6 Months Free Cell Service With Republic Wireless Phone Purchase

If you’ve been looking for the perfect time to get a new phone and switch to Republic Wireless, now is the time.

Over the next couple weeks, Republic Wireless (the cell phone company my wife and I use) will be offering six months of free cell phone service with the purchase of a phone.

Here’s how it works and how you can take advantage.

The Promo Details

So how does this promotion work? Basically, you buy one of the two phones Republic Wireless is offering this promo on, listed below. Each phone has specific dates for which the promo applies.

If you buy one of these brand new phones from RepublicWireless.com during the phone’s promo period, you’ll received a discount on the phone and six months of free service at the 1 GB per month level.

If you choose a plan with more data, you simply pay the difference between the 1 GB plan price and the price of the plan you choose.

The promo requires you to pay for the first month’s service in December, but for the months of January through June 2017, your phone bill will be covered (up the the 1 GB plan) except for taxes and telecom fees, which you’ll have to pay yourself.

In order for this promo to apply, you must activate your phone by December 29th, 2016.

The Phone Choices

I have not used either of these phones before, but they look like good deals for the price points at which they’re being offered.

When you add in six free months of service, it seems like an obvious decision to switch to Republic Wireless and start saving money with their $20 per month phone plans!

The first phone is the Moto Z Play, normally $449, but currently offered at $100 off, or $349, with this promo.

The offer on this phone runs from December 7, 2016 through December 12, 2016 or however long supplies last, whichever comes first. The phone has a 5.5 inch screen, 32 GB of memory, a MicroSD slot for additional memory, 3GB of RAM, a 16 MP camera and up to 50 hours of battery life.

The second phone is the Huawei Ascend 5w, normally $179, but offered at $50, or $129, with this promo.

The offer on this phone runs from December 13, 2016 through December 19, 2016 or until supplies run out, whichever comes first. The phone has a 5.5″ screen, 16 GB of memory, a MicroSD slot for additional memory, 2GB of RAM, a 13 MP camera, a fingerprint sensor and a buffed metal body.

Our Experience With Republic Wireless

My wife and I have been using Republic Wireless for years now. They offer cheap phone service in a pretty awesome way. The plan pricing starts at $15 per month with no data or $20 per month with 1 GB of data.

The reason Republic Wireless can offer these rock bottom rates is because they use WiFi calling and text technology.

Whenever you’re on a strong enough WiFi network, Republic Wireless will use your WiFi signal instead of a cell tower signal to route calls and text messages.

I personally think this is awesome because it allows me to make phone calls from places even if there is no cell tower signal.

Republic Wireless is constantly striving to add more features and improve their services every day. They now offer a wide variety of phones when they initially only offered one.

They’ve constantly added amazing features over the time my wife and I have been members and we look forward to what Republic Wireless has to offer in the future.

With our phone bills being so cheap with Republic Wireless, I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t at least give them a shot. You could easily save hundreds of dollars per year with just one cell phone line.

This promo makes the decision even easier. If you’ve ever been on the fence about trying a new cell phone provider, give Republic Wireless a shot. We didn’t regret it and our bank account is a bit fatter, too.

What do you think of this promo? If you have Republic Wireless, what do you think?

5 Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Friends and Family

Today’s post is by Catherine Alford!

I can’t believe that the holiday season has officially started, which means that it’s time to start thinking about buying gifts for friends and family.

Many of you have been buying gifts all year long, and for that we give you props.

For everyone else who just realized that it’s December, here are 5 inexpensive gift ideas that your friends and family will love!

1. Hat & Gloves

A modest set of gloves with a matching hat is a pretty inexpensive gift that you can find at big box stores. There are often tons of different styles and colors, so you should have no problem finding a set that’s perfect for the people on your list.

Even in warmer climates, like where I currently live in Louisiana, it still gets chilly enough to merit some glove wearing, so I promise everyone can find some use out of them!

2. A Picture in a Frame

Have you noticed that it’s super rare for people to actually print out pictures? We all show off our kids and our fur children on our cell phones and on Facebook. That’s why I always love giving printed out pictures as gifts.

It’s like a small little luxury taking the time to actually print one out and pick out a frame. For the record, I do think that it’s worth it to purchase frames that are sturdy and nice.

