Monday, March 26, 2012

Money Saving Tip: Watch TV w/o the the heavy price tag??

The Office, Modern Family, Desperate Housewives, Bones, House, Vampire Diaries, Jersey Shore (yes..I watch this crap...it's my guilty pleasure), The Bachelor(ette)(pad), Biggest Loser, Grey's Anatomy and MORE!


When my husband (Brock) and I first bought our house we were living on 2 incomes. He in construction and myself in the dental field. I was 5 months pregnant when we moved in. A few months later I was put on bed rest with no disability to collect on. We went from 2 incomes to 1 in a day. The need to significantly cut back on our expenses was a major stress in our lives....to add to that we were having our first baby as well! This should be a happy time!

We eventually made it work and are firm believers in everything happens for a reason. It always works out no matter how hard at times it is to believe in that.

My husband, Brock, Myself
and our children
Bradley 4,  Braeden 2 &
Brooklyn (pictured at 4 mo) now 8 mo

Now we have 3 children, ever since our first I was basically able to stay home and raise our children , still on 1 income and we just took a more than $4.00/hour pay cut! All by choice.
Watching our budget and being frugal IS MY JOB among MANY others of a mommy. :)
One way I have found to cut costs from our budget and still have alittle luxury is by having no cable/dish service....essentially we have no tv in a way.

We have lived this way for just over 5 years. It was meant to be that the house we bought while pregnant with Bradley (our first) was brand new and there were no cable lines yet run to the home. I went on bed rest, we cut cost and never got it hooked up...we have lived without it ever since (we did have one 6 month time period of having tv, but eventually decided against it)

We have continuously had Internet and in turn have been able to still watch our favorite shows.

Most people have tv and Internet anyways. I challenge you to cut back as well.

Here is how you do it:

We pay for Internet only with comcast $39.99, this is also one of their cheapest ON GOING rate. No tricking you into terms or "introductory rates" that skyrocket when your "special promotion" time is up. (to save the MOST I took an "introductory rate" of $29.99 after the time period was up I talked to the loyalty dept, pretended I was going to cancel...the new rate was going to be over double...and they lowered it down to what is now)


Then we pay $7.99 for a Hulu Plus subscription. You can get Hulu FREE but some shows are limited and with Hulu Plus you can watch some past seasons of shows, stream tv on mobile devices in HD and more.
I watch some of my shows on my phone or Nook!

For more info on HULU or HULU plus feel free to visit their website http://www.hulu.com/ or view HULU Plus' FREE guided tour and try it out for A WEEK FREE http://www.hulu.com/plus-?src=topnav

Thats a TOTAL OF $47.98

You may need to remind your self to switch your show days on your calendar. Some shows (most) air the following day. Normally I wake up with my husband at 4:30 and after I send him off to work I grab my coffee and sit down with a few hours of PEACE AND QUIET and watch my shows. Thats about 8 hours later. I have never had a problem with the show not being available.


DVR or TiVo:
You can "save" your favorite shows to your Hulu "Queue"and when they air Hulu saves them for you. Then you can watch them any time or day you please!
Some of our other favorite shows like Survivor, Swamp People, Pawn Stars, etc sometimes aren't available yet on HULU, but you can still watch themthe day after on their network sites from your computer.

Also with the newer technology and HULU Plus you can set it up to stream RIGHT TO YOUR TV!

HERE ARE THE COMPARISONS:

COMCAST:
TV ONLY-special $29.99 goes to 49.99 after limited time over
TV & Internet-special $79.99 goes to $99.99 after limited time over
TV/INTERNET (starting rate) VS. INTERNET/HULU = SAVINGS OF $32.01

DIRECT TV:
TV only MINIMUM package $29.99 introductory rate with contract
TV/INTERNET (starting rate) $69.98 VS. INTERNET/HULU = SAVINGS OF $22.00
(based off the Internet service I pay)

DISH NETWORK:
TV only MINIMUM package $24.99 introductory rate with contract
TV/INTERNET (starting rate) $64.98 VS. INTERNET/HULU = SAVINGS OF $17.00
(based off the Internet service I pay)

HULU:
Hulu: FREE
Hulu Plus: try a week for free. $7.99 after that, NO contract

Hulu Plus Preview, A guided tour http://www.hulu.com/plus-?src=topnav
Watch on any mobile device and game systems

"Hulu brings together a large selection of videos from over 350 content companies, including FOX, NBCUniversal, ABC, The CW, Univision, Criterion, A&E Networks, Lionsgate, Endemol, MGM, MTV Networks, Comedy Central, National Geographic, Digital Rights Group, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., TED and more. Users can choose from current primetime TV hits such as The Simpsons, Modern Family, Glee, The Office, Jersey Shore, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report; classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The A-Team and Alfred Hitchcock Presents; full episodes and clips from Saturday Night Live; and Hulu original video productions like A Day in the Life and The Morning After. Hulu also offers a wide array of acclaimed movies and documentaries, including hundreds of titles from Miramax and the renowned Criterion Collection. " (Hulu.com, Hulu-About)


THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION:

Q: "What do I do with my kids when I need to put them in front of the TV for a show to get alittle extra quiet time??"
A: We still HAVE a tv and ALOT of movies. When I need some peace or Bradley does his quiet time he can still watch a movie. :)

LOL, LOL, LOL
Boys were stunned to see
"Buddy the Elfs" reaction to
discovering the "fake Santa"
Keep Saving and think frugal~
Bree & J
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