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What is the perfect age for my oldest child to get his first cell phone?
This is what I have been battling with for the last 2 years, mainly because he keeps asking for one. If it were up to me, he wouldn’t get a phone until he was a teenager because:
- I always know where he is.
- He doesn’t have anyone to call.
- I want to keep my coins.
I found out I was completely wrong about his social life. I asked him, “DJ Cool (his new nickname), who would you call if you had a phone?” He quickly ran down his list of classmates and church friends who have phones and why he needs one. And for the first time, I really considered it.
Children are maturing faster now, thanks to the internet and social media. They are exposed to things earlier and that sometimes causes them to grow up faster. I think giving my son a cell phone is more about me realizing that my baby is not a baby anymore.
I was wrong about Walmart Family Mobile
Last summer, we turned off our cable and ended up keeping it off because we saw the savings and the same shows online. This has opened me up to other ways to save money and get the same quality of products/services I use everyday. Last month, I started using the ZTE ZMAX phablet for what seems like a GAZILLON dollars less that my “other carrier”.
I am not exaggerating.
As you can see in the picture, I am excited! I purchased my new phone at Walmart on Thornton Rd. in Douglasville for $179! Also, for only $29.88 a month, my new phone (or my son’s new phone) comes with an Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan that includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data.
- A Fabulous 5.7” HD screen
- Snapdragon Quad Core processor
- 3400mAh battery, 14 hours talk time
I was wrong about the Walmart Family Mobile plan, because who knew they are wallet friendly with a variety of phone selections.
So, who gets the phone?
This is the big question because after using the phone, I like it. It’s unfortunate because my 9 year old son has said something everyday about this ZTE ZMAX:
- Mom, are you going to give me the phone?
- Mom, please give me the phone.
- Mom, I promise I will treat the phone good!
- Mom, when can I carry my new phone?
I like it, he wants it and I didn’t mention how my husband has been putting his sticky hands on it too! I turn around and my husband is on the internet studying for a test with the phone. So one new phone has basically become a family phone!
Family Goals for 2015
One thing that is important to me this year is saving money. I am trying to cut corners everywhere I can because I have a goal amount that I want in my savings by December 2015. I will admit cutting my cable was the catalyst, and now I see that Walmart Family Mobile will contribute to me achieving my goal by saving me money but I won’t slack on quality with my new phone (or my husbands).
Tax time is right around the corner, and as I sit and watch my husband get all of our paperwork together to file – I can’t help but think about what I am going to do with my tax return! Save it! Most of it. With the ZTE ZMAX now being sold for $179 at Walmart, I could get one for my husband too and still save money monthly.
He can have a phone!
Well, not today but soon. He is doing good in school and if he keeps it up he might have his hearts desire when he turns 10 in a few months! With unlimited talk and text, I won’t have to worry too much about what he talking about with his friends. But as a mom, I will be checking! 🙂
What do you think? What’s a good age for a child to have a cell phone? Have you tried Walmart Family Mobile Plans?