I’ve bought Dollar Store frames before only to have them fall apart, so if this is for a gift, I say splurge a little.

3. A Fun Movie

There always seems to be big buckets of movies at Wal-Mart or Target or even at the grocery store. It’s always an interesting mix too from old Elvis movies to random Disney flicks.

Everyone loves movies, so you can grab one of those and make the gift cute by wrapping it with a bag of popcorn and some candy too!

4. Homemade Bread

I probably shouldn’t count it as “homemade” but we got an amazing bread machine for our wedding. It can make some pretty awesome and unique types of bread, and wow does it make the house smell so good around the holidays!

I’ve realized that people just love getting specialty types of bread as gifts. It especially makes the perfect hostess gift when you are heading to a Christmas party or for your grandmother who has everything she needs already!

5. Ornaments

Ornaments are a great and simple gift to purchase for your friends and coworkers. You can bring them ornaments back from your travels or find ones that have a special meaning to you.

Even though you will be giving it to them right when their trees are about to come down, it’s something that they can revisit year after year and think about you!

Ultimately, there are so many ways to show other people that you care without breaking the bank. These are just a few ideas, but we still have a few weeks to go until Christmas.

So, I’d love if you left some more thoughtful but inexpensive gift ideas in the comment section below!

How to Avoid Materialism Without Being a Scrooge


Today’s post is by Catherine Alford!

I’m just going to come right out and say it.

I’m a total Scrooge around the holidays.

I don’t know why, but I’ve never been the type of person who starts decorating in October or gets excited about baking gingerbread cookies with family.

I just see the holidays as a big waste. When everyone piles into big box stores to save $10 on toasters the day after Thanksgiving, I’d like to be as far away from them as possible.

Of course, I know there are many more ways to avoid the materialism of the season without being a total Scrooge, so here’s what I’ll be working on instead.

Watching Holiday Movies

I can’t argue with the fact that I love watching movies. There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a glass of wine and losing yourself in a film. Christmas movies can definitely get me into the spirit, and there are so many classics.

You don’t even have to buy them because you know they’ll be playing all month long on TV anyway. It’s a great and cheap way to enjoy the season without spending a lot of money.

*Lance’s Note: Make sure to check out It’s a Wonderful Life! It is a great classic on TV every year!*

Volunteering With Those In Need

There’s nothing that can conquer materialism better than a reality check. Since the holidays are a time of giving, I think it would be really nice to volunteer my time somewhere.

Whether I help give out gifts to military families or volunteer at a soup kitchen, spending some time with people who need some cheer will help me to remember the reason for the season.

Looking at Christmas Lights

I’ve always enjoyed looking at Christmas lights ever since I was a little girl.

I even convinced my husband to take me on one of those “tacky lights tours” when we lived in Richmond. We drove by all of the “extreme” houses, like the ones with the millions of lights (and the $1,000 electric bill I’m sure).

I think the lights are kind of pretty and sometimes just plain funny. It’s free to do, and it’s the opposite of being materialistic. Basically, you are getting free entertainment from those who love the season best.

Listening to Christmas Music

Listening to some tunes is a really good way to bring the holiday spirit into your home. You can stream it for free with Internet radio, and it fills the whole house with some fun.

Even a Scrooge like myself can’t help but crack a smile when Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer comes on.

There’s just something so happy and chipper about Christmas music, and since it’s an activity that doesn’t revolve around shopping and excessive spending, I enjoy it.

Of course, I’m sure there are many other ways to get into the holiday spirit without shopping. Even small things like drinking a cup of hot chocolate or painting your nails in a bright red color will put you in the Christmas mood.

Come to think of it, I’ll probably try both of those too…

Are there any other Scrooges out there? What are you doing to embrace the holiday spirit?

5 Free Fun Activities For Families During The Holidays

This post is by Cat Alford.

As many of you know, I’ve been living away from my family for many years.

In fact, I actually went to boarding school at age 15, then went to an out of state college, then moved to Grenada – and well, you know the rest.

So because of all that moving around, I don’t really spend a lot of time with my family.

I find that when you only see your family in small spurts, it’s easier to spend a lot more money and “do it big” like going to restaurants you wouldn’t normally go to or paying for bigger vacations.

So, in an effort to keep the budget in check this holiday season, I’ve made a list of five ways to enjoy time with family all for free.

