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Get a 12-month MoviePass subscription for $89.99

Same deal as last month, but now you're getting a 12-month Fandor subscription as an added bonus ($60 value!). Plus: best deal yet on truly wireless earbuds?

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With MoviePass' new plan, you can see a movie in a theater every single day. Only the popcorn costs extra.


Cheeps! I'm off to NYC today, and tomorrow you can tune in live at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT for the year's final CNET Holiday Buyer's Guide. Hope you'll check it out! I'll have upward of a dozen really great deals -- including some items I've never shared before -- along with your chance to win a cool prize.

In the meantime, I'm bringing you a rerun, one that's actually a little sexier than last time -- and a little easier to gift.

For a limited time, Costco has a 12-month MoviePass subscription evoucher for $89.99 -- a price that also includes 12 months of indie-movie streaming service Fandor. The latter normally runs $60 all by itself. Best of all, you don't need a Costco subscription to take advantage of this deal!

In case you need a refresher, MoviePass is a special MasterCard debit card that entitles you to one full-price movie ticket every day, at the vast majority of theaters across the country. These are its main limitations: no 3D, Dbox or other special theaters. No advance ticket purchase -- it's day-of only, either at the theater or online if the theater supports it. And, in my experience, pretty crummy customer service.

But, oh, the value. The subscription works out to about $7.50 per month, so if you see just two movies per month, you're more than covering the cost. See one per week and it's, what, $1.87 per ticket? Go ahead and splurge on the big bucket of popcorn! (Read my previous MoviePass write-up if you want more details, including my personal experiences with the service.)

Fandor, meanwhile, offers a curated selection of documentaries, indie films and the like -- and not just a bunch of stuff you've never heard of, but classics including "The Grifters," "Carrie" and "My Beautiful Laundrette." It has apps for most devices: Android, Apple TV, iOS and Roku, though not Fire TV.

If you don't mind seeing movies in plain ol' 2D and do want to save a ton of cash over the course of the year, MoviePass is hard to beat. Great gift item, too.


Bonus deal: Want to try a set of truly wireless earphones, but don't want to pay big bucks for the privilege? Here's a rerun of a popular deal I've run twice this year -- this time with the lowest price to date.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, you can get the Smartomi Q5 truly wireless earbuds for $19.99. That's after applying promo code HLKEWPFV at checkout. Last time I wrote about 'em, they were $2 more!

Now available in your choice of black or white, the Q5 features a drawstring carrying case, dual charging cord (no charging case, alas) and an 18-month warranty. Last time around, many readers said they were thoroughly pleased with the product; a few didn't like the fit.

Me, I still don't see the appeal of cutting the cord altogether. I like being able to let my 'buds dangle at times. But these are $20 out the door, an amazing price when you consider how many competing products sell for $50-150. If you're in the market for a gift, the Q5 might make you look like a hero who spent a lot. (I won't tell.)

Bonus deal No. 2: Stocking-stuffer time! What's better than a pen that doubles as a stylus? A pen that triples as a phone/tablet stand.

Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Ace Teah has this 4-in-1 stylus pen 7-pack for just $6.99 when you apply promo code 48DIU4CS at checkout. That's only $2 off the regular price, but still.

I seriously dig these pens, but there's one important caveat: If you keep your phone or tablet in a case, it may not fit in the "stand notch." But even then, you've got a pen, capacitive stylus and -- oh, yeah, the fourth thing -- built-in screen cleaner!