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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