One thing we love about cord cutting is the money we save every month by cutting out the cable bill. When it comes to finding more budget-friendly options for household services, we like to go beyond content streaming by finding other ways to help readers save money.
Today, we’re looking at a few home security options that serve as budget-friendly alternatives to major security companies.
SimpliSafe is a company with “no contracts, no gotchas, no hidden anything,” making it a great solution for cord cutters. The system is simple and easy to use, with just one device and a keypad to control all of your security features. A convenient app makes it easy to check in at any time.
The hub offers 24/7 alarm monitoring with a camera that you can access any time. Motion sensors will alert if there’s an intruder but are designed to detect if that motion is a pet to avoid false alarms. In addition to preventing break-ins, your SimpliSafe hub will detect fires, warn you if pipes are in danger of freezing, and sense pipe leaks.
SimpliSafe products start at $99 for a camera to $489 for a full-service system.
If you’re using an ad-based streaming service, you’ve likely seen ads for Ring doorbells. With a mission to reduce crime in neighborhoods, Ring has set out to design innovative products that make home security easy and affordable.
The company is most well known for their video doorbells, using enhanced video resolution to see who’s at the front door. Their alarm system includes a hub, keypad, motion detector, and contact sensor. With many products sold separately, you can customize your system to meet the needs of your home.
Ring products range from $99 for a video doorbells to $500+ for a full-service security system.
The company most well known for connected home devices like thermostats also has a home security option. Nest took a unique approach in setting up their products in a DIY format. You can browse the products and design the system that meets all of your needs.
One benefit of Nest is that your system will be compatible with Google Assistant. The Nest Guard has Google Assistant built-in, making it easy to turn your alarm on and off. The Nest tag allows anyone with a connected tag to disable the alarm without a passcode. With the Nest app, you can control everything right from your smartphone.
The Nest Secure base system starts at $299.
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