Are Subscription Boxes Worth It?

July 31, 2012 in Saving

Last week my first “subscription box” arrived in the mail.  For those unfamiliar with the concept, you sign up through a website for a subscription to a box full of surprise items from beauty products in a BirchBox to toys and treats for your pup, like the BarkBox I got for my dog.  I signed up for BarkBox using a deal through Daily Candy Deals that worked out to about $12 a month of dog goodies for three months.  This deal made perfect sense to me because it combines my loves of getting mail and making impulse purchases for my dog.

The box came just a few days after I activated my subscription and I was really excited to see what was inside.  It was filled with some training treats, an edible chew, rubber toy steak, waste bags and bubbles for dogs that would probably retail for about $25 in a pet store.  Not a bad deal (plus I love that some of the profits from the boxes go to pet rescue organizations)!  Cookie was obsessed with the chew but wasn’t a big fan of the rubber steak or bubbles, so I was left wondering if these subscription boxes are really a good deal.  Sure, you get discounted things and the surprise of opening a new box each month, but are they worth it if you’re getting things you don’t really need or won’t use?

After seeing all of the options for subscription boxes online, I signed up for a bunch of waiting lists while I ponder whether they’re a good use of my money.  $10 for a box of fun new snacks or accessories could be a small price to pay for a satisfying splurge.  If you have a subscription box let me know what you think: are they worth it?

Disclaimer: My BarkBox link is good for $5 off your first subscription and Cookie will thank you because she’ll get a box if you use it.

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