Keeping it all Together During the Holidays.

December 18, 2015 |  by  |  Branded Content

November and December have long been that 1-2 punch to the stones, which at this point, I admittedly should be prepared for.

The Thanksgiving dinner menu (and massive grocery adventure by association) was a hit and even my dad (closet turkey critic) can’t stop talking about my brine and we’re halfway through December.

Thanksgiving 2015

I’ve got it all together.

‘Halfway through December’ is the opposite of a ‘safe word’ for me, it’s more like full-blown phrase that throws me into panic mode.

I seem to be trapped in the rapidly depleting minority of folks who do almost all of their shopping the week before Christmas.

I’m not sure why I make the conscious decision to torture myself, spending the days leading up to the 25th, checking the front porch every ten minutes for an expected Amazon Prime delivery or jumping off the toilet every time I hear the roar of the UPS truck coming down the street.

Why don’t I think ahead a little bit?

It’s not like I keep repeating Einstein’s definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. I’m trying to find ways to manage life differently and I’ll admit, my phone (and its Straight Talk plan) has been a major asset.

Between visits to see Santa, holiday programs at the kids’ schools, arranging someone to feed the fish and house-sit while we’re gone, plus a myriad of other small things that come along with having a family – this year I’ve managed to keep it all together with the help of my phone.

Don’t go and think that I’ve bought a holster that I’m going to clip onto my sweatpants or anything crazy, I’ve just realized that keeping lists, setting alerts and sharing calendars with my wife has saved me more than once.
If it weren’t for the help of group texts (I HATE GROUP TEXTS), I’d never be able to coordinate gifts for all of my nieces and nephews. If it weren’t for an unlimited* data plan, I’d never feel comfortable sending my parents picture after picture from the aisles of retail stores.

Without this function, I’d have never been able to send my family a picture of my kids, huddled together in a rare minute of not punching one another, in their Christmas elf jammies. And that picture of one of the kids (not Ava or Mason) wearing nothing but knee-high boots and copping a ‘peace dude’ pose (I’ll spare you that one, but let me assure you, it’s a keeper).

Ava Charlie and Mason in elf pjs

These are some mischievous elves.

I have to admit, I’ve been an ambassador for this program for several months and want to lay out my honest opinion. I’ve carried two phones the entire time, one with our pre-existing major carrier and one with my Straight Talk wireless plan.

In six months, I’ve noticed ZERO difference in coverage. I’ve noticed ZERO difference in anything – except my bill.

The normal bill each month between Jen and I, for unlimited service rings up at close to $200 per month. If we transfer over to the $45 per month unlimited* Straight Talk plan, we cut our bill in over half. We’re saving ourselves over $1,200 a year. I’m not sure about you, but I’m down with saving money.

There are a few options with this program. You can enter fresh, purchase a phone via Walmart AND reap the monthly benefits. You can also bring your existing phone and phone number into the plan, which is what we’re planning on doing.

For anyone who is on the fence, to sweeten my suggestion, I’m giving away a Straight Talk Unlimited* International card for 30 service days, worth $60.

Simply enter the raffle below and combine this card with your pre-existing plan OR roll it into your first month and forget about having to pay that bill in January.

On behalf of Straight Talk and my family – we wish you the very merriest Christmas and holiday season!

DISCLAIMER: *Includes unlimited talk, text and data with the first 5 GB of data at high speed per 30 day cycle. After 5 GB, data speed will be reduced to as low as 2G for the remainder of the 30 day cycle. At 2G speed, the functionality of some data applications such as streaming video or audio may be affected. All currently active Straight Talk BYOP customers will also receive the first 5 GB Data at High Speeds at the start of their next 30 day cycle. Please refer always to the Terms and Conditions of Service at
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