Jen Kincaid

Jen Kincaid

Digital Content Project Manager
Jen produces home, renters, condo and financial content for The Allstate Blog.

Stories by Jen Kincaid

How to Shut Off Utilities in an Emergency

Aug 10, 2017

Natural disasters come in many shapes and sizes, and they can strike without warning. But emergency planning may help minimize the risks when such events do happen. And knowing how to shut off utilities — long before a disaster occurs — is something that should be a part of every emergency plan, according to the […]

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4 Ways to Help Save for Retirement in Your 20s

Aug 9, 2017

When you’re in your 20s, living paycheck to paycheck and thinking about paying your monthly rent and credit card bills, retirement might not seem like an urgent priority. But if you begin saving early, you may be able to get ahead on your retirement savings earlier than you thought. Saving for retirement begins by taking some small […]

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The Reverse Welcome Wagon: 6 Ways to Meet Your New Neighbors

Aug 8, 2017

What a great feeling when you finally turn the key and open the door to your new home. After you settle in, you may start to wonder about the new neighbors. They’re likely to be as curious about you as you are about them. And while the practice of existing residents greeting new neighbors may […]

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Considering a Tree House for Your Backyard? What You Need to Know

Jul 25, 2017

A tree house can be a fun getaway for kids. But just the idea of it may make some parents a little nervous. Here are a few things to consider before getting a tree house built in your backyard: Do Your Homework Installing a solid and safe tree house takes a lot more than a […]

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Get Your Green On: 6 Eco-friendly Back-To-School Tips

Jul 24, 2017

Whether you’re a pro at the green-living lifestyle or just starting to be a little more eco-friendly, these six back-to-school tips require little effort and may help make a big difference when it comes to avoiding waste. And, as if helping the Earth isn’t incentive enough, these tricks may have a positive impact on your […]

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The Password Conundrum: Choosing and Remembering Strong Passwords

Jul 21, 2017

The password: It protects important personal, professional and financial information online. And you’ve heard the warnings: Never use the same password across accounts; don’t choose familiar words or numbers; change your password frequently. But, with the number of accounts people need to access, this might be challenging. It’s a password conundrum: How do you keep […]

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Types of Smoke Detectors: Knowing the Difference

Jul 14, 2017

You change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year, and test them every month. But do you know what type of smoke detectors you have? Or, that having one kind over another may make a difference? There are two main smoke detector types, and each has a sensor that detects smoke and fire […]

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How to Spot a Phishing Scam

Jul 12, 2017

With almost everyone on email and social media these days, it’s a good idea to know about the dangers of phishing scams. Have you been getting an outrageous volume of emails in your inbox with mysterious links? Have you fallen victim to a phone scam by an “IT employee” trying to help “prevent a data […]

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Help Protect Yourself from Identity Theft and Email Fraud

Jul 5, 2017

Trying to avoid email scams isn’t as simple as you may think. Most people know to delete messages promising lottery winnings or a free smartphone, but what about emails that look like they’re from legitimate businesses? Or links from family and friends? As people gain awareness of the risks of cybercrime, criminals are finding more […]

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Smooth Rides: 5 Driver-Friendly Cities [SLIDESHOW]

Jul 3, 2017

Where you live likely determines whether your daily commute involves cruising down the open road or barely moving through bumper-to-bumper traffic. As it turns out, some cities make driving more convenient than others. Based on features like gas prices and traffic congestion levels, many people think these five cities can be driver friendly: So if you’re a […]

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