Quick housekeeping note: Last month I told you about DietBet, an intriguing site that links you with others for a fun (and potentially profitable) weight-loss contest. I set up a game with a $25 buy-in, then waited to see what happened.
Twenty-eight days later, the contest is over. Exactly 400 people signed up, for a pot total of $10,000. Your Cheapskate is now 8.5 pounds lighter. And in a couple days I'll know how many others will join me in divvying up the pot. Bottom line: This was a huge success for me, and whether or not a few people try to cheat their way into joining the winner's circle, I couldn't be happier with my looser-fitting pants.
Anyway, on with the deals! Today I bring you a mix of reruns and new stuff, all of them pretty sweet, IMHO.
next last top model.
Before the Roku 3 debuted earlier this year, the Roku 2 XS was the top-of-the-line streaming-media box. Originally, it sold for $99.99. Today only, and while supplies last, 1SaleADay has the refurbished Roku 2 XS for $59.99 shipped. Specs include 1080p output, Ethernet and Wi-Fi, and a motion-sensing remote. Expect a delivery time of 2 to 3 weeks.
2. It's all here in black and white.
Tired of spending big bucks on black ink? Keep your inkjet printer in reserve for the color stuff, and use a monochrome laser for everyday prints.
TigerDirect has the Dell B1160w Wi-Fi laser printer for $59.99, plus around $8 for shipping. That's not the absolute best price I've seen on a monochrome laser, but it's close.
Despite having a somewhat limited paper capacity, the ultra-compact B1160w makes for a great home printer, according to CNET.
3. People don't fail to plan, they fail to CrashPlan.
Last year, cloud-backup provider CrashPlan offered a free one-year unlimited backup subscription to Carbonite users, the idea being to prove the former's superiority. Well, don't tell anyone, but I wasn't a Carbonite subscriber, and I signed up. My guess is you can do likewise, right now, as CrashPlan is repeating the offer.
Update: According to a CrashPlan rep, the company does "verify eligibility with this deal and will cancel accounts which don't meet the requirements." My apologies for suggesting otherwise. Carbonite customers only, please!
I've been using the service regularly since then, and it has worked quietly and efficiently in the background. Just be prepared for a $60 bill when your year is up, assuming you want to continue.
There you go, cheeps: Three deals to start your week. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to eat a large pizza. Kidding!
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