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Spring is finally here & summer is right around the corner! Summer is a huge travel season for us. The time of year we hit the road & see what this fabulous world has to offer while making memories that last a lifetime.
In this day in age it's no secret that we all have a little bit of screen addiction. In most cases our love of holding our beloved phone is just that, addiction, but when on the road having the right phone is an absolute must! You just never know when your will need to pull up maps, Instagram that pic of a new state sign, make a tow truck call, or even worse, your child might be screaming bored for the umpteenth time & you need instant app entertainment to save your ear drums.
Since my phone has to take on so many roles on our family road trips, the mobile plan it comes with has to be a fabulous one. Something with a beyond fabulous talk, text and data plan at an affordable price is an absolute must! Road trips aren't cheap so the more I save on a phone, the more memories we can make exploring.
Since getting into a contract where I’m required to stay on a phone plan for what may as well be the rest of my life sounds like a complete nightmare, the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan is a fabulous option for this mama! There are no contracts & it's a post-paid plan, which is beyond amazing since who knows what life will look like a year from now!!! You can adjust your plan and even your phone as your needs & life change. When the time comes for my Princess to get her own phone, I can even add a separate line to the plan for her as well.
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/3edbl or your local Walmart for current pricing.
Finding the phones is an easy peasy task! Just walk into your local Walmart and head to the entertainment section. Once you enter the entertainment section just look for the Walmart Family Mobile signage. In my local Walmart the phones were located next to the cashier stand in the entertainment section & there are quite a few fabulous phones to choose from! I went with the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime since Galaxy phones are all the rage in these parts and at the price point of $99 (on rollback from $149) it was worth giving it a shot & seeing what all the hype is about!
All together, I left Walmart with the phone ($99) and a starter kit ($19.88 on rollback from $25 until July 7th, that's right, cheaper than ever before!) which cost me a total of $118.88 before tax. The low cost, but high quality of the phones associated with the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS is what amazes me. I'm notorious for phone accidents, so with my not so squeaky clean track record, hubby definitely appreciates it when I can purchase things that won’t cost me a fortune to replace.
To use the phone, you now have to decide on a plan & honestly with Walmart Family Mobile that was really the easiest part. For $49.88 per month, you can get UNLIMITED talk, text & data with up to 10GB of 4G LTE data. That means that I can Instagram as many travel pics as I want, my daughter can stay entertained with her favorite apps, hubby can look up directions if we get off track and we can make any emergency calls we may need while on the road!
And if that wasn’t enough “value”, when you purchase the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan, with each month of paid service, you get a FREE movie rental code, a $7 value, for a new release from VUDU (one per a line!) So after a long day of travel, I can sink into the hotel bed with hubby and my laptop for some quality time after the munchkin falls asleep. After all the craziness a day on the open road can bring, there is nothing I want more than to just be lazy and watch a movie with my hubby, so the free VUDU movie rental is just icing on the cake.
The key to successful travel with a todder is nonstop entertainment & being prepared for any situation. With a trip coming up for us in just a few weeks, I figured I would give y'all a peak inside our daughters travel bin, beyond the fabulous phone.
To start off the trip, I usually buy a few random CHEAP items for my daughter to open while on the road! A road trip present! Usually something she can color, read & a fun snack she normally wouldn't get. You will be shocked how well this $3 gift will keep your chid entertained!
Let's talk the non-fun stuff!!! You just never know when strange things can happen so be prepared. I usually pack a pack of wipes to clean up any messes along with a box of tissues, boggie wipes just in case the change in climate/temperature causes a stuffy nose, a non-spill cup to save my car from liquid messes, hand sanitizer to kill travel germs & a roll of toilet paper just in case we are in the middle of no where and can't find a rest room right away. Unfortunately toddlers do not wait, so that roll of toilet paper will save you a lot of trouble!
Next I make sure to pack all the right chargers with a car adaptor. Books I won't be heart broken if my daughter leaves them behind, some of her favorite toys that again I won't cry if she loses & then a clip board with a case of crayons, a coloring book & some plain white paper for my daughter to scribble on.
When hitting the road you just never know what weather you will be driving into so it's always safe to bring a change of clothes & a hoodie/jacket that you can easily get to. Also a blanket will save you when you kid decides she's cold when it's a million degrees outside and the a/c is a must ;-)
What's a road trip without snacks?!?! Just like you enjoy snacking on the road, your toddler does too! This basket hack is probably one of the greatest travel kiddie hacks I have ever stumbled across! Take a mini basket and your child now has someplace to hold their food! No more trying to balance everything on their lap like mama! Your car floor will definitely thank you for this.
So let's chat!!!
Are you hitting the road this summer? Are you looking for a new cellphone provider?
I received monetary compensation, phone & service to facilitate this post. Regardless, all opinions, stories & typos, 100% my own
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4/22/2016 02:08:39 pm
I used to use Walmart's unlimited plan for a while...a good option for contract-free phone service. I know in a couple years my kiddo will start bugging me for his own phone and like hell I'm gonna spend a ton on one he will most likely lose or break. This is the way to go! Love the toddler travel bin too!
