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.

What Is The Best Home Robot? Zenbo vs Jibo vs Buddy vs Pepper vs Lynx vs Kuri vs Hub & More

Couple with smart robot on counter

Are you a smart-home tech junkie just waiting for your next fix? Can’t wait to kick up your Alexa-enabled home a notch? Well, this could be a jackpot year, when the promise of home robots finally hits the market. We’re not there just yet, but the market’s closing in quickly. Read our take on the best home robot products, some of which will be consumer-ready any day now…

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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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Rachio Sprinkler Review: Is It The Best Smart Lawn Irrigation Solution?

Controlling sprinkler with phone

Can you imagine being able to water your lawn from your office or when you’re on vacation with total control? Welcome to the world of smart sprinklers. With the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, you can take command of your yard, no matter where you are. The technology may sound unbelievable, but it’s here and now. If you want a hand’s off way to keep your yard watered, read our Rachio Sprinkler review to see why we chose the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller as our number one pick for the best WiFi irrigation controller on the market…

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WiFi Sprinkler Controllers Reviewed: Blossom vs SkyDrop vs Rachio vs RainMachine vs Hunter & More

Person drinking wine with sprinkler in yard

Have you soaked a ton of money and effort into your home’s lawn, flower beds and gardens only to have them dry up due to irregular watering? If you work all day and are on-the-go, how do you keep up with your yard’s irrigation needs? It’s especially daunting if you live in an area where you’re under strict watering restrictions. Thanks to modern technology, you can stay on top of your yard from anywhere and anytime. A WiFi sprinkler control and system could be the answer to your watering woes. Read our best WiFi sprinkler controller reviews to see how they work and which products we recommend…

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Best Vision Insurance Plan: Get Covered With An Individual Plan

Eye doctor's office

Are you not seeing 20/20? Your vision is essential. You shouldn’t neglect your eye health, but glasses and other vision care can be expensive. Can vision insurance help you get the care you need for your precious eyesight or is it just a waste of money?

Luckily, vision insurance plans are more affordable than you’d expect and a small monthly payment can actually save you hundreds of dollars every year. We’ve read between the lines on the various vision insurance plans available to help you see which policy is a perfect pair for you to try on…

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Best Cheap Life Insurance: Get The Rates That Meet Your Budget

Woman filling out life insurance form (caption: Best Cheap Life Insurance)

No one wants to pay too much for life insurance, but how do you get the cheapest rates? The short answer: focus on term life insurance and get multiple quotes. Sounds simple, right? Not exactly. Cheapest doesn’t always mean you’re getting the best coverage for the lowest rates. We give you some targeted tips on what you need to consider to make sure you’re saving as much as you can without skimping on your family’s financial needs…

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Best Medical Alert System: LifeFone vs Medical Guardian vs Bay Alarm & More

Elderly person's hands: Medical Alert System

Does your elderly parent live at home alone? What if something happens when you’re not available? Or maybe you don’t live nearby. Medical alert systems can save you from worrying about your loved one — and maybe save their lives. These systems have been around for decades, and there are dozens on the market to choose from. How do you pick the best one for your particular needs? Our Medical Alert System Reviews will help you decide by giving you all the details needed to make the best choice…

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