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Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel

Show of hands – how many of you have paid for one movie only to  stay at the theater for another two or three? (Better known as the “double feature”) How about telling a restaurant it’s your birthday to get a free dessert? When mom sends you home with a Tupperware container full of leftovers, do you EVER give it back, or even plan to? Of course not – Mom knows that she’s never going to see it again once she hands it off to a twenty-something on a tight budget.

Secrets of a Stingy ScoundrelDo you honestly ever by ketchup and mustard? Are you tapping into your offices’ supply of pens and paper? Do you know how to land the best deals at your local yard sale? Phil Villarreal offers 100 “money squandering” tips that are useful, ridiculous, borderline illegal, and downright hilarious in his book, “Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel”.

Phil was kind enough to reach out and ask me to read and write a review of his book – and while normally I’m not a fan of turning my blog into a sales pitch for someone else, I liked Phil’s up-front style and this book had me nodding my head and laughing my ass off from beginning to end.

Amongst the Saved by the Bell, Matrix, and Quentin Tarantino references, Phil shares almost every “get out of jail free” card you could imagine, from free hotel porn to Cubic Zarconia engagement rings (good luck with this one gents). Underneath the humor Phil actually invokes some inspirational thoughts, one section, related to phone bills and text messaging, especially hit home with me, being so active in the impersonal world of online communication:

“My conclusion to the reason for the texting phenomenon is that the act removes an extra layer of intimacy and perceived intrusion. If your text message isn’t returned immediately, it’s not as official of a rejection as a missed call, since it can conceivably be returned later. People are too afraid of being brushed off and dismissed, so they use texting as a pathetic, impervious shell for their insecurities. Be bold. When you need to talk to someone, make a phone call, and never open or respond to a text message.”

Wise words – even in this day and age, the best form of communication (if not face to face) is to just pick up the phone. Whether your looking for a little perspective and commentary on society or just a great bathroom volume – It’s all packaged into “Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel”. A great read, to be sure, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed cover to cover. Cheers to Phil for being so kind as to send me a free copy, it looks nice next to my Bible and Entertainment Weekly.

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Because I know you guys have some great things to share. I’ll be running a contest over the next couple days (winners chosen on Monday, October 26th). If you’d like a FREE copy of Phil’s book, “Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel”, leave a comment below sharing one of your “stingy” secrets (just keep it-mostly-legal-ish).

Two, that’s right TWO commenter’s will be chosen at random and will be handsomely rewarded with a brand new copy of Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel. Yes, I’ll even pay for shipping, you cheap bastards…

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  1. 1. In college, I played volleyball for my school – which meant that we would frequently find ourselves in hotel rooms after away games. Most of us would take this opportunity to land free toilet paper (on both nights of our stay). C’mon, that stuff is “expensive” when your bank account only has $24.56 in it. During the years that I didn’t live in the dorm, we would frequently “visit” the freshman players and take TP from their community bathrooms.

    2. I did not do this. Really I didn’t. But I know that bowl of “free condoms” supplied by student life in the dorm room bathrooms was generally empty.

    • Haha, I love that there was such a plan to get free TP. I picture the entire volleyball team raiding their bathrooms the second they check into the room – throw down the suitcase and load up on TP – hotels usually have good stuff too, not the ass sandpaper dorms usually supplied. I don’t think I bought toilet paper every during my college years. Ah, those were the days.

      Free condom bowls, eh? At least your school understood people were going to have sex, and they might as well provide the “tools” to limiting pregnancy rates. We had all kinds of crazy curfews and it was pretty much understood that sex was out of the question, lol.

  2. 1. In college, I played volleyball for my school – which meant that we would frequently find ourselves in hotel rooms after away games. Most of us would take this opportunity to land free toilet paper (on both nights of our stay). C’mon, that stuff is “expensive” when your bank account only has $24.56 in it. During the years that I didn’t live in the dorm, we would frequently “visit” the freshman players and take TP from their community bathrooms.

    2. I did not do this. Really I didn’t. But I know that bowl of “free condoms” supplied by student life in the dorm room bathrooms was generally empty.

    • Haha, I love that there was such a plan to get free TP. I picture the entire volleyball team raiding their bathrooms the second they check into the room – throw down the suitcase and load up on TP – hotels usually have good stuff too, not the ass sandpaper dorms usually supplied. I don’t think I bought toilet paper every during my college years. Ah, those were the days.

