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BA of the Week – Scout Mob’s Breanna Lambert

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I first met Breanna at a yelp party about a year ago.  Since we run in the same circles (people who only go to parties where free food and booze is given out) I’ve pretty much run into her at least once a week ever since.  And because of this we’ve become pretty good friends.  In fact, she’s one of my favorite new buddies that I’ve made in the past year.  Besides having a sparkling personality and a sharp wit (which you’ll see below), Bre is also the head Scout Mobber in San Francisco.  So not only does she go to events with free food and booze, she also throws them.  My kind of chick.  One you read below, I think she’ll be your kind of chick too.  Enjoy:

Name: Breanna Lambert

Age: Oh Stuart, you know better than that.

Occupation: Editor, Scoutmob San Francisco

What neighborhood do you live in?: Pacific Heights. I feel you judging, and that’s ok. I watch the three-year-old across the street get chauffeured to pre-school in a town car while I sip hot water and wear three coats at once. I’ll die before I spend money on heat. I mean seriously, I might.

Best money saving tip?: Make friends with well connected people who invite you to events where free things are given and served. Also, download the Scoutmob app for free.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: For awhile, it was the internet, but then my neighbor moved away. So now, I’d say TV. I’d rather be interacting with people after staring at a screen all day for work.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?: My MacBook Air.

How’d that feel?: Like a weight off my shoulders – literally. My back was messed up from lugging a heavy, ancient computer all over the city. It was around that time I started experimenting with ways to “upgrade” ramen noodles.

Favorite cheap eat?: Dinosaurs in the Castro. The Crispy Tofu Banh Mi for $4.75 is well… um… ahem… beyond words.

Favorite dive bar?: I’m going to assume the true definition of “dive” and say The Brown Jug in the TL. The neighbors bring in their own drinks, and you can smoke inside as long as you make your own ashtray out of a paper coaster first.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten?: There’s this super cool app called Scoutmob that regularly does 100% off deals to awesome places like:

Ike’s Place 

El Metate

Turtle Tower

Bob’s Donut and Pastry Shop

In addition to 50% off deals at some of my favorite local businesses.

Favorite free thing to do?: Board the back door on Muni and cruise the city. Just kidding! “Pay your fair share!”

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: I’d say a piece of property in SF, but I’d be lucky to get a closet for a mill. I tend to buy things only when I need them, so I’d likely end up putting it in to savings and investments. I know, I know boooooooorrrring.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Living in this city? Absolutely.

Do you own my book?: Yes, which reminds me, how much do you think it will increase in value with your autograph?

Best hangover cure?: This is a proactive hangover cure. Before you go out (assuming you’ll be sleeping in your own bed later, wink wink), dissolve a regular vitamin tablet in a giant glass of water. Before passing out, drink as much of it as you can. With any luck, you’ll wake up feeling like a million bucks, or at least the equivalent of whatever you spent at the bar. Along with the Google Maps feature on my phone, I’m pretty sure this is one of the reasons I’m still alive today.

Are you a hipster?: I wish I was that cool.

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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".