As a little girl, my parents were pretty strict about the TV consumption in our household. When I summoned up the courage to ask if I could watch Rugrats I was usually told to go play outside. I even tried to be conniving and blame my little sister. “Daddy, Cailin said she wants to watch TV. Can we please put the Rugrats on?” They saw right through that one, especially when Cailin wasn’t old enough to talk yet. These days, I’m a regular TV addict. Perhaps it all those days spent outside in the fresh air, using my imagination and having a wonderful childhood. Or maybe it’s because I grew up in foreign countries and tried to navigate my native culture through American TV shows. However, no matter how much I love TV I just can’t justify the cost of cable. Enter Hulu Plus.
Hulu Plus is a flat rate fee of $7.99 per month. You can’t access everything you could on cable, but they offer recent episodes from many of the major networks/channels including ABC, NBC, FOX, ABC Family, Comedy Central and sporadic Bravo shows. They don’t stream from CBS (thanks to Time Warner, but I imagine that will change soon after the post-black out deal). You can catch CBS shows on the network’s own page though. Shows usually go on Hulu the day after they air on TV, so your lag time for staying current with pop culture isn’t too bad. Plus, how often are you actually home, or available, to catch your favorite shows during prime time?
So, why bother with Hulu Plus over regular (free) Hulu? Well, it gives you access to all their content. If you use the free version, you only have access to a handle full of episodes from a season, possibly just the most recent. If you’re delayed a week catching up on a show, then you might miss the episode entirely. If you aren’t paying for Netflix, Hulu Plus offers many of the same full seasons Netflix does. You also have access to more movie selections. If you tend to stream from a tablet, connected TV (Roku) or phone, Hulu Plus gives you access to their content via their app. My main reason for upgrading was to stream shows through a Roku. And yes, the commercials are “limited.”
Hulu has it’s downsides and frankly isn’t even my favorite streaming option (*cough* NETFLIX*cough*). But, Hulu offers access to current shows, while Netflix requires waiting for full seasons to be available months after the season wrapped. Hulu’s “limited commercials” don’t really feel to limited. You used to only have a 30 second commercial break if you used Hulu Plus, but I’ve noticed they’re continuing to increase commercials (money grubbing $&@^!). But you can just mute the commercials and go be productive for a 90 seconds, or more realistically check all your social media accounts and wonder why more people haven’t liked your witty Facebook status?
If you really want to help me be frugal, then try out 2 weeks of Hulu Plus (FOR FREE) using my referral code! I’ll get a kickback of two free weeks if you sign up to try it out. After two free weeks, you can cancel your subscription and won’t get charged. Or you can just cut the cord and start streaming shows online like all the cool kids.
Is Hulu Plus, Netflix or Amazon Prime worth it to you?
SHARING THE LOVE – Just some food for thought
- Budgeting for 4 Eyes from Student Debt Survivor. – Even though my Dad and sister both wear glasses, I’d never really thought about having to account for eye care in a budget. KK has a great break down!
- 5 Frugal Fall Activities from Young Adult Money – I do love carving me some pumpkins!
- Reevaluating My Student Loan Plan from Budget Blonde – Not to rub salt in any wounds, but as a debt-free millennial it’s always interesting for me to read how people handle student loans.
- Sex, Limes and Financial Education from Mr.1500 on economag – Seriously, why do parents always have “the talk” but rarely are opening to discussing finances with their children? And why do we teach sex ed multiple times throughout middle and high school years and fail to include students comprehensive financial literacy courses?