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Red, White and Blue Party Food Roundup

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Fourth of July is just around the corner, and if you’re a regular reader of my blog you know that I have been sharing all sorts of fun red, white, and blue recipes over the last few weeks.  Today’s post is a roundup of fun patriotic recipes that are perfect for your holiday get together!

Red White and Blue Party Foods

Red, White and Blue Patriotic Party Foods

1.  Pigs in a blanket – These are pretty simple.  Just make them like usual, then brush with a little bit of food coloring before baking.  We used blue, but you could do red as well.

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Pigs in a blanket

2.  Two step cupcakes – Cute and tasty, these cupcakes can be made by little ones in just a matter of minutes!

Red White and Blue Cupcakes | Only two steps!

3.  Dipped strawberries – Another really easy treat, these strawberries are just dipped in white chocolate and blue sprinkles.

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Dipped strawberries

4.  American flag pizzaSometimes it’s nice to have something more filling than finger foods, and this pizza makes a great centerpiece for your holiday party table too!

Red White and Blue Party Foods | American Flag Pizza

5.  Fruit salad – Blueberries, raspberries, and star shaped cheese make a cute salad that’s good for you too!

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Fruit salad

6.  Patriotic pinwheels – Yummy and adorable, these pinwheels are made with cream cheese, provolone, peppers and tortillas.

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Patriotic Pinwheels

7.  Layered party punch – A science experiment and refreshing drink, your kids are sure to love this tri-colored beverage.

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Layered punch

8.  Caprese salad – Mozzarella pearls, grape tomatoes, basil and olive oil make a simple, beautiful salad that is super delicious.

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Caprese Salad

9.  Twizzlers – No preparation needed here!  Red and blue twizzlers make a sweet addition to your party foods.

Red White and Blue Party Foods

10.  Parent punch – Grown up cocktails with a patriotic twist, the same 3 ingredients make two tasty drinks for Mom and Dad!

Red White and Blue Party Foods | Party Punch and Martinis

Did you know that June 27th is National Bomb Pop Day?  Bomb Pops are one of my all time favorite childhood treats, and we still buy them on a regular basis today.  So you can probably imagine how tickled I was when they asked me to share some pops with my kids along with some other neat holiday party food ideas!  The folks over at Bomb Pop and Publix sent us a whole party pack to celebrate with, along with 2 boxes of popsicles, and that’s where the inspiration for all of my recipes came from!  Check out all of our fun party pictures below!

Red White and Blue Party Foods

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--Barbara

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Red white and blue martini – Parent party punch recipe

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Last week I shared a recipe for a cute red, white, and blue layered party punch for kids, and it was so popular that today I’m sharing another drink that’s just for grown ups!  It fits right in with the patriotic party theme for the upcoming 4th of July holiday, and I’ve got two versions for you: one for a casual cookout and another for a more formal get together.  They both have the same exact ingredients, they are just prepared a little differently.  Check out the recipe below!Red White and Blue Party Foods | Party Punch and Martinis

 

Red, White and Blue Parent Party Punch and Martinis

Ingredients:

2 oz vodka

6 oz mandarin orange sparkling water (I used Clear American)

1 Tbsp grenadine

Ice

Fresh blueberries on a skewer for garnish

Red White & Blue Martinis and Parent Party Punch

Parent Party Punch Directions:

1.  Mix vodka, sparkling water, and grenadine in a 16 oz glass.

2.  Fill with ice to the top.

3.  Garnish with blueberry skewer and a cute straw (if desired)

Red White and Blue Party Punch

Red, White and Blue Martini Directions:

1.  Fill a shaker with ice.

2.  Pour in vodka and sparkling water, shake well to mix.

3.  Strain into a chilled martini glass.

4.  Slowly pour grenadine down the side of the glass so it settles in the bottom.

5.  Garnish with blueberry skewer.Red White & Blue Martinis and Parent Party Punch

 

***Tip – If you pour the grenadine into the martini glass too quickly, it will just mix with the vodka.  You MUST pour it slowly down the side of the glass for it to layer properly.

