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Nest Thermostat Review – Can It Really Save You Money?

In 2011, I first heard of this neat gadget that would help my family save money on our heat and cooling bills. It promised to save my family about 30% on our monthly energy usage through auto-scheduling, auto-away and through learning your family’s tendencies. As soon as I saw the 30% savings, I immediately started

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How to Setup the Ooma Wireless + Bluetooth Adapter

As I’ve invested a lot in my Ooma home phone service, I decided to stack up my investment even more, and get the Ooma Wireless + Bluetooth Adapter. I want to have the flexibility to put my base phone unit anywhere in the house. The Ooma Wireless + Bluetooth Adapter with USB connection allows me to be

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How to Enable Ooma’s Expanded Blacklist Feature

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of annoying telemarketing calls and requests for donations on my home phone. Even though I’m on the “Do Not Call List”, I still have to deal with these folks. Luckily, since I have Ooma Premier services, I am able to leverage their new call blocking services. Ooma calls this

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Comparison of Ooma vs Land Lines

In 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

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Ooma Premier Review 2014 – Is It Worth It?

Over the last two years I’ve written twice about my great experience (initial review & review after first year) with using Ooma Telos home phone service. For most people that know me, I will frequently tell my friends and family about money savings deals, tools, or devices. The Ooma phone unit is one of those products that

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Dropcam Review

This post brought to you by Dropcam. All opinions are 100% our own. A new way of video monitoring has dropped into the picture. Dropcam is a Wi-fi video-based home monitor system that provides live streaming and communication options that are easy to install and use. The basic components of a Dropcam system include one or more

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Was Amazon Prime Worth it? One Year Later

With another year behind us, I thought it would be interesting to look back and access a few expenditures we incurred in 2013. One of those was our Amazon Prime membership with a yearly fee of $79. So, was it worth it?

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You Need a Budget (YNAB) Budgeting Software Review

There are loads of ways you can budget your money out there. Paper, Excel,, checkbooks and so on. Personally, I’ve used a combination of these at one time or the other – but have mainly settled on an Excel spreadsheet over the past 3-4 years. I like it because I’m able to look over

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