Author, blogger, and “stingy scoundrel” Phil Villarreal recently sent me a copy of his new book. To say I was surprised by the book’s content would be huge understatement.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you probably know that I enjoy the more “personal” side of personal finance more than long drawn out blog posts about housing rates and the stock market (yawn). If you are like me, then this book will be right up your alley.
Everyone in America has recently hopped on the frugal train to financial freedom – but let me ask you this: Have you considered buying a ticket from the nearest scalper for the “Stingy Scoundrel” train?
Phil’s book is chock full of “dirty little money-grubbing secrets” – 100 to be exact.
Readers, you’ve heard of being frugal and you’ll probably bored with it. I dare you to try stingy on for size and have a little fun with these hard times.
Here are a few tidbits from Phil’s book:
“Who says soup kitchens are only for the homeless? Every night, especially in the dead of winter, there’s a bounty of free, delicious food available without a catch.”
“When it’s time to propose to that special lady with whom you’ll spend the rest of your life, do so with a cheap cubic zirconium ring you picked up at a department store…”
My personal favorite (which I’ve actually been guilty of doing back when I was younger…):
“Whenever [my friend Tim] goes out to the clubs, he always keeps a tin flask filled with vodka inside his coat pocket.”
Phil’s book is a hilarious read; it’s perfect for those cold winter nights at home since it’s too damn expensive to go out these days (unless you bring a flask). Although you may not be able to use most of his tips with a good moral conscience, I think if you get a little creative, you can use some form of his stingy secrets to save you a couple bucks. If anything you’ll have fun doing it!
Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money Grubbing Secrets is a great book for a good laugh if our country’s economic situation has got you down – especially if your sick of reading article after article on how to save money clipping coupons or taking ice-cold showers. This book is just the refresher our country needs right now. Get to a bookstore and check out Phil’s book today – and then try to sell it to your friend for more than you spent on it!