That question could apply to a lot of non-food situations, like home security for instance. How you ask? Three years ago my apartment was burglarized, I was pissed to say the least, I lost about $5000 in property. Of course I decided I needed a security system. I bought some off brand cheap system that served the purpose for a while, until the key pad died. Then I got a Canary security camera ($136 from Amazon). It works well, but I felt I needed a more robust system.
In the mean time I kept seeing ads for the SimpliSafe
home security system. I was intrigued by the fact it was a cellular system, expandable and "no contract, cancel at anytime" those are words to live by in my world. So, recently I bought the basic system (refurbished) a motion detector, two entry sensors and key chain remote for $188. I installed it, the setup was a breeze just like the ad said. Now the monitoring plan was the next step. They offer a $14.95 a month plan that sounds the alarm and calls the coppers, cool. But the $24.95 plan allows you remotely arm and disarm the system using your phone or tablet (Android, iOS, or Windows) gives you text and email alerts as well, so I upgraded. Then I looked into adding a camera and thats where things started to get weird. Doing that adds $4.95 to the monitoring plan, now we're closing in on the big boy prices, which is part of SimpliSafe's selling point "its supposed to be cheaper". They also have all kinds of other sensors, water, CO2, smoke alarm, etc. But adding those will drive up the monitoring price. Being a cheap skate by nature, I wondered if I could find a work around for the video, and I did. Like I said, I owned a Canary camera already and it comes with FREE basic monitoring, which you can live stream video to a cell phone or tablet. You can sound an alarm and it will call 911 with the app. If you really want to get fancy, you can upgrade to the $99 a year plan that gives you unlimited video downloads, 30 day video storage, and two-way communication. Way better than SimpliSafe's camera option. I loath monthly charges for stuff, so even though the annual cost may be higher, I have peace of mind knowing I'm protected year round. That wraps up my DIY home security setup. Both SimpliSafe and Canary are great products with great features and I highly recommend them, because of their features, portability, and no contracts.