Hope it benefits you too!

1. Play a Board Game

My mother-in-law is a ridiculously good Scrabble player. She beats everyone almost every time. She’s so good that there’s actually a scorecard on the fridge from the one time my sister-in-law actually beat her just to prove it really happened.

Playing Scrabble and other board games with my in-laws is really fun and competitive, and it’s completely 100% free.

2. Work Out

It’s nice to go on a jog with your dad or play a game of touch football in the backyard. Maybe you can work on a project in the garage or help out in the garden. Either way, getting a good workout by going outside and doing things with your family is a great way to tackle a to do list and spend time with the ones you love.

3. Watch a Movie at Home

I can’t think of any movie that I want to pay $20 to go see at the theater. Plus, at the theater, you can’t press pause and get up to make a snack.

I love the freedom of watching a movie in my own space. Get the family together and pick a classic that everyone will love. It’s free, it’s easy, and it makes for some really good memories.

4. Bake Cookies

I guess baking cookies isn’t 100% free because you have to go out and purchase all the ingredients. Still, the process of making them and enjoying time with your family is all 100% free entertainment.

This is one of the activities that I like to do with my mom. She loves adding M&Ms and Hershey’s Kisses to her cookies, and they always come out so good. It’s funny how I can never make them quite like her unless she’s there with me.

5. Have a Snowball Fight

It would be hard to have a snowball fight here in south Louisiana, but for all my friends up north who are getting some cold weather, bundle up the kids, have a snowball fight, and maybe even make a snowman too!

I know there are many more 100% free ways to spend time with your family so leave me some more ideas in the comment section below! Are there any you’ll be taking part in this season?

Cheaper Alternatives To Boarding Pets While You’re Away From Home

Pets are amazing and brighten our lives every day, well most days at least.

Unfortunately, when it comes time to go on a vacation, visit relatives over the holidays or leave your home for an extended period of time, you’re often left with an expensive bill for boarding your pet.

Luckily, Tori and I have been able to avoid boarding our dog, Daphne, when we go on vacations.

We’ve easily saved hundreds of dollars by coming up with alternative arrangements for our pets while we’re away from our home and can’t take our pets with us.

Have Family Watch Your Pets

If you have family that lives near by and loves your pets as much as you do, having your family watch your pets will often be the cheapest and easiest solution.

My parents live nearby and they love Daphne so they don’t mind watching her for a few days. It does, however, add more stress to their daily lives so having them watch our dog shouldn’t only benefit us.

Next time your family member goes out of town you can offer to take care of their pets for them. This way, both parties involved get a benefit out of the arrangement and everyone saves money.

Of course, if they don’t have pets, you may want to slip them some cash for their troubles or buy them a souvenir from your vacation.

Unfortunately, not everyone has family that lives nearby, but there are many other options for cheaper pet care besides your family members.

Arrange For A Pet Watching Swap With Friends

Just because you aren’t related to your friends by blood doesn’t mean that they don’t love your pets, too!

Like with family, you can arrange a pet watching swap with a friend that has pets. After all, they might need someone to watch their pets when they go out of town, too.

If your friends don’t have pets, maybe one of your friends wouldn’t mind getting out of their home for a few days. They could at your place while you’re gone and watch your pets at the same time.

It wouldn’t hurt to bribe them with a little extra spending cash for their troubles.

Employ The Neighborhood Child Entrepreneur

When I was a kid I was quite the little entrepreneur. Pet sitting was one of the many services I offered.

Looking back on it, I’m a little surprised that people trusted me with their animals simply because I left a flyer in their mailbox, but my rates easily beat any boarding options!

Of course, my neighbors were also aware that my parents would be supervising me to make sure I didn’t forget to feed or let the animals out. You may have a neighborhood entrepreneur that is willing to do the same thing.

Just make sure to check with their parents to make sure that they’ll be watching to make sure you’re animals are well cared for.

These three solutions can save you a ton of cash if you have a pet that needs to be taken care of while you’re out of town. I’ve personally been through all three experiences and my pets have been fine every time. Another plus is Daphne didn’t get sick from going to the kennel.

Have you ever boarded your pet and been shocked by the bills? Have you tried one of the cheaper options that I’ve mentioned? Let me know what your experiences were and which option you prefer in the comments!