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.

Cujo Smart Firewall Review: The Best Guard Dog Against Home Hackers?

Cujo Smart Firewall in office

You likely heard the buzz earlier this year when WikiLeaks revealed that the CIA has been spying through Samsung smart TVs and other devices. While most of us don’t necessarily have to worry about the CIA, we do need protection from hackers looking to steal our identity or financial information. And this threat isn’t just to our laptops, PCs and smartphones. If you have smart devices connected to your home’s network, they’re all susceptible to hackers and malware. Yes, this includes everything from baby monitors and security cameras to smart dishwashers and microwaves. In fact, hackers look specifically for vulnerable devices — and every smart device is up for grabs. That’s why protecting your entire smart home network is invaluable. So, what can Cujo do for you? Keep reading to learn more…

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How Does A Self-Driving Car Work?

Person inside driverless car

The future is close at hand, or rather, out of your hands, when it comes to self-driving cars. It’s both an exciting and daunting prospect. You may be wondering, how does a self-driving car work? And can you trust a self-driving car (also referred to as an autonomous car) to get you to your destination accident-free? Read on to find out about self-driving technology, which companies are on the move, and where the state of autonomous cars stands today and down the road…

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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage?

Overhead shot of houses flooded

Torrential rains flooded your garage and basement over the weekend, causing some structural water damage to your home. You have a home insurance policy, but is water damage covered by homeowners insurance? Things can get pretty murky when trying to determine what is and isn’t covered, but we’re here to give you some helpful information and guidelines…

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Ting Wireless Review: Can You Really Save Big Bucks?

Cell phone with money

Is your monthly cell phone bill taking a brutal bite out of your budget? If so, you’re not alone. The average American’s wireless bill is a whopping $80 bucks per month — that’s for a single user! You may have heard of cheaper carriers, but is their service worth it? When it comes to Ting – Yes! Don’t discount Ting as a reliable wireless service just because their prices seem too good to be true. Since launching in 2012, Ting has achieved a cult-like status, with a ton of faithful followers who preach the wonders of this amazingly affordable mobile service. Check out our Ting review to see how you can enjoy huge savings with a Ting phone plan…

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What’s The Best Autonomous Car? And How Safe Is It?

Self-driving cars are no longer an alien concept or a dream of the future. The question isn’t whether they’ll revolutionize the way we drive; it’s when. Dozens of automakers and tech companies are in the process of developing self-driving, or fully-autonomous, cars. And some are closer than you might realize. For all of those technology and car enthusiasts out there or those of you who can’t wait to relinquish the wheel, we’ll give you the latest info on the state of self-driving technology…

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LendingTree Review: A Legit Way To Secure A Loan Online?

Person holding roll of cash

Want a one-stop shop for securing a personal, auto, small business or home loan? Proceed carefully, as there’s lots of companies out there that will leave you with less than you started. LendingTree is a popular online loan marketplace, which connects consumers with lenders offering different types of loans. LendingTree has one of the largest networks in the U.S., with more than 300 lenders. Our expert dives into LendingTree to see if they’re as good as the hype…

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Rocket Mortgage Review: Is It The Best Online Home Financing Option?

Keys in front door

Are you searching for an affordable mortgage loan to purchase your dream home? Or want to refinance your existing mortgage to reduce your interest rates? Move over big banks. There’s a hugely popular online mortgage lender that’s putting traditional lending in its place. Rocket Mortgage has become the go-to mortgage lending source for millions of Americans. Read our Rocket Mortgage reviews to see what they can offer you…

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Old Republic Home Warranty Review

Woman in the window sill with morning light: Old Republic Home Warranty Reviews

Is a home warranty worth the added annual cost? If your home and most of its appliances aren’t brand spanking new, a home warranty can save you a ton of money on high-cost repairs and even replacements in some cases. But which home warranty company is right for you? We’ll give you the lowdown on Old Republic Home Protection (ORHP; and no, I don’t believe Jedi’s need home warranties 😉 to see how they stack up against their competition…

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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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