This drink is just as delicious with rum or a silver tequila, I’m just a vodka kind of gal. 😉  You could also you a different flavor of sparkling water if you like, but trust me, the mandarin orange is really tasty!Red White & Blue Martinis and Parent Party Punch

 

Red White & Blue Martinis and Parent Party Punch

 

 

Having lots of people over?  Make a whole pitcher!  You can premix all of it without ice for the punch, or just premix the vodka and sparkling water to prep for the martinis.  Blueberry skewers can be made in advance as well.  Just remember to keep it out of the reach of kiddos, it’s colorful and fun, and they’ll be tempted to take a sip!

Red White & Blue Martinis and Parent Party Punch

 

Have you checked out my other red, white, and blue recipes? 

Red White and Blue Party Foods

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--Barbara

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Red White and Blue Pinwheel Recipe

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This red, white, and blue pinwheel recipe is the perfect addition to your 4th of July get together!  It’s simple and quick, and looks adorable when it’s all finished and cut up for serving.  Don’t worry, it doesn’t taste “blue” either, there’s ranch mixed in there!

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Red White and Blue Pinwheels

Ingredients:
3 large flour tortillas
8 oz tub of whipped cream cheese
Blue food coloring
1 packet ranch dip/dressing mix
1 pack sliced provolone (or any other white cheese)
1 small sweet red pepper
Plastic wrap

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

This recipe does have blue food coloring in it, so if you try to stay away from food dyes you’ll want to check out an alternative like India Tree Natural Decorating Colours.

Directions:
1.  Pour the ranch packet into the cream cheese, mix well.
2.  Squeeze blue food coloring into cream cheese, stir until desired color.
3.  Spread cream cheese across tortillas.
4.  Cover each tortilla with 4 pieces of cheese.
5.  Cut pepper into thin strips and lay out across the top of the cheese.
6.  Tightly roll up each tortilla.
7.  Wrap each tortilla in plastic wrap and chill for at least 3o minutes.
8.  Remove plastic wrap from chilled tortillas and slice before serving.

Red, White & Blue Pinwheels printer friendly recipe

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

 

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Spread the cream cheese across the tortillas

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Top the cream cheese with provolone

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Top the cheese with sliced peppers

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Tightly roll the tortillas

 

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Wrap each rolled tortilla with plastic wrap

Red white and blue recipes | Pinwheels

Chill wrapped tortillas for 30 minutes then unwrap and slice

***FRUIT VERSION – If you want more of a dessert pinwheel, you can trade out the ranch mix for a half teaspoon of clear vanilla extract, and use sliced strawberries instead of the peppers.  Yummy!
These pinwheels can be a tiny bit difficult to roll, as you want to make sure they are REALLY tight, so that they stay together when you slice them.  Other than that, it’s a cute finger food that’s perfect for holiday get togethers.  You could even change up the colors, doing green instead of blue for Christmas, or orange peppers and black coloring for Halloween!

Don’t forget to pin this patriotic pinwheel recipe for later, and be sure to share your pictures with me when you make it!

Red white and blue recipes

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--Barbara

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Red, white and blue punch recipe – Great for kids!

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I’ve been sharing some of our favorite red, white, and blue recipes this month, and today’s post is a fun multi-colored punch that is perfect for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. It’s easy to make, yummy to drink, and sure to delight your littles.  You can even use it as a mini science lesson while you’re at it!

Red White and Blue layered party punch | Great for kids

Red, White and Blue Punch

Ingredients:Red White and Blue layered party punch | Great for kids

Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Blueberry Pomegranate G2 Gatorade

Mandarin Orange Clear American Zero

 

Directions:

1.  Pour about an inch of cranberry into the bottom of a clear glass.

2.  Fill with ice to the top.

3.  Slowly pour in the Gatorade until the glass is 2/3 full.

4.  Top off with clear soda.

5.  Let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving to make sure the different drinks have time to fully separate.