4/22/2016 03:47:19 pm
I'm so over my plan, well, our family plans and our service provider. I wish Walmart in Canada offered this, I need to look into it because it sounds worth changing!
Our family does a lot of vacations. Most of them are just small road trips for the weekend somewhere. But we need to make a box with all sorts of stuff in it like this because her son would love that. We already have a phone but if I ever do need to find another one I will check them out.
4/22/2016 06:08:55 pm
I have always wanted to try the Walmart Family Mobile plan. This summer is the perfect time to do that!
4/22/2016 06:42:23 pm
I have a friend who raves about her phone and plan from Walmart. The more I read about how affordable it is, the more I'm intrigued to check it out .
4/22/2016 07:05:46 pm
Plans from Walmart are too fascinating and affordable. The 4G LTE data plan by them is cost effective. I am really impressed as one have to pay double for this plan, in India.
4/22/2016 09:03:36 pm
So is the price 49.88 per phone, or is it that price for a whole family? I am interested to find out.
4/22/2016 09:29:13 pm
Phones are essential these days especially when you're traveling, it's pays to be ready during emergencies and when you're lost in the road as well. I love that you're also ready for your little girl. Kids get bored easily and it's nice to have activities ready for them.
4/22/2016 09:47:25 pm
This might be the perfect solution for my mom. Her plan is so expensive and lives solely on SS. THANK YOU!!
4/22/2016 10:02:10 pm
This sounds like a fabulous mobile option for on the go families! It seems like it would really help cut mobile plan costs.
4/22/2016 10:26:18 pm
Wal Mart plans are so affordable! Such a great option for families. I also love your activity box for your kids! Such a good idea to keep them occupied!
4/22/2016 10:49:59 pm
Love your ideas for the trip and the kids. The Walmart plan sounds like a good plan.
4/22/2016 11:01:12 pm
This sounds like a great mobile plan. I love the activity box you made for your daughter. I can;t wait for summer!
4/23/2016 05:05:22 am
Great idea, I can always find stuff at Walmart and we always stop there for snacks as we are leaving town.
4/23/2016 05:14:18 am
There has been other bloggers who have raved about how good the Walmart mobile plan is and I can see why. I just wish we had one in the UK!
4/23/2016 05:59:42 am
This sounds like a great plan.The activity box is very similar to what I had for travel essentials when my kids were little. Now. All it takes is a snack box.
4/23/2016 06:18:50 am
The toys are all so cute. They would definitely love these.
4/23/2016 09:00:37 am
I love this Walmart family plan. This will be the perfect companion for our road trip next month. It will definitely keep the kiddos occupied :)
4/23/2016 09:24:27 am
I got this for my son earlier this year and it was the best decision ever. With a new phone and unlimited data, you really can't go wrong. Now as soon as our contracts are over, we're all switching.
4/23/2016 09:27:44 am
Technology is changing so fast and it's crazy how dependent we become on our electronics. It really does make life easier!
4/23/2016 10:33:45 am
Walmart is really amazing. It sounds like an helpful mobile plan. i need to check that out. Thanks!
4/23/2016 12:17:21 pm
4/23/2016 01:13:02 pm
The Walmart plan, you really can not beat it! I have had them for a couple years now
4/23/2016 01:13:30 pm
I recently started using the Walmart family mobile plan and I love the unlimited everything. Thanks for your tips, they will come in handy this summer as we travel.
4/23/2016 05:43:31 pm
Seems like Walmart has fabolous deal for their items. I wish we have Wallmart here in Belgium. I agree with you that a phone with good plan is important item for travelling.
4/23/2016 08:38:16 pm
I really should look into the Walmart Family plan next time our contract is up. We spend so much on phones it's crazy.
I find phones a necessity especially during travels. Not just for contacts and numbers just in case we need quick help, Phones can be real handy for picture taking and even typing/ storing important details/ moments when you dont have a pen and paper with you.
4/24/2016 02:19:00 pm
I need to look into these plans for my family. I'm tired of paying so much for our phones.
4/24/2016 03:35:37 pm
Perfect phone for a child who is just starting out with one. I love that travel bin!
4/24/2016 10:15:08 pm
I'm going to look into this service when I consider what phone to get my tween daughter this summer. Great photos!
4/25/2016 12:26:39 pm
such great ideas to ensure the kids have something to do on car rides for trips. I used to do the same things but would have been great to have a cell phone for her ;)
4/25/2016 02:00:30 pm
Walmart always surprises me with their deals! They are amazing
4/25/2016 03:41:37 pm
How fun! This is certainly a great way to make a road trip fun for kids. I wish I thought about this when my kids were younger.
4/25/2016 08:58:19 pm
I am way overdue for a vacation, but since I don't drive it probably won't be a road trip. It will be an airline flight! :-) (however I would love that activity box myself! LOL)
4/26/2016 03:05:06 am
The phone plan seems like a great deal! Also, loving the travel kit you shared for toddlers. Seems like a great way to keep children occupied and entertained during long trips, which keeps everyone happy!
4/26/2016 09:57:54 am
As someone who travels frequently there is nothing worse than a data plan who cant keep up with me.
4/30/2016 03:49:25 am
The toy are so cute i know your child loves that so much. Goodluck to your new phone.
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