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August 5, 2020
This week, Rick and Dave start the show by pulling back the curtain on cash-back services. Here is the article they referenced: https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/best-cash-back-services-for-2020/   In the second segment, they discussed a library extension for your browser:  https://www.cnet.com/how-to/this-browser-extension-shows-you-which-amazon-books-are-available-free-at-your-local-library/   And finally, here's what you need to know about the new 4-lines-for-$100 plan that T-Mobile is offering: https://www.cnet.com/news/why-im-thinking-seriously-about-switching-to-t-mobiles-new-4-lines-for-100-plan/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
July 29, 2020
Home security system prices have dropped like a rock since your dad installed one 20 years ago. Even so, you can still save a bundle by looking past the obvious choices. At the top of the show this week, we talked about home security services. We mentioned the security system roundup at CNET, and talked about Kangaroo as well as all the cheap security gear at Wyze. Also, don't forget that you can put your Alexa in Guard mode. In the Tip of the Week, Rick told you about how to get a free (or sort of free, depending upon how you look at it) exercise bike and referred to this article: Get a Peloton-style indoor studio bike free with your monthly iFit membership   In this week's Listener Question, -Valerie Stott asks: “How do I save money on Internet service at home? I live in a Detroit suburb and only have AT&T and Comcast to choose from.”  In case you're curious, Valerie Stott is not an anagram for Rick Broida. Dave checked. You can ask Rick and Dave your own question by sending an email to cheapskateshow@cbsinteractive.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
July 22, 2020
In our first segment this week, we talked about meal kit delivery services, and referred to this article: Best meal delivery kits for 2020: Home Chef, Sun Basket, Blue Apron and more Later in the show, we discussed apps you can use to chat with others online for a little bit of empathy: Lonely? Need to talk? Chat confidentially with these apps for free This week, Jonathan Lane asks us this question: I'm interested in finding a good, albeit relatively inexpensive, CD player that doesn't take up much space. Or easy ways to switch from CDs to digital, such as a NAS server. Rick pointed out this portable CD player. You can ask Rick and Dave your own question by sending an email to cheapskateshow@cbsinteractive.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
July 15, 2020
On this week's Cheapskate Show, we kick things off by talking about a slew of ways to save money on back to school shopping. Here are some of the deals and discounts we discussed in the first segment: Apple's back to school deal: Get $159 towards AirPods when you buy a Mac or an iPad The best cheap and free perks for college students in 2020 Our favorite back to school picks for 2020 2018 Acer 15.6" HD WLED Chromebook 15 Moto G Fast vs. Moto E: Here's which sub-$200 Motorola phone to buy Best noise canceling headphones under $100 for 2020   Here are the free game links we promised you: Epic is giving away $70 worth of games for free this week Amazon is giving Prime subscribers 8 free games worth over $100 Get adventure games worth $174 for $15 Software Library: MS-DOS Games   Finally, a listener asked: "Thanks for your recent story on free streaming services. I need a movie to watch this weekend. Any recommendations?" You can ask Rick and Dave your own question by sending an email to cheapskateshow@cbsinteractive.com.   Rick suggested: Catch Me If You Can on IMDB TV Catch Me If You Can on Roku Channel   Dave suggested; The Commitments on Hoopla Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 8, 2020
On this week's Cheapskate Show, we kick things off by talking about ways you can save money on live TV streaming video services. Some of the services we discussed include: Pluto Philo Also, here's 10 ways to save money on streaming.   Rick talked about his experience with the Wyze Band and Amazfit Bip S. You can read more about them here: Get the new Amazfit Bip S smartwatch for $63 Wyze Band hands-on: This $25 fitness tracker is light on your wallet, but also on features   Finally, in this week's listener question, Joe Calamita asks, "I have a daughter going to college and I need to pick up a cheap router for her. Would love it if I can control it remotely in case she has issues. Any cheap suggestions?" We recommended these routers: TP-Link AC1200 Gigabit Smart WiFi Router TP-Link AC1200 Dual Band Router ASUS Dual-Band 2x2 AC1300 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 1, 2020
On this week's Cheapskate Show, we kick things off with a few drones we recommend for under $100. Here are the models we discussed: Ryze Tech Tello SNAPTAIN H823H Plus Portable Mini Drone EachMini Quadcopter Drone for Kids and Adults Intermittent fasting: Here's Rick's thorough explainer on how to do it, and some of its health and budget advantages: Intermittent fasting: How it can help you lose weight and even save money Listener question: CNET reader Matt Modrich asks, “I was thinking about purchasing a Bluetooth speaker to listen to your show while I work outside for up to 4 hours per day. What Bluetooth speakers do you recommend in the $10 to $40 range?” Here's the model we recommended: Anker Soundcore 2 You can ask Rick and Dave your own question by sending an email to cheapskateshow@cbsinteractive.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 24, 2020
