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I have been serving in youth ministry for nearly 20 years, am currently the Director of Student Ministries at Valley Church in Des Moines, IA, and am on a first name basis with several Best Buy and Apple employees. My wife Keri and I have been married over ten years and have three great boys. My four favorite things are Jesus, my wife, Chicago Style Pizza, and fighting off our boys with sweet ninja moves.

retirement-425I’ve been wanting to get rid of our home phone for a long time. Having traditional residential phone service seem super practical if your Internet or power goes, that system is self powered. That said, I don’t want to pay $30+ a month for residential phone service “just in case the power goes out.” I have been using Vonage for the past several years (Vonage is a VOIP…voice over Internet Protocol…that’s nerd speak for internet phone) if the power goes out or my Internet goes out, I’ll still have my cell phone.

Vonage was decent and only around $15 a month with taxes. They raised the prices, I called to cancel and they always found a way to keep my business for around $15…until last year. In 2014 I purchased an Ooma device. It is normally $130 but I picked my up refurbished for about $80. Ever hear of Magic Jack? Ooma is similar but it works great and is FREE for life. I am able to make unlimited calls from my home to anywhere in the US for free…well, I do have to pay taxes and a 911 fee but my monthly bill is about $3 a month. If you are looking to cut some corners and save some money you might consider dumping your home phone for Ooma. I know, you only use your cell phone, you don’t have a home phone. I wanted to do that but it is good to not use up my cell minutes and it is nice knowing out boys and our babysitter have a home phone to use if they need to. It is worth every penny!

 

 

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