Best Inexpensive Home Security System

Several months ago, we had a serious home security wake-up call with the news of a home invasion in our sleepy town, population fewer than 20,000.


In the middle of the night, two young, hoodied thugs went from house to house in a beautiful new development until they found an unlocked window. Once inside, they held the terrified homeowners at gunpoint. Eventually, the perpetrators were caught and charged with 7 counts including kidnapping, grand larceny, and attempted murder (what a story, trust me).

I cannot recall a time I was more grateful to have a robust home security system. Thankfully, our neighbors survived, but the trauma of the event together with the tremendous financial loss will be with them indefinitely.

According to crime statistics from the FBI, in 2017 a burglary happened once every 23 seconds in the U.S. When you add it up, that was 3,757 burglaries a day! Mind-boggling. And things have escalated in the years since. In 2021, the crime rate in the U.S. is about 47.70 per 100,000 people.

While it’s impossible to put a price on the value of protecting your home and family, there is an inexpensive yet highly effective way to create a strong defense against intruders. That means a solid home security system.

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Having considered, studied, and evaluated home security systems, I’m convinced that we can do this well using the latest technology available, but without spending a fortune.

SimpliSafe is our pick for Best Inexpensive home security system because it affordable, easy-to-install, super user-friendly, and offers so many options.

SimpliSafe is available in a number of packages or a la carte in that you can start with a basic package and add-on in the future—cameras, additional sensors, and monitoring.

Available direct from SimpliSafe or Amazon. If you are in the market for a home security system, I suggest you go to SimpliSafe first, then once you see what is available, how it works, how easy it is to install yourself, and the best option for your situation—you can compare what you find with the current pricing at Amazon.


SimpliSafe Essentials home security packageFlash Sale!

Right now when you use this LINK  you can get the Essentials package plus a FREE camera direct from SimpliSafe for 20% off. Includes free shipping both ways, in case you decide to return it under the 60-day money-back guarantee. Try it, test it, love it, or return it.

The Essentials package includes a base station, keypad, 3 entry sensors, 1 motion detector, Free camera, and one-month free 24/7 professional monitoring (no phone line needed). SimpliSafe home security systems are compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.

    SIMPLISAFE $207.00


Ready to protect right out of the box. Setting up your system takes just a few minutes—no tools needed. Includes: Base station, keypad, 4 entry sensors, motion sensor, and panic button.

A whole-home system to protect your doors, windows, and more. Includes: Base station, keypad, 4 entry sensors, 2 motion detectors, panic button, SimpliCam HD security camera.

Reasons I really like SimpliSafe

  • Super easy to install. My son did his whole house in under an hour!
  • Not interested in installing it yourself? SimpliSafe will help put you in touch with a certified pro to do
    the work for you.
  • Nothing is permanent. No drilling, no screw holes, no wires.
  • It’s totally self-contained. A SimpliSafe system will benefit from wifi, but it’s not necessary.
  • Monitoring is very reasonably priced for full 24/7 monitoring
  • No contracts
  • App integration is solid. Remote arming, disarming, etc.
  • It’s legit. It’s not a toy that just makes some noise. SimpliSafe is a full-featured alarm and emergency dispatch system
  • It’s very reasonably priced and easily configurable
  • Try SimpliSafe in your home for 60 days. If you aren’t 100%nsatisfied, return it for a full refund including return shipping

SimpliSafe offers a number of different packages one of which is probably right for you, depending on the size of your home and specific needs.



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5 replies
  1. Karen says:

    Just purchased our system from Simplisafe…thanks to your recommendation!
    I read many good reports online also.
    We just had some vandalism near our home…hadn’t had anything like that for the 19 years we lived here, now this! So the timing was perfect!
    Thank you Mary and team!
    God bless!

  2. JUDY Counts says:

    Wireless service is iffy in our urban town. My ex had made threats on my life and police said we needed a security system. I bought a hard wired system, 4 cameras (capable of 8), DVR included at harbor freight for $99. We got a monitor for $75 @ Walmart. Picture quality is excellent day or night. Two years and still working perfect! Caught a neighbor on our property doing things last year when he thought I wasn’t home and showed him the video on my phone. He’s no longer a problem. Some type of security system is a must.

  3. Sharon Schroeter says:

    Hi Mary,
    So sorry about the break-ins in your area–scary.
    We had Simply Safe for awhile, but they kept sending false alarms to the police, so we cancelled

    • Mary Hunt says:

      I wish you’d contacted the SimpliSafe people. The Customer Care is excellent. I can only imagine you had a faulty sensor or perhaps an inappropriate install. As for that break-in the perps were caught, charged and sentenced to a very long time in prison. We are grateful beyond measure for our local police and pray for their safety.

  4. Suzanne says:

    We gave this system to our daughter when she bought her house. It was quick and easy to install, which can’t be said for many security systems. It’s a good product.


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