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Home Security Systems Reviews 2016

Home Security Systems Reviews

The security industry is highly competitive, from local mom and pop companies to international giants. It is a relatively easy industry to enter, but a very hard one to offer a consistently great product and service over time, especially with new technologies being released every day. It has become difficult to keep up with all the changes and wrap your head around the latest and greatest house alarm offerings. With so many to choose from and so many things to consider, how do you know which home alarm system is right for you? Our home security systems reviews cover the top contenders and bring you our findings in our regularly updated reviews... Read More »

Frontpoint vs Link Interactive: A Tight Race

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Frontpoint is our #1 pick for home security, and Link Interactive is our #2 pick. If we’re being completely honest with you, this comparison was close. Both companies offer similar service and have good reputations. They each give you 30 days to test out the system before you’re completely locked into the three-year contract. So why is Frontpoint ranked higher than Link? We’ll... Read More »

How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

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If anyone depends on you for financial support, then getting a life insurance policy is not a question of whether you should, but how much you should get. While there are several factors to consider, including your age and health, income, family and dependents, and business circumstances, determining how much life insurance to get doesn’t have to be overwhelming or complicated, especially with the... Read More »

Stranger Danger: Rethinking How We Talk to Kids About Safety

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We have a tendency as parents to oversimplify ideas when we teach our kids, especially when teaching them about safety. We use catchy sayings like “stranger danger” or “don’t talk to strangers” to encourage our children to be mindful of potential danger. While the intent is admirable, it may cause more harm than good. In this article, we’ll rethink how to talk to kids about safety by... Read More »

Start Building Your Emergency Food Supply: Choose Your Path to Preparedness

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In the last decade, we’ve witnessed several catastrophic events that created food shortages on a massive scale. It’s easy to think that “it won’t happen to me,” but building an emergency food supply guarantees you’ll be prepared if and when a disaster does strike close to home. Unfortunately, scouring the internet for information (or misinformation) on food storage Read More »

Best & Safest Starter Cell Phones for Kids

best an safest starter cell phones for kids

The decision to give children and teens their own phones is entirely up to your discretion as their parent, and it hinges greatly on the needs and maturity levels of your kids. If you decide to buy phones for your kids, make sure the phones and any accessible content are safe to use. Ten years ago, several simplified, kid-friendly phones were on the market with only basic calling functions; however, technology... Read More »

Social Security Identity Theft: What To Do About It

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Do you realize that your Social Security number (SSN) is one of the most valuable pieces of personal information you have? You need an SSN to apply for jobs, get a loan, open credit card accounts, file tax returns, receive government benefits, buy a house, and much more, so it’s vital that you keep your Social Security card and number safe. If you find out or even just suspect that someone else... Read More »

Nest Cam Review: Reaches for the Sky, Gets Stuck in the Cloud

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The Nest ecosystem has made a name for itself with its smart thermostat and smoke detectors, giving you a DIY smarthome option for an affordable price. With its 2014 acquisition of Dropcam, Google’s Nest took its ecosystem beyond home automation and into home security. In this article I review the Indoor Nest Cam to see how well it fares against its competition... Read More »

After Identity Theft: How to Repair Your Credit

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Identity theft—it’s not going to happen to you, right? Unfortunately, identity theft is on the rise, and a growing number of people are discovering just how seriously it can affect your finances, especially your credit rating. Reporting and repairing the damage seems daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process. Check your credit report. As soon as you notice any signs that you... Read More »

Iris Home Security by Lowe’s Review: Cheap Price, Cheap Device

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The release of the second-generation Iris earlier this year prompted an uproar of disgruntled Iris users online. I thought it was a good time to dive into the affordable DIY home security and automation system by Lowe’s to see what all the fuss is about. What makes Iris unique? Iris focuses more on home automation. Iris’s a la carte format allows you to choose and pay for your devices separately. Read More »

Top Picks: 10 Best GPS Tracking Devices for Kids

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Nothing is more heart-stoppingly scary than realizing you don’t know where your child is, and if you have a child who is prone to wandering off, you know firsthand just how true that is. We know keeping your adventurous child with you at all times just isn’t possible, so we created a list of GPS tracking devices that will help you keep tabs on your children while they are away from you. Read More »