Review & Giveaway: Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel

Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel

I had the pleasure of reading Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets this weekend and I have to say, Phil, I commend you. You put into print what many college kids, level headed parents and just plain cheapskates have been doing for years to save money, and a few things no one but you would ever dream of doing… you would make Ebenezer Scrooge proud.

Each of these 100 juicy secrets are quite detailed and clearly written from experience. Phil’s tongue-in-cheek commentary on each tip is hilarious and just adds value to the great ideas as well as the horrible ideas ;)

I admit to having done and still do about half of the tips in the book. The other half, most of which I am kicking myself for not coming up with and the rest make my moral compass go haywire, are extremely tempting and almost make me want to take up a few new hobbies.

What you will find in this book:

  • How to “dine like a cheap SOB”
  • Ways to dodge costly relationship milestones
  • Instructions on getting freebies in every situation
  • What it means to really pay yourself first
  • Doing all of the above while looking like the hero

What you won’t find in this book:

  • The same tips everyone else already knows
  • “Honor. Integrity. Honesty. Dignity.”
  • How to score points with the man upstairs
  • Tips on building healthy relationship with friends or family
  • Anything boring!

I can just imagine Phil at the family Christmas party hoarding Tupperware, scraping leftovers off abandoned plates back into the container for later use and giving out handmade sock puppets as gifts to all his relatives.

So if you have a sense of humor and aren’t easily shocked, you should seriously plop down the $9 and buy the book. If you can’t stomach trying any of the tips within, you will at least get a good laugh.

If you are easily offended, you may want to move on and join the protesters

And finally if you want to get a copy of the book free, you stingy scoundrels, here’s how to enter:

  1. Comment on this post and tell me your stingy secret (or whatever ;) )

The contest will run from September 28 till midnight September 30th and a winner will be randomly chosen and announced on October 1st.

And a big thanks goes out to Phil and Skyhorse Publishing for sponsoring this contest and sending me a free copy to boot!

This giveaway is now closed


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» JaneNo Gravatar said: { Sep 28, 2009 - 09:09:34 }

*blush* I used to save dryer lint to use to start fires in the fireplace. This last year I started drying clothes on a line, so now I have no dryer lint. Last week I was walking past a laundromat when I saw a trash container of dryer lint. When I thought no one was looking, I scooped up a plastic grocery bag of the stuff to use this winter. *blush*

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» YanaNo Gravatar said: { Sep 28, 2009 - 09:09:38 }

I definitely want this book – there couldn’t be a better book giveaway for me to enter. Well, at least in this category. I also want The Red Book (Jung), but that one is pretty pricey to find as a giveaway. I have a feeling this author and I are on the same page. I find it funny that some people are offended at the tips, because a major value of a book like this is to take it all in and let it spark your own ideas. Personalize the info and stay within the law ;)

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» corrinNo Gravatar said: { Sep 28, 2009 - 10:09:52 }

I pack my lunch every day. No exception.

I’m a newly addicted coupon clipper. I saved $31 at the grocery yesterday and am quite proud of myself.
.-= corrin´s last blog ..I may not have a house, but at least I look pretty. =-.

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» Mary RobertsNo Gravatar said: { Sep 28, 2009 - 02:09:37 }

I use the plastic zippered/snap bags that linens come in, to protect items stored in the closet from dust. Glue the little magnetic business cards they put on phone books, pizza boxes, etc, to the back of plastic cases, to display photos on the refrigerator. If your bedspread needs to be replaced, fold it into a square, stitch the sides together, and you have a nice bed for your pet. If you have an outdoor pet that is wild, or for whatever reason won’t come in during the winter, cut a hole in an old styrofoam cooler, just large enough for the animal to get in, tape the lid shut, and put a towel or old rags in the bottom to help keep them warm. If you put it up high, with a wood panel going over the door, it’ll have a little more protection from the elements. Instead of buying swiffer pads, just cut indentations in an old cloth so it’ll fit on the mop head and throw it in the wash when you’re done.

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» AmandaNo Gravatar said: { Sep 28, 2009 - 03:09:20 }

I don’t really have a stingy secret, so I guess that’s why I really need this book!! :)
.-= Amanda´s last blog ..Book Review Monday – Week 33 =-.

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» Mother NatureNo Gravatar said: { Sep 28, 2009 - 10:09:23 }

I have a really bad, stingy tip. Many times I have stayed after church luncheons and dinners to help clean up, pack away chairs and sweep the floors just hoping to get to take the left-overs home. It works almost every time. he he he

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» Cheapskate SandyNo Gravatar said: { Sep 29, 2009 - 01:09:11 }

I take the packets of condiments from my fast food place (only when I order) and use them at home. Do you know how much money I’ve saved on ketchup? I’m not ashamed.
.-= Cheapskate Sandy´s last blog ..Finance 101: What the Heck is Peer-to-Peer or P2P Lending? =-.

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» Cheapskate SandyNo Gravatar said: { Sep 29, 2009 - 01:09:06 }

Is it okay to post more than one? Okay so if it is, I also take the napkins that they give you from the fast food places and stack them up in my kitchen for my own use. I don’t visit fast food restaurants often, but I sponge off my boyfriend who does.

I think my stingiest was when I glued a piece of cardboard over a hole in the bottom of my shoe and painted the bottom black. The rest of the shoes were fine and my old shoe repair guy went out of business so I had to make due until I found a new one. Okay, maybe I’m ashamed of that one.
.-= Cheapskate Sandy´s last blog ..Finance 101: What the Heck is Peer-to-Peer or P2P Lending? =-.

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» E.C.No Gravatar said: { Sep 30, 2009 - 01:09:30 }

Since I graduated, I no longer have online access to journals and databases through the university library system. Rather than pay for my own subscriptions, I asked my brother to share his student log-in information.
.-= E.C.´s last blog ..I do not have swine flu. I do not have swine flu. I do not have swine flu. =-.

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» JenNo Gravatar said: { Sep 30, 2009 - 04:09:16 }

I don’t do anything too bad, but I do pack my lunch everyday. I refuse to pay $5+ a day on gross school cafeteria food.

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» AshleyNo Gravatar said: { Sep 30, 2009 - 04:09:56 }

My stingy tip would probably be getting the most out of all my toiletries and cosmetics. I’ll cut open a toothpaste tube, throw some mascara in the microwave, and waterdown my body or face wash just to make it last an extra week or two… sometimes you can continue to use a product for over a month after its “empty”.

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