Broke-Ass of the Week – Writer Benoit Lelièvre
Every week we feature a different person from the community shedding a little light on their life of brokeitude. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something about the human spirit — probably not.
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Benoit Lelièvre, this week’s featured broke-ass, has us headed north to Montreal, where he spends his days working as a sports columnist at Top MMA News and updating his blog, Dead End Follies. In between listening to Motörhead, playing Playstation 3 and devouring General Tao chicken, he also finds time to work on his novel. Now that’s ambition!
Name: Benoît Lelièvre
What neighborhood do you live in?: Montreal, Canada
What are you listening to these days?: Alice In Chains, Social Distortion and Motörhead (I always listen to Motörhead)
Best money saving tip: Pierce a hole in an empty yogurt/ice cream pot (yogurt is cheaper) to change it into a bank (why would you buy a bank if you try to save money?) Everything that’s under a quarter, put it in there. Roll up your earnings every month and you’ll have AT LEAST a McDonald’s and a half in there. That and get an almost free hobby. Like writing.
What do you refuse to spend money on?: Clothes, beer, weed — overpriced and overrated.
Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: A Playstation 3
How’d that feel?: Like being excommunicated
Favorite cheap eat: General Tao chicken, 8$ for a full plate and rice
Favorite dive bar: Foufounes Électrique, good people, earthy aromas and you can get drunk for 12$
Best deal you’ve ever gotten: 25$ tickets in the red section for a Tool concert (last-minute replacement). It was awesome.
Favorite free thing to do: Going to Indigo or Chapters (book stores), sit in their couches and read until I get kicked out. I am eighty pages into Brett Easton Ellis’ Glamorama.
If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: A netbook. I’d leave everything and go write until my fingers hurt.
Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Yeah, I have to.
Do you own my book?: No, too expensive.
Best hangover cure: Prevention. Before going to bed, take three big glasses of water.
Are you a hipster?: Fuck no.