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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.

Check For These 5 Dealbreakers Before You Buy A House

There are few financial endeavors more exciting -- or frightening -- than buying your first house. You're making what will likely be the biggest purchase of your life, handing over your life's savings and committing yourself to monthly payments for … [Read more...]

Funny Money: How To Get Ahead At The Office By Acting Like A Jerk

There are places where manners, demurity and modesty get you ahead in life. Just kidding. Those qualities are prerequisites for failure everywhere I can think of. Nowhere is that truer than in Cubicalville, a political rock opera where loudness … [Read more...]

5 Reasons To Keep Your Finances Separate From Your Significant Other

When you're in love, you want to share everything. So it's only natural that you'll want to combine your finances, just like you do your gate code, your bed and your face soap. But not so fast. Financially binding yourself to the object of your … [Read more...]

Funny Money: 5 Types Of Money Morons And How To Avoid Becoming One

Just like driving, money management is something that most everyone thinks they are better at than everyone else. Since car wrecks and bankruptcy happen so often, most everyone is definitely wrong. But guess who's right -- at least about the money … [Read more...]

6 Ways To Financially Prepare For Grad School

So you've come to the point where you've bonked your head against the glass ceiling at work. You look up enviously and see everyone who uses that ceiling as a floor either has an MBA or is golf buddies with a VP. Since there's no helping your golf … [Read more...]

Funny Money: 5 Money Lies People Tell You

Money and lies go together like peanut butter and ... more peanut butter. That's because too often, they are one and the same. People not only lie about what they make and spend, but they lie about what they want to make and spend and they lie … [Read more...]

5 Hidden Credit Card Fees To Watch Out For

With the quick, easy access credit cards provide to loads of funds, it's easy to lose track of the fact that they are tools designed by banks to get you to pay more than what you bargained for. It starts with the fact that credit card issuers … [Read more...]

Funny Money: How To Collect Money From People Who Owe You

Odd how it works -- people who owe you money tend to let it slip their mind, but when you owe them, they remember and remind you of it until you finally pay up. Since you're financially responsible enough to read this fine site, you surely are the … [Read more...]

5 Things To Do Right After You Lose Your Job

Everyone is a surprise "step into my office" away from unemployment. Even in these post-recession times, downsizing still happens. Just look around. If you haven't been laid off yourself, you probably at least know someone who has. Traumatic … [Read more...]

Funny Money: 5 Money Mistakes To Avoid In Your 20s

The beauty of being in your 20s is the license to screw up. No matter how poorly you conduct yourself personally, professionally or financially, you can chalk it up to youthful inexperience and take comfort in the knowledge that you've got plenty of … [Read more...]