Here is a great cell phone deal.
The Moto G for Boost Mobile sells for under $100. But every once in a while it goes on sale for $59.99.
This phone is compatible with Ting!
So my dh did pick one up. I thought it was silly to get for our younger son (there will be better deals by the time he ever needs a phone with cell service - it will be YEARS). But dh did also like the idea of having a backup phone in case we break one of ours. It's not a bad idea in that regard. We also talked about giving this phone to BM so we can just switch it on whenever he needs cell service and switch it off when he doesn't (very easy to do with Ting). I think in the end dh is probably going to buy another one, next time they go on sale. Then BM can have a phone with cell service AND we can have a backup phone. At these prices, whatever...
Overall, this is an exceptional deal for any tween or teen user, but I think also works well for the frugies. This is the phone I was planning to get, until I went with something much more robust. The Moto G is a far nicer phone than the kids really need. Certainly more than we expected to get them in a first phone. This is also the same phone BM already has. (His was a $50 prepaid Verizon deal that he can not activate on Ting).
The Moto G retails for closer to $200 I believe, and even at $200 is a good deal for how nice of a phone it is.
Dh picked up this new Moto G at Target for $59.99 (plus 5% off with Red Card). Target did not have this price, but he price matched a Best Buy deal.
Best Buy currently has the $59.99 deal. (No expiration noted for this sale. As long as they want to offer it).
This sale comes around periodically, so it is worth waiting for these deals, even if "now" is not the right time. Just to say this is not a once-in-a-lifetime deal or anything like that. I am sure it will pop up again around the holidays.
Of course, Ting only costs $6 per month for cell service and then you only pay for what you use. Their rates are here:
Our household has been paying around $30/month for Ting (for two phones). Much less than that if you count all the referral credits and other credits we have racked up.
Here are the instructions to activate the Moto G on Ting:
Finally, here is my Ting referral code, if you want a $25 credit for signing up with Ting: