Kimberly Alt

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing products and services.

Kimberly has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering subjects such as home security and automation, identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems and more. In 2018, she had her first child, and that opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Security is a passion of hers, and she knows it isn’t a one size fits all category. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs.

Fitbit Review: Does It Actually Help Make You More Active?

Thinking of joining the Fitbit community but unsure which band you should get? Our Fitbit Review discusses the different types of devices Fitbit has on the market as well as some of the items they excel at and some things they could improve. Fitbit has been a leader in the activity tracker world since their first device came out and they continue to create newer and better products for you to track your fitness…

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Bug Out Bag CheckList: The Ultimate Take-It-With-You Survival Resource

Person on phone with bug out bag: Bug Out Bag List: The Ultimate Bag For Survival

Whether it’s a natural disaster, a war, zombie apocalypse, or some other dangerous situation, bug out gear can be essential for survival. We’ve come up with 13 key categories you’ll want to consider to make sure you have all the bug out bag essentials. That way you also know what to put into your bug out bag. Start with the items listed in this article and build on to customize it for your needs. Remember, the best bug out bags are filled with the necessities. So keep in mind that every items counts towards the weight you will carry but also may determine your survival…

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Amazon Echo Review: Alexa, What Can You Do For Me?

Alexa on table

Are you looking for a friend who can tell you the answer to anything? Maybe Alexa can help you out! Amazon Echo, aka Alexa, can answer questions you have by using a wake word. Most people use Alexa as their wake word, however, if someone in your household is named Alexa you may want to choose a different word! 😉 Alexa can also help you order things online, call your friends, play music and more. We review Alexa to see if she’s really as helpful as the hype suggests…

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Nest Thermostat Review: Is It Too Smart For Its Own Good?

Nest Thermostat E on wall

Nest is one of the best Wifi thermostat products on the market. It continuously learns about your heating and cooling preferences, so you don’t have to worry about adjusting the thermostat multiple times throughout the day. After one to two weeks of use, the thermostat will remember your habits and begin to set the temperature automatically. You also have the ability to make changes from the Nest app, so if you want to make any adjustments when you’re away from home, you can. Read the rest of our Nest learning thermostat review to see if it’s a good fit for your household…

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Apple Watch Review: How Do You Like Them Apples?

Apple Watch & iphone Review

It seems like anything Apple puts on the market we, as consumers, treat it like gold. We love the sleek look of their devices, the compatibility, the features and the name behind the product. When you hear about the company Apple, you probably think of quality electronic devices but at a more expensive price point. Is it worth it in the end? That’s what we’re going to discuss here today. The Apple Watch had a lot of chatter about it before it even hit the market and now that it’s had some time out in the world, what do we think of it? We’ll go over the key points of the Apple Watch and let you make the decision as to whether you think it’s a “must buy” or a “no thank you”…

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16 Smart Home Statistics & Predictions

Smart Home Statistics illustration

From appliances to lighting to speakers, everything is connecting to the internet, and there’s no stopping it. Smart home equipment is becoming more affordable and less avoidable on the market. Everything from our dishwasher to our cars will be “on the grid”, ie. connected to the internet (and many devices and appliances already are!). Read some astonishing statistics about home automation as well as where the market is headed…

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How Do I Write Off Taxes For Goodwill Donations?

Pile of clothes in closet

In our house, we donate all of our unused clothes, shoes and household items to Goodwill. The items are still in good shape, we just don’t find ourselves in need of them anymore, which is why it’s nice to give them a second life. Donating to Goodwill is also a good tax deduction, so those who donate also get a “reward” for their goodwill. In this article we’ll discuss the tax benefits of giving, not to mention how important donating is whether you benefit from it or not…

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Nest Cam Outdoor Review: Protection Rain or Shine?

Nest Cam Outdoor on side of house

Nest has been a big player in the home security and automation field for some time now. After a lot of demand from its consumers, the company released the outdoor Nest camera for homeowners to protect the exterior of their property. With the addition of the Nest Cam Outdoor, Nest helps you video monitor the inside and outside of your home as well as control the temperature and alert you of smoke and carbon monoxide (that is, if you choose to purchase each of Nest’s products). In this Nest outdoor camera review, we’re going to discuss the key features, pros, cons, pricing and more to help you make a more informed purchase decision…

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America’s 1st Choice Home Club Review: Increasing Coverage Area

Stainless steel appliances in kitchen

America’s First Choice Home Club (AFC) jumped from servicing only two states to servicing all but two states in the matter of one year. The company quickly moved up in our rankings due to this transition as well as for other reasons. America’s First Choice Home Warranty covers a large number of appliances and systems and has a low $60 service call fee. We’re keeping our eye on this company because their reputation is a little rocky in some areas, but if it improves the company could rank even higher than the #3 spot for Best Home Warranty…

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