Lauren Ward

Contributing Writer​

Lauren Ward is a personal finance writer who regularly covers consumer insurance products. Her work has appeared in a variety of online publications, including Bankrate and The Simple Dollar. She graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Japanese.

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The Cost of Flood Insurance

If you look at your home insurance, you may notice flood damage is excluded— meaning your insurance company won’t cover it. Should your home or personal belongings be destroyed by a flood, you would be responsible to pay for all flood-related damages. Flood insurance is different from home insurance in that in most cases it ...

The Best Wisconsin Homeowners Insurance Companies

Residents of the Badger State may have to deal with snow, ice, and in some cases, flooding, but the state’s premiums are some of the lowest in the country. There are plenty of options, too — we found 17 Wisconsin home insurance companies wanting your business.  We analyzed top insurance providers to narrow them down ...

Best West Virginia Homeowners Insurance Companies

It should come as a welcomed fact that the average cost of homeowners insurance in West Virginia is a few hundred dollars lower than the national average. And while the price is an important factor when choosing the best homeowners insurance companies in West Virginia, customers also need to look at factors like coverage, claims ...

The Best Homeowners Insurance Companies in New Hampshire

Our top choice for the best homeowners insurance company in New Hampshire is State Farm. This choice was based on factors including customer service, premium cost, policy offerings, and discounts.  Other providers who made our list include Allstate, National Grange Mutual Insurance Company (NGM), USAA, and Metropolitan Insurance. Below we have provided additional insight on ...

The Best Homeowners Insurance Companies in Maryland

The number one homeowners insurance company in Maryland by our estimation is State Farm. It has low premiums, offers numerous discounts, and has great online resources available for its members. It is not without strong competition, however. Close on its heels are Allstate, Pennsylvania National (Penn National), Brethren Mutual, and USAA. Below we have provided ...

The Best Arkansas Homeowners Insurance Companies

The top homeowners insurance providers that offer quality coverage at an affordable rate in Arkansas include Metropolitan, Encompass, Republic Underwriters, Auto-Owners, and Allstate. At least one of these companies also made it to our national list of best homeowners insurance.  If you live in Arkansas, we don’t have to tell you about the different weather ...

The Best Homeowners Insurance Companies in Kansas

To find the best homeowners insurance companies in Kansas, we reviewed a variety of providers and paid close attention to their market share, coverage policies, discounts, customer service, and financial strength. Our top recommendation is Auto-Owners Insurance, which offers affordable rates, great discounts, and a wide selection of coverage options. Keep reading to see our ...

The Best Nerf Gun

Arming your family with the best Nerf gun is a great way to spend time together both inside and out. This round up offers a range of options, from old-school triggers to motorized blasters to suit kids (and grown-ups) of any age or size.  The Best Nerf Gun Nerf N-Strike Elite SurgeFire — Best Pumper ...

American Residential Warranty Review

With American Residential Warranty, you can get exactly the type of home warranty you need at a price you can afford. Offering six different plans and options to pay either monthly, quarterly, or annually, American Residential Warranty provides a truly customizable solution for anyone looking to protect their home.  American Residential Warranty Overview Plan types: ...

Amazon Home Warranty Review

Amazon Home Warranty is a BBB-accredited home warranty company with an A+ rating, and for good reason. They cover a huge amount of appliances and systems, offer an almost exhaustive list of optional add-ons, and are extremely well-reviewed online.  Here’s everything you should take away from Amazon Home Warranty. Amazon Home Warranty Overview Plan types: ...

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