A few weeks ago when I got my income tax return I was in the market for new phone and phone plans for the family. My goal was to get the most bang for my buck, save money and use as little of my tax return as possible to make this all come together.
After comparing mobile phone plans to get the most value, I decided to upgrade my kids Walmart Family Mobile and get them a new phone. I switched them to the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan which gives them Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data, includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE† data then 2G*, plus we get a free VUDU movie credit every month ($7 value) per line for $49.88.
In addition to the price, the extra data this plan offers is perfect since this phone is shared between my three teens. They all use it on the fly to text friends, search the web and get on social media. The unlimited data (includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE† data then 2G*) with this plan make it possible for all of the kids to share a phone versus buying one for each of them.
My favorite part of our new plan is the free movie credit. We rent movies quite frequently so this will be one less movie I have to pay for each month. Each month the kids will be able to search for a movie on VUDU using their new Samsung Galaxy On5. The Samsung Galaxy On5 was on rollback for $69 (reg. $119), and even with the expense, I came out cheaper keeping them on the Walmart Family Mobile rather than switching carriers. I saved another $19.88 on the SIM Kit since I already had a compatible SIM card in their current phone. For those who don’t, you can “just pick a phone or Bring Your Own, and get your SIM Kit for only $19.88.”
Since we saved so much money, I decided to designate some of the savings and do something special with the kids. Instead of just watching the movie I decided to make it an experience. I pulled up three movies on VUDU for the kids to vote on. While they decided what to watch, I decorated for movie night.
I decided to set up a snack buffet right below the television that lets us stream VUDU movies via the app.
To keep things frugal, I DIY’ed several aspects of the party and bought snacks that were on sale.
I wanted to weave the movie theme into the room, but not go overboard so I made these simple No-Sew Hollywood Walk of Fame-themed movie night pillows.
Hot glue gun
1. Draw or trace a star on the cardstock. You can print a template or draw the start freehand. Cut out the star. Fold the piece of felt in half and trace half of the star onto it using the chalk.
2. While the felt is still folded, cut out the shape you traced. Unfold and you should have a whole star.
3. Now hot glue the star to the pillow to secure it. I made two stars per pillow in different sizes.
I also saved money on decorations my spray painting wooden craft stars with silver spray paint and sprinkling silver glitter on them while the were still wet. Two coats of spray paint and glitter produced the fun glittery stars I used at our faux concessions stand.
I used the stars to personalize snack containers and decorate our faux concessions stand.
I specifically looked for snacks that were on sale or rollback this week and bought Walmart brand items to make this party as frugal as possible.
Here are some pictures of how everything turned out.
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 http://cbi.as/7e-jr or your local Walmart for current pricing.