Have you noticed how expensive kids are these days?
Not only that, but a family of 5 always needs something. Summer is coming up and we need new Summer clothes for all 3 kids, new shoes, etc. On top of that, as my husband and I discussed adding another phone for our family, the plan costs had me sweating bullets. Currently we pay about $200 for our 2 phones.
We no longer have a land line in the house. It was something rarely used and a good place to cut the budget, but that means we don't have an emergency phone, a back-up or a way for my son to stay in touch if he is busy at activities or away from home.
Have you tried to find a payphone these days? I am not sure my son even knows what a payphone is!
After doing some research I found the Walmart Family Mobile - Walmart Best Plans are an inexpensive way to go. It is a great place to start for a phone and reasonable service plan. I loved that I could hop onto their online site and check to see if my area would have coverage for their plans first.
I went to the electronics department in Walmart to find the Walmart Family Mobile display. You can't miss it! There were several phone options, but I chose the Alcatel Evolve 2 ($39.83 - was $59.88), and the $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data.
This is a post-paid plan, so we will pay for our cell service at the end of each month. I also love that it has no contract, so early termination fees or penalties are not a problem.
That saves me a whole lot of "green" right there!
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/aafid or your local Walmart for current pricing.
I would love to tell you that I am amazingly tech savvy... but, I won't lie. Luckily, the instructions in my starter kit made set-up fast and simple.
Time is money, right?
The Alcatel Evolve2 had everything we needed in a new phone; a 5MP Camera, built in WiFi and an Android operating system. We were all excited to see how it would work around the farm, especially my son. I mean, we have to stay connected to find one another around here. There is a lot of acreage.
The phone was easy to use, and signal strength is great. The new 4G LTE service is a great choice for fast service and clear calls.
And for my little budding farmer, he can snap pics of the plants, or bugs and send them to his Dad to help identify. I was impressed with the photo quality.
So, my kids are growing up. My son has a lot to learn about cell phone etiquette and online safety. I am just thrilled that Walmart Family Mobile has options that allow us to teach my son, while not putting a squeeze on my wallet.
You could say I am feeling a little lucky that I have more money in my pocket for our growing family's other expenses this Summer. Saving sure does feel good.