      Free condom bowls, eh? At least your school understood people were going to have sex, and they might as well provide the “tools” to limiting pregnancy rates. We had all kinds of crazy curfews and it was pretty much understood that sex was out of the question, lol.

  3. I’ve been hearing about this book on other blogs…looks really exciting.

    I have no shame. I constantly use the student discount even though I’ve been out of college for two years. I’ll be a student again at some point in grad school, right? I also use plastic bags from grocery stores as trash bags (apparently this is something all immigrants do. I took a survey a couple weeks ago around my office, and out of the six of us-Russian Jew, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Uzbek, and Chinese, everyone does this.) FTW.

  4. I’ve been hearing about this book on other blogs…looks really exciting.

    I have no shame. I constantly use the student discount even though I’ve been out of college for two years. I’ll be a student again at some point in grad school, right? I also use plastic bags from grocery stores as trash bags (apparently this is something all immigrants do. I took a survey a couple weeks ago around my office, and out of the six of us-Russian Jew, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Uzbek, and Chinese, everyone does this.) FTW.

  5. Vicki, I’m 9 years out and still use the student ID constantly. Picture is faded and the card has peeled into halves. People still accept it, and I hope to be doing the same thing well after my kids have graduated from college.

    • Nice! I’m so glad that it continues to work, defying the laws of aging and gravity. I look forward to continuing to live a lie for that $2 off a movie for at least the next 9 years. :)

      • I think it’s just universally accepted that if you went to college, you are automatically accepted as a “student” for the next 20 years. Of course, if it wasn’t for this “beard” I cling to, I would look about 15. I still get CARDED for R-rated movies, so I think I’m safe with using the student ID for a long time :)

  6. Vicki, I’m 9 years out and still use the student ID constantly. Picture is faded and the card has peeled into halves. People still accept it, and I hope to be doing the same thing well after my kids have graduated from college.

    • Nice! I’m so glad that it continues to work, defying the laws of aging and gravity. I look forward to continuing to live a lie for that $2 off a movie for at least the next 9 years. :)

      • I think it’s just universally accepted that if you went to college, you are automatically accepted as a “student” for the next 20 years. Of course, if it wasn’t for this “beard” I cling to, I would look about 15. I still get CARDED for R-rated movies, so I think I’m safe with using the student ID for a long time :)

  7. One of the products that is anything but a hot commodity in France is peanut butter. They just don’t share an affinity for it as the Americans, British and Dutch do. You can find little jars of skippy here, but they cost an arm and a leg and I am partial to certain “healthier” brands in the States. Since I have quite a significant network of American friends in Paris, all of whom are well aware of my peanut butter obsession (and it IS an obsession), I tend to drop hints when I know they’ll be making a trip to the US that I’d love to be able to go back and bring back some jars of PB – knowing full well that they’ll offer to bring me some. And since my friends are kind and generous, they never make me pay them back. Listen, I pay them back in other ways… with my intellect, wit and friendship :)

    • Haha, these stories are great – I imagine everyone in France smuggling Peanut butter across borders. Is there some sort of “PB Cartel” over in your neck of the woods? It’s always interesting to see how some things we take so much for granted are such a rarity in other parts of the world.

  8. One of the products that is anything but a hot commodity in France is peanut butter. They just don’t share an affinity for it as the Americans, British and Dutch do. You can find little jars of skippy here, but they cost an arm and a leg and I am partial to certain “healthier” brands in the States. Since I have quite a significant network of American friends in Paris, all of whom are well aware of my peanut butter obsession (and it IS an obsession), I tend to drop hints when I know they’ll be making a trip to the US that I’d love to be able to go back and bring back some jars of PB – knowing full well that they’ll offer to bring me some. And since my friends are kind and generous, they never make me pay them back. Listen, I pay them back in other ways… with my intellect, wit and friendship :)

    • Haha, these stories are great – I imagine everyone in France smuggling Peanut butter across borders. Is there some sort of “PB Cartel” over in your neck of the woods? It’s always interesting to see how some things we take so much for granted are such a rarity in other parts of the world.

  9. For every subscription service I have, I keep them on their feet by calling customer service, going through the cancellation team. If you deal with the cancellation representative, they often will reduce the rates or give you a good deal to keep you as a customer.

    I’ve reduced my XM Radio rate from $12.95 to $3.99 a month doing this.

    • WOW! Nice. I need to give it a go with XM. Another fun thing to try, complain about a brand on Twitter (IE: Comcast) – say something like “My cable is out again, I HATE COMCAST!” – and see how long it takes to get a Comcast-Rep to tweet back at you. Another path to discounted rates and freebies!