6.  Blow your kids away with your magic drink skills!

 

How it works:

Liquids will separate based on their sugar content.  Those with the highest concentration of sugar will sink to the bottom, whereas those with no sugar (or a sugar alternative like Splenda or Stevia) will end up on top.  You really don’t have to use the specific drinks I mentioned above in the ingredients, you just need to make sure that you have one with a high sugar content, one with low sugar, and one with little to no sugar.  But if you don’t want to run around the store comparing nutrition labels, just use the ones I listed above.  We typically don’t do any sort of high sugar drinks at all in our house (or those with fake sugars) but I made an exception for these because they are so cool looking.

Red White and Blue layered party punch | Great for kids

Want to make these drinks even more spectacular?  Top them off with a cherry and a skewer of blueberries and a cute straw!  Be sure you use a clear cup or glass, otherwise you won’t be able to see the colors, lol!

Red White and Blue layered party punch | Great for kids

Red white and blue recipes

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--Barbara

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Share Your Laundry Tips and WIN!

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Laundry Tips

If you’ve read my laundry tips before, then you already know by now about my love/loathe relationship with laundry, right?  So I’m always up for tips to make the task simpler.  I’ve shared some of my favorite tips for laundry in general before, but what about for stain removal?  Do you have some great tips and tricks for beating those tough stains?  Got a “secret formula” passed down from generation to generation?  It’s time to spill the beans!

Now you can score big, jut for sharing your favorite stain tips!  Check it out: click ‘share a stain tip’ and login with Facebook for the chance to win a weekly prize from Resolve.

Along the same lines, you can also sign up for Cascade’s #MyPlatinum Instagram Contest for a chance to win a KitchenAid® Kitchen Makeover.  You must have an Instagram account to enter this sweepstakes and you must submit picture to show how Cascade makes your dishes, glassware, and silverware sparkling clean.  It may not be laundry tips, but it’s your clean dishes — and that’s got to be worth $10k, right!?  🙂


Cascade

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--Barbara

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Why Endorse App Users Need to Cash In ASAP!

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Word of warning for any fellow Endorse App users. Login to your account, and request payment IMMEDIATLY for any funds remaining. As of 6-19-13, they are closed. You have until June 30, 2013 to request payments.

I repeat: The Endorse App is closing.  Request funds before June 30, 2013.

It doesn’t matter how much or how little you have in holding, you’ll want to get what’s yours before it’s too late. I only had a little over $2, but I went ahead and requested payment yesterday morning. I’m still waiting for it to go through, but I”ll update as soon as I get it. *sigh* Y’all let me know if/when it comes through for y’all!

Endorse App Closed

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--Barbara

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Holding a Successful Garage Sale

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holding a successful garage sale

Holding a successful garage sale

Holding a successful garage sale takes a little planning, and a little thought.  If you expect to just throw your stuff out on the lawn the morning of, with no price tags, and sell everything like hot cakes, then you’ll likely be sorely disappointed.  Unless you actually have hot cakes to sell, in which case, let me know; I’ll bring my own fork.  😉

As a self-proclaimed veteran garage sale goer and holder, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. And with it being “garage sale season”, I know many of you may be looking to unload lots of your loot.

So, here are my (sometimes rather opinionated) tips to making the most of your garage sale:

Holding a Successful Garage Sale: Before the sale (Prep work)

