Stretch Your Tax Return with a Cheap Wireless Plan! #FamilyMobile

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I’m glad I have online access to my bank account, because I’ve become a serious stalker. My tax return should be here any day! The arrival of that check used to mean a shopping spree, but these days we’re a little more frugal (because kids.) Now, we plan carefully so we can stretch those dollars. For example, each year, we invest $100 in 10 new blueberry bushes, because we know that in the long run, that money will multiply like crazy and cut our food costs. Here are a few of our new babies from last year:

blueberries

This year, in addition to our blueberries, I’m looking to cut our monthly bills down. You may have already seen how we’ve cut our electric bills using tips from #ProjectEnvolve! Next up: the cell phone bill. I pay a lot. About $130 a month. It’s nuts, I know. So we’re investing part of this year’s return in the Walmart Family Mobile Plan with unlimited talk, text and web/data for only $40 a month. Big savings, right?

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Not all Walmart stores carry the plan, so it’s a good idea to call first. Or, you can just look for the blue section in the Computers & Accessories aisle. It’s easy to spot.

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Walmart not only offers the Family Mobile Plan AND wide selection of phones for under $100, but you can get all your phone accessories on the cheap there, too. I got my new Samsung Galaxy Exhibit for only $98.99, along with a ton of accessories and only spent a little over $200. A car charger, a bluetooth for the car (safety first, folks), some microfiber cleaning cloths, and a Sport Sleeve armband.

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The armband was a splurge instead of a “need”, but the price was right. Now I can wear my phone at the gym! (The membership to which, I might add, I can afford now that I’ve cut down my wireless bill.)

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Setting up my phone was easy, which surprised me because I took both kids with me to Walmart and I expected a total meltdown. As it turns out, you can set the whole shebang up any time you want online at home! (You can do it in-store or on the phone, too, if that works for you.) You just have to purchase a Starter Kit with a SIM card for $25 and you’re ready to go.

I started at 6:45 pm and by 7:30, I was signing in to Facebook on my new phone.

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Of course, you might be even faster if you don’t get interrupted by bored little ones. I spent the rest of the night playing around with new apps, picture messaging, sending emails. I’ll admit, I get a little bit giddy over new devices. Especially affordable ones.

Other plan perks:

  • Pay your bill online.
  • Get your phone at Walmart, or bring your own.
  • No annual contract.
  • No credit check.
  • No deposit.
  • Live support 24/7.

The only issue we’re having is that we don’t get strong service from home, but we don’t get service through Verizon, either, so it’s no surprise. Walmart let us know that up front, so we knew what to expect. I need this phone for when I’m away from home, and the wi-fi works on my network so we’re good. The plan works on the T-Mobile network, and you can easily check wireless coverage in your area on the Family Mobile website.

There are definitely some areas where this plan is not the right choice due to lack of coverage. But if your part of the map checks out OK, you could be saving a ton of money each month. I’m pretty thrilled to have a new phone, all my accessories, and an unlimited monthly plan for way less than I would have paid anywhere else. That means a little bit of our tax return will be left over for fun things like this:

Sesame Character Collage

…and of course, more blueberry pancakes for everyone!

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  1. Great advice. Thanks for sharing!
    Heidi recently posted..Made to Last by Melissa TaggMy Profile

  2. I am under contract with my provider, but will keep this in mind for the future!
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  3. That’s a great idea for saving money each month! Our cell phone bill is outrageous too. I think it’s up to $100 now that we added a line for our son.

    I am totally jealous of your blueberry plants. I’ve managed to kill 3 bushes now despite having amended the soil to make it more acidic. Ugh!
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    • Aw, losing blueberries is no fun! They can definitely be finicky. After this year, I think we’ll have a total of 32 bushes…although we have lost a few along the way.

  4. I keep eyeing that plan. Seems like a good deal to me, but hubs is in charge of handling our phone plans and never listens. :P
    Rebekah recently posted..In the Kitchen with J&G Steakhouse: Dream About Dinner, Power Up with BreakfastMy Profile

  5. Sounds like a great way to save some cash each month! We need to cut our cell phone bill as well. It is so expensive!
    Jennifer B recently posted..Excerpt: The Secret Rebellion by Martin BaggenMy Profile

  6. I am definitely going to look into this more when my contract is up! It seems too good to be true!

    • That’s exactly what I thought. As long as you’re in a good service area, I’m thinking so far that it’s really legit!

  7. This is something to consider if it is still around when my contract ends next year.
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  8. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    I will look into this when our contract is up. It would be nice to see some cost savings with a better plan than the one we have now.

  9. This looks like a stellar deal, so many people have recommended it, will have to try it out.
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  10. Wow what a great deal. I really love the armband, I’ve been wanting to get one of those for awhile.
    Jessica Lieb (@bkeepsushonest) recently posted..Cleaning the High ChairMy Profile

  11. I’ve heard some good things about this. Sadly we still have a contract and have so far been fine with it. But I’ll definitely forward this to my husband in case he ever thought of switching.

  12. Love the idea of blueberry bushes!

    I got one of these phones/plans for my dad, and he is loving it. We may switch when our contract is up in June!
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  13. my hubby’s been using this plan since last summer. it’s great!

  14. I am in love with my Sprint, but this is a great one to keep in my back pocket!
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  15. When my contract is over – I am checking this phone out! Hubby’s plan is over next month – checking it out for him.

  16. Wow, I am glad you mentioned that Walmart had a reliable phone plan. I am looking for a very inexpensive phone plan!
    Amy Desrosiers recently posted..Make Ahead Meal: Grilled Chicken, Lettuce, Cheese and Honey Mustard WrapsMy Profile

  17. I have heard great things about their phone plans, super affordable!
    Mama to 5 Blessings recently posted..Walking With The Dinosaurs Activity Sheets & GiveawayMy Profile

  18. Boy, can I use a lower monthly cell phone bill. As soon as my contract is up, I’ll have to check this out.
    Lois Alter Mark recently posted..win tickets to see “le week-end,” a smart film about long-term marriageMy Profile

  19. These are great plans; we have some in our family. We’ve used it for 6 months now. I’d recommend it to anyone.
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  20. They Have Some Great Prices!
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  21. Blueberries over high mobile bills any day! I cannot wait to see all that you make with your haul when the blueberries start coming in. #client
    Danielle recently posted..How to Grow Carrots with Kids {From Garden to Table}My Profile

  22. That’s great you have a plan to “invest” some of your tax return in things that will save you money in the long run. Most people blow theirs!
    Christine Luken recently posted..Meal Planning Monday ~ Upcycle Your LeftoversMy Profile

  23. I have been using this phone and this plan since November and it is wonderful. I like having all the unlimited everything and the price that is $20 cheaper than the cheapest plan around and almost 1/2 what friends are paying for less service elsewhere.
    Janeane Davis recently posted..Looking for a Job – Use All Your NetworksMy Profile

    • With some things, paying more is worth it. With cell service? No way. As long as the service is consistent, getting the cheapest plan is just plain smart business!

  24. We’ve had this plan for almost a year straight and love it. We now have 4 phones total and plan to get one more.

  25. I love how easy and budget ready this plan is

  26. I am paying $120 a month.but unfortunately I have a year contract left.
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