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The Cheapskate Show is your weekly guide to scoring deals and saving money. Hosts Rick Broida and Dave Johnson will bring you exclusive discounts on cool gear, compare well-known products with ultra-affordable alternatives, teach you the secrets of saving money on just about everything, and answer listener questions!

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    • 4.3, 12 Ratings

The Cheapskate Show is your weekly guide to scoring deals and saving money. Hosts Rick Broida and Dave Johnson will bring you exclusive discounts on cool gear, compare well-known products with ultra-affordable alternatives, teach you the secrets of saving money on just about everything, and answer listener questions!

    How to stream live TV on the cheap

    How to stream live TV on the cheap

    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
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    • 26 min
    Cheap, fun drones for you and your kids (or just you)

    Cheap, fun drones for you and your kids (or just you)

    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.
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    • 26 min
    Easy Amazon hacks that'll save you money with every online purchase

    Easy Amazon hacks that'll save you money with every online purchase

    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.


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    • 24 min
    AirPods aren't worth the money -- here are some surprisingly cheap alternatives

    AirPods aren't worth the money -- here are some surprisingly cheap alternatives

    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.
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    • 24 min
    Free movies you can stream at home -- the best ones and where to find them

    Free movies you can stream at home -- the best ones and where to find them

    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
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    • 30 min
    The best cheapest phone service you can get right now

    The best cheapest phone service you can get right now

    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
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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The Cheapskate Show is great!

I really liked the emails and tweets from The Cheapskate. I’ve purchased quite a bit based on his recommendations. Now with the podcast, it is even better. Great job Rick and Dave! Keep it coming. I’m ready for the next bargain!

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