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I’m not going to go into all the nitty gritty details; (trust me, they’re boring) but I will say this. When another company made Jason an offer, he took it. Sure, he will miss the old company; they hired him on as little more than an overgrown kid, and taught him much of what he knows now. However, he is moving on up. 🙂
And guess what? I’m thrilled for his life upgrade!
(A life upgrade is improving any area of your life for the better)
The offer included a pay raise and more importantly, the position Jason had worked towards for nearly 6 years in the first company. My dear hubby is now a crew leader, more commonly known as a foreman, in a great landscaping company.
This new position brings changes for him, but also for me. The new job is a bit further away, so I’m adjusting to him arriving home a little later. I also need to figure out our new insurance, and figure out a different phone plan.
As foreman, Jason will have a company phone. Which is quite nice, because it gave me the little push I’ve been needing to quit paying $135 a month for our contracted cell service. His phone will be taken care of, but I need to find something more affordable for myself.
After reading about Walmart Family Mobile, I had to check it out.
Why Walmart Family Mobile? Well…. if someone told you you could get unlimited talk, text and data, which includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data for only $29.88 a month, wouldn’t you at least try it out? Absolutely! A second line is less than $25 a month, so I’m thinking I should’ve done this a long time ago for hubby too.
***Here’s a hint. If for some strange reason you decide to take photos of store displays, make sure no one is behind you. I wanted to capture the entire mobile center where my new phone was found. I knew it was a bit cramped in there, but I still thought I bumped into the display behind me a bit fast, when I backed up for a good shot. Totally unconcerned, I leaned against it while trying to get my camera to focus and get a good shot.
As it turns out, the “display” was a cart pushed there by another customer and I hadn’t heard it; apparently there are quiet carts at Walmart. 😀 On the bright side, we both got a good laugh out of it!
I decided that the ZTE ZMAX Phablet was made for me. Why? Well, isn’t bigger always better? *snicker*
While Jason’s upgrade was his dream job, my life upgrade was a new phone. Pretty sad when I consider a new piece of technology a life upgrade right?!
I went with that Phablet (totally pronounced FAB-Let) because it has a nice big 5.5″ screen. As a blogger who uses her phone for :::whispers::: “crazy stuff”, that big screen is amazing!
Another reason, is the fact that many of my recipes are online. I either have my laptop sitting in scary positions in my kitchen, or I’m squinting, trying to read the recipe on my phone. Much larger than my old phone and not as bulky as my laptop. Yummy recipes? Now that’s a life upgrade in and of itself!
The ZTE ZMAX was $179, and while I could’ve gotten a cheaper one like the ZTE Zinger which is normally $39.88, now Rolled Back to $19.84 (totally awesome pricing for a smart phone!); I figured the ZTE ZMAX was worth the extra. After all, with my cheaper plan, it won’t take long at all to pay it back in savings. (I will save enough from my contract plan in 2 months to more than pay for that phone!)
It cost a one time $25 fee to start my service, and there is no contract, which means…. no crazy cut-off fee. Ever. 🙂 Instead, I get unlimited talk, text and web, with 500MB of 4G LTE internet. Guys… THAT’s fast!
Why is the Timing Perfect?
Okay, so clearly, I needed to do something different for phone service, but why is now such a great time for a life upgrade in the form of a cool new phone? Um, helloooo? tax return!
In our home we have 7 ways (now 6 because #2 no longer applies) we use our tax refund.
- Credit card
- “Special Occasions” fund
- Something we need
- A treat (something we want)
A new phone is something I needed (#5), something I wanted (#7), and it will actually help me save (#1)!!!
Each year after we get our tax refund, Jason and I enjoy a date night (#7). It’s a sorta “look, we’re almost to the end of winter/we have a little extra money to spend” celebration. Of course, my new phone and it’s killer 8 MP camera will be helping me record the moment. <3
What is one thing you like to do with your tax return?