Jackie Nelson is a new mom, an obsessive news reader, and a highly analytical shopper. She makes spreadsheets and does crosswords in her spare time. Jackie loves to travel and adores her three crazy dogs. The best service-related experience she's ever had was getting her amazing auto loan through her credit union.

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Veteran’s Guide to Saving on Housing Costs

Veteran’s Guide to Saving on Housing Costs

Jun 14, 2019 | News

Veterans have sacrificed so much for the safety of our country. As a way to say thank you, many organizations, retailers, and companies offer discounts or programs to make buying and owning a home more affordable for those who have served. If you’re a veteran of the U.S. military, there are many ways you can…

How to Choose a Credit Card if You Have Little, No, or Bad Credit

How to Choose a Credit Card if You Have Little, No, or Bad Credit

Jun 03, 2019 | News

Applying for a credit card can seem complicated, no matter what the circumstances. If you find yourself in a season of life where you have low income, have no or bad credit, or are a full-time student, you may be surprised to find out that you can still find opportunities to build your credit with…

SimpliSafe Home Security

SimpliSafe Home Security

May 31, 2019 | Review

SimpliSafe Home Security Review If the prospect of home security is leaving you stressed out and bogged down, SimpliSafe might be the salve you’ve hoped for. Their no-contract options offer less red tape than their competitors, and is one of their best features. With their recent revamp and rapid growth, SimpliSafe is making a decent…

Brinks Home Security

Brinks Home Security

May 24, 2019 | Review

Brinks Home Security Review Brinks Home Security brings its powerful industry reputation to the table alongside three smart home security packages. Founded over 160 years ago, the Brinks name is well-known and highly rated for home security. In fact, the company ranks No. 1 in overall satisfaction by customers in the 2018 J.D. Power study.…

American Family Home Insurance

American Family Home Insurance

May 21, 2019 | Review

American Family Homeowners Insurance Review American Family provides protection for your home and most valuable possessions. The company, sometimes known as AmFam, offers homeowners “coverage to protect all of your dreams.” While this is more of a metaphor than an actual description of its coverage, American Family does offer great bundling options for all your…

How to Start Building Credit for Your Kid (At Any Age)

How to Start Building Credit for Your Kid (At Any Age)

May 13, 2019 | News

When you first introduced your baby into the world, you probably didn’t think much about the specifics of their financial future or how soon you could start to build their credit score. Maybe you thought about who they would be when they grow up, what color hair they’d end up having, and if they looked…

Farmers Homeowners Insurance Review

Farmers Homeowners Insurance Review

May 03, 2019 | Review

Farmers Homeowners Insurance Review Farmers homeowners insurance offers a wide range of insurance packages at different price points and coverage levels. Branded as “personalized” coverage, these packages allow you to add custom options and discounts to cater to your unique insurance needs. Whether you’re interested in insuring a vacation home, a condo, or a single-family…

Nationwide Homeowners Insurance Review

Nationwide Homeowners Insurance Review

May 03, 2019 | Review

Nationwide Homeowners Insurance Review In addition to Nationwide's standard lineup of homeowners coverage, it stands out for its custom policy add-on options and great financial strength. One of Nationwide’s perks is its wide range of available discounts, including those for bundling with auto or another type of insurance. Nationwide also caters to a tech-savvy crowd,…

Is Hurricane Damage Covered by Flood Insurance?

Is Hurricane Damage Covered by Flood Insurance?

Apr 30, 2019 | News

Since there’s no such thing as an overarching hurricane insurance policy, the fallout from hurricanes is covered in a few different ways. Some damage will probably be covered by your homeowners insurance policy, and some may even be covered by a home warranty, but the main coverage for hurricane-related water damage will come from flood…

10 Ways to Upgrade Your Patio This Summer

10 Ways to Upgrade Your Patio This Summer

Apr 30, 2019 | News

Summer is right around the corner. Whether you’ve got a tiny apartment balcony or a fully landscaped backyard, there are plenty of ways you can upgrade your outdoor space to get the most out of the sunny days ahead. If your patio isn’t ready for entertaining quite yet, don’t fret. Even a few small changes…