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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How to Get Cheap Car Insurance for Students

Car insurance for students is the most expensive when you look at averages across age ranges. Simply put, college students often pay thousands of dollars more than anyone else. Therefore, finding cheap car insurance for students can be difficult, but it’s not impossible.  There are some companies that offer affordable student car insurance that is ...

Do I Need Rental Car Insurance?

Not owning a car typically negates the need for auto insurance. However, being covered by an insurance policy is a good idea if you frequently rent vehicles for travel. An uninsured driver faces financial risks if the rental vehicle is damaged in their care, and the best way to prevent such situations is with a ...

21st Century Auto Insurance Review

21st Century is available exclusively to drivers in California and Hawaii. You’ll find standard policies available, alongside a few optional add-ons. The company offers 24/7 claims service so you can file a claim anytime you need. There’s also a mobile app for drivers who want to pay their bill and file claims without logging onto ...

Best Car Insurance in South Dakota

Paying for car insurance is just a part of owning a car.  South Dakota has a slightly higher average rate for full insurance premiums, but is one of the most affordable states for minimum liability. Keep in mind that about 8% of all drivers in South Dakota do not have car insurance, which increases premiums ...

Best Mississippi Car Insurance Companies

For drivers looking for the best mississippi car insurance companies, we have provided our top 5 picks. USAA ranked as our top auto insurance provider in Mississippi, followed closely by State Farm. Both have solid customer service, numerous discounts, and are cheaper than other options on the market today.  Also worth your consideration is Metropolitan ...

Best West Virginia Car Insurance Company

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Best Wyoming Car Insurance Companies

Wyoming resides on the lower end of average auto insurance premiums across the country. Being the most sparsely populated state after Alaska is a major contributor to its reduced accident rates and lower premiums.  Based on in-depth research, we found State Farm to be the best company for car insurance in Wyoming but we’ve also ...

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 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: ...

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