Celebrity Cash: Charlie Sheen

Michelle Singletary
Thursday, March 3, 2011; 10:17 AM

I know you have got to be tired of hearing and seeing reports about Charlie Sheen, the 45-year-old star of the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men." But let me put my financial spin on his antics.

Like so many others, Sheen seems to be suffering from the "sense of entitlement" syndrome.

Let's look at his major symptom. Sheen already makes $2 million per episode for his sitcom and yet he says it's not enough, reports the Post's TV columnist Lisa de Moraes.

"I'm underpaid right now," Sheen said. "I'm tired of pretending like I'm not special."

With the current unemployment rate at 9 percent, one would think a multi-millionaire who had a good job would be more humble and appreciative of his financial state. But Sheen just shows once again money can't buy happiness--or a clue.

Financial 'Frenemies'

Gina Roberts-Grey of Creditcards.com raised an interesting issue in a recent online article. Are your friends good for your credit scores?

If you aren't sure, here are a few friend types that may not be good for your wallet:

-- Your friend tells you all the time, "Oh, come on, you deserve it." This is the friend who guilt trips you into spending money on something you can't afford, or resents your frugal ways and tries to get you to join him or her in being deeply in debt.

-- Your friend is a pusher. This girlfriend makes more than you but is always pushing you to spend like she does.

There is a friendly fix for these people in your lives.

Here's the Color of Money Question of the Week: Do you have a friend who has led you down the wrong financial path? Tell us what happened and the lesson you learned. Send your comments to colorofmoney@washpost.com. Put 'Financial Frenemies"" in the subject line.

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