Sally Jones

While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduate school for journalism and public relations, Sally began a long career researching and writing about hard-to-understand topics, such as insurance and finance.

Her additional experience in marketing, fundraising, public relations and financial planning at various foundations and nonprofit organizations over the years has given her the practical tools to inform consumers about making the smartest business and personal financial decisions. Her work has appeared in many notable media outlets, including The Washington Post, Entrepreneur, People, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more.

Speaking of smart living — growing up in the (at-the-time) per-capita murder capital of the U.S. (Richmond, VA) taught her a thing or two about the need for personal and home safety. Sally stays on top of all the latest gadgets and services to protect her and her teenage daughters from potential predators and thieves. And she brings this knowledge to every article she writes.

Best Annual Travel Insurance Plans: AIG Travel Guard vs Allianz vs Seven Corners vs GeoBlue & More

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Most people consider getting trip insurance for a single vacation. But did you know that several major insurance companies provide annual trip insurance plans? These plans can cover you, a spouse, and even your entire family if you want to insure multiple trips during the year — for huge savings compared to insuring each trip separately. How does annual trip insurance work? Does it differ from traditional per-trip insurance? And which providers are your best options? Our experts have delved into all of these questions and more to help you decide if an annual policy is best for your needs.

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TipRanks Review: The Best Stock And Trading Advice Site?

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TipRanks is an investment research platform that compiles public stock recommendations from thousands of financial analysts and bloggers and ranks them based on their accuracy and performance. It also collects insider trading information to tell you which stocks are ideal for medium and long-term trading. While this site can save you a lot of time scouring through multiple websites to find the stock analysis you’re looking for, you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription to access most of the valuable information. Is TipRanks worth it when you can find the analysis for free elsewhere? And how reliable is TipRanks? We delve into everything this site offers investors and traders to help you decide if it’s a good fit for your needs.

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Ring Always Home Reviews: Camera, App, Drone, Cost, Installation, Privacy, And More

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Although not slated to hit the market until later this year, Ring’s newest innovation in home security equipment could rock the competition if their Always Home Cam proves worthy. A camera-equipped, smart-home drone that flies inside your house to keep tabs on your home for security. Concerned about privacy? Always a valid concern with smart home technologies. The Always Home cam won’t be buzzing inside your home 24/7, but still begs to question just how much control you’ll have over it. Our experts dig in.

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What Is Multi-Factor Authentication & Why Should I Use It?

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If you’re not worried about your identity being stolen with your online activity, whether it’s making purchases on a website, online banking, or just being on social media, you should be. You could be at high risk for hackers and cyber thieves if you’re only using a password to access your accounts. It’s a sad state, but criminals have gotten smarter about getting past even complicated passwords. Good news is there’s a better way to protect yourself that goes beyond a password — implementing multi-factor or two-factor authentication. We’ll give you all the information you need to know to understand why you need to enable this easy-to-use security technology, how to set it up, and where to find your best options…

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529 Plans: The Smartest Way To Save For College?

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With college costs continuing to soar, you may wonder how in the world you’ll ever be able to pay for your kids’ education. Of course, the sooner you start saving, the better — especially with a 529 plan. These plans are specifically designed to make saving for future education costs as easy as possible. They also offer some enticing benefits compared to many other types of investment savings plans. See what 529 plans have to offer and if they’re the best fit for your financial planning needs…

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Best Glass Break Sensors: Are They Essential For Home Security?

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In some situations, window and door entry sensors and motion sensors won’t always suffice when an intruder is determined to access your home. But glass break sensors can add a crucial first layer of defense. How do they work? And when should you use them? We’ll give you the lowdown and tell you our picks for the best glass break sensors for various home security needs…

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Ooma Security System Reviews: Camera, Siren, App, Mobile App, Monthly Cost, vs SimpliSafe, And More

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Ooma, a well-established VoIP company, also offers a competitively priced entry-level home security system with easy DIY installation, no contracts, and both professional and self-monitoring options. However, the system has only been around since 2018 and faces some exceptionally stiff competition in the DIY home security market. Does Ooma have all the features you want to keep your home safe and secure? And is it dependable?

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