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I write this post with one aim and one aim only. Well now that I think about it, two aims.
First, to improve your marriage; a worthy goal and who among us couldn’t use a little helping hand when it comes to experiencing marital bliss.
And second, to save more of the most precious resource on earth, time.
Now these two goals in and of themselves are lofty. Millions of dollars are spent each year on resources to improve marriages. In addition, billions are handed over for books, courses, and apps meant to optimize your life in the hopes that you’ll have more time for the things that are truly important.
But what if I told you that you didn’t need to spend $1000 on a marriage enrichment weekend, or thousands on therapy, to improve your marriage?
If you could do all that, and save hundreds of hours over your lifetime, all for under $50, you’d probably think I’m crazy.
But I’m not. In fact, I’ve improved my marriage and saved TONS of time with a single, one-time purchase of under $50.
I hesitated writing this post because I didn’t want to come off as salesy.
I hate selling. And I have to tell you, I’m not good at it.
A few years ago I tried my hand at some multi-level marketing stuff. You know the drill. Approach your family, friends, friends of friends and family of friends of friends, tell them how great the products are and hope they decide to “sign up”.
Yes, I was using the products and they were pretty good. But it just felt kind of slimy angling to build relationships with people in order to get them to buy. It was always in the back of my mind whenever I was hanging out with anyone. I didn’t feel good about it, definitely didn’t want to be pushy, and pretty much just sucked at it.
With a $5.67 commission cheque in my pocket and my tail between my legs, I silently vowed not to be “that guy”. You all know who I’m talking about. That guy at the party making the rounds trying to “build his network” so that he can make sales at social events.
That friend you talk to where every conversation mysteriously always end up with her talking about her shakes, or his vitamins, or their cleaning products.
I didn’t want to be that guy. As much as I don’t like to admit it, I care what people think of me. I want to be liked and I knew from my own experience dealing with these people that they were, well, kind of annoying (sorry if any of them are reading this. I feel your pain).
That’s why I hesitated to write this post.
But the stakes, my friends, are just way too high. This $50 purchase is literally a wife-saver and time rescuer, at least at my house.
Balls in the Air
Not only is my wife beautiful and smart, a great mom and wonderful spouse, she’s an organizational dynamo. Whether it’s managing the kids’ dentist and doctor appointments, making sure they have mittens for winter and swimsuits for summer that actually fit, or ensuring that the fridge is always full and we don’t starve to death, she’s ON THE BALL. And, to boot, she works as a school counselor, not exactly a low-stress job. Oh, and she’s working on her master’s degree right now.
With all those balls in the air, it’s fair to say she’s got lots going on.
Like all moms, one area of particular strength is her ability to find lost things. Moms have some sort of weird maternal photographic memory/ESP that allows them to be able to recall the last time the saw something and direct their kids (and husbands) to where it is.
Her memory is like a steel trap with 99% of things. But it is a tad rusty when it comes to tracking down one item in particular.
From time to time, well actually more like time after time, she misplaced her phone. It had gotten to the point where all I could do was laugh because I had no more tears left to cry when she would tell me it was gone and ask me to help her find it.
We had numerous “discussions” about how she could avoid this regular pitfall. I offered what I thought were very helpful pieces of free advice, all to no avail.
If only there were some way, some invention, some easy to use, small device that would let you find a lost phone in your home quickly. Such as device would be worth its weight in gold.
How To Find A Lost Phone
Around that time I was poking around online and I saw an ad for something called the Tile. According to the commercial, attaching this tiny, 1.5-inch x 1.5-inch square device to whatever you were regularly misplacing would allow you to use your phone to find track it down.
“Hmmm,” I thought to myself. “Very interesting,”. I was all ears as the ad described how you could also use a small button on the tile to make your phone ring.
MAKE YOUR PHONE RING??!!! Yes, make your phone ring!!
This was it! This was the invention I had been waiting for!!