On this week's Cheapskate Show, we reveal some easy ways to "hack" Amazon that'll save you money on every purchase. Some of the links we talked about in that segment:: Try Amazon Prime free for 30 days Other Amazon Prime plans CamelCamelCamel Third-party AirPods cases: Did you know you can buy an AirPods charging case from someone other than Apple? And instead of $80, it can cost as little as $20? Here's Rick's article with some recommendations: Upgrade your AirPods to wireless charging for as little as $20 Listener question: CNET reader Elissa asks, “What is the best way to use your cell phone overseas for frequent international travelers?” You can ask Rick and Dave your own question by sending an email to cheapskateshow@cbsinteractive.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 17, 2020
On this week's Cheapskate Show, we debate whether it's worth dropping $160 or more on Apple AirPods. And whatever your opinion, we discuss good, inexpensive alternatives. Here are the CNET articles we referred to: Best cheap true-wireless earbuds in 2020: Top AirPods alternatives for $100 or less 6 great AirPods Pro alternatives that cost less The surprisingly good EarFun Free true-wireless earbuds are back on sale for $35 Best under $20: We discussed (and debated) the KeySmart, which sells for $22 or three for $44. as well as the $60 Star Trek KeySmart Pro with Tile. Listener question: CNET reader Layne asks, “What types of things are the worst to ‘cheap out’ on?" You can ask Rick and Dave a question by sending an email to cheapskateshow@cbsinteractive.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 10, 2020
On this week's Cheapskate Show, the main event is all about free streaming services you can use to watch free movies. But we also talk about bidets -- how many months of toilet paper does it take to pay for one? And we cap it all off with a discussion of the most irritating things about companies that try to get us to review or promote their products. Top of the show: A quick correction -- a listener points out that the Wyze has even better specs than we thought. Free movies: Check out this CNET article for a list of the free streaming services we discussed on the show: Netflix alternatives: The 10 best free movie streaming services Product of the Week: Rick warned you to go to the Tushy site by clicking this link. Listener question: CNET reader @mpulse7 asks "What's been the most irritating thing about companies that try to get you to review or promote their products?" You can ask Rick and Dave a question by sending an email to cheapskateshow@cbsinteractive.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 3, 2020
On this week's Cheapskate Show, the main event is a how to save a bundle on cell phone service. But we also talk about free videogames and an insanely good deal on a wireless camera.   Top of the show: Here's where to find the free weekly game from Epic. Or you can bookmark this CNET article that tells you about the free game each week, plus occasionally some other goodies.   Too Good to be True: Check out Visible for the plans we discussed on the show, or read The rock-bottom cheapest phone plans you can get today.   Best Under $20: Rick was discussing the Wyze Cam. And the Wyze Cam Pan.   Listener question: CNET reader Rebecca Williams asks "I’ve been trying to find a great cheap deal on an Apple Watch Series 5." You can ask Rick and Dave a question by sending an email to cheapskateshow@cbsinteractive.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2020
On this week’s episode of the Cheapskate Show, we talk about how to improve your TV viewing experience with a soundbar as well as the etiquette of turning off someone else's motion smoothing. We discuss our favorite affordable Father’s Day gifts and answer a listener question about the best kind of printer to buy.   Password managers revisited: We forgot to mention Bitwarden last week -- a highly recommended free app in addition to LastPass.   Tip of the week: Here's the CNET soundbar roundup we were referencing during the podcast.   Father's Day deals: Be sure to check out our roundup of Father's Day gifts under $30.   Listener question: CNET reader Brad Lloyd asks "laser versus inkjet." You can ask Rick and Dave a question by sending an email to cheapskateshow@cbsinteractivce.com.   Deal of the Week: Last week's deal is still good! Any listener of the Cheapskate Show can save 30% on any Mixtiles order using promo code CNET30 from now through June 3, 2020.
May 20, 2020
On the very first episode of the Cheapskate Show, we discuss the best password managers for personal privacy protection and how to save big when buying a smartphone. Hint: Timing is everything. In this episode: 1. Welcome to the first episode of the Cheapskate Show! CNET's Cheapskate, Rick Broida and co-host Dave Johnson introduce themselves. 2. Tip of the week: Password managers. What you need to know about password security, using password managers, Rick & Dave’s recommended free password manager.  3. Best Under $20: Protect your phone from drops with the Phone Loop. Find it at phoneloops.com. 4. Listener question: CNET reader Lance Brough asks "When's the best time of year to buy a new phone?" You can ask Rick and Dave a question by sending an email to cheapskateshow@cbsinteractivce.com. 5. Deal of the Week: Any listener of the Cheapskate Show can save 30% on any Mixtiles order using promo code CNET30 from now through June 3, 2020.
May 18, 2020
Meet Rick Broida and Dave Johnson, CNET's resident deal finders. Each Wednesday, Rick and Dave bring you the Cheapskate Show, a podcast dedicated to saving you money (and having fun while doing it). We tell you about deals, bargains, free stuff, and ways to avoid spending big bucks when small bucks will do. We'll even take listener questions, so subscribe and start learning how to be frugal in the world of tech.
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