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Giving Ooma as a Gift or Christmas Present

2014 December 19

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year TTG readers!

I love this time of year, because we get to put up the Christmas tree and focus on others and not ourselves. For many people it can be very stressful when you don’t know what gift to get a friend or family member.

Here’s an option you should consider: if some of your gift recipients are paying more than $20 per month in home phone bills, it’s not too late to give them an Ooma Telo. Since we switched our family over to Ooma, we’ve saved over $1000, and monthly savings continue to add up. But before you jump headfirst here are a few things to consider before gifting an Ooma:

Your recipient’s Internet speed – It’s best to have at least 256kb Internet speed, which eliminates all dial-up Internet users or anyone with extremely slow or unreliable Internet. In addition, if you are using a satellite or cellular wireless signal to obtain your ISP (Internet service provider) connection, then you need to check the Internet speed and dropped packets. A good test is whether you lose Internet service during a good hard rain.

Technical knowledge of the recipient – People often wonder if they can give an Ooma Telo to their 90-year-old Grandma. In my opinion, Ooma is so easy to setup and use that anyone can use it. The bigger question mark is whether your recipient has a reliable Internet connection. Now I have one important tip that you should consider if you gift an Ooma Telo to someone who isn’t tech savvy. I HIGHLY recommend that you connect the Internet modem, Ooma Telo and wireless router all into the same power strip. This way if grandma, grandpa, or a non-technical friend runs into problems they can simply shut off the power strip (resetting all connections) and start fresh. This has come in handy for me when helping my spouse troubleshoot getting the phone to work if I’m not home.

Type of home phone they have – Ooma works best with a single stationary phone jack connection and a primary phone (or cordless base station and multiple remote units). You can place cordless home phones all through your house and the phones get their signal from the base station plugged into the Telo. Ooma also works with a corded phone, but I think Ooma is ideally suited for cordless phones (like the one pictured to the right).

Buy new and from resellers with good return policies – Calm your fear of gifting technology by purchasing an Ooma Telo directly from their web site ooma.com or from a retailer that has a good return policy if you or your recipient aren’t perfectly happy. I personally bought mine on Amazon, because I knew how easy Amazon is with merchandise returns.

ooma-teloSo with Christmas soon upon us, gifting the Ooma Telo ($110 at Amazon, down from $129 regularly as of 12/19) phone service can be the perfect last minute gift for a loved one. If you consider the things I listed above, then Ooma will be a perfect option. Now if you have a friend that is really into saving money, this gift is sure to excite them! I know I’d love to receive it if I was already paying $30/month or more for my monthly phone bill!

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Personal Capital – An All-in-One Financial Platform

2014 December 17
by Kevin

Personal Capital is one of the growing number of investment platforms available. But it may be even better described as an account aggregator since it also connects virtually all of your financial accounts, including your bank accounts, investment accounts, credit cards and even your mortgage.

On top of that, they also provide investment advice to help you manage and grow your investments. It’s professional investment management, but without the high fees typically associated with that service.  read more…

Thrifty Things You Can Do to Feel Better

2014 December 15
by Aaron

As I found out, sometimes feeling better doesn’t take a whole lot of effort or money. For me, just changing my diet was one of the best things I’ve done and helped improve my health tremendously.

I’ve been thinking about other – sometimes overlooked – little things we can do to make our lives healthier and better. Here’s a few that I’ve come across that I hope benefit you. Please let me know if there are other thrifty things you employ that don’t cost anything (or very little) but improve your way of life.  read more…

Tips for Investing in Silver

2014 December 12
by Charlie

This blog post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay. All opinions expressed are our own.

charlie_imageIf you haven’t been living in a cave the last few years, then you may have noticed all the advertisements about investing in silver. Companies that are willing to buy or sell silver, because the demand has been there based on the economics of both our country and the world. People have a genuine concern for where to put their money and they don’t know where to start.

As I started my collection in 2007, I looked online a lot and read a lot of books on tips and tricks to start my collection. In doing so I learned through trial and error on what tips worked and what tricks didn’t. Here are my top tips on how to get started investing in silver. Read the rest of the article on ebay

Try These Tips to Save an Extra 10% or More on Purchases

2014 December 10
by Aaron

open-boxIf you’ve ever seen an episode of Pawn Stars, you can learn a lot about how the owner of the pawn shop (Rick Harrison) negotiates with folks who are wanting to sell him stuff.

One of his most used tactic is to find something wrong with the item. This could be anywhere from “it will sit in my store a long time” to “there’s a lot of scratches on this and it will cost me some money to restore it“.  read more…

When Does It Makes Sense to Stop Paying Off Debt?

2014 December 8

charlie_imageThroughout the last five years our family has aggressively sought to pay off all our debt. Currently all we have left is our home mortgage, and we have hope that the finish line is soon approaching.

However, we have to take a pause (or slow down) on our road to financial freedom. You see we have some expenses that are coming up that require us to save up a large chunk of cash. Here are things we need to save up for in the coming year or two, and avoid any loans.  read more…

How You Can Start a Coin Collection

2014 December 5
by Charlie

This blog post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay. All opinions expressed are our own.

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About seven years ago I started collecting rare coins after reading Robert Kiyosaki’s recommendation to buy silver. Without knowing where to start at, I decided to buy coins that I saw my dad collect while he was growing up.

During my youth, my dad always had this old black vinyl box with red satin lining that he kept all his old coins, wedding rings, and other valuable trinkets (it always had a distinct musty smell in it too). Every so often I’d sift through his coins, not really knowing what I was looking, but admiring the heavy silver coins he collected. Primarily, he collected Morgan Dollars (1878-1921) and a few of the Peace Silver Dollars (1921-1935).  Read more at ebay

Comparison of Ooma vs Land Lines

2014 December 3
by Charlie

charlie_imageIn 2012 I made the decision to ditch my traditional land line services and opted to go with the Ooma home phone service. After having some previous bad experiences with another VOIP provider we were “once bitten, twice shy.” I laid out for our family all the cost benefits analysis of staying with Qwest, switching to another land line provider, or going with Ooma.

My initial analysis was done back in February 2012, and recently I’ve been wondering if it is still beneficial for me to stay with Ooma or switch to another land line provider. The following are providers in my neighborhood vs. my costs with Ooma.  read more…

Why Qdoba is Better Than Chipotle

2014 December 1
by Aaron

I remember when the first Chipotle opened up in my neighborhood. It was quite a novelty. Burritos so large you could stand them up on end. The restaurants were unique and you could make your burrito however you liked.

For years, I was a Chipotle-frequenter. read more…

Is Now a Good Time to Buy Gold Bullion?

2014 November 28

This blog post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay. All opinions expressed are our own.

charlie_imageAs 2014 comes to a close our American financial house in disarray with $17.956 trillion debt, and each tax payer owing $153,000 it’s no wonder why people are starting to look at investing in gold! Hit shows like Gold Rush are attracting tons of viewers. It makes you wonder…do other people know something that I don’t? It’s kind of like when you are on a sinking ship (but don’t know it) and you see all the rats running one way, but don’t yet know why they are running.  Read more

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