Lisa Melillo

Lisa Melillo is a personal finance writer for Reviews.com. Over the past seven years, she’s covered insurance, travel, and home-related topics for a variety of online publications and businesses.

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The Best Renters Insurance Companies

Unless your landlord requires it, purchasing renters insurance might seem like an unnecessary expense with relatively little benefit. But you might be surprised at just how cheap renters insurance can be – less than a dollar per day in many cases – and how effective it can be at protecting your belongings and assets. To ...

Actual cash value vs replacement cost

Setting a limit for your homeowners or renters insurance policy is fairly straightforward. However, deciding between actual cash value vs. replacement cost reimbursement isn’t always as easy. For most people with renters or homeowners insurance, replacement cost coverage is the most advantageous if you need to file a major claim. However, this coverage comes at ...

What is loss of use coverage?

Imagine your home is severely damaged in a windstorm, but your homeowners insurance saves the day by covering repairs. However, what happens in the meantime while construction is underway? As it turns out, homeowners insurance offers a solution for that, too. Loss of use coverage is a portion of your policy that pays for you ...

Credit Life Insurance

If you’ve recently applied for a loan and been offered credit life insurance, you may be confused as to what this type of coverage does and whether you need it. Unfortunately, lenders aren’t always up front about your obligation to purchase credit life insurance — and some have been known to include it in loan ...

Guaranteed Life Insurance

Life insurance can be an uncomfortable topic, but an important one. Restrictions around pre-existing conditions can make traditional life insurance difficult for some people to obtain. Guaranteed life insurance is a last-resort option for those who can’t pass a medical exam due to a disqualifying medical condition such as a terminal illness. While more expensive ...

The Best Burial Insurance Companies

No one wants to leave their loved ones with unforeseen expenses when they pass on. For many, the best solution is burial insurance, a type of life insurance policy designed to cover final expenses such as a funeral and cremation or burial. Our review of the best burial insurance companies rates policies based on their ...

The Craziest Home Insurance Claims

If your $47,000 garden gnome collection went missing, what would you do? For one homeowner faced with this exact dilemma, the answer was simple: file a homeowners insurance claim. U.S. home insurance companies process claims for one out of every 20 insured properties every year. Insurance professionals get used to seeing the same claims over ...

The Best Hammock

The recipe for a perfect summer day: warm sunshine, a cool breeze and a hammock. But hammocks aren’t one size fits all. Some have higher weight capacities while others are designed for portability, so finding the ideal hammock depends on how you intend to use it. From the backyard to the campground, these are the ...

The Best Gaming Laptops

Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or a total newbie, you’re probably well aware that the best gaming experience isn’t achievable on standard laptops. If you’re looking for a quality machine that meets the performance demands of your favorite games, a gaming laptop is the way to go. We’ve ranked the best gaming laptops out there ...

The Best Backpack

In commutes to work and school, carrying laptops, books and accessories, backpacks are often the most convenient tool to carry the items you need on a daily basis. Since backpacks are so universally utilized, there are many different types – each with a specific purpose. We’ve created a roundup of the best backpacks in each ...

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