Subscription Box Q & A

I thought I’d answer a few questions I get asked often (in e-mails, by friends, in comments, etc.):

~How many subscription boxes do you subscribe to? 
Gosh, let’s see, I currently receive: Barkbox, Birchbox, Birchbox Man, bluum, Citrus Lane, Goodies Co., IpsyKiwi Crate, Mantry, MommeBox (ugh), PopSugar and Stork Stack on a monthly basis.  Hmm, typing that out makes it seem crazy.  And something tells me I am forgetting some?

~How do you afford them all?
Listen, I am not going to lie.  I am able to subscribe to a lot of them because of you guys.  Lots of boxes have referral programs that you can use to earn free boxes (Birchbox, PopSugar, bluum, Citrus Lane, Kiwi Crate and Barkbox all have great referral programs).  Some don’t (ipsy, Mantry, etc.).  You do have to buy the boxes to begin with though.  Gotta start somewhere.  I always look for coupon codes, deals on Groupon and that type of thing.

~Are you going to review (insert box name)?
When I first started getting requests to review boxes, I didn’t want to do them all.  I mean, some don’t interest me, some don’t apply to me, etc.  But now that I created a master list of all the boxes out there, I want to have a review to go along with each one.  So when someone asks, what’s your favorite “green” subscription box, I’ll have something to base my answer on!

~How do you get companies to send you boxes to review?
This is a good question because honestly, I have no idea.  I am guessing that companies check how people get to their site and sometimes that can be tracked back to my site?  Or a simple google search of their company name could land them here.

~What boxes do you want to try next?
I have been hearing a lot of good things about SeasonsBox lately and Hammock Pack is also on my short list.  In addition, I want to try Conscious Box (hopefully there will be a discount offer soon) and GLOSSYBOX in the next few months.

~Why don’t you subscribe to (insert box name) anymore?
Either I wasn’t loving it, my subscription ran out and there were no more amazing codes / deals out there or I realized it just *gasp* didn’t need it.  Or I decided to switch it out for a different box so I could give another one a try!

~What do you do with the stuff you don’t like / need from the boxes?
Gift it, donate it or sell it.  Or if it’s complete crap or a small food item, I just toss it.

~Will I like (insert box name)?
Honestly, I have no idea.  I try to do super detailed reviews and include prices so that you know if you are getting a deal or not.  Of course, if you hate the $100 worth of products that you paid $10 for, it’s not a deal and it’s not worth it.  But only you know if that type of box will interest you.

~What’s your favorite box?
PopSugar.  I really like that it has no theme.  It’s not just beauty products or fitness or food or whatever.  It could have anything in it.  It’s a true grab bag!  While some people probably don’t like the surprise aspect of monthly subscription boxes, I think it’s the best part!

Disclosure: Shame on me for forgetting! Yes, this post includes affiliate links!
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9 Responses to Subscription Box Q & A

  1. MeaganS says:

    I’ve heard good things about seasonsbox. The only one I’ve been happy with consistently is Citrus Lane and canceled bluume and popsugar. I used to not like birchbox until I discovered the world of trading. Now, it doesn’t really matter what comes in the monthly box because I can always trade it for something I do want.

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  2. Stephanie Bradshaw says:

    I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Fancy Box…. It’s expensive though…$40+ a box… I’ve got 8 subs going….PopSugar and Hammock Pack are my fave’s so far…I’m getting my first Barkbox today so I’m excited about that!!!

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  3. Amanda says:

    Meagan…trading? Tell me more please! I’m loooooving the world of subscription boxes but I know the day will come soon that my daughter, mom and I have too many duplicates that we can’t use. I’d love to know about trading!

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  4. Glenda says:

    I just got a deal on the Conscious Box thru Plum District. I think it was about $30 for 3 months.

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    Jennifer Reply:

    I wish it was still one of their deals!!!

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  5. Jill says:

    PopSugar is may favorite as well. I like the variety and anything I don’t like/think I will use I save to gift later. The only thing I don’t like is that their shipping is so sloooooow!!

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  6. Blaire says:

    If you are interested in Conscious Box, Plum district is having a sale, 3 months for $29.00!

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    Jennifer Reply:

    Thank you!!!! I think I might sign up!

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  7. Jennifer says:

    I was wondering a lot of those questions! Thanks for sharing. :)

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