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How to Beg for Money Successfully!

Updated on August 25, 2014

Begging For Dummies!

OK, I'm not really into begging for money. However, I have had a lot of experience seeing beggars on the streets of New York City, so I thought I'd give a short tutorial on how to beg for money successfully! Besides, you never know when these tips might come in handy...times are hard so pay attention! :)


First of all, I would like to mention some places that ARE NOT good places to set up shop and beg for money. These are places like parks and gyms. These areas are no good because people who are going to them don't have any money. They either are busy running with their headphones in their ears or they just don't have a wallet on them. So forget about those areas.


Other areas that I think would not do as well are intersections on highways. People are in their cars and it's just too easy to look the other way, turn the radio up and ignore you. I know because I've done it. Turned my radio up and looked the other way..not begged on highways!


The best places to beg for money successfully are in front of Starbucks, high end grocery stores and Gentlemen's Clubs. The reason these places work so well is first off, people who are going into them have money in their pockets. Secondly, they feel guilty spending $5 bucks on a friggen cup of coffee, a quarter pound of potato salad or a woman who is taking off her clothes...and in case you weren't born Jewish or Catholic...guilt works! You might be wondering about the men's clubs...well studies have shown that 4 times as many men give to beggars than women, not only that but men's clubs are super expensive (at least that's what I've heard :) so if I was a beggar that's where I would go.


Finally, if you are going to make a habit out of begging for money, (not that there's anything wrong with that!) don't keep frequenting the same spot! People become beggar fatigued and cynical. I know you are begging but that doesn't mean you have to forgo all self respect and dignity. Hit up a new corner for a change, be creative! No one wants to give to a bum! You have to look like you are in a short term jam so that the people who are giving to you can relate to you and not feel like they are just throwing their money away. That's where the big bucks are! So have a good story and look decent. They want to feel good about giving you money and if they feel like they are just supporting some loser junkie they aren't going to give you anything. In order to beg successfully you have to look like their brother or sister or aunt or something so that they feel like they are contributing to society instead of throwing their good hard won money into a black hole, even though, let's be honest, that's probably what they are doing.

So if it has come to this for you and you have to resort to begging, I hope, at least, you take my recommendations and excel at it. After-all you might as well be good at something!


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      Joseph Dragon 

      15 months ago

      Brie Hoffman,I know you wrote this piece tongue in cheek but as you say its important to pay attention to such advice,because times are hard and YOU never know when YOU will need the information.I am sitting on a street corner getting ready to beg.I've been on the street for about 1 year and before that in shelters for about a year and 4 months.Try looking like your not a "bum"when you spent the night outside in the cold pouring rain.Try feeling neat and ready for that big corporate job after you haven't showered in many months.Try practicing what you've said on the street.Give up your home and see how tongue in cheek articles like yours sound.Oh have a nice

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      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      LOL, maybe they are!

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      Ashraf Mir 

      7 years ago from Dhaka

      Beggars should have read this article for their success. It'll reduce their working hours. Thanks for this sharing.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Sun-Girl, it was sort of written tongue in cheek. :)

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      Sun-Girl 

      7 years ago from Nigeria

      Lovely and very informative piece of article you actually shared in here Brie.

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      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Nope Never!

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      Hiya Brie 

      7 years ago

      Brie , you crack me up , never been in a male strip joint huh? ;) And Wesman Todd Shaw, thanks bro I will be singing that song all night now .

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Wow, that's sad.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Ya think!

      I've never seen that movie.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I have to admit, you are WILD!!

      I'm forever thinking of the subway scene in that awful movie "Kids," where the guy does the "I Have No Legs" routine. Hopefully, I'll never be able to top that one.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Syahbiz

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Always looking out for our kids! Thanks for commenting Enlydia.

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      Enlydia Listener 

      7 years ago from trailer in the country

      I once told my kids that they need to learn how to play some kind of instrument, so if they had to beg on the street, they could entertain at the same time....I think a harmonic would be the instrument to play since you can carry it easily in your pocket. Also I think costumes would be a smart way to go...maybe a gyspy outfit or something.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      LOL, he's probably laying on the beach now!

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      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      The most ingenious "beggar" i ever met was a guy who hung at the the Port Authority asking people to help him buy a condo in Florid!

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      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks you guys! I once sat in a Starbucks and watched this one guy...he must of raked in $200 bucks while I was there (I was there for a couple of hours writing).

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      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Nice one, It amazes me how much money some of these panhandlers can make, I think many of them would make outstanding salesmen. Great Hub Brie.

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      cheapsk8chick 

      7 years ago

      Love it! Voted way up!

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      Gary Anderson 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Lol, Brie, at least you have something to fall back on. Lol.

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      Brie Hoffman 

      7 years ago from Manhattan

      Glad you liked it, Minnetonka Twin, I hope you rated it up so as to keep me off the streets :)

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      Linda Rogers 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      I enjoyed your hub and these days more and more of us are seeing panhandlers or feeling like we might be them soon. The picture of the dog and his owner really got to me. I'd definitely give to him. LOL Liked the video too.

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