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.

Life Alert Review: Is Their Medical Alert System Reliable?

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When most people think of medical alert systems, Life Alert comes to mind thanks to their prevalent commercials with a senior saying “Help! I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.” Life Alert has been a leader in the industry since 1987, but is this company the best option to help you or your loved one when a medical emergency happens? What equipment do they offer? And how much does Life Alert cost? We’ll answer these questions and more to help you choose the best fit for your needs…

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A Homeowner’s Guide To Wired Security Systems

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You’ve likely found our article because you’re either considering getting a new hardwired security system for your home or want to know your options if your home is already prewired with an existing system. We can help you on both fronts. We also give you some handy tips in case you’re still considering getting a wireless security system…

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ADT Pulse Review: Your Best Bet For Home Security & Automation?

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ADT Pulse combines the well-known company’s alarm system with home automation and monitored video surveillance. But what equipment and features does ADT Pulse have to offer? And is it worth the higher-than-average price tag? We answer these questions and more to help you determine if ADT Pulse is the best fit for your home security and automation needs…

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Universal Life Insurance: Is A Flexible Policy Worth It?

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Universal life insurance is one of the most popular types of life insurance, along with whole life and term life. It offers the greatest flexibility because your premium payments and death benefit aren’t set in stone. But what are the drawbacks? And is universal life insurance the best fit for your long term financial goals?…

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SaferVPN Review: Is It Worth The Higher Price Tag?

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Are you looking for a reliable virtual private network (VPN) service? SaferVPN is a lesser-known company that’s based in Israel (a country that has very strict privacy laws) and offers some high levels of VPN protection across tons of different devices. But how do their features and security level stack up against the bigger names in the industry?…

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Smart Home Protocols: Zigbee vs Z-Wave vs Insteon vs X10 vs KNX vs Bluetooth

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Want to automate all of your home’s lights, appliances and other devices but not sure where to start? Turning your house into a smart home takes some planning, and the first thing you want to consider is which smart home protocol you’ll use. A smart home protocol, also called a home automation protocol, is the unique language devices use to communicate with one another. These communication signals trigger desired actions, i.e. adjusting your thermostat or turning your lights on or off…

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Vivint Car Guard Review: Not Just Car Security

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Vivint is a home security company that has some of the best home automation features on the market. In early  2019, Vivint launched its unique Car Guard product that can not only monitor your car’s security but also track its location and alert you to your car’s mechanical needs. Is Car Guard reliable? And is it worth the high price tag?…

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August Smart Lock Review: No Need For Keys

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Home smart locks help eliminate security woes about multiple house keys falling into the wrong hands. August Home carries some of the most popular smart locks on the market, but do they work as promised? And what added security and home automation features do they offer?… 

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Best Carbon Monoxide Detectors For Cars

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In 2017, Ford warned owners of certain Explorer SUV models that carbon monoxide (CO) could be leaking into their vehicles’ cabins. The danger is that CO is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause serious impairment in drivers and even death. The company took charge of righting the problem, but for many people, this issue highlighted a safety concern most of us probably never even consider with our cars. Is your vehicle leaking CO? It’s worth your safety (and that of your passengers) to find out by investing in a reliable vehicle carbon monoxide detector…

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Best Investment Advice Websites: Motley Fool vs Zacks vs Morningstar vs Seeking Alpha & More

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Investing your money wisely takes a great deal of ongoing research. And with hundreds of financial websites at your fingertips, where do you start? If you’re a serious investor, free advice only goes but so far. We’ve chosen some of the best investment advice websites that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, so you can instead focus on investing your hard-earned dollars…

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