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.

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Nest Cam Indoor Review: vs Outdoor, Wireless, Mounting, Setup, And More

Want to keep tabs on a mischievous pet when you’re away? Or add more muscle to your existing home or business security system? Or maybe you are just looking for a way to visually see when your teens walk through the door after school and talk to them about their day. The Wi-Fi-enabled Nest Cam (formerly Dropcam) can do all that and more. It’s a popular choice among the growing number of consumers installing Internet Protocol (IP) cameras in their homes. Find out the good, the bad and the ugly about this high tech security camera option.

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Best VPN Service: Torguard vs PIA vs ExpressVPN vs IPVanish vs PureVPN vs NordVPN vs CyberGhost & More

Who’s really watching you when you’re online? These days, it’s virtually impossible to know. Advertisers, marketers, cyber stalkers, potential employers, even your own neighbors could be tracking your online behavior. And until our lawmakers pass more specific cybersecurity legislation, we’re all at risk. What can you do to protect your privacy and identity? Consider installing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service on your computer and mobile devices, especially when you are traveling. For a low monthly fee and easy installation you can protect yourself from Big Brother.

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Best Cell Phone Insurance: Upsie vs Allstate vs AppleCare vs Asurion vs Geek Squad vs Assurant & More

Cell phones aren’t a cheap purchase, and for many of us, they’re an invaluable part of our daily lives. Unfortunately, they’re also easily damaged. Drop your smartphone on a sidewalk, and you pray for no cracks. Drop it in water, and it’s often toast. Mobile phone insurance and extended protection plans can help ease that financial blow — especially if you have carefree kids with pricey smartphones. After all, a cracked screen alone can run you $200+ to repair without insurance.

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Best Blood Pressure Monitor: ReliOn vs Omron vs Microlife & More

Are you one of 70 million Americans who suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure? If so, you’ll want to monitor your blood pressure from home. We’ve done the research and given you our picks for the best home blood pressure monitors with accuracy ratings, cuff sizes, pricing and more to help you make a potentially life-saving choice.

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Best Home Safe 2022: First Alert vs SentrySafe vs Honeywell vs Barska vs Stack-On & More

Do you worry about home intruders or in-home workers stealing your most precious possessions? Even if you have a home security system, a home safe can provide an added layer of security against burglars, as well as protecting your valuables from maintenance people, housekeepers, or other visitors. Another common concern is to store important documents. A safe can preserve precious memories, birth certificates, and valuables from burning during a fire or getting ruined due to flooding.

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Morningstar Reviews: Portfolio Manager, Premium, Stock Investor, & More

If you’re into DIY investing, several investment advising services should be on your radar. Morningstar is one of the most popular and well-established options — it’s been around for more than 35 years. You can find a decent amount of information on Morningstar for free, but if you’re a serious investor, you’ll want to consider its premium membership to gain access to the juicy content. But is Morningstar Premium worth $199 per year, or are you better off just investing that money instead?

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