Whew! You are looking at one exhausted cheapskate, friends. That's in part due to the whirlwind couple days I just spent in Chicago, groping some pretty sweet new toys from Motorola (see below), and in part because I've wrangled four supah-sweet deals for you.
Coffee kicking in in 3, 2, 1...
1. Watch and learn
The new? Oh, heavens, is it sexy. But with a starting price of $250, it's definitely not for cheeps. (It's also not for iPhone users, alas.)
So maybe dip your toe into smartwatch waters with this: For a limited time, Best Buy has the MetaWatch Strata for $39.99 shipped (plus tax).
Available in your choice of snazzy colors, the Strata works with iPhones and some Android phones. The monochrome display delivers all kinds of notifications: calls, text messages, appointments, and so on, plus widgets for things like weather and stock prices. And you can use the buttons for music controls, a nice perk.
The user reviews are mixed, though, and PCMag was also lukewarm on some aspects of the device. But that was last year, when it listed for $179. At $40, I'll bet you can put up with a few quirks. I've certainly never seen a watch this capable this cheap.
2. More Kindlin'
Regular readers know of my fondness for Kindle tablets, which offer plenty of amenities iPads can't match -- for considerably less money.
In fact, for a limited time, Amazon is selling the refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (16GB) for $129 shipped. That's a nearly 9-inch tablet, as feature-rich as they come, for a pittance. A pittance, I say!
Like all refurb Kindles, this one comes with a one-year warranty. And based on my past purchases of them, it'll arrive in like-new condition. $129, people!
3. Mo' Moto, less money
The big news from Motorola this morning: a new, the aforementioned , and the very intriguing .
The bigger news, in my mind: the, which I'm just going to go ahead and call the Best Smartphone Value of 2014.
Indeed, while this isn't a deal in the traditional Cheapskate sense, it's definitely a deal: quad-core processor, 5-inch HD screen, beefy camera, lots of colored-shell options, microSD slot, and more, all for $179.99 unlocked. I'm particularly impressed at how solid and durable the Moto G feels -- not cheap or plasticky.
For the first time, there's a budget smartphone that doesn't seem in any way like a budget smartphone.
4. Store more
You know all those quad-copter videos you're shooting nowadays? All that footage needs to go somewhere. Like here: Newegg has the Samsung D3 Station 3TB USB 3.0 hard drive for $94.49 shipped when you apply coupon code EMCPAPE28 at checkout.
In case you don't speak tech, that's 3 terabytes of storage. I defy you to fill it all! This desktop drive features built-in encryption, an auto-backup option, and a three-year warranty. Reviews are mixed, but that tends to be the case with most hard drives these days. (Sad state of the industry, I guess.)
OK, cheeps! Who's buyin' what?