The Cheapskate Show

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!

The Cheapskate Hall of Fame!
With apologies to Douglas Adams, Rick and Dave say, "So long and thanks for all the deals."
41 min
Tile Trackers: The best cheap gadget you don't own
Rick and Dave also get testy over a $1000 ice cream maker and the missing AC adapter in the iPhone 12 and Galaxy S21 boxes.
29 min
Cheap ways to make your TV viewing experience b...
You don't need a new TV, you just need these TV tips and cheap accessories. Plus: a cheap fitness watch and free games.
28 min
Squeeze more life out of your old phones, lapto...
Also: We try amazing good $50 headphones and tell you how to save money on shipping
32 min
Apple AirPods Max are DEFINITELY not worth the ...
We talk about AirPods Max, cheap Festivus poles, saving big with cashback services and more.
31 min
Cheap laptops: How to never spend more than $50...
CNET laptop expert Dan Ackerman is on hand to help us get great deals on laptops.
32 min
The best, cheapest holiday gifts of 2020 part 2...
Rick and Dave have more budget-minded gift suggestions for you. Plus a couple of gift ideas that aren't so cheap.
29 min
Bonus episode: The tech we're thankful for
To wish you a happy Thanksgiving, Rick & Dave chew the fat about tech they're thankful for in 2020.
16 min
The best cheapest holiday gifts of 2020
This week: Rick and Dave share their 8 favorite cheap holiday gifts that seem a lot pricier than they are. Also, the best deal on a pocket translator we've ever seen.
30 min
Cheap smartwatches that are just as good as exp...
This week: Pricey smartwatches aren’t worth the money, so we look at just-as-good alternatives. We have CNET's Lexy Savvides on hand to help figure it all out.
34 min
How to win Black Friday: Essential money-saving...
Black Friday is weeks away, but the deals have already started. Here's what you need to know. Plus: We discuss video streaming news and talk cheap cell phone plans.
19 min
Cheap phone service: How to lower your monthly ...
You don't need unlimited data or even an account with one of the Big Three carriers. Here's how to get a smart service plan for your smartphone. Plus: One last look at the Oculus Quest 2, early Black Friday deals and more.
31 min
$1,000 iPhones aren't worth the money -- here's...
Here’s the Cheapskate Guide to ditching an iPhone and getting an inexpensive smartphone instead, plus a sneak peek at Black Friday and a great game suggestion for under $20.
28 min
The secrets of making awesome coffee at home
Also: It's a busy week that includes Prime Day and the new iPhone 12, so check out our Best Under $20 (hint: it's ping-pong).
22 min
Expensive TVs aren’t worth the money
Here's how not to overspend on your next television, plus we tackle a listener question about the Oculus Quest and Rick shares a cheap coffee hack.
29 min
Secrets to saving big on Prime Day
The Cheapskates talk about why buying a subscription to Microsoft Office is a good deal after all, the kerfuffle over the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset and more.
27 min
The best totally free Microsoft Office alternat...
Also: We talk about VR, chat with Raise CEO Jay Klauminzer about new cashback service Slide, and help you keep your mask from making your glasses fog up.
32 min
The truth about cheap home-theater projectors
Rick and Dave explain Walmart's new subscription home delivery service, tell you how to shop for a cheap projector and more.
28 min
Digital photo frames: Better (and cheaper) than...
Let's talk about the best way to free your photos from the tiny confines of your phone. Plus: A spirited debate over renting vs. buying movies.
25 min
The do's and don'ts of buying refurbished tech
Rick and Dave tell you everything you need to know about getting a refurb. Also, the best thing you can buy under $20 and how to play Microsoft Flight Simulator for a buck.
29 min
How to spot fake reviews at Amazon
Rick and Dave dive into the seedy world of dicey Amazon reviews. Plus: How to read digital magazines for free via your local library and more.
24 min
Never, ever pay full price for these tech items
Rick and Dave reveal the 7 gadgets that are more or less always on sale somewhere. Plus deals at Hulu, Boost Mobile, Motorola and more.
25 min
Cash-back services: Sneaky scam or legit savings?
Learn how to triple-dip on saving money at online retailers. Also, details on T-Mobile's new 4-lines-for-$100 plan, and Rick and Dave have good news for folks who like to read: There’s an easy way to find out if a book on your list is available for free.
28 min
Shockingly cheap home security systems
This week, Rick and Dave do a deep dive on home security systems. Plus: Get an exercise bike for free and save money on internet service.
24 min
How meal-kit delivery services save you money
This week, Rick and Dave get domestic and talk dinner boxes. Also, if you’re having a hard time coping with coronavirus anxiety and loneliness, we’ve found some totally free apps that can help. And don't forget about the weekly listener question.
27 min