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Book Review & Giveaway: Secrets Of A Stingy Scoundrel.

This giveaway has ended.You think you are a cheap bastard? You got nothing on this guy. Phil Villarreal, a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star and a contributing editor at Consumerist.com, has written this book that will certainly make you shake your head. Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets is sure to shock you into being more stingy! From how to get a pay-per-view movie removed from your hotel bill, to taking extra Tupperware from a friends’ party, to beating ticket scalpers at their own game, this Stingy Scoundrel is exactly that – terribly stingy and a through and through scoundrel. While there are many tips in the book that find themselves in my “moral gray area”, I am sure that anyone who reads this book will come away with a few worthwhile ideas on how to be a little more frugal. It made me laugh out loud many, many times, but it also made my mouth gape open in amazement as I tried to consider doing some of these money-saving tips in real life. I don’t normally care what others think of me, but some of these things definitely would be difficult to do! Overall, a great read that is both entertaining and educational – I recommend it to all my frugal friends! So…are you intrigued? Want to win a copy?

secrets of a stingy scoundrel

Well, here are the rules and what you need to do to enter to win:

1. Actually want the book. Don’t enter just because it’s a giveaway; some people might actually really want the book, and I would like to see someone who wants it win a copy.

2. Leave a comment (using a valid email address so I can contact you if you are the winner) on this post, telling me reasons why you might be considered a stingy scoundrel by others.

3. From all legitimate comments, I will use a random number generator to choose the winner. Only one entry allowed per person/email address/IP address, and the winner must be a resident of the U.S.. Book will be shipped via media mail through the USPS.

4. The giveaway ends Wednesday, September 23 2009 at 12 noon MST, and the winner will be notified soon thereafter.

Good luck to everyone, and if you don’t win, be on the lookout for another giveaway soon! This giveaway has ended


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Comments (24)

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  1. James says:

    I spent 45 minutes on the phone with my phone/internet provider getting back a $2.00 charge that I felt was sneaky on their part.

    I said that if they would go on record saying the charge was the stupidest they had ever seen, I would let it go.

    In the end, they gave me a $2 courtesy credit.

  2. I went out to dinner with my girlfriend and got her to pay, even though I had close to $8000 in savings and paycheck a mere week away.

  3. I often spend too much time trying to find the best price on each thing I buy.

    Many times the savings are almost nothing.

  4. QC Watchdog says:

    I’d love to read this book! I would like to think I’m frugal but I bet this book has got me beat. Is it wrong of me to fill up the water bottles my wife buys with tap water and then seal the lid shut again with a smidgen of super glue so that she thinks she never running out? What a waste buying water we already pay for at home. 😉

  5. Annie Jones says:

    I think I’d get a kick out of reading this book. Since I just won a book from you and don’t want to considered a book hog, if I win this one, I’ll read it, then pass it along to one of my blog readers.

    But since I’m a stingy scoundrel, I’ll try to pass it off as being brand new.

    (just kidding)

  6. Ms. Jones says:

    Stingy? What makes you think my life-long desire to deorate my entire apartment in crafts made from dryer lint is stingy? (Well, so do.)

  7. Mike says:

    On Saturday a friend wanted me to go out for dinner at a new restaurant. First thing I asked, “How much the dishes cost?”.

  8. Renee McCrory says:

    We ‘recycle’ Halloween candy every year. I told my kids about the ‘halloween fairy.’ She comes every halloween night to exchange all but 10 pcs of candy. She leaves a dollar store ‘gift’ in exchange. Helps keep my kids from getting cavities!

  9. PHADE says:

    1) I’ve Spent Too Much Money
    2) Now I’m Broke
    3) When I Start Making Money Again, I Want To keep Most Of It
    4) This Book Will Help Me
    5) Why Buy It, I Want To Win It…I’m A Scoundrel
    6) If I Don’t Hear Anything By Wednesday, September 23 2009 at 12 noon MST. I Will Buy It…I’m Not That Big Of A Scoundrel.

