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 Smoke Detector: Nest vs Kidde vs First Alert vs BRK & More

Nest protect with smoke

Are your home’s smoke detectors up to snuff? Are you aware that you should replace your smoke detectors at least every ten years? Nearly 62% of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, reports the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). If your home doesn’t have smoke alarms — or you haven’t properly maintained your home’s smoke detector system — you’re putting your family in grave danger. Our smoke alarm reviews give you all the information you need to choose the best smoke detector for your home and our recommendations…

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WiFi Sprinkler Controllers Reviewed: Blossom vs SkyDrop vs Rachio vs RainMachine vs Hunter & More

Person drinking wine with sprinkler in yard

Have you soaked a ton of money and effort into your home’s lawn, flower beds and gardens only to have them dry up due to irregular watering? If you work all day and are on-the-go, how do you keep up with your yard’s irrigation needs? It’s especially daunting if you live in an area where you’re under strict watering restrictions. Thanks to modern technology, you can stay on top of your yard from anywhere and anytime. A WiFi sprinkler control and system could be the answer to your watering woes. Read our best WiFi sprinkler controller reviews to see how they work and which products we recommend…

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Ring Doorbell Review: The Best Way To Monitor Your Front Door?

Ring Doorbell camera: Ring Doorbell Reviews

“Who can it be knocking at my door?” Surely, when the popular 80’s band Men at Work wrote these lyrics, they couldn’t have imagined today’s high-tech doorbells. Now you can see who’s at your front door, even when you’re not at home. Ring, an all-in-one front door camera and doorbell that syncs with your Smartphone via WiFi, is the best-selling video doorbell on the market. What makes Ring so popular? And is it really the best or do you have better options? Read our review to find out…

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Best Smart Lock: Schlage vs Kwikset Kevo vs August vs Danalock

Smart lock on door: Best Smart Lock: Schlage vs Kwikset Kevo vs August

Now you no longer have to worry about those duplicate keys you gave to your sitter or house cleaner. You can say goodbye to leaving a key under the mat for guests. Smart locks are growing in popularity, thanks to the convenience and added security they give you. But how do they work? And what’s the best one for your home or business?…

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Best Peer To Peer Lending Sites: Upstart vs Sofi vs Lending Club vs Prosper vs Funding Circle & More

Have you been turned down by a bank for the loan you need? Or are you worried your credit score won’t cut it? Whether you need to consolidate debt, boost your small business or want to make some home improvements, you’re still in luck. Peer-to-peer lending sites could be the answer to your financial needs. In many cases, peer-to-peer (P2P) loans are an excellent alternative to traditional loans…

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2-10 Home Buyers Warranty Review: What Do They Cover?

Repair man working: 2-10 Home Warranty Reviews

Do you own an older home with systems and appliances that may begin to show their age soon? Or do you want to make sure your new home is covered for major structural defects? It could be in your best interest to consider purchasing a home warranty. There are tons of home warranty companies out there, and each offers varying coverage and levels of service. 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, one of the better known on the market, has been around for 30 years and gets an A rating from the Better Business Bureau. Here in our 2-10 Home Warranty review, we’ll break down what this company has to offer, its pros and cons and give you consumer feedback to help you see if 2-10 Warranty is right for you…

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Piper Security Review: Can Self-Monitoring Pay Off?

Piper camera next to laptop: Piper Security Reviews

DIY home security systems are all the rage these days, but how do you know which one is the best fit for your home and lifestyle? Piper Home Security is one of the most popular self-monitored security brands, with no monthly fees and home automation features among its biggest selling points. And the newer model, Piper nv, leaves its Classic model in the dust when it comes to video quality and night vision. But how does Piper stand up against the competition? Read our Piper Security reviews for the need-to-know info…

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Old Republic Home Warranty Review

Woman in the window sill with morning light: Old Republic Home Warranty Reviews

Is a home warranty worth the added annual cost? If your home and most of its appliances aren’t brand spanking new, a home warranty can save you a ton of money on high-cost repairs and even replacements in some cases. But which home warranty company is right for you? We’ll give you the lowdown on Old Republic Home Protection (ORHP; and no, I don’t believe Jedi’s need home warranties 😉 to see how they stack up against their competition…

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eHealthInsurance Review: Health Insurance Hero Or Headache?

Medical records in doctor's office: eHealthinsurance Reviews

Are you looking for health insurance but don’t have a clue where to begin? With thousands of health insurance companies and types of plans available, it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack! Need to figure out what type of plan you need? Want to understand more about the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits? Or just looking for health insurance quotes and coverage details? eHealthInsurance is an excellent, one-stop shop for all this and more—and the best part is, it’s entirely free. Our eHealthInsurance review below will give you all the information you need to see if it’s the good service for you to consider…

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