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.

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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Choice Home Warranty vs American Home Shield: The Showdown

Row of mailboxes: Choice Home Warranty vs American Home Shield

You want a home warranty you can count on, right? One that services your state, where the technicians do what they say they’ll do and cover what they say they’ll cover. Sounds easy, right? Believe it or not, home warranties can be complicated so it’s important that you do your research well and read every character of your contract or you may be signing for something you don’t want…

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First American Home Warranty vs American Home Shield: A Not So Close Race

Two wrenches on pipe: American Home Warranty vs American Home Shield

Home warranties can be difficult to compare since they can vary by city and state. The coverage and technicians’ work depends on your specific situation. When we compared First American Home Warranty vs American Home Shield we looked at them side by side and we think you’ll be surprised to read what our research uncovered. This is an ever evolving category and company reputations can change quickly, as we’ve learned in our research for this article. So make sure you re-evaluate your home warranty company regularly to make sure you are happy with your purchase…

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WEMO Review: Ready To Live Like The Jetsons?

WEMO plug and bulbs: WEMO Reviews

Imagine a world where you could have your coffee made for you when you wake up in the morning, the lights turned on just before you get home from work and turn the Crock Pot on just in time to have dinner ready when you get home (or turn it off if you are running late). Thanks to a company called WEMO, this Jetsons lifestyle is now reality, and you don’t have to buy a new coffeemaker or crockpot. Make your existing appliances smarter with smart bulbs, smart light switches, WiFi outlets and more…

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DIRECTV Review: Is This Satellite Behemoth Worth the Price?

Man pushing button on TV remote

DIRECTV or DISH? That’s the question we all face today. If you’re looking for satellite TV, these are your best options. This article is dedicated to everything DIRECTV. While there are many things to like about DIRECTV, including diverse channel selection and constant innovations, there are some things you may dislike. We’ll go over the features, pricing, pros and cons, plans and more in our DIRECTV Review…

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Roku vs Chromecast: Can You Get More For Less?

Roku vs Chromecast

Roku and Chromecast are two of the top streaming media players on the market. Chromecast has an attractive price point of $35, making it the least expensive option. While Roku is still relatively inexpensive, it’s still more than Chromecast. But can Chromecast deliver everything you want in a media streaming device…

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Apple TV vs Roku: An Epic Battle for #1

Apple TV vs Roku

Two streaming media players face off head to head in this comparison of Apple TV vs Roku. Apple is known for its top quality devices and if you’re a loyal buyer you may love the TV. However, Roku is the dominant player in the category with multiple devices/models to choose from at lower prices. Which will come out on top…

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Fitbit vs Jawbone: Who Wins The Race?

Fitbit vs Jawbone

Looking for a convenient and cost-effective way to reach your fitness goals without the expenses of a personal trainer? Enter Jawbone and Fitbit! It’s easy, just set goals for yourself and meet (or exceed) them. Your friends can hold you accountable as well because you can share your data with them. Track your progress including distance, calories burned, steps taken and more. But which one is best?…

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