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!

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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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
$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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
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
13
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
14
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
15
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
16
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
17
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
18
The best money-saving back-to-school tricks
This week, Rick and Dave help you save cash as your kids prepare to go (hopefully) go back to school this fall. We also talk about a bonanza of free games you can download right now. Plus: the weekly listener question.
28 min
19
How to stream live TV on the cheap
This week, Rick and Dave save you some cash on your streaming service, discuss crazy-cheap fitness bands, and answer a listener question about getting Wi-Fi at college.
24 min
20
Cheap, fun drones for you and your kids (or jus...
This week, Rick and Dave recommend their favorite inexpensive drones, how intermittent fasting can save you money and the best inexpensive Bluetooth speaker.
24 min
21
Easy Amazon hacks that'll save you money with e...
This week, Rick and Dave talk about how to make Amazon work for you; dirt-cheap wireless AirPods charging cases; and more money-saving phone tips.
24 min
22
AirPods aren't worth the money -- here are some...
This week, Rick and Dave talk about getting AirPod-like earbuds for $50. Plus: Never misplace your keys again, and what are the gadgets you should never cheap out on.
24 min
23
Free movies you can stream at home -- the best ...
This week, Rick and Dave talk free movies, plus everything you ever wanted to know about bidets. Will they save you money?
30 min
24
The best cheapest phone service you can get rig...
This week, Rick and Dave talk about free games, cheap phone service, a crazy-good wireless camera, and how to save on an Apple Watch.
22 min
25
Be a Father's Day hero with an inexpensive (but...
Rick and Dave share their favorite Father's Day gifts under $30, talk about the best way to improve your TV experience, and much more.
28 min
26
Free password managers: Here's the one you need
Dave and Rick have a name for someone who tries to manage 200 website passwords without an app: A crazy person.
21 min
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The Cheapskate Show, easy tips and tricks to sa...
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