Get a GeekFuel mystery box for $11.90

From the Cheapskate: A super-cool, heavily discounted gift item for yourself or your favorite geek. Plus: three bonus deals, including dirt-cheap movie downloads!

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My favorite Old New Testament quote: The geek shall inherit the earth! At least, I think that's how it goes.

I'm old enough to remember when "geek" was a derogatory term. Now, those of us who wear the propeller beanies (even if just figuratively) are celebrated. We even have our own mystery-box subscription service!

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Geek Fuel

Geek Fuel delivers a monthly box of goodies to you or someone you love. And for a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get a single Geek Fuel box for just $11.90, plus $6 for shipping. Regular price: $23.90.

Each package of geeky goodness (worth at least $50, according to the Fuel folks) includes a computer game, an exclusive T-shirt and oodles of other cool stuff. You might get a mug, bobblehead, collectible, book or comic -- who knows? And that's precisely the fun of it.

As an added bonus, anyone who signs up via that link will also get a download code for Aaru's Awakening, a gorgeous-looking 2D platformer that normally sells for $15 all by itself.

If you're eyeballing this as a gift, you also have the option of signing up for a 3-, 6- or 12-month subscription, with bigger discounts (and more bonuses) the longer you go. Although the $11.90 price is good for only that first box, overall it's a good deal on some fun (and mysterious!) gear.

And remember: holidays are a-comin'!

Bonus deal: Why rent movies when you can own them for about the same price? For a limited time, Family Video is offering download codes for 35 movies starting at $2 each. At that price you can get "American Sniper," "Gravity," and "World War Z," among others. For $3, "Interstellar" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." And for $6, "Mad Max: Fury Road." Your download code will be delivered in 1-2 days, and you'll need to use some kind of UltraViolet-connected service (like Vudu) to watch. Update: Et tu, Family Video? The $2 movies were bumped to $3 shortly after I posted this. Grumble!

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Humble Bundle

Bonus deal No. 2: Do you own a Samsung Pay-compatible smartphone? If so, Samsung will give you a free Samsung Qi wireless charging pad when you activate Samsung Pay. (OK, the word "Samsung" has now lost all meaning.) It retails for $30 and sells for at least $17 most places. Samsung Pay is, of course, Samsung's answer to Apple Pay: Use your phone to pay for stuff. The offer expires Nov. 8.

Bonus deal No. 3: Shut up and take my money, Humble Bundle! I will gladly pay $15 for your collection of DRM-free Peanuts comics, which includes 14 complete books and the promise of at least one more. Especially considering that the bundle supports the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.