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Unlimited for $30 per month – Yes, please.

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I finally took the time to dig into my cell phone account. I’ve had a business account with Verizon forever it seems. As each child got old enough to have a phone, I just added them to the plan.

When I transitioned from a personal plan to a business plan, they explained all the benefits and savings. It was a great deal…back then.

Fast forward 8ish years and the addition of multiple lines and devices. And my bill is definitely way too crazy!

(And yes, I know the BAD Community has been on me for too long to do something about it. Finally, I did!)

Change without Loss

My biggest concern in making any changes was the thought of losing the excellent reliability and service we have had. It is crucial for my business.

And while I did appreciate all the suggestions for other providers. I did check several of them out.

But after 10 hours on the phone and chat support, I was able to lower our bill significantly. And stay with Verizon, which is the best outcome I could hope for.

Each line now has Unlimited Talk, Text and Data for $30 per month. There are two exceptions, for an extra $10 per month, two of the lines have hot spot capability. All in all, I have reduced our monthly service by over $120.

And I have communicated to all the kids that we will no longer be financing phones. If they want a new phone, they will need to buy it outright, meaning save for it. The twins have been responsible for their own phone purchases the last couple of years. And Gymnast purchased his last phone by saving his birthday money and doing chores.

I’ll have to wait until this next month to see what my new bill will look like, but it should be at least $120 cheaper every month and both History Buff and Sea Cadet pay their portion of the bill. Score, score, score…excited for this new financial win to go along with the strides I’ve made in paying off debt this month.

The Only Thing that is Consistent is Change

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Things continue to return to ‘normal’ around here, or at least, a new normal.

As you know Gymnast went to Texas last month to spend time with my parents and siblings. Princess and I will join them at the end of the month to celebrate Gymnast birthday and see my parents. We are traveling using the airline credits we gained from this same trip last year.

I’m really grateful that it has worked out for Princess to take college classes this summer. She is getting 9 hours in for FREE thanks to Georgia’s dual enrollment program. And since they are all online, it’s really made it easy for her to have a life. I’ve been very impressed with how she is managing her part time job, 9 hours of school and enjoying her free time with friends as new driver.

Ready to Adult

The camp Sea Cadet works at every summer has just announced that they will be holding day camps this year rather than the overnight camps. Before the COVID 19 changes, he had planned to return from Americorp and spend the summer as their camp nurse. Since he was sent home early, he has gotten a full time job as a health screener at a factory, a part time job as a EMT with our local county and is completing his Fire I training with the promise of a full time firefighter/EMT job in another county. (As I’m writing this, he’s just returned from one of his Fire I tests…a real burn.)

But he has decided that he does want this one last summer at camp, so he will be returning to Virginia. He will work for the month of July as the camp nurse. He will have completed his Fire I training before he leaves. As a result, he anticipates coming back to a full time job at as a firefighter/EMT in another county.  And he will also be able to hang on to his part time EMT job in our local county as well.

Waiting to Find Out about School

Gymnast, Princess and I will return to Georgia in July. Princess will have a couple more weeks of school at that point. I am hoping to get Gymnast his drivers permit. And we will wait to hear from the school districts are going to do. There are lots of rumors floating around, but we will wait to here definite plans.

That will determine what happens with Gymnast…until we have something concrete from the schools, the plan is that he will remain here.

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