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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 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 bac
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Skyhorse
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Shannon
Sep 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: assholes
Shelves: festival-of-suck
Why does this book get one star? Let us count the reasons:

1) Not one of these tips are something I can see myself implementing in my life. Not one.
2) The guy is a huge, sexist, (no seriously, multiple examples of this throughout the book but I'm not going to bother quoting his stupid, haterade-drinking-bigot-ass, you just will have to take my word for it or suffer through this one your own) tool. Even though some of this stuff was clearly exaggerated for "comedy", I can tell. I have douche-dar.
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Lisa Marion
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
I know this guy! Doing a review of his book for the blog. Some funny tips & tricks to save money. Take it all with a grain of salt!
Jennifer
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Phil Villarreal is a syndicated film critic for my local newspaper, the Arizona Daily Star. He also does a spot on a local morning radio show on Fridays. As if being a gifted writer isn't good enough, Phil is quite the comedian as well. His sharp and witty humor comes out in Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel as he shows you 100 ways you can save money if you're willing to see just how flexible your ethics are. We can all relate to doing some of things Villarreal mentions in his book. The rest? Well, ...more
Jessica
Sep 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
Just browsed through it, more humorous than helpful really
Phil Villarreal
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This book is phenomenal. It will save you money, make you laugh and answer all your hopes and prayers. Try and read it every day for the rest of your life.
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A University of Arizona business grad, Phil Villarreal specializes in entertainment writing. He's worked as a film and videogame critic for the Arizona Daily Star, COEDM.com, OK! Magazine and GuySpeed. He lives in Tucson with his wife and three kids.