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About Phil Villarreal

Phil Villarreal writes Funny Money weekly for Money Under 30. He lives in Tucson and works for the Arizona Daily Star. He's also an author, blogger and Twitterer.

Get More Done: 10 Ways To Eliminate Distractions At Work

Raise your hand if this has happened to you. You settle into your cubicle, catch up on your weekend with a buddy, return some texts, zone out on Facebook and suddenly you've lost an hour (or four) and find yourself hopelessly behind. OK, put your … [Read more...]

Streaming Stick Showdown: Amazon Fire Stick Vs. Chromecast Vs. Roku Streaming Stick Vs. Vudu Spark

The term "set top box," traditionally used to describe devices that plugged into your TV, is antiquated. Not only are today's TVs so thin that nothing with the girth of a penny could possibly stand atop them, but the new "boxes" aren't boxes at all, … [Read more...]

Hunting For A New TV? Avoid These Dealbreakers

It's taken months of hustle and heartbreak to get to this point. Grand schemes, hard work and skilled execution have led to the main event that everyone's talking about. And it all comes down to a grand finale that means everything. The Super … [Read more...]

Get Well Fast: What To Do When You Can’t Afford To Be Sick

When your body falls ill, so does your financial outlook. Medical bills and lost productivity --  combined with the difficulty of playing catch-up once you feel better -- make flu season a financially risky time of year. Perhaps the most stifling d … [Read more...]

6 Financial Questions To Ask Before Moving In Together

One thing romantic comedies forget to tell you is that falling in love isn't just the beginning of a breathless, heartwarming saga. It's also the beginning of a tedious, unbearable grind full of number crunching, crushed expectations, and painful … [Read more...]

Apple Pay Vs Google Wallet, Softcard And LoopPay: Are You Ready For Mobile Payments?

Going through the hassle of removing your credit card from your wallet is so last year. We all heard the buzz around Apple Pay last fall, but interest waned when we learned less than 5 percent of retailers were ready to accept it. While Apple … [Read more...]

Let’s Try This Again: Financial New Year’s Resolutions 2.0

This was gonna be the year that you did everything right. You'd hammer out a budget, stick to it with extreme prejudice, set your financial house in order by February and coast to financial efficiency and unimaginable riches the rest of the … [Read more...]

How To Get The Most For All The Gifts You Don’t Want

Ever since you were five years old, you faced the same holiday gift letdown. You excitedly opened your presents, only to face -- days later -- the sobering reality that you didn't need or even want any of them. Adulthood brings the ability to … [Read more...]

5 Tax Moves To Make By The End Of The Year

Now that the year is winding down and you're looking back on the year that was, it's time to snap your neck around and focus on the future. The financial maneuvers you make -- or fail to make -- in the next few days could have an effect on the taxes … [Read more...]

Winning The Potluck: 5 Cheap And Easy Potluck Ideas

Sooner or later you have to either grow up and learn to cook, or come to terms with the fact that you will never know your way around the kitchen and adjust accordingly. Rarely is this hard fact of adulthood tested more during holiday potluck … [Read more...]