  10. For every subscription service I have, I keep them on their feet by calling customer service, going through the cancellation team. If you deal with the cancellation representative, they often will reduce the rates or give you a good deal to keep you as a customer.

    I’ve reduced my XM Radio rate from $12.95 to $3.99 a month doing this.

    • WOW! Nice. I need to give it a go with XM. Another fun thing to try, complain about a brand on Twitter (IE: Comcast) – say something like “My cable is out again, I HATE COMCAST!” – and see how long it takes to get a Comcast-Rep to tweet back at you. Another path to discounted rates and freebies!

  11. I do occasionally snag a few sugar packets from Dunkin for when I make my own coffee. Or tea. Or anything that requires sugar for that matter.
    Refilling a fountain drink right before you leave somewhere is always a good idea too!

    • Cheap, to be sure, but these two things are pretty much assumed I think Preston. I mean, who DOESN’T take a few extra sugar packets or go for a free refill? Taking it one step further, I usually opt for “water” when I go to a fast-food joint, only to fill it up with some other tasty soda pop. FIGHT THE POWER!

  12. I do occasionally snag a few sugar packets from Dunkin for when I make my own coffee. Or tea. Or anything that requires sugar for that matter.
    Refilling a fountain drink right before you leave somewhere is always a good idea too!

    • Cheap, to be sure, but these two things are pretty much assumed I think Preston. I mean, who DOESN’T take a few extra sugar packets or go for a free refill? Taking it one step further, I usually opt for “water” when I go to a fast-food joint, only to fill it up with some other tasty soda pop. FIGHT THE POWER!

  13. Hahahaha classic! For everyone who still uses their student ID!! Because I mean, aren’t we all supposed to be life-long students anyway? =)

    Also, who DOESN’T grab a handful of those mints from the restaurant’s candy bowl after a meal out? Which reminds me of Seinfeld’s stint about candy and Halloween: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lfk2me7p9us

    Enjoy ^^

    • LOVE that Seinfeld skit. My ONE objective as a child was to “GET. CANDY!” – great stuff, I own that CD and can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to it. There is something about free that is just…TOO inviting, haha – I usually have a glove compartment full of mints.

  14. Hahahaha classic! For everyone who still uses their student ID!! Because I mean, aren’t we all supposed to be life-long students anyway? =)

    Also, who DOESN’T grab a handful of those mints from the restaurant’s candy bowl after a meal out? Which reminds me of Seinfeld’s stint about candy and Halloween: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lfk2me7p9us

    Enjoy ^^

    • LOVE that Seinfeld skit. My ONE objective as a child was to “GET. CANDY!” – great stuff, I own that CD and can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to it. There is something about free that is just…TOO inviting, haha – I usually have a glove compartment full of mints.

  15. Hmmmm…

    I’m not sure where any of this stuff falls on the legal or illegal side.

    1. I use to, as Jenny said “land” toilet paper, but from my job on a couple occasions. When I would use the restroom, there would always be that new roll sitting there. I did this particularly because it was the softest toilet paper in the world! Before this I never noticed any difference, toilet paper was just disposable, it still is, but this toilet paper was extremely soft and made ass-wiping an experience to remember.

    2. When tough times hit, I went around the web, signing up for “clubs” at random restaurant websites. Sites like Del Taco, Coldstones, and others. I got alot of great snacks on my “birthdays.”

    3. I think everyone does this, but I’ll go into a Barnes and Nobles and read a few chapters of a book a day until I finish it. Or with those books that don’t really offer you anything new, you can always finish them in time to return them while they’re still in great condition.

    4. I don’t recommend this one for too long, but I’ll share it anyways. Since we lived almost a jog away from a handful of fast-food restaurants, after buying a meal we’d keep our cup (not the small paper ones, the biggest) and whenever we felt like some soda, we’d go over and refill.

    5. The last one (and I’ve got a lot) that comes to mind is returns. At either target or Wal-Mart, I’m not sure, but I’ll go with Target, they have that policy where if you don’t have a receipt you can make an exchange, but only with your id. You have to exchange for the exact same item and (if they still have this policy) you’re limited to only three “no recipt” exchanges, and I believe they have amount limits. This is helpful if you’re a gamer constantly going through controllers like me, and can’t remember where you bought them from

  16. Hmmmm…

    I’m not sure where any of this stuff falls on the legal or illegal side.

