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.

Best Smart Garage Door Openers: Genie Aladdin Connect vs Chamberlain MyQ & More

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Are you always worried that you or someone in your family has forgotten to close your garage door? If so, you may want to consider getting a smart garage door opener to keep tabs on your door from anywhere using a simple smartphone app. How do they work? And which ones are the most reliable? We’ll give you the lowdown on these affordable and easy-to-install devices…

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Seeking Alpha Review: Is It Worth The Membership Fee?

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Are you looking for expert investment advice but don’t want to fork over a fortune for a financial advisor? You may want to consider an online investment advice and research website. One of the big names in this industry is Seeking Alpha, a unique crowdsourced research content platform targeted toward intermediate and advanced investors. While Seeking Alpha contains some free content, most of its in-depth articles and investment tools require a paid subscription. Is it worth the membership fee? And what exactly does Seeking Alpha provide investors?

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Smart Home Privacy: How To Protect Yourself From Cyber Spies

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Are smart home devices invading our privacy? For sure, say most experts. Our smart speakers, TVs, security cameras, thermostats, and any other Internet-enabled device could be spying on us in our own homes. Because many Internet of Things (IoT) devices have cameras and microphones that are always online, they’re a prime target for hackers. An added threat is that some of these devices collect and share data with the manufacturer and other third parties. But the good news is that there are ways to protect your privacy from your smart gadgets. Our experts run through the steps you can take to protect your home network and various devices…

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Morningstar Premium Review: Is Their Paid Advising Service Worth It?

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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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Guardian Security Review: Worth The High Price Tag?

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Guardian Protection has been around for 40+ years and is one of the old-guard security companies that require professional installation and long-term contracts. However, they have a sleek, modern system for today’s smart home and a good customer service reputation. With so many different home security options, is Guardian the best company to watch over your home and loved ones?

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SimpliSafe Smart Lock Review: How Does It Compare To Other Smart Locks?

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SimpliSafe’s home security system is compatible with a select few third-party smart locks, but they’ve released their own branded smart lock that you can easily install and sync with their system. What makes their smart lock stand out? It’s one of the most affordable smart locks on the market for its base price. But overall, is it worth it for its functionality and other features?…

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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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