I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. Finally, my oldest son (14) is going to get his first smartphone this Christmas. It’s going to be hard to keep it a secret, but I have my ways. He’s going to be so surprised. I was able to find a Concord smartphone for under $50, and the no contract unlimited plans from Walmart Family Mobile are even less!
Right now, my son has an expensive phone that’s not a smartphone. It was from one of those other carriers that offer unlimited plans. His simple phone was crazy expensive. The worst part? He kept leaving it at home because he was “embarrassed” to pull it out in front of friends. His phone, the one he begged for, which cost me more than most of his friends phones cost, wasn’t good enough for him. Teenagers! So for a while, that attitude was earning him coal for Christmas! Even with unlimited plans, phones that are hundreds of dollars can eat up that savings pretty quickly. That’s why I’m so grateful for #FamilyMobileSaves unlimited plans and the super affordable Concord smartphone. This is so exciting. And the whole family is in on the big secret.
I knew that this was a great deal, but it helped that my Walmart associate, Aaron, gave me the thumbs up! He said this phone is a best seller because of the great price on the phone and the competitive unlimited plans.
Today, my very nervous son confessed that two days ago, he lost the crazy expensive phone I mentioned earlier. I am not happy about him losing the phone. Nonetheless, for the most part, he is a responsible boy and the phone was likely stolen. All things considered, I couldn’t have planned this surprise any better if I tried! So now I’m walking around the house, “annoyed” by his irresponsibility, declaring that I will not buy him another phone. I already bought the Concord smartphone just the other day. The one month between now and Christmas for him to “suffer” without a phone, is going to be just the right thing to teach him to be much more careful with the new one he has no idea he’s getting. At 14-years-old, he’s not a man, not a boy, and merely at the awkward beginning of the teenage years. It’s a time when parents have to simultaneously hold on tight and let go. It’s definitely an awkward time for parents. We have to begin to give our children the freedom to make good choices and learn from the bad ones. Still, we should be aware and involved, minus the micro-management of their lives. With unlimited plans, kids tend to test those limits by talking day and night. As parents, it’s up to us to set the limits we feel are appropriate. One of the things I love about #FamilyMobileSaves is that it offers easy online account management so I can check in or monitor usage as needed. While pretending to be madder than I was about the lost phone, I told my son that IF he did get a new phone, he’d have to pay for the phone and service with his own money. I meant
that most of that. He will get his new Concord smartphone with activation kit and three months of service paid, on one of the #FamilyMobileSaves no contract unlimited plans. Luckily, their unlimited plans are affordable enough that even he can pay for the service with the money he earns from going the extra-mile at home. This is a win-win. I can’t wait for him to see his present! By: Alicia Gonzalez