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.

The Motley Fool vs Seeking Alpha: Which Is Best For Investment Advice?

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The Motley Fool and Seeking Alpha are two popular websites offering a wealth of investment research and advice. While both have some solid free content and tools, serious investors likely will want to pay for a membership to get the most out of all the expert articles and robust features. But before you fork over your money, it helps to know which site best suits your investment goals and needs. We’ll tell you about the key differences between the two and which one we think comes out on top (in the event you decide not to get both, which is not a bad option considering the different features they cover)…

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Zacks vs Morningstar: Which Is Better For Investment Advice?

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Are you looking for investment advice from reputable experts? Some top online research and advice sites can save you a ton of money rather than going with a financial advisor. You may have heard of two of the most popular, Morningstar and Zacks Investment Research. What does each service offer and how are they different? We’ll give you the lowdown to help you decide if one of these reputable sites is a good fit for your investing needs…

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Zacks vs The Motley Fool: Which Is Better For Investment Advice?

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Two of the most popular and long-standing investment advice websites are Zacks Investment Research and The Motley Fool. While both offer free content that’s worth checking out, their premium subscription services give you much deeper analysis and recommendations. What are the differences between the two and how do they compare? Ultimately, which one is better for your needs?…

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The Motley Fool vs Morningstar: Which Investment Advice Site Is Best For Your Goals?

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The Motley Fool and Morningstar are both widely respected online resources for all sorts of investment research and advice. While they both offer some free content, you’ll likely want to sign up for a subscription to get the most out of what each has to offer — especially if you’re a serious investor. But which service is the best for your specific investment goals? And in the battle between The Motley Fool vs Morningstar, which comes out on top?…

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Life Alert Review: Is Their Medical Alert System Reliable?

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When most people think of medical alert systems, Life Alert comes to mind thanks to their prevalent commercials with a senior saying “Help! I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.” Life Alert has been a leader in the industry since 1987, but is this company the best option to help you or your loved one when a medical emergency happens? What equipment do they offer? And how much does Life Alert cost? We’ll answer these questions and more to help you choose the best fit for your needs…

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A Homeowner’s Guide To Wired Security Systems

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You’ve likely found our article because you’re either considering getting a new hardwired security system for your home or want to know your options if your home is already prewired with an existing system. We can help you on both fronts. We also give you some handy tips in case you’re still considering getting a wireless security system…

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ADT App Review: Your Best Bet For Smarter Home Security?

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ADT Pulse combines the well-known company’s alarm system with home automation and monitored video surveillance. But what equipment and features does ADT Pulse have to offer? And is it worth the higher-than-average price tag? We answer these questions and more to help you determine if ADT Pulse is the best fit for your home security and automation needs…

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Universal Life Insurance: Is A Flexible Policy Worth It?

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Universal life insurance is one of the most popular types of life insurance, along with whole life and term life. It offers the greatest flexibility because your premium payments and death benefit aren’t set in stone. But what are the drawbacks? And is universal life insurance the best fit for your long term financial goals?…

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SaferVPN Review: Is It Worth The Higher Price Tag?

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Are you looking for a reliable virtual private network (VPN) service? SaferVPN is a lesser-known company that’s based in Israel (a country that has very strict privacy laws) and offers some high levels of VPN protection across tons of different devices. But how do their features and security level stack up against the bigger names in the industry?…

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Smart Home Protocols: Zigbee vs Z-Wave vs Insteon vs X10 vs KNX vs Bluetooth

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Want to automate all of your home’s lights, appliances and other devices but not sure where to start? Turning your house into a smart home takes some planning, and the first thing you want to consider is which smart home protocol you’ll use. A smart home protocol, also called a home automation protocol, is the unique language devices use to communicate with one another. These communication signals trigger desired actions, i.e. adjusting your thermostat or turning your lights on or off…

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