Financial expert and content creator Chinkee Tan offers free advice on how Filipinos can wisely handle their finances through his numerous social media platforms. In a recent hit video, the phenomenal comedian and host-actor Vice Ganda was cited by Chinkee as a good example of a person who manages his finances well in an industry often tagged as unstable.
“There is no doubt malaki ang ambag ni Vice Ganda sa showbiz,” Chinkee introduced. “Iba talaga ‘yung style ng comedy ni Vice.” The financial coach and entrepreneur thank celebrity doctor Vicki Belo for featuring Vice. Vice’s guesting gave us a glimpse of his success secrets. “Ano nga ba ang sikreto?,” Chinkee teased some more, before sharing clips from the interview.
What made Vice Ganda rich?
In the video clipped by Chinkee, Dra. Vicki asked Vice, “Magaling ka ba mag-invest?” Vice laughingly answered, “Yumaman ako kasi nagsipag din naman ako. Nagtrabaho ako,” He also agreed when Dra. Vicki assumed that he did not just throw money around.
“Basta ako, I do not live beyond my means,” Vice shared. When Dra. Vicki said that she spends half and saves half of her earnings, Vice said he saves the whole amount if he can. He then recalled, “‘Yung mga suweldo ko sa comedy bar dati, alam ‘yan ng mga mayari, hindi ko kinukuha. Every night, iniiwan ko sa kahera.”
Vice said that what he just took home then were the tips. “Para malaki, ayoko kasi siya [the money] magastos. Kaya kung ano lang matitip sa ‘kin, ‘yun lang iuuwi ko at gagastusin kinabukasan. Kaya ‘yung iba ginagalaw daw nila ang kalahati. Ako hindi ko talaga ginagalaw for the longest time.”
Vice receives a nod from Chinkee. He enthused, “Kaya naman pala! Pareho kami ng philosophy. Mas maganda talaga na hindi mo galawin ang iyong income.” He also suggested that for two income sources in a family, it would be nice to live off a single income source to be able to save the rest of the money.
“Tama siya. Ang galing na diskarte!,” Chinkee raved about Vice’s attitude towards money.
In another clip, Vice revealed that he doesn’t like loans. “Ayoko ng financing. Kung wala akong pambili, hindi ako bibili,” he said. He reiterated, “Ayoko ng utang! Atsaka ‘yung interes. Hinayang na hinayang ako sa interes.”
Chinkee couldn’t help but praise Vice Ganda and give him a two thumbs up. Interestingly, it was revealed in an interview that Vice was able to read Chinkee’s published books.
In summary, these are what we learned from Vice:
- Work hard.
- Live below or within your means.
- Save. save. save.
- Only buy what you can afford.