But surely it was expensive. I mean, electronics aren’t cheap, and something this useful, this heaven-sent must have a steep price tag. I was expecting something around $100, but to my surprise, and delight, the Tile started at under $25.
Yup, that’s right. Only $25 and all our phone finding problems would disappear.
Now one thing you need to know about me, I’m kind of slow.
Like not mentally or anything. I’m just a deliberate person. My wife likes to give me a hard time about how it takes me A LONG time to make decisions. And it’s true. Before I commit to buying something, I like to do a ton of research to make sure that what I’m handing over my hard earned cash for is, in fact, the best deal out there. But sometimes, I do need a nudge to pull the trigger.
In this case, I filed the Tile away in my mind, and on my gift list for my her, as a present for down the line.
All That And More
As Christmas approached, I did a bit more research into the different types of Tiles that were available.
What I found was there were basically three types of models summarized in the chart below.
For me, I knew that I wanted something with LOUD volume. Oftentimes we’ve found my wife’s phone stuffed between some cushions on the couch or buried under stacks of books in her work bag. I didn’t want some quiet, muffled sound that was going to be impossible to hear.
Knowing my wife and her on-point sense of style, I also knew that she would LOVE the white and champagne design of the Tile Style. It was a no-brainer. I had done the research, found what I wanted, and knew it would be perfect.
I pulled the trigger.
The Big Day
When Christmas day arrived, I was really pumped to give my wife her new Tiles. I say Tiles because I ended up getting her a two pack. I thought it would be good if she could put one on both her car and work keys. All in for both, it was less than $50.
I was excited because I was hoping she’d think it was both thoughtful and helpful. I knew the stress that it caused her when she misplaced her phone and hoped that this little gift could help alleviate that. And a few marital bonus points for me wouldn’t hurt either.
When it came time to open gifts, I waited a few minutes before passing the small box to her. As she opened it and her eyes lit up, I could sense that she knew that the days of lost keys and tearing the house apart in a panicked frenzy were behind us.
She gave me a big hug and told me how much she appreciated the gift and that I needed to set it up for her right away.
The set up was simple. All you had to do was download the Tile app and register for an account. After entering your email and setting up a password, just open up the confirmation email to confirm your identity. From there, open the Tile app, log in with your email address and password, and just follow the few remaining steps to enable Bluetooth and Location finding and BOOM, you’re good to go!
All in all, a VERY successful Christmas day!!
Seeing Its First Action
After the initial joy of getting the Tile on Christmas had worn off, we kind of forgot we had it. Until the first time the phone went missing.
As was our normal routine, she’d yell to me that she couldn’t find her phone and ask me to help her. I’d stop whatever I was doing and dutifully, although I must say not always with an A+ attitude, help her look for it.
As I started my search for the phone, I suddenly realized…I didn’t have to do this anymore!! We had the Tile!! This should be a snap!!
I called back to her that we should use the Tile to find the phone. After grabbing her keys, which is what we attached the Tile to, we pressed the button twice and waited with anticipation.
And then we heard it.
The angelic tones of the Tile’s default ring setting. With the sound of the phone singing sweetly in the air, we tracked it down in no time.
Between the cushions of the couch.
What once would’ve been a 10-15 minute ordeal, chock full of stress, worry and both my wife and I not putting our best foot forward, was now a 30 second, painless exercise in sonar detection, beautiful in every way.
Bringing It All Together
For under $50, heck if you only want one, under $25, you can easily put an end to one of the most annoying parts of daily life; losing things.
Do you lose your keys? Problem solved?
Your wallet? Kiss that pain in the butt goodbye.
What about your favorite book? The Tile Slim makes a great bookmark.
And of course, it works like a dream for finding phones.
As a valuist, I don’t mind spending money when it’s on something that brings me great value. When it solves an annoying problem, it’s even better.
And if it can improve my marriage? Well come on, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to pull the trigger on a purchase like that.
And if it does all that for under $25??
Well, I guess I’d write a post shouting its benefits for all the world to hear.
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