  • Take the sentimentality out of your pricing. So you’re ready to part with that adorable costume your kid wore for Halloween? Great, but keep in mind what someone would actually PAY for it, not what you think it was worth to you.
  • It doesn’t matter what you paid for something new.  This is a garage sale, and people expect reasonable prices for goods being sold.  You may have paid $100 for that lovely purse when it was new, but if you’re selling it at a garage sale, expect to let it go for less than $20.  If you think you could (should) get more for it, try posting it to a Facebook yard sale group, Craigslist, Amazon, or eBay.  Remember, this is a garage sale; people are looking for cheap finds on used goods.  You just won’t see many high-end items at a garage sale, and there’s good reason for that.
  • Have prices clearly marked or posted.  My biggest pet peeve, and the quickest way for me to exit a sale, is to not find prices on anything.  Yes, this takes time and preparation before hand.  You’ll want to start pricing things at least a few days ahead of time, and put price tags on as much as you can.  If you have a group of like items all at the same price (clothes, books, etc), you may be able to get away with just posting a sign for that group.
  • Advertise your sale.  Utilize free tools, like Craigslist and Facebook, to get the word out about your sale.  If you don’t have any, create (or buy) signs so people can know where you are.  Make sure your signs are EASILY readable from the street, and your address is clearly shown.
  • “Display” as much as possible.  Don’t make me dig through a box on your driveway to find something worthwhile.  Set up multiple tables, shelves, and other areas on which to display what you’re selling.  The more visible your items are, the easier people can spot them, the more likely they’ll be to come over and browse!  This is especially critical for big-ticket items or any items you really wish to MOVE!  Selling clothes? Take two ladders, and run a pole through the rungs, and voila!  You’ve got a rack to display clothing on hangers.  Or if you’re really lucky or fancy, utilize one of these.  Books — show as many of them with their front covers showing as possible.  Group series, and/or same authors together — people may wish to “bundle” them.

Holding a Successful Garage Sale: During the sale

  • Be prepared for haggling.  This should go without saying, but I’ve been to many garage sales where people seemed shocked that I suggested a lower price on items.  Along those lines, see my next point:
  • Keep your goal in mind.  Are you selling items to help make ends meet?  Are you simply looking to purge clutter in your home?  Are you raising money for a charity?  (If so, you definitely advertise that it’s a fundraiser — it’ll be certain to drive customers your way.)  What will happen with unsold items: will they be donated, or will some items come back in to be sold at future garage sales or online?  If you’re looking simply to lighten your load, then flexibility in price is key.  However, if you are looking to make money, then stay firm with your (reasonable, well-thought-out) prices; but be prepared for some items to not sell that day.  Consider an online sale via Craigslist, eBay, or in a Facebook group.  There are TONS of Facebook groups just within the Atlanta area dedicated to this purpose.

 

All in all, if you take a little time before hand to prep and tag your items at reasonable prices, but are prepared to wiggle on them; have things displayed well for folks to peruse through;  and can let that sentimental item out of your tight grip — you, too, can hold a successful garage sale!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Red, white and blue cupcakes in just 2 steps!

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These cute red, white, and blue cupcakes are perfect for patriotic holidays like the 4th of July. Not only are they adorable and delicious, but they are also really easy to make!  Keep reading to find the secret behind these tasty treats!

Two step Red White and Blue cupcakes| Great for kids

Did y’all know just a few years ago I was big into baking?  I mean, I baked ALL KINDS of stuff.  Cupcakes, cakes, cake balls (before they got popular, dangit!), the list just goes on and on.  See, I’m good at that sort of thing but I don’t have the heart and passion for it.  It takes a lot of work, and tons of patience, and I’m just not up for doing that every day any more.  But the kiddos still want treats somedays, we still have get togethers to attend, which means I had to come up with something awesome but easy.  So today I’m sharing my super secret, 2 step recipe for red, white, and blue cupcakes that are the perfect dessert for your upcoming 4th of July parties.  Are you ready?  Let’s get started!

Red, White & Blue Cupcakes

Step 1: Buy premade cupcakes with white icing, raspberries, and blueberries.

Two step Red White and Blue cupcakes| Great for kids

Step 2: Arrange the berries on top of the cupcakes.

Two step Red White and Blue cupcakes| Great for kids

Ta-dah!  That’s it!  I know, it’s super lazy easy right?  Look how cute they are, and they literally take seconds to put together.  My 4yo daughter actually made the ones for our party, and she was so proud of herself when she was finished.  She had just as much fun as if we had made them from scratch, but this was faster and a lot less messy!  Just don’t tell on me now, ya hear? 😉

Two step Red White and Blue cupcakes| Great for kids

A few tips:

-You can switch out any red berry for the raspberries, it really doesn’t matter.  You could do strawberries or even cherries!

