Happy National Consumerism Day, everyone! By which I mean, of course, Black Friday. Feel like maybe it's lost its mojo? Like you couldn't possibly discover any deals better than what you see all year long? Think again. I come to you bearing not only some surprisingly excellent bargains, but also a smattering of Cheapskate exclusives. Starting with this one:
Talk to the hand
You know how it's winter? And you know what a hassle it is to hold your phone up to your ear when it's freezing cold out? Forget that -- just hold your gloved hand to your ear.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, GearXS has the Smart Gloves Bluetooth Call-Receiving Vibrating Gloves with Conductive Texting Finger Tips for $29.99 shipped when you apply coupon code CNET-BF at checkout. (These are normally $49.99, but on sale today for $34.99. I got out my Cheapskate persuader mallet and squeezed 'em down another $5!)
This may sound silly, but as someone who routinely takes the dog for long walks in the cold, I have to say these are just awesome. They vibrate when you get a call, and you can actually hold a conversation by holding your thumb next to your ear and your pinky by your mouth! I love you so much, technology.
The gloves are available in your choice of colors and sizes.
To-do list, meet Todoist
I'm a borderline zealot when it comes to to-do lists, and I think there's value in using a pro-level service to manage them. Those services don't come much better than Todoist, and today only, you can get a 1-year Todoist Premium subscription for just $14. Regular price: $29.
Although Todoist Free is already quite good, Premium offers a host of added benefits, including automated syncing across all your devices and platforms (and Todoist supports every one under the sun), new tasks via e-mail, mobile reminders, and much more.
The wood makes it good
Audiophiles prize wood-enclosed speakers for their rich, warm sound, and it stands to reason that wood would make for better-sounding earbuds as well.
Want to listen for yourself? For a limited time, and while supplies last, Accessory Genie has the GOgroove AudiOHM WD wood earbuds for $15.99 shipped when you apply coupon code Savewd at checkout. That is a serious Cheapskate exclusive, cheeps; these normally go for $24.99.
Made from real walnut, the AudiOHMs include an inline microphone for hands-free calling, three sets of ear tips for proper sizing, and a carrying case. That link nets you the light-colored version; you can also get them in dark walnut for the same price with the same coupon code. This is one of my favorite deals of the year, I think.
Cut the audio cord
Wood earbuds are awesome, but if you're going out for a run, a ski, or whatever, it's nice to keep your gear as wireless as possible.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, Outdoor Tech is offering the Tags wireless earbuds for $45.46 shipped as part of a Cheapskate-exclusive 30-percent discount. The coupon code (cnetbf) is automatically applied when you add them to your cart.
These babies are sweet, with simple playback/call controls embedded on one earpiece, a built-in mic for phone conversations/hands-free voice commands, and a cord linking the two earpieces so you can hang them around your neck when not in use. The Tags are available in your choice of black, white, or blue.
Like being hit with a brick -- of awesomeness
Don't keep your tunes to yourself. Share them with everyone in your den, dorm room, shower, or other smallish space. All you need is a portable Bluetooth speaker. Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Tanga has the Urge Basics Soundbrick speaker for $29.99 shipped when you apply coupon code CHEAPSKATE at checkout.
Yep, you guessed it: Another Cheapskate exclusive. I really beat these guys up to get the best possible price for y'all. The Bluetooth-equipped Soundbrick comes in your choice of five colors, but be warned that it won't ship until around December 10. Fortunately, it should still arrive in time for Christmas.
The best tablet deal of the year?
This deal kicked off yesterday, and I'm surprised it's still available -- though I don't imagine it will be for much longer. While supplies last, Microsoft (via Ebay) has the refurbished Surface RT Tablet (32GB) for $169.99 shipped.
At that price, you almost have to consider it, at least if you're in the market for a 10-inch tablet with an eye towards productivity. You can also get the keyboard-enhanced Touch Cover for $39.99 (just scroll down a bit and you should see it).
What's really impressive about this deal: although the Surface is a refurb, it comes with a full one-year warranty. Awfully tempting!
The frame, the frame!
As I mentioned not long ago, the only decent digital photo frame left is made by Pix-Star. It usually sells for $189, but for a limited time, Amazon has the Pix-Star PXT510WR02 10.4-inch Digital Picture Frame for $149 shipped.
I've been fiddling with one of these for the last couple days, and it's terrific -- as great a gift item for distant relatives as there ever was. Here's hoping Amazon doesn't jack the price back up before you're able to get one.
Look! It's my book!
What kind of cheapskate would I be if I didn't offer a Black Friday deal on my own book? From now through Monday, you can get "The Cheapskate Rules: 21 Easy Money-Saving Tech Secrets" for just $2.99. Read it on your PC, smartphone, tablet, or Kindle.
Or, if you like your books old-school, grab the print edition for just $9.09 shipped when you apply coupon code FREESHIP at checkout.
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