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Like most families today, we are insanely busy. Even when our day's aren't fully scheduled, it feels like we're always running around, trying to get everything on our to-do lists done. With how often we travel, the Hubs for work, and H and I for fun and family visits, we don't always have the opportunity to spend quality time together. In today's digital age, one of the only ways we're able to stay connected through it all is by our cell phones. Whether it's phone calls, text / picture messaging, or video chatting, we rely on quality phone service and a reliable cell phone in order to keep in touch.
Every other TV commercial today is cell phone companies claiming to have the most reliable coverage for the best price, but if you dig a little deeper, you'll see that's just not true. Recently, when our family was looking to change providers, we could not find any family plan that was less than $200 for unlimited data, text and phone - tell me again how these companies are "affordable"? With a single budget household, we weren't willing to compromise our budget for service that wasn't even guaranteed in the areas we live in and visit most.
That's when we discovered Walmart Family Mobile. While browsing around our local Walmart, I saw the Family Mobile display, and it instantly caught my attention. It's simple, you choose a phone, add a starter kit, and then choose your plan. That's it! And definitely affordable thanks to Walmart's low prices and roll backs! I chose the LG G Stylo based on the reviews I read online, and was happy to see that it was down to $179 (from $199). I love the large screen, long battery life, and 13 MP camera, and how easy it's been to use. The affordable pricing and roll backs didn't stop at the phone - I was pleasantly surprised to see that since their Family Mobile plan bills you later, I only had to pay $19.88 when I signed up (down from $25)!
The plan we chose was a no-brainer. Walmart's Family Mobile's PLUS plan comes with Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE plus a free new release movie rental on VUDU every month ($7 value) on each line for only $49.88 (plus, each additional line is $5 off!)! That's half the price I was paying previously!
With the unlimited talk, text and data, our entire family can keep up to date with each other in a really affordable way. As I mentioned earlier, we are a pretty busy trio as it is, and I only anticipate life getting a little more chaotic when #4 joins us later this year. My husband works long hours, and when he comes home at the end of the day, we only have a few hours together to be able to cook and eat dinner, and then it's time to put H to bed. Because of this, we don't get to spend much time together during the week, so we've started putting one night a week aside - just for us.
Now that we have the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan, we've started a weekly family movie night tradition with our free new release VUDU movie rental by streaming it to our Smart TV to get that time together. Our special night usually starts hours before, when H and I get in the kitchen and bake up something special for us all to enjoy together while we're watching whatever new release movie we've chosen to rent. Since H is currently obsessed with cupcakes, those have been on heavy rotation, and one of his very favorites are the popcorn cupcakes we make together.
Because I'm a fan of budgeting our time and money, I'm all about taking advantage of pre-made mixes, so these fun cupcakes are super easy to whip up, and H loves helping me mix, bake and put the finishing touches on everything. While the final result is delicious, what I honestly enjoy most is just spending quality time with H, in the kitchen together, like I used to do with my family when I was younger.
- 1 box of Cupcake mix of your choice (we used white)
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of oil (or unsweetened applesauce)
- 1 tube of frosting
- A bag of mini marshmallows
- Cupcake liners (red and white striped ones keep true to the popcorn feel, but feel free to get a little creative if your store doesn't have them, and make little DIY stands like we did!)
- Mix and bake cupcakes according to package directions, and let cool.
- While your cupcakes are cooling, start making your marshmallow popcorn (it's easy, I promise!) Taking your scissors, make 3 to 4 snips in the top half of each marshmallow, so they look like freshly popped kernels.
- Once cooled, apply a generous amount of frosting on each cupcake, and press in your marshmallow popcorn. You can work from the perimeter to the center, or start on one side and work to the other, and I actually do a few of each to keep them looking more unique.
- If you really want to get authentic, you can take a little kitchen torch and toast the top of the marshmallow popcorn, or you can also use an edible yellow paint on top to give your popcorn a buttered look.
- Cuddle up on the couch with your favorite VUDU rental thanks to Walmart's Family Mobile PLUS plan, and enjoy your popcorn cupcakes with your friends and family!
These nights we spend together are unplugged, meaning no Facebook, Instagram, Emails or anything. With the extra data and 4G LTE coverage that the PLUS plan gives us, I am able to constantly be connected so I can get more done during the day, and I can stay more organized with my work, household and mom duties. That way, when the Hubs gets home at the end of the day, I can fully unplug and focus on being with the people I love, rather than stressing over if my 'to do' list is done! The extra data also comes in handy while we're traveling, as I can keep H more entertained with watching his favorite shows and movies, playing games, or using his toddler-friendly educational apps.
It may only be one night a week, but it has really become a time that we all look forward to, especially after a long week. As our days of a family of three will soon be coming to a close, quality time with our current only child has really become more and more important. From shopping together for the snacks, choosing a new release movie to rent, and making a sweet treat to enjoy together and getting all snuggled up on the couch - it's all about being present with my family.
How much could your family save each month by switching to Walmart's Family Mobile PLUS plan? How would the extra data keep you and your family more entertained?
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 the Walmart Family Mobile Website or your local store for current pricing.