In the U.S, ADT is synonymous with home security. The company has been around for over 140 years, making it by far the oldest security company in our country, and that reputation comes with high prices, for their flagship systems, at least. But ADT has made a lot of changes, particularly in the past few years; they bought competitor Lifeshield, renaming it Blue by ADT, and partnered with Samsung to create the ADT Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit. If that’s too much of a mouthful for you, let’s jump to breaking down all the ways you can save on ADT, in whatever form you prefer.
Savings Through The Seasons
Break out your calendars, because we’re showing you all the ways to save on ADT throughout the year.
Two of the biggest shopping days of the year, we’ve seen ADT discount their security systems on Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays past. However, there was a shocking lack of sales throughout the year on occasions like Christmas, Memorial Day, Labor Day and other holidays where sales are common. See what’s included in their package options before getting a deal (hopefully!).
|24/7 Professional Monitoring||✓||✓||✓|
|Customizable Alerts, Schedules and Automations||x||✓||✓|
|Entryway Contact Sensors||✓||✓||✓|
|Livestreaming from Mobile Devices||x||x||✓|
|Record and Save Clips||x||x||✓|
|Remote Arming and Disarming||x||✓||✓|
|Smart Light Bulb||x||✓||✓|
Blue by ADT
Now, we’re not exactly sure if this will remain the case, but last year, before ADT required it, Lifeshield had an amazing Black Friday sale for customers.
|Systems up to $399.99||Systems between $400 and $799.99||Systems $800 and Up|
|Free Indoor Camera||✓||✓||✓|
We’re hoping this remains the case under ADT, because we love Blue by ADT, as per our Blue by ADT review. If that’s at all interesting to you, see the package options available from Blue by ADT below.
|Components||One Month of Professional Monitoring||Starting Price|
|Custom System||Base station, keypad, yard sign, 4 window stickers||✓||$349.99|
|Eight Piece Doorbell Camera System||Base station, keypad, doorbell camera, 2 door/window sensors, motion sensor, yard sign, 4 window stickers||✓||$295.12|
|11 Piece System||Base station, keypad, 4 door/window sensors, motion sensor, fire safety sensor, yard sign, 4 window stickers||X||$119.15|
|15 Piece Camera System||Base station, keypad, indoor camera, 4 door/window stickers, 2 motion sensors, fire safety sensor, keychain remote, yard sign, 4 window stickers||✓||$295.12|
We couldn’t find any discounts for the ADT Samsung products, but we’ll update this section if we do. Rats!
Discounts for Seniors or Military?
We appreciate companies that give discounts to seniors, often AARP members, specifically, veterans or people actively serving in the military. After some digging, we found that ADT gives discounts to seniors through AARP1 and to veterans through Veterans Advantage. Let’s look into each deal more closely.
ADT Senior Discount
While it’s not heavily advertised, ADT gives AARP members 20 percent off of professional installation of new systems, plus two bucks a month off of monitoring to go along with it. And if you’re an AARP member as well as a small business owner, you can get the same discount!
Tip: Businesses need security too. In fact, during the COVID-19 pandemic, even closed businesses were burgled more frequently than normal. In Seattle, these types of burglaries increased the overall city burglary rates by almost 44 percent, while they increased by 41 percent in Denver and 17.5 percent in New York.3 To protect your business, get smart sensors and security cameras installed as soon as possible.
ADT Military Discount
Veterans Advantage members can save up to $914.90 on professional installation of an ADT security system, plus free hardware with a three-year contract. Here’s what that hardware consists of:
- One motion sensor
- Up to six contact sensors
- One door keypad
- One keychain remote
- One ADT window sticker.
On top of that, members will be able to get a $100 Visa gift card plus a year of free VetRewards. Basically, it pays to be a veteran with ADT!
Do I Qualify: Anyone who’s part of the “greater military community”, either active duty or a veteran who has served in the U.S military along with their immediate family members, can join Veterans Advantage.2
We’ll cut to the case: ADT doesn’t have a free trial, which makes sense as some of their systems require expensive professional installation. However, depending on where you buy it, you may be able to get full refunds on ADT Samsungs devices, but that’ll differ based on the seller, which will most likely be a third party like Amazon or Best Buy. To learn more, read our page on ADT’s pricing.
Discount Codes and Coupons
Unfortunately, ADT isn’t huge on giving discounts and coupon codes; given that they’re without a doubt the most recognized home security brand, this isn’t super surprising. Watch out for coupon websites that give you codes for ADT, as these may not be accurate.
Again, contracts differ based on which system you get. For classic ADT systems, we were locked into a three-year contract, which we had to pay out in the first six months. Considering those monthly prices ranged from $40 to $60 a month, this was a lot of money to spend. If you want flexible, month-to-month contracting, go with a Blue by ADT or ADT Samsung system. Both offer a choice between self-monitoring and professional monitoring as well as DIY or professional installation, so they’re cheaper than ADT’s traditional systems, with or without a discount.
FYI: If you don’t want to sign a long-term contract, go with Blue by ADT or a security system from ADT Samsung versus ADT’s flagship systems, which have customers sign up for three years.
If you’re looking for an affordable home security system, definitely try to get a discount or deal before you buy ADT. With ADT, you get what you pay for in terms of quality, as you can see in our ADT review, but if you’re looking to spend a little less, again, go with one of their specialty brands.
AARP. (2011). Products & Services Directory.
Veterans Advantage. (2020). Package Deal with ADT.
Washington Post. (2020). Amid pandemic, crime dropped in many U.S. cities, but not all.