An Xbox isn't just an Xbox. In other words, it's good for more than just playing games, though obviously it has considerable acumen in that department.
It also makes a great Windows Media Center extender, which is awesome if you've paired your PC with one of the CableCard tuners I've mentioned here in the past.
And don't forget streaming: the Xbox gets its Roku on by pulling down Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, and other popular services. (Alas, you need an Xbox Live Gold subscription, which annoys me to no end, but that also enables the online gaming that's so popular with the kids these days.)
Normally, the entry-level Xbox runs $200, but TigerDirect currently has the Xbox 360 Slim 4GB console for $161.97, plus around $9 for shipping.
Bonus cheapskate tip! As with many of the deals I post, you can get an even lower price by making your purchase via Ebates or FatWallet; the former offers 3 percent cash back on TigerDirect purchases, the latter 4 percent.
This Xbox comes with built-in Wi-Fi, a wireless controller, and 4GB of onboard storage. That's enough to house a big batch of savegames, but if you want to start downloading game demos, movies, and the like, you'll need more space. No problem: just pop in a flash drive like this 64GB Memory Master that Fry's has for $29.99 shipped (thanks to reader Mike for the heads-up on that), or this 32GB Dane-Elec drive for $18.99.
I must note that unlike most discounted Xboxes I see, this one is new, not refurbished. That means you get a full one-year warranty, not 90 days. However, for some reason TigerDirect will accept returns only if the unit is defective, and even then you're limited to getting a replacement. In other words, no refunds. Not sure why, but that's the policy.
I'm not sure how long TigerDirect plans to offer the Xbox at this price, or what kind of inventory they have. As always, if this deal appeals, don't wait to pull the trigger.
Bonus deal: Game time! If you're an iPad user, today's the day to get Telltale Games' Jurassic Park: The Game - Episode 1 absolutely free. It normally sells for $6.99.
Deals found on The Cheapskate are subject to availability, expiration, and other terms determined by sellers.
Curious about what exactly The Cheapskate does and how it works?.