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Get an iPad Mini 4 for $274.99

From the Cheapskate: That's a hefty $125 off the regular price, and you don't even have to wait till Friday. Plus: The best TiVo Roamio OTA deal to date!

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I had something a little more interesting planned for today's deal, but it fell through at the last minute. Thankfully, this one's quite good as well, albeit entirely different.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the iPad Mini 4 (32GB) for $274.99 shipped (plus tax), a savings of $125. It's available in all three colors (silver, spay gray and gold), and you can get the 128GB model for $100 more.

Why on earth would a cheapskate (or, for that matter, The Cheapskate) buy an iPad? Well, for $400, he wouldn't. But for $275? That's worth considering.

I'll fess up: I own both an iPad Air and an iPad Mini. As I've said before, I just like iOS better than Android. And I think the iPad hardware outshines that of any other tablet.

I reach for the Mini when I want to read a book or watch a video at the gym. It's just the right size for activities like that.

But, hey, that's just me. CNET found the Mini 4 lacking in a few areas, though the biggest drawback was price. Bottom line: You know what you're looking for in a tablet, and if it's this, finally you can get Apple's current-gen model at a hefty discount.

Bonus deal: Cut that cord! TiVo's Roamio OTA is a great antenna-powered DVR -- or would be except for the steep price. For a limited time, you can get the refurbished Roamio OTA 500GB for $199.99, a price that includes lifetime service.

The TiVo is a way better over-the-air DVR than the woefully overpriced Channel Master DVR+, which starts at $249 without Wi-Fi or any storage. If you've mostly moved on to the likes of Netflix but still want local channels, grab this Roamio deal before it's gone.