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.

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 Home Security System For Pet Owners

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Indoor motion sensors are the biggest concern for pet owners looking for a pet-friendly security system. If you don’t want to sacrifice this important home security feature, you still have some great options. We’ve spent a lot of time researching equipment offered by all the top companies and have narrowed down the best systems for pet owners…

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Universal vs Whole Life Insurance: What Are The Differences?

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With so many types of life insurance available, how do you know which one is best for your budget and your long-term financial needs? Two of the most popular options are whole life insurance and universal life insurance. These two types of life insurance share some features, but there are some important differences you need to know…

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Gun Safety

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Amid the staggering numbers of gun-related fatalities that occur in the U.S. every year, there are many ways you can own guns and still maintain safe practices to protect you, your family and your community from these unnecessary incidents. Knowing how to practice gun safety is key, but it’s also important to know how having guns in your home that aren’t secure can affect all of us. We’ve compiled some shooting statistics and safety tips to help you make the smartest decisions when it comes to guns…

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Best Hidden Cameras: Home Security On The Down Low

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Do you need to keep your home security activity on the sly? Or want a discreet mini camera you can even wear while you’re out alone at night? These ultrasmart spy gadgets can be as small as a button, which would make Q (James Bond’s MI6 quartermaster) proud. Some are even disguised as everyday objects that double as working clocks, night lights, Bluetooth speakers and more…

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Alfred Home Security Camera App Review

Can’t afford a home security system? The Alfred app can take care of that. This wildly popular app can trasform your old smartphones or tablets into home security cameras with live-streaming video that you can view remotely — all for free. Sound too good to be true? Find out what we’ve uncovered in our Alfred home security camera review…

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First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm Review

First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm (caption: First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm Review)

Did you know that every year, at least 430 people die in the U.S. and an estimated 50,000 people visit the emergency department due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning? If you don’t have CO alarms, you should. In fact, most states now require them in every residential home. First Alert, a national leader in home safety products, manufactures several different models that are rigorously tested, affordable and easy to install. See why we recommend their CO615 carbon monoxide alarm…

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Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance & Final Expense Insurance

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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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Event Insurance: Yes, You Can Cover Weddings, Retirement Parties & More

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While hosting a large event, like a wedding or corporate party, is a fun celebration for you and your guests, it’s also a stressful and expensive undertaking — and things can go wrong. What if you have to cancel your event due to unforeseen circumstances? What if one of your guests gets seriously injured and holds you liable? Having event insurance can protect you. The relative cost of this type of specialty insurance is minimal compared to the financial blow you could face if something unexpected occurs…

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