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Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets Paperback – September 1, 2009
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Not only did Phil get me to write this blurb for him, he also convinced me to give him $20 from my wallet.
Top Customer Reviews
I was unprepared for just how money-grubbing and unethical the tips in this book would be. Add to that the writing style (which is uproarious) and what you get is a book that [...] me right in. I would love to say that I did not like Secrets, but I enjoyed every second of it! Even those tips that I completely disagree with on a moral basis (like taking post-it notes to the grocery store with made-up prices for the store to match) are delivered with such wit that it is hard to even be irritated. It takes a special kind of writer to tell you to basically steal from a company and do it with a sense of humor that makes you laugh out loud as you sit alone on the porch, book in hand.
Although I am steadfast in my plight against some of the borderline criminal tips in this book, there is enough sarcasm and tongue-in-cheek expressions to show that much of the author's seemingly unethical tips are nothing more than entertainment. For example, in the section of Secrets regarding relationships and what a drain they can be on your finances, Phil recommends instigating fights before holidays and special occasions. This way, you will get to avoid gifts, dinners and other holiday fare. Here is a sample of his writing, which (if serious) is disturbing to say the least:
I recommend at least four, I-never-wanna-see-you-again (till next week) throw-downs.Read more ›
So if you want to read a couple hundred pages of this rubbish, have at it. Otherwise, just stay away.
Finally, if you're truly cheap and if you really want to read this, get it from the library don't buy it here.
The so-called "author" advocates committing fraud and theft in the name of getting undeserved freebies. And let's not even think about what he suggests doing to your friends and significant other.
If you are willing to sell your soul for a free movie, this book is just what you are looking for. Otherwise, stay far away.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book as much for its money saving advice as for it's humor! How often do you read a book about money that makes you laugh? Not very often. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Julia Scott
A few of the strategies are useful, but most are absolutely unethical if not completely illegal. I was totally appalled by the author's lack of morals. Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by Ken
I received a copy of Phil's book- Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets in 2009 and it's taken me a year to read it. Read morePublished on October 19, 2010 by Big Dave
just not ethical to teach to cheat and lie.part of the degenerating cultural times being promoted.Published on August 31, 2010 by juego
It takes a lot for the written word alone to make me laugh. Phil succeeds where only a few have before. Read morePublished on January 24, 2010 by Jennifer Mccoy
This book cracks me up. It's irreverent humor makes me blush at times since I can be frugal at times. Other parts are way too crude. Read morePublished on January 10, 2010 by K. Lee
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. Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by BibleMoneyMatters . com