I Hulu. Do You?

Let’s face it, much of what we Moms do on a day-to-day basis doesn’t require much brain power.  We clean stuff, fold stuff, fix stuff, cook stuff – all of which requires very little thought and can be (dare I say it?) kind of dull.  Now don’t get me wrong, there are loads of women out there who relish in these daily domestic activities and I think that’s fantastic.  I’m just not one of them.  If I have to fold 5 loads of laundry, I’d like to be entertained while doing it. If I have to sort through a mountain of school papers & bills, I think I deserve a little TV to keep me going.

So how can you give yourself this mental break when most of your tasks can’t be done from the comfort of your living room couch?  It’s simple, get yourself a laptop and a great website called Hulu.  Hulu is a free service that allows you to watch TV shows, video clips, and movies all in one place.

Setting up a free account is quick and easy.  Once you’re in, you can choose to watch back episodes of all your favorites TV shows, or you can add shows to your queue and Hulu will capture the new episodes as they come available (usually within a day or two of when they aired on TV).

They don’t have everything I like, no Lost, for example.  But they do have tons of great options like 24, Chuck, Project Runway and The Office.  They also have entire seasons of good shows that are no longer in production, like Studio 60 and Arrested Development.

When I need to add a little background entertainment to my day-to-day routine, I just grab my laptop and log in to Hulu.  It’s a great way to catch up on TV and chores at the same time.  I even installed a little laptop shelf above my treadmill so I could watch The Biggest Loser while I run.  Talk about a great motivator.

Once my husband and I got in the habit of using Hulu on our computers, we found we didn’t really need the TV as much.  We were able to downgrade our satellite package and cut our DVR service completely – which saved us about $60/month.   So, whether you’re looking to save a little cash or simply save your sanity, Hulu is a great option.  I know I sound like a commercial but I promise no one is paying me to say this.  I really do love it.  Just thought I’d pass it on.


5 Comments

  1. When I read the title for this post I’ll admit I’m a dork and thought it said Hula! I was so excited to say, “Yes! I can hula hoop!” Thanks for the tip anyway. Andy and I are thinking about alternative options for our tv because it’s so expensive. Thanks again! And good job on running!!!

  2. I’ve seen the commercials for Hulu and wondered what it was. Do you watch the shows on your computer or on your TV? This might be worth looking into. We’ve got DirectTv with TWO Tivos, so even though we don’t have any premium channels, we pay a ton for cable.

  3. Adrian,
    We watch them through our computers. If I want a bigger screen, I connect my laptop to our large monitor. If you’ve got a relatively new flat screen TV and a laptop with and HDMI port, you should be able to connect them with a special cable. You’ll want to check your user manual for details. I hope that answers your question. Thanks for asking.

  4. Kathryn

    I sure do. I’ve known about it for several months, but only used it a little until this month.
    For Lost episodes I found this other site with some: http://www.veoh.com/collection/ABC-Lost. You have to click on their ads to continue the video though after a commercial.

  5. Yeah, I’ll admit I’ve taken to rewarding myself with TV for the stuff I know I have to do, but is much less entertaining…fold a batch of laundry, grade a stack of papers, study for an hour, walk 4 miles, etc… I love Hulu cause I can do it on my own schedule, it limits the temptation to have to pay itunes to download, and it keeps my attention to not have to sit through a zillion commercials! It’s sad how much I rely on motivation–but whatever gets the job done!

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