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.

Best Hidden Cameras: Home Security On The Down Low

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Do you need to keep your home security activity on the sly? Or want a discreet mini camera you can even wear while you’re out alone at night? These ultrasmart spy gadgets can be as small as a button, which would make Q (James Bond’s MI6 quartermaster) proud. Some are even disguised as everyday objects that double as working clocks, night lights, Bluetooth speakers and more…

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Alfred Home Security Camera App Review

Can’t afford a home security system? The Alfred app can take care of that. This wildly popular app can trasform your old smartphones or tablets into home security cameras with live-streaming video that you can view remotely — all for free. Sound too good to be true? Find out what we’ve uncovered in our Alfred home security camera review…

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Which States Are The Most Dangerous For Holiday Drunk Driving?

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Despite the increased use of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft and marketing efforts by alcohol brands to ensure you have a designated driver, fatal car crashes caused by drunk driving still occur at high rates. This is especially true during the holidays. But which states have the highest rates, and how can you lower your chance of getting hurt?

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

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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 repairmen, housekeepers or other visitors. Whether you just want a simple money safe or more space for important documents, jewelry and other valuables, we have you covered to make a smart choice. Our best home safe reviews give you our top picks for all kinds of safes, including security features, pros and cons, pricing and much more…

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Best Robotic Lawn Mower: Your Saturday Savior?

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The future of lawn care is here to take this dreaded chore off your to-do list — permanently. Picture a hypothetical Roomba lawn mower cutting your grass as you’re watching the game, lounging in a hammock or even sleeping. Yes, there are several fully autonomous, Roomba-like mowers on the market, and we’re here to help you choose the best robot lawn mower for your yard and lifestyle…

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Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance & Final Expense Insurance

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Are you worried that you won’t qualify for life insurance because of your age and less-than-stellar health status? You still have options, thanks to a product called guaranteed issue life insurance. You can even qualify for this type of life insurance without a medical exam and minimal (if any) health questions…

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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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