Frugal Friday- Hulu

frugalfriday  Every time we go over our budget looking for areas of wasteful spending one of the first I always hone in upon is our cable bill. It is so much money for something that just never seems worth it. We just have expanded basic. The regular channels, plus a handful more. No premium channels or anything yet the bill still seems high. But because of the hubby’s year long sports addiction that is hockey, the cable must stay.

But if you have a less fanatical husband, and are looking to cut back get rid of the cable. Do you know that most shows can be found online for free. The best place to look for free episodes is on Hulu. They have tons of shows that play with very limited commercials over your internet. If you have dial up this isn’t going to serve you well, but with high speed they play very smoothly.

You can find current shows from NBC, Fox, and ABC. Feeling nostalgic? There are all sorts of old school shows like Charles in Charge, Silver Spoons and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as shows that were taken off the air way too early like Arrested Development. The other thing I love about Hulu is their family channel. You can find Sesame Street, Veggie Tales and (oh my goodness!) HeMan and the Master’s of the Universe. Lily has fallen in love with Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.

Really a ton of the shows we watch are on here and besides a few we could live without regular TV. We also use it when we travel to entertain the whole family. If you have a laptop, you can even hook up to your TV and play it on the big screen with a S-video cord. Then you don’t have to all hover around a tiny computer.

If you don’t watch a whole lot of TV, but have a few shows, you can probably save a bundle by dropping cable all together. Or you could just not watch TV, but I can’t even fathom how that would work in this household. I am not even going to try and pretend that I have a few shows I can’t live without. Newest on that list is Glee which I watched on normal TV last night and then again on Hulutonight. Squee!! It was even better the second time around.

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  1. we love Hulu. We use it all the time. It is much more practical!
    .-= Crazy Daisy´s last blog ..a little bit of C.R.A.Z.Y =-.

  2. We’ve been without cable for over a year now! And we’re still alive! (Of course, most nights, I’d trade a kid for a TIVO!) :)

    Great tip!

  3. We haven’t had cable in years. At first the thing I really wanted was a DVR, but we’ve even managed to work around that since most of the shows we watch are online so we can still watch them when we want- just in front of the computer instead of the tv. We’ve saved thousands of dollars by not having cable for so long and we’ve even reached a point where even if we had the extra money for it we still probably wouldn’t subscribe.
    .-= Candace´s last blog ..A Proud Moment =-.

  4. Unfortunately we can’t use this in Canada as is the case with most online TV. I don’t have satellite or cable and hope one day we can get more online TV in Canada!
    .-= Harmony´s last blog ..Grocery Spending Challenge, Week 2 =-.

  5. We just got rid cable because we were watching everything online. And if you can’t find a show on Hulu, you may be able to find it on the network website.

    At our house we subscribe to Netflix and for $8.99 a month we get unlimited access to their on demand library. They have a mediocre selection of educational programs for kids, but mom and dad have been catching up on four seasons of “Lost” after the little one goes to bed.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Just one or just one more? =-.

  6. Hulu is amazing! I also am unable to get rid of cable due to the fact that I am addicted to Television…but we do watch streaming videos sometimes from our computer and have watched old episodes of shows that we haven’t watched on Hulu. My favorite is 24:) they stream those videos regularly! Great frugal tip!
    .-= Jen-After the Alter´s last blog ..Remembering 9/11 =-.

  7. I will have the Charles in Charge theme song in my head all day. Thanks for that.

    Charles in charge of our days and our nights…
    Charles in charge of our wrongs and our rights..
    .-= Hillary @ The Other Mama´s last blog ..Those Monkeys Just Aren’t Bumping Their Heads Hard Enough =-.

  8. I saw that you had commented on my post about Bible study. It is so easy to drift, isn’t it. Even if you are commited to Christ and devoted to His Word we are “prone to wander, Lord I feel.” Paul wrote to the Galatians 5 and said that there is a perptual internal guerilla styled hand to hand combat (in the original language) between the flesh and the Spirit. “The Spirt wars against the flesh and the flesh against the Spirit.” Our flesh is so bent on self-gratification that we find ourselves drawn away from holy things. I can feel your pain! It is so true!

    I am sure I have invited you already, but in case I have failed to tell you that we are hosting an online Bible study for MOMS on the book of Ephesians called High Stepping in High Places. It sounds like you are already doing a study but you might like to drop in sometime. We will have an online 45 minute video and an online discussion each week starting Sept. 24. If you know of ANYONE who might be interested, please pass this along. We are tying to connect with as many MOMS as we can. Thanks.

    And thanks for your willingness to be transparent about the battle we face to stay in the Word of God! Blessing.s
    .-= Jean Stockdale´s last blog ..Joy in the Journey Lecture 10 =-.

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