Quoting Hunters mommy =):" I have never heard of Hulu. For our cable and internet we pay about 85 a month that is the cheapest ... [snip!] ... buy 12 we get one free and some times they do double stamps some times too so we dont usually buy 12 bags before the free one."
I am in love with hulu! It is amazing! You can watch all the current episodes (five most recent) of all the popular shows for free (no membership) or pay $7.99 a month to watch all the older shows and older episodes. It also has a few movies, but they are classics only. I don't even have a membership. I just watch all my shows when they come out to hulu and stay up to date so that I don't miss any. Most shows air eight days after they air on the television.
We don't even pay for cable anymore and just watch shows on hulu and watch movies, but then again I limit my sons television time to an hour and a half total. If the movie we are watching is not over we watch the rest the next day.
As for the groceries, I honestly found that ground pork is cheaper then ground beef. I also buy it in the largest size available and divide it into sandwich bags before putting them in the freezer. This saves us about ten to fifteen dollars in just that type of meat, and room in the freezer. I also buy turkey breast instead of chicken, also cheaper here. I buy a ton of frozen veggies and also re-bag them. In my freezer foods alone is where I spend the most of my budget. I spend about a hundred there. Then I buy milk, kool-aid or crystal lite (for my little ones to drink besides water), flour, yeast, pasta,and eggs. Every other month I buy cereal, rice, butter, dog food, and a block of cheese (pre shredded costs double the price of a block). I make my own bread, it is way cheaper! I also don't buy junk or snack food, unless it is for occasion.
I know I am weird, but our diets are healthy and like this because my first has intolerance to some things. I also know it sounds crazy, but as soon as you get started it is a lot easier and cheaper!