-Check for discount cupcakes, I know they mark them down the next day at Kroger and Walmart.  I paid about $6.00 for the dozen, but didn’t have to bake or pipe icing on, woohoo!

-Make sure all your blueberries are facing the same way, or they won’t look nearly as cutesy.

Be sure to check out my American Flag Pizza recipe, it’s kid friendly and fits in perfectly with the patriotic party food theme!

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--Barbara

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{Picky Tot Pleasers} Veggies and Pasta: Bulk Up A Classic

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Ahh, veggies and pasta: typically a winning combination, until you bring in the child who won’t eat anything!  In my constant quest for picky Tot pleasers, I bring you recipes designed with the finickiest eaters in mind.  Some were successful, some not-so-much — but they all lend themselves to variations, to help please even your picky Tot.  🙂

My son (17 months) hasn’t been crazy about noodles, so I haven’t pushed them too much lately. Unlike with his sister, I can’t throw in some frozen veggies when I boil noodles, and toss with sauce… So, I tried to get creative the other day. Here’s what I came up with:

Picky Tot Pleaser: Veggies and Pasta

I used:

  • noodles of choice (I used macaroni elbows, for ease of grip for tiny hands)
  • Frozen carrot coins
  • A little pat of butter
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Parmesan (also to taste)

Boil the carrots for about five minutes, then add noodles to cook as well , for an additional seven to ten minutes. Drain, but do NOT RINSE. In a bowl, toss with butter until melted, then toss with pepper and Parmesan.

This lends itself to multiple variations, of course! Boil with mixed veggies (peas, carrots, corn, etc), toss with a tomato pasta sauce, substitute shredded cheese for the Parmesan for a different texture, boil finely chopped or grated garlic for last few minutes, — what variations would YOU make?

My son’s verdict? He gobbled up the carrots, and threw he noodles on the floor. And then asked for more. *sigh*  Check out more recipes here.

Veggies and Pasta {Picky Tot Pleasers}

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--Barbara

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5 ways to save money with Family Mobile unlimited plans

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I am currently trying out a new cheap wireless plan as part of a compensated project for Collective Bias®. This article shares my experience and thoughts about the new Family Mobile unlimited plans.

It’s been a month since I switched over to Walmart Family Mobile’s unlimited plan, and I wanted to check back in and give you guys an update.  I already told you all about their reasonably priced phone selection and how easy it was to activate my service so I won’t waste your time by repeating myself.  Instead I’ll be sharing my experience with using their service, and 5 ways my Family Mobile plan is helping me save money.

Saving my family money with Walmart Family Mobile

Family Mobile unlimited plans are great for big families like ours!

I have to tell you, I have been really pleased with my service overall.  The low price rate plan is great for my family’s budget, their customer service has been wonderful, and I have better coverage than I did when I was with Boost Mobile.  Oh, and I love my awesome new smartphone too!

Saving money with Walmart Family Mobile

I’m pretty excited about my new phone, can you tell? 😉

One thing I heard several times from you guys was that you needed more than 1GB of data each month.  Something Walmart Family Mobile can definitely improve on is explaining their data services better.  As you can see in the picture below, you DO have unlimited data, but the first 1GB each month is considered “Speed Boost” data, meaning it’s much faster.  (Why it says 250MB, I have no clue)  

If you exceed 1GB, then your speed will be slowed down, but you can still use all the data you want for no additional fee.  If you have a need for speed (hahaha!), you do have the option of adding on more of that faster data each month.

Saving money with Walmart Family Mobile

I blew through that first gig pretty fast, as I am a heavy data user.  As in all. day. long.  How else am I supposed to pin all the things, and watch all the things, and share all the things?!  Yes, I have noticed that speeds are a tiny bit slower now, but not enough to really make a difference or get on my nerves.  Especially when I can use all the data I want!

Saving money with Walmart Family Mobile

As far as coverage is concerned, from what I initially saw on the Walmart Family Mobile maps, things looked pretty great compared to my old service.  Now that I’ve used the service for a month, I can say that I really do think the coverage is better.  I can use my phone in areas that I didn’t have service in before, like at my in laws house.  I also don’t randomly lose service like I was doing before.