  10. Jesse says:

    I don’t want to be included in the drawing as I already have the book on the way, but wanted to add my stingy/unethical story.

    An acquaintance of mine used to save reciepts for all purchases including big ticket items such as baby strollers and car seats. He would use the item for years, keep it in mint condition, then return it with reciept, and all packaging when he was finished with it.

    Companies back then didn’t restrict returns by dates so this was a common practice for him at every retailer!

  11. Gypsie says:

    This book sounds incredibly entertaining to read and I hope I win the opportunity to read it.
    I dont do incredibly stingy things just to save some money but I am not above letting the company know my thoughts. In fact, i was so mad at the local grocery store that I complained that I wouldnt return to shop and they sent me a $25 gift card. Now, I have to go back to use it but the day of my complaint I probably only spent $10.

  12. Mark says:

    I cut dryer sheets in half and often times I’ll reuse them. That is, if I use the dryer at all. I try and hang dry as much as possible. I’m guessing my current batch of generic dryer sheets should last me at least a couple of years.

  13. Roselle says:

    I’d LOVE to read that book! I’m always about finding ways to save money.

    I’m so stingy that at my job, a grocery store, I take advantage of the employees discount (35 cents for donuts, bread rolls, any kind of produce). I’ve bought apples, oranges, etc… at 35 cents each instead of full price, like $1.99 a pound for Honeycrisp apples.

  14. Dawn says:

    My friends think I’m stingy because I used the $1,000 from a recent bonus to pay down my (still large) student loan instead of “loaning” it to a wonderful, but financially irresponsible, friend who’s behind on her credit card. Only 15 more months of snowballing before I’m done!

  15. David says:

    I reuse tea bags. I can get almost three decent cups of tea from one bag.

    I am forever “borrowing” electronics from retailers. Pack it all back up the way it was, and assure them you never opened it.

    On a side note, on ANY issue that I have when dealing with a suspect discount at a retailer–if and whenever necessary, if I get loud and obnoxious enough, I always get my way. Even if they give in just to get me to shut up.

  16. MsMaddie says:

    I’ve dug up plants and put in pots taken inside and kept warm, replanted outdoors following yr to save on outdoor flowers. I was careful and it worked.

  17. Sara says:

    That book sounds like a great read! I hope I win!

    I recently spent a weekend with friends who consider a car payment a normal expense. I was excited and telling them about about my “new” car that is 12 years old, and was so happy with the deal we got on it. They weren’t nearly as excited as I was about it, and couldn’t understand why I didn’t want to get something brand new – and the payments that come with it. 😉

  18. My wife says I can pinch a penny so hard it screams. She says that even though I am stingy she is glad. 10 years ago we bought our house on foreclosure. I low balled it so bad our buyers agent and my wife were mad at me. They told me I would loose the house. But guess what the bank accepted the first offer. It made me think I should have offered less.

    Help me get my wife pissed off at me again, let me win this book! PLEASE!!!!

  19. Caroline says:

    People may think that I’m a Stingy Scoundrel because I use coupons whenever I buy anything and try to use all the items in my pantry before I buy more food.

    Caroline
    design4less@yahoo.com

  20. I’m always in the search of new ways to be stingy, I mean cheap, I mean frugal.

    Seriously, all of the major furniture in our home, couch, bed, crib, table, chairs was free, mostly trash-picked. Frugality gives me a rush and I’m always looking for pointers.

  21. I would love to read this book.

    We reuse toilet paper. Well, it’s cloth toilet paper and we only use it for #1, but it gets washed with the diapers and reused.

  22. gringo says:

    I make 18k a year. I could use the book.

  23. gp glinka says:

    Can’t win without a number.

  24. Kevin says:

    I refuse to throw out my current leather couches (a freecycle) even though the seat is ripped in two different places. The rip is horrible. But I won’t throw out the couch because I can just cover it with a blanket and no one can see it.

    I also pick up pennies on the ground, roll them, and cash them in often.

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