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.

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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Best Credit Monitoring Service: Transunion vs Equifax vs Experian vs Credit Sesame vs Credit Karma & More

Do you know with full certainty what your credit score is? Have you recently checked your credit report? What you don’t know could hurt you, especially if you’re dreaming of buying a house or a new car, taking out student loans — or even if you’re looking for a new job. Your ability to do all these things hinges on how creditworthy you are in the eyes of lenders and even potential employers…

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How To Secure Your WiFi And Keep Out Prying Eyes

Person in coffee shop on computer: Public Wifi Hackers? Keep Prying Eyes Off Your Files!

Do you often get online at your local coffee house, a hotel when traveling, or other public places (called WiFi hotspots)? If you’re not already aware — public WiFi access has the potential to severely compromise your online security. And hackers can get into your computer in no time (as in, 2 seconds!). So, what steps can you take to protect your online presence and your identity if hackers come calling? Keep reading to find the best ways to keep your private online self as secure as possible…

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Nest Cam Review: Is It Better Than The Dropcam Pro?

Nest Cam on table: Nest Cam Review

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

Up Close View Of A Keyboard, Caption: Best VPN Service

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 Blood Pressure Monitor: ReliOn vs Omron vs Microlife & More

Blood pressure monitor and a container of pills (Caption: Best Blood Pressure Monitor)

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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