    1. I use to, as Jenny said “land” toilet paper, but from my job on a couple occasions. When I would use the restroom, there would always be that new roll sitting there. I did this particularly because it was the softest toilet paper in the world! Before this I never noticed any difference, toilet paper was just disposable, it still is, but this toilet paper was extremely soft and made ass-wiping an experience to remember.

    2. When tough times hit, I went around the web, signing up for “clubs” at random restaurant websites. Sites like Del Taco, Coldstones, and others. I got alot of great snacks on my “birthdays.”

    3. I think everyone does this, but I’ll go into a Barnes and Nobles and read a few chapters of a book a day until I finish it. Or with those books that don’t really offer you anything new, you can always finish them in time to return them while they’re still in great condition.

    4. I don’t recommend this one for too long, but I’ll share it anyways. Since we lived almost a jog away from a handful of fast-food restaurants, after buying a meal we’d keep our cup (not the small paper ones, the biggest) and whenever we felt like some soda, we’d go over and refill.

    5. The last one (and I’ve got a lot) that comes to mind is returns. At either target or Wal-Mart, I’m not sure, but I’ll go with Target, they have that policy where if you don’t have a receipt you can make an exchange, but only with your id. You have to exchange for the exact same item and (if they still have this policy) you’re limited to only three “no recipt” exchanges, and I believe they have amount limits. This is helpful if you’re a gamer constantly going through controllers like me, and can’t remember where you bought them from

  17. Any book with any Saved By The Bell reference has my undivided attention. I also challenge anyone…including Dustin Diamond…to a round of Saved By The Bell trivia.

    Anyway…my stinginess is simple and totally works great for me. I am a caffeine junkie. I’d probably mainline it if syringes weren’t messy. Anyway…I have Starbucks at least once a day, sometimes twice. To save money on my latte’s…I’ve changed my order. Rather than a Venti Latte at Starbucks for it’s regular price at $3.95…I order a double shot of espresso instead. Then add my own milk at home and get the same exact quality I love. The hot espresso warms up the milk so no need to steam it. Same quality for half the price.

    So I save about $2-4 per day. After a while it adds up.

    Scott
    twitter.com/thescottbishop

    • Or, you know, you could just limit your Starbucks intake altogether. Starbucks knows that suckers like you (and me) keep coming back and dropping $3-5 bones on a latte daily. It’s a sick addiction. They won’t legalize marijuana in the US but the’ll let Starbucks put a store on every corner in the country? BLASPHEMY!

      As for SBTB – I won a trivia challenge put on by Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins) himself. Signed picture in my office to prove it. So if you’re using my blog as a platform to announce your challenge, bring it on my friend. Many have tried, all have failed. Next #SMBChicago, this throwdown needs to be part of the program.

  18. Any book with any Saved By The Bell reference has my undivided attention. I also challenge anyone…including Dustin Diamond…to a round of Saved By The Bell trivia.

    Anyway…my stinginess is simple and totally works great for me. I am a caffeine junkie. I’d probably mainline it if syringes weren’t messy. Anyway…I have Starbucks at least once a day, sometimes twice. To save money on my latte’s…I’ve changed my order. Rather than a Venti Latte at Starbucks for it’s regular price at $3.95…I order a double shot of espresso instead. Then add my own milk at home and get the same exact quality I love. The hot espresso warms up the milk so no need to steam it. Same quality for half the price.

    So I save about $2-4 per day. After a while it adds up.

    Scott
    twitter.com/thescottbishop

    • Or, you know, you could just limit your Starbucks intake altogether. Starbucks knows that suckers like you (and me) keep coming back and dropping $3-5 bones on a latte daily. It’s a sick addiction. They won’t legalize marijuana in the US but the’ll let Starbucks put a store on every corner in the country? BLASPHEMY!

      As for SBTB – I won a trivia challenge put on by Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins) himself. Signed picture in my office to prove it. So if you’re using my blog as a platform to announce your challenge, bring it on my friend. Many have tried, all have failed. Next #SMBChicago, this throwdown needs to be part of the program.

  19. Sometimes I get refills for free from the soda machine (at a certain sandwich restaurant) even though you’re supposed to pay. I figure that I paid for the meal, why not get free refills? Can’t say where though (they might be reading) O_o!

    • Haha, Phil makes this point very clear, and dedicates a few pages to the art of using and re-using paper fast-food cups, basically advising to re-use until the cup virtually disintegrates.

