborhood out by John McLaren Park that doesn’t have a name… Or, at least it didn’t while I was living there.


Best money saving tip: I have three:

*Instead of going out to poshy restaurants and taking a cash dump for a minimalistic meal, get your friends together for a potluck dinner party where you all try your hands at cooking something gourmet.  I just had a party like this a month ago where I made tomato bisque with brie on crostini… YUM!

*Don’t drop cash when you can trade.  This works for clothes, books, CDs and DVDs.

*Dollar Stores and other discount retailers can provide you a more affordable way to purchase things you need that you’d drop hefty bank on in a normal store… Greeting cards, household cleaners, soap, shampoo/conditioner, food… You’d be surprised what you can find with a little patience.


What do you refuse to spend money on?:

*Wine – a really good wine shouldn’t cost you more than $10 per bottle.  Especially in California!

*Netflix or renting movies at a video store – for god’s sake, just check some DVDs out of the library or stream it online.

*And, I flatly refuse to purchase a t-shirt that costs more than $10… what the fuck is up with all these $50 designer t-shirts?  Especially the ironic ones.  T-shirts are supposed to be cheap!  You’re supposed to be able to get them at Target or a thrift store for less than a buck.


Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: My Macbook.

How’d that feel?: Like I’d just joined the Cult of Jobs.  And, broke.  It made me feel like a broke cult member.


Favorite cheap eat: Oh my god – without question – BACON DOGS!

Favorite dive bar: This one is a hard call… I’d have to say it’s a three way tie between Pop’s, The Ace Cafe and The 540 Club.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: I talked my vet into treating my dog for a trade – I babysat her daughter.

Favorite free thing to do: I like taking walks around San Francisco/Berkeley or going to the beach with my dog. 

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: A really nice apartment in the city.


Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Oh yeah – money isn’t necessary to have a great time.


Do you own my book?: Hells to the yes!  (A friend gave it to me for my birthday a couple of years ago.)

Best hangover cure: Besides Xanex, water and sleep?  A Bloody Mary at the Zeitgeist and perhaps a tamale to follow.

Are you a hipster?: Oh Stuart, my ass is way too big to fit into skinny jeans… (That would be a no.) 





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I've been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle , "an SF cult hero": SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York, but to those familiar with my work, I'm just "that douchebag who writes books about cheap stuff and drinks a lot".