Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerIsForSavings #CollectiveBias #WFM4 This summer has been one of our slowest in years. We didn’t take a big vacation and we spent more than a couple weekends on the couch. Don’t get me wrong, we still did a lot. We made a lot of road trips close to home. My son was in Europe for two weeks. I flew to Denver for a long weekend. We weren’t lacking for things to do, but still managed to keep it low key and not be crazy busy.
How lucky is that boy that he got to go to Europe? He got to see some places that I visited 15 years ago. Along with that trip, he was at his dad’s for half the summer. It’s so much easier than the past summers where he was with his dad the entire time because we lived in different states or countries. Now, I get him half the summer and while the arrangement is sometimes weird, there are times when I don’t see him for a couple weeks. I miss the kid! I’m glad that he has his own phone so he and I can text and keep in touch. I can send him all the pictures of things that remind me of him. He has an LG Grace phone through Walmart Family Mobile, powered by T-Mobile. I’m a huge fan of these plans for kids. They have great phones, but don’t have the price tag you would expect. It’s also super easy! Just pick a phone, a plan, activate it, and you are golden. We also love the plan that is $49.88 TRULY Talk, Text, & Data◊. That’s an awesome price for everything you get. Unlimited data is a blessing with teens/pre-teens. Also? No contract and no activation fees. That means I can take it away if need be and not have to pay for it until he’s out of trouble.
While he wasn’t here for half the summer, he was here for half the summer! That’s still plenty of time to have fun! We had plenty of adventures and pool time while he was gone, but I try to save the big stuff so he isn’t left out. We hit up local attractions, state parks, museums, played tourists, and all sorts of stuff. We made the drive to visit the George H. W. Bush Library and toured the Cave Without A Name, both quite a drive for us. Since we have Nationwide coverage on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network, I don’t have to worry about him losing service during drives. He can map places for me or look things up while I drive. I do try to restrict screen time, but even I realize that some drives are just too long to not let them play games or watch videos.
We did take full advantage of the pool though. Our neighborhood has a pretty nice one. It’s so much easier to just walk down the street than pack it all up and drive somewhere. It’s no big deal to walk down and let the kids play for an hour or so in the evening. They wear themselves out and I can either swim or chit chat with the neighbors. I’ve met a lot of neighbors at the pool this year. Thankfully, summer extends into October here, so we’ll be swimming for a while. My son likes to take the phone along to listen to music or take videos of his friends. He’s only gotten into music the last year or two, so him having his own phone allows him to keep his stuff separate from mine. He also can keep track of his podcasts separate from mine. I listen to them every day while I work, but he doesn’t as much. Rainy days also give us time to use the free VUDU** movie rental credit. Customers on the $49.88 TRULY Unlimited Plan get a free VUDU** movie rental credit valued at $7.00 each time they renew their service.
With school starting next week and him being in junior high now (where did my baby go?!?), I know he’s going to start doing more things with his friends and have more after school activities. It’ll be nice to know he can call me if need be.
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**Limited time offer. Available for lines active with the PLUS $49.88 plan only. VUDU enabled device and account required for digital viewing. Customers must be 18 years or older to open a VUDU account. Movie rental only available in the USA. Free movie rental provided in the form of a movie rental code to the value of a $7.00 VUDU credit. Movie rental code allows for selection from available movies for rent. May not be readily redeemable on all new releases. Code will be delivered within up to 24 hours of the effective account renewal date. Must be used within 30 days of receiving code. Offer is non-transferable. Limit 1 per customer. Additional terms and conditions on VUDU’s website: http://www.vudu.com/