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Best Home Safe: First Alert vs SentrySafe vs Honeywell vs Barska vs Stack-On & More!

Safe open with valuables inside

Do you worry about home intruders or in-home workers stealing your most precious possessions? Even if you have a home security system, a home safe can provide an added layer of security against burglars, as well as protecting your valuables from repairmen, housekeepers or other visitors. Whether you just want a simple money safe or more space for important documents, jewelry and other valuables, we have you covered to make a smart choice. Our best home safe reviews give you our top picks for all kinds of safes, including security features, pros and cons, pricing and much more…

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What’s The Best Home Warranty Company?

Handyman jumping in front of house: Home Warranty Companies

When choosing a home warranty company you need to do one thing. READ THE FINE PRINT. Many customers find themselves frustrated with a company for not paying for an appliance repair or the replacement of a system, but if the company isn’t paying for it there is most likely a written exclusion in your contract specifying the situation. So before we go any farther promise you’ll read every word of your contract…

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Best Self-Monitored Security System: Abode vs SimpliSafe vs Ring vs Nest Secure vs Canary vs iSmartAlarm

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There are two types of home security systems prevalent on today’s market: those with professional monitoring (by a central monitoring station), and those that are self-monitored (by you and your network of contacts). The former typically includes a fairly steep ($30-$75) monthly fee to cover the cost of the monitoring station, while with the latter you typically only pay for the equipment. Don’t want this added expense of monthly monitoring? Worried about false alarms and getting fined by your city? We hear ya! These are a few of the reasons that self-monitored security systems have become so intriguing. They put you in control of your system, and you have access to cutting edge “smart” technology that you can control from your smartphone. With these DIY (do it yourself) security systems you’re in charge of when the authorities are called to your home and how you secure your home…

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American Home Shield Review: They’re Large But Are They Any Good?

Window in attic: American Home Shield Reviews

American Home Shield (AHS) has a well-known reputation. Depending on where you live you may receive good or bad service. However, this is true for most home warranties since the service can vary based on location and technicians sent to your home. As always, we recommend calling AHS and ask to speak with an existing customer to hear about their experience with AHS. To learn more about what we discovered, read our AHS Warranty Review…

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Best Robotic Lawn Mower: Your Saturday Savior?

Husqvarna robot lawn mower in yard

The future of lawn care is here to take this dreaded chore off your to-do list — permanently. Picture a hypothetical Roomba lawn mower cutting your grass as you’re watching the game, lounging in a hammock or even sleeping. Yes, there are several fully autonomous, Roomba-like mowers on the market, and we’re here to help you choose the best robot lawn mower for your yard and lifestyle…

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How Can I Organize My Finances & Increase My Net Worth?

Woman looking at finances on tablet (caption: Smart Guide To Investing)

Planning for your future is not only a daunting task, but it’s also labor intensive. With all the financial services marketing to you constantly, it can be difficult to sift through and find out what works and what doesn’t. Our financial experts bring you in-depth research explaining retirement plans, investing strategies and answering questions on investment methodologies (heard of a robo advisor?)…

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Avoid The Sharks And Get The Right Rate And Terms For Your Loan

Man filling out car loan application (caption: Guide to getting loans)

The majority of us have to take out at least one loan in our lifetime. Whether it’s student loans, a mortgage or a small business loan, some purchases are sometimes too large for our wallets. Getting a loan with a low interest rate and reasonable term length can help us achieve our goals. Read our guide to avoid falling prey to loan sharks, scams, and high interest rates…

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History of Major Data Breaches in The U.S. (Updated June 2019)

Person's hand with credit card: The Latest Data Breach News

Unfortunately the news is consistently full of headlines about security and data breaches. Major retailers, credit card companies and other organizations have all fallen victim to hackers, putting millions of consumers at risk. Trying to keep up with all the latest hacks and who’s affected can be overwhelming. So we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you stay on top of what’s happening in the world of data breaches…

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Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance & Final Expense Insurance

Eledrly man with walker (caption: Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance)

Are you worried that you won’t qualify for life insurance because of your age and less-than-stellar health status? You still have options, thanks to a product called guaranteed issue life insurance. You can even qualify for this type of life insurance without a medical exam and minimal (if any) health questions…

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