Save Money on Spring Break Activities at Home

saving activityIf you are wondering how you will keep your school aged children entertained this spring break; consider some of these inexpensive spring break activities that will provide fun for your child and save you money:

Plan out each day’s activities ahead of time with your child, this way you won’t find yourself wondering how to entertain them each day. You can come up with fun spring break ideas that will save you money and keep them occupied at home. Some things you can do are; have a board game day. You can even invite some friends over to play games with your child and/or the family. You can have a camping in the yard day; pitch a tent and barbecue outside for the day. They will have fun enjoying nature in their own back yard and pretending they are camping. Have a scavenger hunt with the neighborhood kids. For safety I would have the kids only go to neighbors houses that you know to collect the items on their list. For younger kids you can rent a jumper house and have it set up in your yard. You can usually rent these for 24 hours for less than $100.00. This will keep your child occupied for an entire day.

Chances are that you aren’t the only parent in your child’s school wondering how to keep your child entertained over spring break and looking for activities to fill their spare time with. Also, you probably aren’t the only one wanting to do something inexpensive and trying to save money. Contact the parents of your children’s school friends and come up with a way of having each family take on the children one day at a time. This way each child will be entertained every day, but no one family will be doing it every day and everyone will take their turns incurring the costs. Some ideas are; movie day, skating rink day, park day, zoo day, hiking day, fishing day, and museum day. This will keep the children entertained and allow all of the parents some days off from the worries of finding spring break activities for their child.

If you use your imagination and ask your child to help you come up with ideas, you will find that there are a lot of fun spring break activities that you can have them do that are inexpensive and plenty of ways in which you can do them and save money.

Save Money by Transferring Your Phone Number to Wireless

Is a Landline Number Transfer Right for Me?

transfer phoneCell phones were once only for the elite and wealthy. Now everyone, including grade school children, seems to have one. That is because they are so affordable and convenient. In fact, switching to a cell phone may even save you money. Improved cellular reception and more affordable service plans make going completely wireless a viable option. Using a mobile phone exclusively is often more economical than paying for both wireless and landline service. Plus, most cell phone plans include extras that cost more through local phone companies. This includes services like voicemail, caller ID, and national long distance.

Is going wireless for me?

This option is preferable for many lifestyles. College students, recent graduates and singles may find a cell phone more useful than a landline. The same may also be true for busy professionals or those frequently on the go.

Can I transfer my landline number to a cell phone?

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules require landline service providers to transfer, or “port”, phone numbers to a cell phone carrier upon customer request. However, there are stipulations for landline number portability (LNP).

You must select a cell phone carrier that provides service in your landline area. Make sure they offer adequate coverage to meet all your needs. Remember, this will be your only phone line.

You are still bound by all existing contracts. Check to see if there are any early termination fees or the like.

Carriers may assess a fee to cover their cost associated with the transfer. Ask your provider for details.

You can retain your number only if you stay within the same geographic area as determined by the phone company. Consult your intended cellular service to confirm your options.

Fees and policies vary among service providers. Be sure to ask all pertinent questions before you are locked into a decision.

How long will the transfer take?

This process usually takes longer than other types of number transfers. It is helpful to bring a current landline bill to the wireless store. They can use that information to begin the transfer. It may be several days before your cell service actually begins. Consult your cellular company for specific details and tips.

Allow the transfer process to finish before you cancel your landline service. Otherwise, you may lose that phone number permanently.

What if I change my mind?

Wireless providers are not required to transfer numbers to landline accounts. You will not be able to transfer your phone number back to a landline. Since the process is not reversible, make your decision carefully.

While going totally wireless certainly is not for everyone, it is ideal for some. It is a great way to save money and still enjoy the convenience of a mobile phone. If you think this choice is right for you, check with different cell phone companies to find the best one for your budget and service needs.