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.

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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Survival 101: Best Emergency Food Kits

Cooking outdoors: Best Emergency Food Kits

Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, even the occasional snowpocalypse can leave you stranded in your home for days or even weeks. Are you prepared if a disaster hits? You’ll be glad you planned ahead, and it doesn’t get more basic than making sure you and your family have a sustainable food supply. We’ll give you the lowdown on how to prepare emergency food supplies and, if you’re too busy to DIY, we’ll give you some of our recommendations for the best emergency food kits on the market…

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Do RFID Wallets Work? Blocking 21st Century Pickpocketing

Man with empty wallet: Do RFID Wallets Work? Blocking 21st Century Pickpocketing

Did you know your credit card information can be stolen out of thin air when you’re doing something as simple as waiting in line at the grocery store? Today’s thieves do, and they have an alarmingly easy way to electronically pickpocket you without you ever knowing. What makes this possible is RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, which is embedded in millions upon millions of credit cards. Fortunately, there are products called RFID wallets than you can use to help protect your credit or debit cards from being remotely read, but do RFID wallets work? First, we’ll explain the basics behind the technology so you can understand how you’re at risk…

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Review Of Baby Monitors: Keep An Eye On Your Little Ones

Baby sleeping: Best Baby Monitor Reviews

Nervous when you don’t have your eyes and ears on your baby at all times? Baby monitors are an excellent way to ease your fears when your bundle of joy is in the nursery and (slightly) out of your reach. But there are so many choices on the market. How do you know which ones are reliable and within your budget? Here we break down the best baby camera monitor by categories to help you make the right choice…

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Best Medical Alert System: LifeFone vs Medical Guardian vs Bay Alarm & More

Elderly person's hands: Medical Alert System

Does your elderly parent live at home alone? What if something happens when you’re not available? Or maybe you don’t live nearby. Medical alert systems can save you from worrying about your loved one — and maybe save their lives. These systems have been around for decades, and there are dozens on the market to choose from. How do you pick the best one for your particular needs? Our Medical Alert System Reviews will help you decide by giving you all the details needed to make the best choice…

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Choice Home Warranty Review: Repairing Their Reputation?

Money folded in shape of house: Choice Home Warranty Reviews

Choice Home Warranty has one of the worst reputations we have seen. There is a government write-up on the company’s Better Business Bureau page stating that the company allegedly sold a home warranty to consumers and then denied consumer claims. This is a big red flag in our opinion, so if you are seriously considering Choice Home Warranty we recommend you proceed with caution. Below is the review we initially wrote prior to learning about the government write-up…

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First American Home Warranty: How’s the Coverage?

Hands in the shape of a house: First American Home Warranty

First American Home Buyers Protection offers budget-friendly plans that kick in 30 days after you sign the contract. They’ve been in business since 1984 and boast more than 450,000 customers. We were less than impressed with their bare bones website, which offers limited information pertaining to their benefits and other important details. But, they do have some good online articles about home warranties in general. Keep reading to see our First American Home Buyers Protection review…

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Can (And Should) I Create My Will Online?

Person writing will: How to Create Wills Online

Who will take care of your children if you and your spouse meet an unexpected demise? What will happen to your assets, like your home, savings, family heirlooms and investments? No one wants to think about end-of-life issues, but it’s up to you to protect your family the way you see fit; otherwise you’re taking a huge risk. If you die without a will, the state will step in to settle everything from child custody to the distribution of your assets, and may do so in a way that’s not what you would have wanted. If you don’t have a will, you should — and it’s not as daunting a task as you might think…

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