The really big test will be later this month when we make a trip down to south Georgia. Some of those areas are REALLY rural and have no service period, by any providers.  From the maps on the Family Mobile site, it looks like we should have coverage the entire trip, so I’m pretty sure I won’t be disappointed.

Saving money with Walmart Family Mobile

Another thing I really like about my new phone plan is the great customer service I have received.  When I called to port over my old number, everyone I spoke with was very polite and helpful.  When I had a question about my bill, again, everyone was super nice.  That seems to be unusual with cell phone providers these days, so I was honestly pretty surprised.

The account management section of their site is very easy to navigate, so paying my bill or making changes to my plan is quick and easy.  I also like that they send me texts to remind me when my bill is due, as well as the receipt and confirmation number once a payment is made.  I hate having to print our receipts and save emails or write down confirmation numbers, I always lose them!  This way I have it right in my phone, ready to access, just in case there is a problem.

Saving money with Walmart Family Mobile

This makes me happy, it’s one less thing I have to remember to do!

The only complaint I have about the myTouch smartphone I am using is that there aren’t very many cases to choose from. As someone that has a tendency to drop things rather frequently, I like to have extra protection for my electronics.  While I was a little bummed about the lack of selection, I am still more than pleased with the phone and service overall.

So now that I’ve told you what I like and dislike about my new smartphone and Family Mobile unlimited plan, I’d like to share with you some ways that I am saving money by using their service.  It’s not just from the monthly bill, there are quite a few other things too!

5 ways to save money with Walmart Family Mobile

1.  Comparison shopping on-the-go – With the use of a smartphone and my unlimited data, I can compare prices while I’m out shopping.  I can be in the aisle at Walmart, checking the price at Kroger, Kmart, Amazon, etc. to make sure I get the best price.  Many stores will price match now if their competitor is offering a better deal.  Or, if I find a way better deal on Amazon, I can go ahead and use my one-click ordering and buy it right then!  Without an unlimited data plan, that’s not really an option for savvy shoppers like myself.

2.  No late/reconnect fees for not paying bill on time – If I forget to pay my bill, my phone may be turned off, but I don’t have to pay late fines or reconnect fees to turn it back on.  I just have to pay my bill.  And that’s not even an issue anymore, because I get texts to my phone to remind me to pay each month!  I am the worst about forgetting to pay things, and always end up paying extra because of that.  (And let’s not even get started on library fines, eek!)

3.  Money saving apps like Scoutmob and Gas Buddy – Just like with the comparison shopping on-the-go, I can also find the best deals on gas nearby, or for a bite to eat, all with different apps I can download for free from Google Play.  Unlimited data lets me search for those deals close by, without having to worry about going over my limit and getting stuck with big overage fees.

4.  Cheaper home internet service – With a limited data plan, you can still get online as long as you are using wifi.  Most people just use their home wifi and save their data for when they are on the go.  That really slows down the speed if you have multiple people connected, and then you end up paying more for upgraded home internet that can accommodate everyone’s wifi needs.  With the unlimited data, you don’t have to connect via wifi ever again, and can use a less expensive plan for home instead!

5.  Unlimited plan for a low monthly fee – I took a moment to check out the pricing for a similar phone and plan with AT&T since they are one of the most popular companies today.  Most people go with a 2 year contract to get the free phone, so I decided to base the numbers off that.  Check it out:

AT&T vs Family Mobile cost comparison

AT&T is almost 3x more than Family Mobile’s unlimited plan!  That’s a pretty huge difference, wouldn’t you agree?  And there are no early termination fees with Family Mobile, because it’s a month-to-month service with no contract.

So what do you think, are you ready to give Walmart Family Mobile a try?  You can set everything up online in minutes, or you can do it in person at pretty much any Walmart Supercenter.  It took me less than 10 minutes to grab my activation kit and have my phone turned on when I visited my local Walmart last month.

Could you use more money in your pocket every month?

Are you overpaying for a limited wireless plan?

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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