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A few weeks ago I shared with you all that we were headed to Maine to visit my family. We hadn’t been up in awhile and we wanted to be there to celebrate with my Grandmother for her 85th birthday. I’m really glad we had the opportunity, as we had the chance to visit with a lot of family at my Gram’s surprise party that I hadn’t seen in years.
Vacations in general can be expensive, but it has always seemed to me that trying to get to rural Maine is one of the most expensive places to which you can travel. While I was in college I remember trying to get a last-minute flight home for a surprise visit and the tickets were over a thousand dollars. Fortunately it wasn’t quite that expensive this time with a little advanced planning.
Having racked up some savings with the Walmart Family Mobile unlimited plan really helped defray the cost. When you’re only paying $40 for unlimited talk, data, and text, it frees up money to be put away or spent elsewhere. And I’d much rather be spending that money on creating family memories than paying our “other” carrier nearly double that amount for limited data and limited texts.
Of course the trip itself wasn’t the only place we used some of that savings. We also had decided to add a line to our plan (additional lines on the Family Mobile unlimited plans are only $35 per line) for my Mom. I worry about her driving around in snowstorms and on icy roads, and even though she’s protested in the past that she “doesn’t know how” to use a cell phone, I knew that in reality she’d likely feel better having one, too.
After we arrived at my parents’ house and they’d had plenty of time to soak in some play time with Bubbles, I had her sneak away with me for a minute and bring the gift bag out to Grammie. She wasn’t exactly sure what to think at first – it was a total surprise for her. We had put a little message on the phone before we wrapped it up and she got a kick out of that (I doubt it ever gets erased).
Now that Grammie doesn’t have to worry about long distance charges or racking up overages (so I can stick to using the online account center to pay the bill and not monitor usage), she feels more confident about calling us whenever she wants to talk to Bubbles. And since Bubbles loves to talk on the phone – especially to Grammie – she’s definitely okay with that. It makes me happy to know that we’re able to keep them even more connected in such a simple way.