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Best Credit Monitoring Service: Transunion vs Equifax vs Experian vs Credit Sesame vs Credit Karma & More!

Do you know with full certainty what your credit score is? Have you recently checked your credit report? What you don’t know could hurt you, especially if you’re dreaming of buying a house or a new car, taking out student loans — or even if you’re looking for a new job. Your ability to do all these things hinges on how creditworthy you are in the eyes of lenders and even potential employers…

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Best Monthly Clothing Subscription: Wantable vs Stitch Fix vs DailyLook vs Gwynnie Bee vs Fabletics & More!

StitchFix Box: best monthly clothing subscription

Want to keep up with current fashion trends but don’t have the time or patience to pound the pavement from store to store? Or maybe you just don’t know how to coordinate outfits, or even know what types of styles work best for your size and body type. Monthly clothing subscriptions can help you reach your fashion potential, and they’re booming these days. See our picks for where to find the types of clothing and accessories you’re looking for without doing much legwork…

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Republic Wireless Reviews: Is the Cheapest Alternative Worth It?

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Have you heard about the awesome savings you can enjoy from Republic Wireless, an alternative plan to the big cell service carriers? Republic Wireless is ideal for people who want super cheap unlimited talk and text with WiFi data, and they do also offer plans with cell data. But this service isn’t for everyone. Republic Wireless phones are all Android, so if you’re an iPhone fan, you’re out of luck. Still, if you’re looking to save a ton on your monthly cell phone bill, this service is worth consideration. Read our Republic Wireless reviews to learn more…

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Total Wireless Reviews: Coverage You Can Count On?

Person holding phone with Total Wireless on screen

Have you been looking at Total Wireless phones or thinking about making the switch over to help cut down on rising cell phone costs? With more than 100 alternative cell phone service providers on the market, you’ve got your work cut out for you when it comes to choices. The good news is, we’re here to give you the low down on not only Total Wireless, but it’s competing providers so you can make an informed decision that will also save you money…

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Google Home vs Amazon Echo vs Apple HomePod: What Is the Best Smart Speaker?

Three smart speakers side by side

How do you want to use your smart speaker? Do you plan on using it with other apps, having your own personal DJ, learning a wealth of knowledge or something else? Your answer to this question will determine the best smart speaker for you. We’ve taken a stance on which one we think is best, but that doesn’t mean the other speaker might not be a better fit for your household. Read our Google Home vs Amazon Echo comparison and decide which speaker is best for you…

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Best Smart Scale: Qardiobase vs Withings vs Fitbit Aria vs Yunmai vs Weight Gurus vs Garmin

Smart scale and workout gear

Have you jumped on the smart fitness bandwagon and are looking for a scale to measure up to your high-tech standards? Smart scales go way beyond just recording your weight. Many take multiple readings of everything from your body mass index to bone mass — and these scales sync with apps on your smartphone to help you keep a more complete handle on your overall fitness. So, what’s the best smart scale for your money? Read our reviews below to get the skinny!

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Best DIY Security System: Canary vs Piper vs iSmartAlarm vs Novi vs Ring

Piper camera on shelf

There are two types of home security systems prevalent on today’s market: those with professional monitoring (by a central monitoring station), and those that are self-monitored (by you and your network of contacts). The former typically includes a fairly steep ($30-$75) monthly fee to cover the cost of the monitoring station, while with the latter you typically only pay for the equipment. Don’t want this added expense of monthly monitoring? Worried about false alarms and getting fined by your city? We hear ya! These are a few of the reasons that self-monitored security systems have become so intriguing. They put you in control of your system, and you have access to cutting edge “smart” technology that you can control from your smartphone. With these DIY (do it yourself) security systems you’re in charge of when the authorities are called to your home and how you secure your home…

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Best Doorbell Cameras Reviews: SkyBell vs Ring vs Zmodo vs August & More!

Ring doorbell: Best Doorbell Cameras Reviews

Want to know who’s on your front porch when you’re out of the house or even while you’re at home? Whether you live in a high-traffic neighborhood or a remote location, it’s important to keep your home safe from intruders. One of the current high-tech ways to monitor your home is through wireless doorbell cameras. Read more to learn about our top picks for best doorbell cameras…

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Audible Reviews: Can You Listen to Your Heart’s Content?

Audible on iPhone on book

Are audiobooks your thing? If so, you’ve likely heard about Audible, the world’s largest audiobook provider. Audible dominates the market for sure, but is it worth it, especially for a membership? How much is Audible for membership, anyway? And how does Audible work? Read our Audible reviews to learn all about this Amazon-owned, powerhouse of a marketplace…

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Nest Thermostat Review: Is It Too Smart for its Own Good?

Nest Thermostat E on wall

Nest is one of the best Wifi thermostat products on the market. It continuously learns about your heating and cooling preferences, so you don’t have to worry about adjusting the thermostat multiple times throughout the day. After one to two weeks of use, the thermostat will remember your habits and begin to set the temperature automatically. You also have the ability to make changes from the Nest app, so if you want to make any adjustments when you’re away from home, you can. Read the rest of our Nest learning thermostat review to see if it’s a good fit for your household…

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Basic Cyber Security Tips and Tricks For Cyber Security Month

Keyboard with lock

With so many recent cyber security breaches (especially from reputable companies like Target and Equifax), it has become increasingly necessary to become secure online. With so many access points (via smart home devices, fitness trackers, etc.), it’s easier than ever to fall prey to a potential hack. Breaches can happen to the best of us, not just your vulnerable average Joe. Hackers have sophisticated ways of stealing your identity and could be accessing your accounts as we speak. Unlike a house break-in where there is often evidence of a crime, it is a lot easier for digital theft to go unnoticed. Are you leaving the front door wide open for these new-age criminals? Read on to learn some basic cyber security tips that could save you, before it’s too late…

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Is Amazon Prime Worth It? Be a Smart Shopper, Streamer and Reader

Warehouse with boxes

Is Amazon Prime worth it? What does Amazon Prime get you? To Prime or not to Prime? These are the questions many of us have grappled with before. Amazon Prime certainly has its devoted members for many reasons (many people on our team being some of them), and there are a ton of benefits that go beyond free shipping and video streaming. Here, we’ll help you work through Amazon Prime benefits and cost to see if the membership makes sense for your budget…

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