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Several months ago I posted that we were ditching our cable and had purchased a Roku. To find out what we think about it after 3 months of use check out my review on my friend Tracy’s blog at HallofFameMoms.com.

We watch very little TV in our house. My husband watches virtually no TV, the kids would rather watch movies from the library and I only have two shows that I follow regularly. Spending $23 a month for 20 channels with “lifeline” cable has become harder and harder to justify.

A week ago I ditched the cable, and for the last week I’ve been watching my two shows online and, in the process, discovered Roku.

What is Roku? It’s a handy-dandy box that you hook up to your TV (it does not need to be an HDTV) and you can stream TV programming from the Internet. It comes with some free stations, but the big thing is that you can stream Netflix and soon Hulu Plus subscriptions.

I couldn’t find a bad review online for the product, so today I signed up. At the suggestion of a techie friend, I purchased the $59.95 model (the cheapest). I also did a little research and found an offer for $20 off with a new subscription to Netflix. I have posted a link below to the offer (it automatically pulls in my glowing quote of them, lol).

Once we get it hooked up, I’ll post a review of how we like it. To find out more about Roku, visit www.roku.com

Have you switched to Roku or something else instead of cable?

Get $20 off a Roku Player!

If you follow frugal blogs I’m sure you’ve probably heard about Groupon. Just in case you haven’t, it’s a site that allows you to buy gift cards, entertainment tickets, etc at a discounted price. One caveat – it’s not in every city yet but they seem to be adding cities pretty quickly.

Groupon LogoI’ve been a little late jumping on board because at first the deals in our are didn’t seem that great or anything we would use. The past few weeks however I’ve found two ways it can really help my family save money – vacation & Christmas.

To help us save on our summer vacation I’ve started getting the Groupon daily deal updates for the area we will be traveling to. I’ve been watching for half-price restaurant deals and discounted attraction/entertainment tickets. We are also planning an anniversary getaway in the fall so I’ve signed up for that area’s daily deal updates as well.

Today was the first day I had the “aha” moment of using Groupon for Christmas. A deal came up for a local wine shop offering a batch of DIY wine with personalized labels for $59. The batch makes 30 bottles so it’s only $2 per bottle! I’m thinking these will make great personalized Christmas presents and a fun date night for me and the hubby.

Another great thing is you can get referral bucks for referring friends. After you refer a friend and they make their first purchase you get $10 in Groupon bucks. Yes, the links in this article are my referral links, but feel free to not click them because that’s not my motivation for writing this, I just love the good deals!!

Check it out to see if it’s in your area and if not suggest it to them! If you’ve already gotten great deals on Groupon please share your stories!

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