by Rick Broida April 5, 2017 6:43 AM PDT @cheapskateblog
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Like any good mystery writer, I often start my daily-deal posts at the end and work backward. In other words, I do the bonus deal(s) first, then work my way back to the main deal.
Today, the bonus deals just took over! To the point where any thought of a main deal got squeezed out. Of course, if every deal is a "bonus" deal, then none of them are really bonus deals, right? They're all just... deals. My head hurts. Also, "bonus" is a really weird word if you look at it hard.
Anyway, on to bonus business!
Bonus deal: If you're a business owner, you know the value and importance of email marketing. You also know that services like Mailchimp can get very pricey very quickly. That's why I'm on this deal like white on rice: For a limited time, AppSumo is offering a SendPulse email marketing subscription for $39. That's good for 200,000 sends, or you can pay $59 and get 400,000. Regular prices: $400 and $670.
The service offers scheduled sends, A/B testing, extensive personalization of outgoing messages and other good stuff. You can also sign up for webinars (April 10 and 11) to become a SendPulse super-user.
Bonus deal 2: I told you I'd be back with another Bluetooth speaker soon! For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Photive Hydra waterproof portable speaker for $19.99 when you apply promo code cnet0017 at checkout. As usual, shipping is free for Prime subscribers.
This one is notable for a couple reasons. First, it's IP66-rated waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, etc. Second, it incorporates two drivers and a passive subwoofer. Third, and arguably best of all, it has a 4.5-star rating from nearly 4,500 buyers (!) -- and a "B" grade from Fakespot. (Trust me, that's pretty rare.)
Bonus deal 3: Looking for some inexpensive additions to your movie library? FandangoNow has dozens of titles on sale for $5. The streaming service is compatible with most mobile devices and media players.
My recommendations, in no particular order: "The Imitation Game," "The King's Speech," "Life of Pi," "Blazing Saddles," "Breaking Away" and "The Conversation." Each one is well worth five bucks.
Bonus deal 4: If you have a Playstation 4, here's a rare opportunity to score a boatload of games on the cheap. The Humble THQ Nordic Playstation bundle includes 15 games for $15, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. I'm not a PS4 guy, so I don't know much about these titles, but if you end up liking even a couple of them, it's money well spent. Combined value of the bundle: $334.
Bonus deal 5: If you own an iPhone 6 or 6S, it's probably at least a year old -- meaning the battery is no longer holding a charge nearly as well as it once did. My advice: Get it replaced. Not comfortable with cracking open the phone? Here's my second choice: Start using a battery-pack case.
Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the Squirl iPhone 6/6S Extended Battery Case for $17.99. Yep, it's going to add weight and bulk, but it'll also just about double your battery life. Plus, it has folding wall prongs, meaning you just plug the case into the wall at night and you're good to go in the morning. Love that! It's available in your choice of four colors.
Bonus deal 6: Here's a rerun from a few months back, with the all-important even lower price...
As a kid, I loved nothing more than radio-controlled cars. Got a kid of your own? Here's a great way to pry him or her away from that dang phone: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Techrabbit has the Parrot Mini Drone Jumping Sumo for $49.99 when you apply CNETPR30 at checkout. That price includes free shipping. Update: Code works only with the white model.
Originally $160 (!), the Jumping Sumo isn't your average drone: It doesn't fly. Rather, it rolls on two wheels, controlled by your phone or tablet. A built-in camera feeds ground-level video to that screen. Oh, and it can jump up into the air.
I played with one of these things when it first came out and it's really fun. In fact, some meanie teenagers took it away and had even more fun with it. Because, seriously: a radio-controlled rolling vehicle that streams live video? What's not to love?
This is new, not refurbished, and therefore comes with a one-year warranty. Teenagers obviously dig it, but I also think it'd be great fun for younger kids who maybe can't operate flying drones.
So what will you be buying today? Everything? Nothing? Some things?