Do Your Errands Without Leaving Home

Subscription boxes are the newest rage, and you can order just about anything—from cleaning products to clothing!

By Cari Wira Dineen

You’re busier than ever—between work, spending time with your kids and grandkids, community events and socializing. The last thing you want to do with your precious time is run errands—and now you don't have to.

Enter the newest rage: Subscription boxes delivered to your home. Subscription boxes cost a set amount of money each month or quarter, and you sign up to receive either a selected product or an assortment of products on a regular basis. With a subscription service, you know your products are scheduled to arrive a certain time each month and you’ll never run out.

Subscription services vary in cost and frequency, but most cost anywhere from $10 to $50 a month. Many of the beauty, fashion and food boxes have you fill out a style or personality profile when you sign up so that your subscription is specifically tailored to you. Generally, most have flexible returns (if you don’t like something you get, you can return it) and easy cancellation policies.

One of our faves: The Subscribe and Save feature from Amazon.com. You simply select eligible items—anything from laundry detergent and coffee pods to diapers and cosmetics. Then you automatically receive a new shipment of the item in the monthly intervals you select—and you only pay for each order when the item is shipped. Shipping is free and you receive an additional discount (usually around 15%) off the price of your item.

And while it’s not a box of goodies, another subscription service that is way worth it if you’re big online shopper: ShopRunner. Pay either $8.95 monthly or $79 annually and you get free 2-day delivery and free returns across their retailer network (which includes big names like Toys R Us, Lord and Taylor, GNC, and Blue Nile, among others). Can’t get items delivered to your home? The membership fee also includes PickUp Points where you can go to a partnered drugstore or retailer and pick up your package.

Here are few specific subscription boxes worth looking into. Don’t see something that piques your interest? Check out the web site Memberly. Whatever your hobby (collecting pocket squares, vintage magazines, barbecue sauce, knitting) at Memberly you'll find an “of the month club” out there for you!


birch boxBeauty
Birchbox.com - At Birchbox.com you'll get sample-sized beauty products to try out for $10. Monthly boxes available for both men and women.
Curlbox.com - Got curly hair and still haven’t found the perfect product? A $20 monthly subscription will get you products specifically designed for curly hair.
Beautymint.com - Starting at $39.99, customized skin care products based on your personalized skin profile are regularly delivered to your door.
Julepmaven.com - For women who love, nail polish, Julepmaven.com will send you new colors each month for $19.99. Take a style quiz first so you don’t get colors that aren’t “you.”

trunk clubFashion
Legseverymonth.com - Select a style (pantyhose, thigh highs) and then a category (classic, sexy) and with Legseverymonth.com you’ll never run out of hosiery again! From around $30 a month.
Jewelmint.com - For $29.99 a month, you receive costume jewelry based on your style profile.
Stitchfix.com - Each month, you get an email from Stitchfix.com suggesting a “style fix” for you, such as a new belt, top or necklace, based on your style and price point. If you like, just click and it’s sent out to your. The cost of the item you buy plus a $20 styling fee.
Shoedazzle.com - Shoe-aholics, rejoice! A new pair of shoes is sent by Shoedazzle.com to you every month! Subscriptions start at $29.95 a month. Other shoe subscription services: Shoemint.com and Solesociety.com
ManPacks - Razors, underwear, socks and more for men. He builds his own Manpack with the brands he likes best and they’re sent out on a regular schedule. Cost depends on what you put in your man pack, but the prices are standard (for example, a pair of men's Hanes boxer shorts are around $5, Gillette razor cartridges are $9 for 5).
Trunk Club - Find higher-end tees, shoes, slacks, suits and accessories for men at Trunk Club. Perfect for the guy who hates to shop. Prices are per item; tees start at $40).

bark boxFood/Groceries
Doortodoororganics.com--Each week, a selection of organic fruits and veggies are delivered to your door. Boxes start at $26.99.
Barkbox.com - Never run out of food, toys or treats for your furry friend again with Barkbox! About $15 a month. Also try: Bestfriendbox.com and Pawalla.com.
Magickitchen.com - Completely prepared, home style meals—including meals for one and nutritionally specific (think: diabetic or low-sodium)—delivered frozen. Prices vary on menu, serving size and how many servings you order. Also try: Dinewise.com.
Bulubox.com - Vitamin and nutritional supplement subscriptions. Around $10 a month. Pumpups.com


kiwi crateGrandkids
Kiwicrate.com - Monthly box of kid crafts specified to your grandkids’ age. Starting at $19.95 a month.
TheHonestCompany.com - Eco-friendly diapers, wipes and detergent delivered monthly. Diaper packs start at $79.95 a month.
Giftlit.com - A monthly box of kid books (you choose the age group). Three months of books start $54. Also available for teens and adults.
Babbabox.com - Crafts, books, games, digital content in one monthly box for kids ages 3-6. $29.99 a month.
KlippieKlub.com - Got grandaughters with long hair? Join Klippie Klub for $15.99 a month to get bows, barrettes, and klippies sent to you regularly.
Whittlebee.com - Give 'em your grandkids size, and for $39.99 you’ll get $100 worth of adorable clothes delivered!
Little Passports.com - Sign up your grandkids to learn about other countries and cultures. Each month, souvenirs, letters and stickers arrive. Starts at $10.95 a month.
CitrusLane.com - Mini-care packages for newborns to age 3, you’ll get bibs, snacks, diaper cream and teethers among other baby goodies. $25 a month.

 

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