I used to say that kids should not have cell phones. I am not buying my kids cell phones. Heck, I don’t even have a cell phone! hehe! but that was because I just hate to talk on the phone.
As the girls got older, and were involved with more things at school that required them to stay later or go elsewhere, I soon realized how it would be most helpful if they had cell phones so they can call home if they need anything or so I can find them if I need to. So on their birthdays last spring, I decided to let them have phones. Nothing fancy though, god knows I can’t afford to have another $100/month calling plan to have us all on it. Instead, I decided we would try a prepaid calling plan. We all agreed that these phones will be for emergency only, not for use to chit chat with friends all day long. We also agreed that they will earn their own minutes.
We decided to go with Tracfone because, while they do not have the lowest per minute charge, the length of their plan fit more with our planned cell phone use. They both started out with 120 minutes each. That was in March. According to the tracfone plan, they had until August to use up those minutes. For teenagers, they are actually pretty conservative cell phone users. They still had plenty of minutes left by the time they were getting ready to go on their summer vacation. They each spent $20 and got about 90 minutes added to their time just so they won’t run out of cell phone time while they were in California.
They’ve had their phones for about six months now and I just added more minutes to their phones for about $70. In total, we all spent about $170 for their two cell phones and that includes the initial purchase of the phones. That averages to about $14 per phone per month. Not too bad, eh? And this is with them making calls and text messages to their friends while they were on vacation!
Then on my recent purchase of additional minutes, yes I purchased it for them this time because they have been doing so well in school, I found out that you can use online coupon codes to get more value for your money. One site I found is www.momsview.com/. They have coupons for various items you may have need for, but they also have a section specifically for Tracfone coupon codes. I spent about $29 to get 120 minutes for one phone; with the coupon, we got a total of 210 minutes!