  20. Sometimes I get refills for free from the soda machine (at a certain sandwich restaurant) even though you’re supposed to pay. I figure that I paid for the meal, why not get free refills? Can’t say where though (they might be reading) O_o!

    • Haha, Phil makes this point very clear, and dedicates a few pages to the art of using and re-using paper fast-food cups, basically advising to re-use until the cup virtually disintegrates.

  21. 1. I’ve photoshopped my name on to a certain company’s business card to get discount employee gym membership.

    2. I pretended to be in all sorts of clubs in college to get free pizza at their meetings.

    3. I have kept my student ID to cash in on discounts for quite some time.

    4. When I want to buy a product on the internet and I notice they have an affiliate program, I’ll sometimes sign up as an affiliate and sell the product to myself, thus earning the affiliate discount.

    5. When I would work late at my last job, I would sneak a handful of snacks out of the careless placed bags of food my co-workers would leave on their desks.

    6. If a restaurant has a punch card, I’ll go there buying the cheapest thing on the menu to rack up punches. Then when I get a free meal, I order the most expensive thing they have with all the fixings!

    • I’ll say well done except for number five. That sir, is down-right dirty. In theme with Phil’s book, but dirty nonetheless. The last thing I want is a coworker going through my stuff when I’m out of the office, much less my food. I guess it keeps with the theme of “Scoundrel” behavior though, eh?

  22. 1. I’ve photoshopped my name on to a certain company’s business card to get discount employee gym membership.

    2. I pretended to be in all sorts of clubs in college to get free pizza at their meetings.

    3. I have kept my student ID to cash in on discounts for quite some time.

    4. When I want to buy a product on the internet and I notice they have an affiliate program, I’ll sometimes sign up as an affiliate and sell the product to myself, thus earning the affiliate discount.

    5. When I would work late at my last job, I would sneak a handful of snacks out of the careless placed bags of food my co-workers would leave on their desks.

    6. If a restaurant has a punch card, I’ll go there buying the cheapest thing on the menu to rack up punches. Then when I get a free meal, I order the most expensive thing they have with all the fixings!

    • I’ll say well done except for number five. That sir, is down-right dirty. In theme with Phil’s book, but dirty nonetheless. The last thing I want is a coworker going through my stuff when I’m out of the office, much less my food. I guess it keeps with the theme of “Scoundrel” behavior though, eh?

  23. 1. When I was 4 years old I walked out of a store with a pair of sunglasses. I don’t know how the story goes, but at some point I put them on my head. Mom turned the car around and we returned them.

    2. I’ve also flirted with flight attendants to get more the the standard amount of alcohol.

  24. 1. When I was 4 years old I walked out of a store with a pair of sunglasses. I don’t know how the story goes, but at some point I put them on my head. Mom turned the car around and we returned them.

    2. I’ve also flirted with flight attendants to get more the the standard amount of alcohol.

  25. Okay, I do the tupperware thing too. My mother-in-law has completely supplied my kitchen with that stuff. When I was in college, I used to take toilette paper from Mcdonalds, where we, of course, also got our ketchup and mustard (like every self-respecting student). I used to like to eat flax seed and was too cheap to buy the stuff, so I would take it from the big bags of it that we would get for the horses (how low can you get – stealing food from horses).

  26. Okay, I do the tupperware thing too. My mother-in-law has completely supplied my kitchen with that stuff. When I was in college, I used to take toilette paper from Mcdonalds, where we, of course, also got our ketchup and mustard (like every self-respecting student). I used to like to eat flax seed and was too cheap to buy the stuff, so I would take it from the big bags of it that we would get for the horses (how low can you get – stealing food from horses).

  27. Haha! Sounds like a fun book to read – and something I can certainly learn tremendously from… My ‘stingy’ habit? I watch movies only, strictly, at the neighborhood discount theater. Most movies come out within 2 mths and frankly, I’m really not the types who needs to see a recent blockbuster to have a conversation point with my friends. It costs 3 bucks a movie! That’s a stealll! Not to mention 2.5 bucks every tuesday night. :-)

    The comments here are truly inspiring. Thanks for writing about the book!

    • Thanks for coming by Sabera (and welcome). I love a good discount movie theater – it’s a damn crime how much a full-priced theater costs. Completely ridiculous. Like you, I usually am fine with just waiting for the DVD. If I’m paying $20 to see a movie, I’d rather OWN it than see it once in theaters.

