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Fall is the time of year when football fans are tailgating or couch-gating. I love football! It’s the time of year when chili is in the crock-pot and every game is on the television. Whether you enjoy college or pro, you’re cheering your favorite team.

Even if you don’t enjoy football, you’re probably checking out the new season premieres. All the new season’s shows are starting and I bet you may be eagerly reading the schedules to make sure you catch them. At my house, we’re sure to watch the return of Ziva!

Those of us who like football and tv in general can be horrified when the cable/dish bills arrive. Last year we decided that enough was enough! The cable that was offered in our community kept increasing their price and it really had become unaffordable.

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We looked around online to find alternatives. Based on our location, the best thing by far was Hulu. Hulu gave us live tv, tons of sports, and it was so much cheaper than cable or satellite. One of the best things about Hulu is the fact that they carry 4 different viewing/price packages:

  • Basic is only $5.99 per month – (with ads) and the ability to purchase add-on features, if you like.
  • Premium is $11.99 per month and has no ads, and the ability to purchase add-ons.
  • Basic + Live TV – $44.99 60 Live channels (with ads) and the the ability to purchase add-ons. Saturday has extra channels for tons of college football games! We love this package.
  • Premium + Live TV – you get streaming with no ads for $50.99

Hulu needs a device to connect to your tv: Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, Roku, or XBox One. With the Fire Stick app, you can use your phone to change channels and volume. That was a little tricky for me to use. We have the Amazon Fire Stick. The newest release of the Fire Stick is much easier to use, because the volume buttons are located on the stick.

My favorite thing about using the Amazon Fire Stick is Amazon Prime pays for Prime TV. This is a truly awesome deal, because there are tons of movies, tv series, and more to watch anytime you would like. There are so many great kid’s offerings, too.


Speaking of kids, did you know that Hulu also has parental controls to block out R rated shows. R-rated offerings can also be taken off for everyone, if you like.

Want to grab $30. in Gift Cards when you sign up for Hulu? All you need to do to grab these gift cards is to sign up for Hulu through the Swagbucks offer. I got my gift cards this way, and we’ve been enjoying Hulu ever since. You can join Swagbucks through my link here and get 300 Bonus Points!

Get your popcorn ready and enjoy the season!

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Cassandra D · September 24, 2019 at 7:52 pm

Thank you for the information.

Marisela Zuniga · September 24, 2019 at 11:49 pm

Great information. Right now we only have the basic plan from hulu and since I have prime we use amazon video. It saves a lot of money

    chronicallycontent · September 25, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Thanks, Marisela 🙂 Amazon Video is great, isn’t it? It’s fun to keep discovering new shows!

Anita Holland · September 26, 2019 at 10:12 pm

Thanks for sharing this info.

Judy Metcalf · October 1, 2019 at 6:20 pm

Great information. My husband and I gave up cable and now stream through Fubo TV and Netflix. Much cheaper and better things to watch aside from football.

    chronicallycontent · October 1, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Oh, I know a lot of people don’t care that much for football. There’s so much to watch on Netflix 🙂

Judy Metcalf · October 1, 2019 at 7:48 pm

Yeah, my husband and I haven’t had a cable bill for years. We stream on our T.V. – through the internet with Fubo TV, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. So we always have something we can watch. We are all for saving money.

Alice F · October 10, 2019 at 6:39 pm

This is really good info! Cable is wonderful to have, but so expensive and seems to be getting more expensive every month.

    chronicallycontent · October 10, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    It sure is! I’m willing to miss a few channels to save a LOT of money.

kathy pease · October 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm

Yes my husband and I got rid of cable in the summer. It seems so good not to have the huge bills.

Calvin · March 13, 2020 at 1:03 pm

Great tips, don’t watch football though, still applies to many shows, awesome! Many sports channels are cancelled anyway right now.

    Lisa Ehrman · March 13, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you! We’ll all be watching more tv or reading books, now. I’m sad about the sports being cancelled, but they don’t have much choice.

Piroska · February 12, 2022 at 1:14 pm

Thanks for the informative post. We cut cable over 10 years ago, and enjoy the money we’ve saved.

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