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.

Ting Wireless Review: Can You Really Save Big Bucks?

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Is your monthly cell phone bill taking a brutal bite out of your budget? If so, you’re not alone. The average American’s wireless bill is a whopping $80 bucks per month — that’s for a single user! You may have heard of cheaper carriers, but is their service worth it? When it comes to Ting – Yes! Don’t discount Ting as a reliable wireless service just because their prices seem too good to be true. Since launching in 2012, Ting has achieved a cult-like status, with a ton of faithful followers who preach the wonders of this amazingly affordable mobile service. Check out our Ting review to see how you can enjoy huge savings with a Ting phone plan…

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IdentityForce vs LifeLock: Which ID Theft Service Is Better?

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IdentityForce and LifeLock are two of the major players in the ever-growing industry of identity theft protection services. And if you’ve already started looking into ID theft prevention, you’ve likely come across both. So which company is best? We compare features, customer service, pros, cons, pricing and more…

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CyberGhost Review: Is This Formerly Free VPN Still Worth It?

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What’s the key to safe, smart online use? Security, of course. And one of the best added security measures you can take is to invest in a Virtual Protocol Network (VPN). Don’t have the budget? Don’t worry. You can get VPN service at no cost through CyberGhost’s free plan! What’s the catch? CyberGhost is basic, but comes with a high encryption level to keep your online life where it belongs — for your eyes only. Read our CyberGhost review to see what they have to offer and why we chose them the best free VPN service…

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PureVPN Review: Is Your Online Activity Safer With PureVPN?

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Are you worried about your online security when you use the internet for work or personal purposes away from your secure home WiFi? If not, you should be! Whether you use your local coffee house or a remote airport to connect to the internet, you’re putting yourself and your data at risk. But a Virtual Protocol Network (VPN), like PureVPN (our top pick for the best VPN service), can give you the security you need. Read our PureVPN review to see how they can keep your internet connection secure and why we chose them as our number one winner…

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Best Satellite Internet Providers: Viasat vs HughesNet vs Frontier

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Are you among the millions of Americans who still don’t have access to DSL or cable where you live? Feel like you’re stuck in the dark ages using a dial-up internet connection? You likely have another option — satellite internet. And depending on where you live, you could get a speedy internet connection. Read our best satellite internet providers review to see how the top services compare…

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Identity Theft Insurance: Need Help Restoring Your Good Name?

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No one is immune to identity theft these days, with data breaches occurring at alarming rates. Preventing ID theft is a difficult task, even for professional ID theft experts. Monitoring your personal info and credit reports can help, but where you may need assistance the most is when your identity gets stolen. There are many insurance policies and services that can help you quickly and efficiently restore your identity with little out-of-pocket costs to you. Learn more about identity theft insurance, including our reviews of the best insurance available…

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IDShield Review: A Unique Approach To ID Theft Protection

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You try to open a new credit card only to discover that you’re declined because your credit isn’t worthy. What gives? Without your knowledge, someone has stolen your identity, taken credit out in your name, and ruined your credit record. Moving forward, how can you protect yourself? IDShield can help you dig yourself out of ID theft…

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

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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

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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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