  28. Haha! Sounds like a fun book to read – and something I can certainly learn tremendously from… My ‘stingy’ habit? I watch movies only, strictly, at the neighborhood discount theater. Most movies come out within 2 mths and frankly, I’m really not the types who needs to see a recent blockbuster to have a conversation point with my friends. It costs 3 bucks a movie! That’s a stealll! Not to mention 2.5 bucks every tuesday night. :-)

    The comments here are truly inspiring. Thanks for writing about the book!

    • Thanks for coming by Sabera (and welcome). I love a good discount movie theater – it’s a damn crime how much a full-priced theater costs. Completely ridiculous. Like you, I usually am fine with just waiting for the DVD. If I’m paying $20 to see a movie, I’d rather OWN it than see it once in theaters.

  29. Eh, it’s not reallllly stingy, but whenever I get lunch while I’m at work, I always skip ordering a drink or chips. I bring my lunch back to the office where the pop and chips are free. If I end up staying because I’m eating with co-workers, then I just get a water cup.

    Pretty lame, so I’ll have to take notes from everyone else here.

    • Haha, the ol’ water cup routine is always a solid practice. Believe me when I say, Phil has thought of some completely ridiculous but hilarious money-saving tips. His book is great.

  30. Eh, it’s not reallllly stingy, but whenever I get lunch while I’m at work, I always skip ordering a drink or chips. I bring my lunch back to the office where the pop and chips are free. If I end up staying because I’m eating with co-workers, then I just get a water cup.

    Pretty lame, so I’ll have to take notes from everyone else here.

    • Haha, the ol’ water cup routine is always a solid practice. Believe me when I say, Phil has thought of some completely ridiculous but hilarious money-saving tips. His book is great.

  31. I have one up on the student ID trick. Two years after I graduated, I went with a friend who was attending grad school to a student mixer in order to partake in the free, top-notch buffet food.

    I may or may not have convinced my then-girlfriend to smuggle McDonalds in her purse into a movie theater when I was in high school…

    My roommates are working very hard to stick to a budget. One of them has a guitar with two broken strings on it and refuses to buy a new set. He only needs four to play ‘walk the line,’ I think that’s the only one he knows. :)

    Awesome book, I will definitely have to check it out, thanks for the heads up!

  32. I have one up on the student ID trick. Two years after I graduated, I went with a friend who was attending grad school to a student mixer in order to partake in the free, top-notch buffet food.

    I may or may not have convinced my then-girlfriend to smuggle McDonalds in her purse into a movie theater when I was in high school…

    My roommates are working very hard to stick to a budget. One of them has a guitar with two broken strings on it and refuses to buy a new set. He only needs four to play ‘walk the line,’ I think that’s the only one he knows. :)

    Awesome book, I will definitely have to check it out, thanks for the heads up!

  33. Man I used to get so embarrassed with the “smuggling food into a theater” routine. My mom would always take soda cans and snacks in with us when we went to the movies – so sometime in the midst of the previews you would here that “SSSSSSSSS” sound as the can opened – which of course was followed by stares from everyone around us. Who were they kidding? They were all running the same scheme.

  34. Man I used to get so embarrassed with the “smuggling food into a theater” routine. My mom would always take soda cans and snacks in with us when we went to the movies – so sometime in the midst of the previews you would here that “SSSSSSSSS” sound as the can opened – which of course was followed by stares from everyone around us. Who were they kidding? They were all running the same scheme.

  35. I know I’m late, but:

    1. For those Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sub coupons… go around the office at lunch time and ask “I’m going to the sub shop, can I pick you up anything?” until you find someone who does, and then BAM you got a free meal and a new friend.

    2. Sign up to be a mystery shopper. You get paid commission to order a pizza for delivery AND the pizza is free.

    • Eva! Where have you been all my life? Long time no see! Hope you have been doing well. Great ideas here Eva – can’t go wrong with a free sub or pizza :) – Don’t be a stranger, you and I will have to catch up soon!

  36. I know I’m late, but:

    1. For those Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sub coupons… go around the office at lunch time and ask “I’m going to the sub shop, can I pick you up anything?” until you find someone who does, and then BAM you got a free meal and a new friend.

    2. Sign up to be a mystery shopper. You get paid commission to order a pizza for delivery AND the pizza is free.

    • Eva! Where have you been all my life? Long time no see! Hope you have been doing well. Great ideas here Eva – can’t go wrong with a free sub or pizza :) – Don’t be a stranger, you and I will have to catch up soon!