Since my husband took his current job 3 years ago, I have wanted a security system.
He is gone at least once a month on business, which I know isn’t a lot for most people but in the 5 years of our marriage prior to this job change, we had spent only one night apart. And seeing that I moved directly from my parent’s house into our home right after our wedding, I am not used to being home alone. Yes, I fully realize I am a big baby…please don’t feel that you need to leave a comment to tell me that.
Now that we have kids, I’ll often lay in my bed (trying to go to sleep) and develop strategies just in case an invader comes in and tries to hurt us (please tell me I’m not the only insane person who does this). We have the baby gate across the door…that should give me an extra 15 seconds. I’ll grab Little Brother from his room, run to Big Brother’s room and barricade ourselves in his room by pushing his bed against the door. And, for goodness sakes, whatever you do…don’t forget the phone!!!
My husband thinks I am completely insane for this reason (and perhaps many others). And maybe I am. I can tell you with absolute certainty that I am overprotective and a wee bit paranoid.
Oh, and did I happen to tell you that we have a pond in our backyard and no fence? Yep, that one keeps me up at night too.
Anyway…up until now we have never had a home security system because we are too cheap. I refused to get rid of our home phone because I wanted to have 911 capabilities. We were spending almost $30 per month to have 911 capabilities…and no caller I.D.! I was not going to spend another $30+ per month for a security system!
Until now. We figured out how to get home phone and a security system for only about $10 more per month than we were already paying for our home phone alone (plus an additional savings on our Homeowner’s Insurance).
Based upon our sweet neighbors recommendation, we recently bought the Ooma Telo to replace our home phone service. It costs about $200 up front, but then you only pay tax each month thereafter. It will pay itself off after 8 months because our home phone bill went from $30 to less than $3 each month. We were able to keep our old number (with an additional $30 charge), it works with all our existing handheld phones in our home, AND WE GET CALLER ID!!! In my married life, I have never had Caller ID because, again, we have always been too cheap to spend the extra $10 per month.
If you’re wondering how this works…I’m afraid I can’t tell you too much besides the fact that it works through your internet connection. The only downside is that if your power goes out or you lose your internet connection…you lose your phone service. That isn’t really a huge issue for us since we have our cell phones. We have been using this for the last 2 months and we have been SO happy with the service!
*Update: In the 9 months that we have had this system, we have NEVER had any problems with service not working!*
Here’s what we love about the Ooma:
- Reduced our home phone bill by 10 times
- Caller ID
- Works with the phones we already had
- Calls 911 and will give the address
- Can check voicemail online
Now that we reduced the cost of that service, I was okay with adding a home security system.
The only problem was that we couldn’t use a traditional security system because we now did not have a technical ‘landline’ (a must for most security systems). We needed a security system that relied on cell towers instead of landlines.
I did some research online and came across FrontPoint Security. It fit the bill for us and relies on safe cellular instrusion monitoring.
Apparently, there are several distinct advantages to cell tower monitoring. A close friend of ours recently had to get this type of alarm service because of the immense number of break-ins in her neighborhood. Most homes already had security systems but these armed and experienced burglars would just cut the phone line prior to breaking into the home, therefore disabling the monitoring service entirely.
One of my favorite features (besides the cellular monitoring) is the fact that we can arm and disarm our security system from our smart phones!
The alarm system also has a ‘chime’ feature, so if anyone opens one of the doors (even if the alarm is NOT set), it will make a chime noise. This is especially important to me now that the boys can open doors and the fact that we have a body of water in our backyard.
Lastly, if you have a monitored alarm system you are often eligible to receive savings off your Homeowner’s insurance! This could be a savings of up to $25 per month, depending on your insurance agency.
Here’s what we love about FrontPoint Security:
- Uses cellular instrusion monitoring, meaning you don’t have to have a landline and the line cannot be ‘cut’ by burglars.
- It’s wireless and SUPER easy to install (less than 30 minutes set-up time for the whole house).
- Can arm/disarm from our iPhones.
- Has additional fire, smoke, freeze, flood & health features (which we are not currently using, but which we might eventually).
- Will save up to $25/month on Homeowner’s insurance
Why did I go to great lengths to tell you this? Because I know that security is something that every parent worries about. The first night my husband was out of town and we had the security system, I slept MUCH better! And it’s kinda dorky, but I also get super excited about saving money. :)
*Please note: The links above are my referral links. You can read my full disclosure here.