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by Phil Villarreal

  • ISBN: 1602397546
  • Category: Money & Business
  • Author: Phil Villarreal
  • Subcategory: Business Culture
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (September 1, 2009)
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • FB2 size: 1808 kb
  • EPUB size: 1821 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 973
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Phil Villarreal is not a Harvard MBA or a professional financial advisor or a talking head on a cable television network .

Phil Villarreal is not a Harvard MBA or a professional financial advisor or a talking head on a cable television network focusing on business, but he can change your financial life-if you are willing to move into the gray areas of money and ethics. His advice is as funny as it is useful as it is a little bit evil. Instead of playing straight and saving money by cutting back on things you need or want, Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel has a better plan to save money by working the system and sticking it to the man. Read by Phil Villareal.

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Book Overview Instead of playing straight and saving money by cutting back on things you need or want, Secrets of a Stingy.

Phil is a devious mastermind. He'd be the Lex Luthor of tightwads if Lex Luthor was hilarious.

In Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets, journalist Phil Villarreal will show you how to save like a con artist. By doing away with such costly trifles as dignity and honesty, anyone can coast through tough times like a Rockefeller. Phil is a devious mastermind.

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The book, Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets, by Phil Villarreal asks the question, How far would you go to save money?. If you’re anything like me, the answer is probably going to be Not as far as Phil Villarreal!. So what kind of money saving tips is Phil giving us in this book? His tips to save money range all the way from taking advantage of overworked cashiers and price-match policies, to getting your fiance a cubic-zirconia when you propose and passing it off as a family heirloom diamond (she won’t really get it appraised, will she?). Want to save money on food?

Phil Villarreal is not a Harvard MBA or a professional financial advisor or a talking head on a cable television network focusing on business, but he can change your financial life—if you are willing to move into the gray areas of money and ethics. His advice is as funny as it is useful as it is a little bit evil. Instead of playing straight and saving money by cutting back on things you need or want, Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel has a better plan to save money by working the system and sticking it to “the man.” Here’s how to get free Internet service, never pay for ketchup and plastic straws, get refunds on already opened DVDs, clothe yourself using free swag from credit card promotions, benefit from the bonanza that is the garbage thrown out by college kids, how to get in free to sporting events, score free on-demand movies in hotels, and more! Hilarious, tongue-in-cheek, and sardonically practical, this is the book for everyone who loves rule-bending, loophole-exploiting, money-saving madness. In this economy, it’s every man for himself and dog-eat-dog—and this book can help.
Reviews about Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets (7):
Lamranilv
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Flathan
I actually bought this book (paid real money for it). The author strikes me as a person who most people would not want to befriend. His ideas are written in a sometimes funny way (except when he marginalizes women) but he is like a person who would rather throw litter in the street than use the garbage can. He is totally out for himself at the expense of all others and he comes across as a person without any real kindness and generosity of spirit. So he tells you to take the coupons off of groceries that you are not even buying so that the next person loses out. He tells you to stuff ketchup packages in your pocket along with mustard when you are at a fast food place. Can you imagine his apartment or house with little soy sauce packages and mustard and ketchup stuffed in a Tucks box. The laughs don't take this book very far. He reminds me of the person who has his car broken into and claims that he had $10,000 golf clubs in the trunk (although it would be more likely mini golf cub that he stole from the kids park) so that in the end we all wind up paying higher insurance costs. It's an ugly book written in an ugly manner. Also, if your teenager ever read it, he/she would be on the road to a petty and unlawful life. Keep away and save your money for the $1.99 supermarket ketchup that will last you a year or so.
Foginn
just not ethical to teach to cheat and lie.part of the degenerating cultural times being promoted.
Ffyan
*As written on my personal finance blog My Money Story*

A few weeks ago author Phil Villarreal was gracious enough to give me a copy of his new book, Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets, in exchange for a review. To be honest I haven't had a chance to read the WHOLE thing yet because:

1. I have two kids under the age of five
2. I don't get much time to myself to read or do anything else for that matter
3. I have a husband, a house, meals, laundry, cleaning, errands, grocery shopping, and finances to take care of

But I got about half-way in and so I will give you my review based on the first half of the book.

Phil Villarreal is c.r.a.z.y. Some of the ideas in this book are outrageous to say the least, and some of them even border on unethical (in my humble opinion), but somehow that seems to be the point or at least that is what I read between the lines. The comedic value of the book is great, and entertainment-wise you can't go wrong. I consider myself to be a pretty frugal person, but as it turns out not nearly as frugal as some apparently. The following are things that Phil talks about in his book that I personally have done:

1. I don't smoke, never have.
2. Peel coupons off packages in the grocery store and use them during that trip, or save them for later
3. Kept napkins, straws, and condiment packets for use at home (although only what I was given, never by the bagful!)
4. I don't have a land line
5. I do online surveys for points/cash
6. I RARELY use the ATM
and that's about as far as I got...

All kidding aside there are some good ideas in here, just don't go over-board as the author suggests (with tongue in cheek). At only $12.95 this is a good deal for a brand new book, and you could probably score a deal somewhere (check Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders Books & Music) with a sale or coupon (I found it for $9.32 at amazon.com tonight!). I definitely enjoyed what I read and would recommend the book to a friend, although again, please don't take it too seriously. So go, read and learn!

*I will mention that this book does contain some coarse language, and if you are offended by that kind of thing then maybe this isn't the right book for you.
Gugrel
This past week while I was on vacation I finally had the chance to read a book that I've been meaning to read for a while. The book, Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets, by Phil Villarreal asks the question, "How far would you go to save money?". If you're anything like me, the answer is probably going to be "Not as far as Phil Villarreal!". Most of the tips found in this book are either ethically suspect, extremely hard to pull off or just downright gross.

Before you decide that you want nothing to do with this book, however, please take note that the book isn't a serious book about saving money, but a parody of the entire personal finance and frugality genre. The book even denotes right on the back that it should be placed in the "humor" section, and most of these tips aren't meant to be taken seriously (while quite a few actually can be used without resulting in a heavy conscience). With that in mind it's a whole lot easier to read this book, and to get a few laughs in the process. (Did I mention I laughed out loud on the plane while reading this book? slightly embarrassing).

So what kind of money saving tips is Phil giving us in this book? His tips to save money range all the way from taking advantage of overworked cashiers and price-match policies, to getting your fiance a cubic-zirconia when you propose and passing it off as a family heirloom diamond (she won't really get it appraised, will she?). Want to save money on food? Save milk by pouring it back into the carton when you're done with your cereal (this is one of those gross tips), or keep a stash of fast food restaurant cups in your car to take advantage of always free soda refills! You'll never be thirsty again!

Quite a few of these tips are actually quite useful, so if you pay attention while you're reading the book you'll actually find a few money saving gems amidst the ethically suspect knee-slappers.

If you're looking for a humorous read that will leave a smile on your face, and that likes to poke fun at some of the old run of the mill personal finance tips- check this book out.

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