7 Frugal Lessons I Learned from Charlie Sheen
While out of work, Charlie Sheen is winning. There is so much to learn from him. Here are 7 things he taught me about living frugally.
When Un-Employed, Downsize
Don't pay someone to do something you can do yourself. Sure, some people may say that his publicist quit after outrageous comments in interviews. Maybe it was the fallout from erratic behavior. Or maybe, Charlie just realized he needed to get smarter with his cash. Newly unemployed, Charlie can be his own publicist and save all that money he was using on Stan Rosenfield. If you're out of work, learn from Charlie. Who needs an electrician? You can re-wire your own lighting. Tire center to fix your brakes? Get a couple of loaner books from the library and fix them yourself. You're learning a trade, building your resume, and saving money! If Charlie doesn't go back to work as an actor, he can try his hands in a new trade as a publicist. This is what's referred to as “bi-winning.”
Have a Winning Attitude
Just because we're in a downsizing economy, facing higher food and oil prices, under-employment and crumbling local governments, it doesn't mean you won't be able to be hired at the job you're applying to. Stop reading the news for awhile if it starts getting you down. Give yourself a tiger-blood, Adonis DNA, pep-talk before hitting the interview. If you can't afford to celebrate with champagne, or even beer, drink up that milk with gusto. Think of all the delicious fortifying nutrients your body is getting. Clip coupons with panache. Serve leftovers with style. To do frugal living the Sheen way, it's all about attitude.
Surround Yourself with Loved Ones
Let's get this out right now: No, you cannot have your own goddesses to cheer you up. Only Charlie Sheen can do that. However, you can surround yourself with people who love you for free. In fact, invite as many free friends as you can over to your house and celebrate how lucky you are to have what really matters in life: relationships. Bonus: Make it a pot luck and you get a cheap meal as well.
Make Gold Nuggets
While you may not be able to gain over a million twitter followers in 48 hours, you can take lemons and make lemonade. If you're out of work, think outside of the box to gather other ways of making money. You may not be able to pose with chocolate milk for a million bucks, but look into exploring another aspect of your abilities. Start a blog, or a YouTube account. Study the ways of the Sheen to learn about public media. Being out of work, or under-employed is the perfect time to learn about this wonky world of social media.
Watch the Game with a Few Friends
No, you cannot fly out an entire professional baseball team to watch a movie in your private theater. Only Charlie Sheen can do that. But you can call some friends over to watch a game. It's cheaper than going out and you'll be having just as much fun as you would at the ball park. Plus, watching competitive sports is a wonderful way to boost your morale...as long as you're rooting for a winning team. Team Charlie always wins.
Go On a Mini Vacation when Things Get Discouraging
No, you cannot go to the Bahamas just because you lost your job and are bored with the terrestrial plane we live on. Only Charlie can do that. But you can take your kids and throw up a tent in the backyard for an impromptu camping trip. It's only pathetic if it's raining.
Going out costs a lot of money. Learn from Charlie. Sure, staying indoors away from the loving support of his family and children may be unhealthy. But then again, he's saving money. And as an out of work actor, saving money is important. You can stay home and save money, too. Pick up a video game habit. It's relatively inexpensive, minus the start-up cost, and, being highly addictive, you won't miss spending money and going out in the real world. Who wants to live in the real world, anyway? Charlie doesn't.
As a student of frugal-living, I am always on the watch for real world scenarios from which to learn. Charlie Sheen is teaching me. One mercurial rant at a time.