Monday, July 30, 2007

How to Look Rich ..... the cheaper way....

My oh my...... my friend told me no money no talk. No way I can hit a Bangsar girl with the kind of money I made.... these bloody people are damn wrong.... You can look rich by not being one yourslef..... that mean you does not have to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company to look like a million bucks. You can still play with the big boys if you know how to bend the rules. Learn how to appear wealthier than you are by following these simple (and totally free) suggestions;

Talk the talk

It doesn’t cost anything to stay informed, so start your day by reading the financial section of your local newspaper or consider subscribing to periodicals like Forbes and Smart Money. If you can’t afford the price of a subscription, most libraries have an extensive magazine section for you to peruse. After all, you never know when you’ll be able to enliven a conversation with your burgeoning knowledge of the hedge fund market.

Take care of the little details

Let’s be perfectly honest: You could be wearing a suit made out of $1,000 bills, but if you have a snaggle-toothed smile, no one is going to take you seriously. Improve your dental work by getting a professional whitening job and having your uneven teeth capped. While you’re at it, pay attention to other personal hygiene issues. You’ll be amazed at how much more attention you’ll get simply by having clean breath, clipped nails and a pleasant smell. In other words, do everything you can to appear filthy rich, and not just plain filthy.

Dress for success

Appearing wealthy is sometimes a matter of quality over quantity. Rather than saving a few hundred dollars by buying second-rate suits you’ll soon have to replace, splurge on a single quality suit from Hugo Boss or Armani. It may cost you more up front, but you’ll save a bundle in the end. And be careful where you shop: You’ll save even more if you eschew exclusive boutiques in favor of outlet stores and end-of-season sales.

Master the money clip

Self-respecting millionaires never carry a wallet, and neither should you. Toss away that leather monstrosity and adopt a shiny gold money clip instead. Just remember to always put your biggest bill on the outside in order to give the impression of outrageous wealth.

Since the rich love their toys, make sure to display other expensive accessories as well. Just bear in mind that certain accoutrements have more cachet than others. For instance, while cell phones and PDAs both hint at wealth, farting key chains, bottle openers and the Popeil Pocket Fisherman all scream “Hillbilly!”

Using a fake title in order to appear wealthier than you are.

Don’t forget your manners

Part of appearing wealthy means adhering to the time-honored standards of the upper class, so don’t forget your pleases and thank-yous, and always treat others with respect. In the words of millionaire merchant Joseph Spiegel, “Rich people are too well-bred to be rude.”

Tone it down

Just because you have it doesn’t mean you need to flaunt it. The only time the outrageously wealthy discuss dollars and cents is when they’re referring to the stock market. Take a tip from their restrained behavior by keeping your own money issues to yourself. That means ignoring price tags and never complaining about the cost of a quality item.

Create a fictional past

Since you’ve been lying on your taxes for years, why not take the next logical step and completely make up an alternate identity for yourself? Just imagine how impressed strangers will be when you tell them your favorite sport is yachting, your dog is a Basset Fauve De Bretagne, and you vacation in St. Kitts in the winter and the Hamptons in the summer. Heck, why stop there? The wealthy love to brag about their lineage, so up the ante by informing them you’re a descendant of Scottish royalty and your great-great-great-great grandfather signed the Declaration of Independence. If you’re going to lie, you might as well go the whole nine yards.

Learn to loiter

Just because you can’t afford to stay at The Ritz doesn’t mean you can’t hang out in the lobby. Appear filthy rich by association simply by loitering in the plush waiting rooms of the world’s finest hotels. You’ll be amazed at how approachable the monocle-wearing crowd can be when they think you’re one of their own.

Wear knockoffs

Nothing impresses a crowd more than the sight of a Rolex. After all, these distinctive timepieces can cost as much as $100,000. Although that might be a little too steep for your budget, there’s nothing stopping you from buying a convincing replica on the streets of New York. Just make sure it’s a “Rolex” and not a “Rolecks.”

Of course, knockoffs aren’t just limited to watches. You’ll be amazed at how much money you can save in the short run by incorporating all kinds of legitimate-looking knockoffs into your wardrobe.

a wealth of knowledge

Sometimes looking wealthy is actually better than being wealthy. After all, the outrageously affluent have to deal with all kinds of problems that we can only imagine. In the words of author A.J. Reb Materi, “So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health."