10 TIPS FROM GINA* FOR LIVING WITHIN YOUR MEANS
2. Re-use and recycle. Don’t throw something away just because it’s old. I’m still using the old iron-ore mine my dad used to have!
3. Be sensible with your personal staff numbers. It’s fine to treat yourself to extra staff sometimes. But be realistic. Do you really need that fifth gardener? Ok, sure, bad example. But by keeping your staff numbers under control (and not paying them a cent more than required by law) you’ll find you have extra cash to spend.
4. Abandon your children. Children are horribly expensive. By fighting for the right to give my children as little as possible I’ve always been able to live within my means.
5. Only buy media outlets you can afford. So often, people make the mistake of buying toys they can’t really afford (Alan Bond?) Do what I do – only buy shares in your preferred newspapers and TV stations using cash – and you’ll never go into debt.
6. Keep your tax payments down. Many people pay too much tax because they don’t understand the deductions available to them, or because they don’t realise they can run national advertising campaigns to oppose new taxes that apply to them.
7. Keep your energy payments down. See above.
8. Grow your own vegetables. And operate your own mines. You’d be amazed at how much money you can save on basic household items when you do things yourself.
9. Turn your air conditioner down to 23 degrees in winter. Or get someone else to do it for you.
10. Do whatever is necessary to be born into massive wealth. Inheriting your father’s eyes is lovely. But inheriting his iron-ore deposits is so much more useful.
*Gina is a work of fiction any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.