You only need a little bit of self-control to save some real money on apps and games. Don't blow your app budget on whatever comes up – spend smarter with on-sale apps. You might not even have to spend anything. Now that's thrift.
If you want a powerful, high-resolution tablet from a reputable manufacturer, you're going to have to pay for it. If you'd like to pay considerably less, you should check out the current Adorama listing for ASUS' flagship Transformer Pad. The Infinity TF701T is on sale for $349.99, a full $100 off of the retail price. It's also $50 below Amazon's price.
The TF701T is the latest and greatest tablet in the line, combining a speedy Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 2560x1600 resolution to make a compellingly capable tablet.
The LG G Pad 8.3 is a capable tablet with a great form factor. The bummer when it launched was the price. It has come down a bit since then, and with a new sale at Newegg, you can get it for a solid price – just $224.99 in black or white.
In case you're not familiar, the G Pad 8.3 has a Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and an 8.3-inch 1920x1200 LCD.
A few days ago SanDisk announced a new microSD card packing a substantial 128GB of memory. This is the first memory card of its size to hit the market, twice as large as what was previously available. The product, announced at this year's Mobile World Congress, launched at $199.99. Now it's already available for just $119.99 on Amazon.
Update: The seller raised the price up to $199.99. Time to look elsewhere.
The 2013 Nexus 7 is about 6 months into its lifecycle and that means the refurbished units are making their way out to the deal sites. Just a few days ago Woot had both 16GB and 32GB models on sale for $169.99 and $199.99, respectively. Today, we have a seller on eBay with the 16GB model for only $159.99.
The LG G Flex may be more of a novelty than a true flagship, but if you want one, you can get a pretty decent price on Amazon. Right now Amazon Wireless has the AT&T version of the curvy, bendy phone for just $149.99 with a new contract, which is a full 50% off of AT&T's retail price. Not bad for a phone that's been available for less than a month.
Cell phone service is expensive, especially if you choose to go with one of America's bigger providers. If you get your phones from Amazon today (which is a pretty good idea in any case), you can alleviate that just a little bit when activating a new line on AT&T or Verizon. For the time being, Amazon customers can get a $100 credit on their carrier bills when buying a new phone and activating a new line of service, or adding a new line to an existing account.