The Monthly Subscription Service



Everything you need, delivered straight to your front door.

Monthly subscription services aren’t anything new. Things like jelly of the month club (cue scene from Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation) have been around for a while in fact, but the latest incarnations of what you can get delivered monthly are much more useful, and cooler, than their predecessors. You can now get just about anything you can think of, from shoes to diapers to crafts, delivered to your door without even having to think about it. If convenience wasn't enough of a reason to give these subscriptions a try, many of these services are less expensive than their in-store competition. I love that my card is charged and the product is shipped without me having to remember to place an order and being in the city it's great to not have to trek somewhere to find the items I need and lug them home. The concept of monthly subscription services is more popular and easier then ever. Here are a few to consider:

The Honest Company

Want plant based, chemical free products for your family and your newest addition without paying an arm and a leg? Look no further. The Honest Company offers both a diaper delivery service and what they call a family essentials bundle filled with your selection of household products your family needs each month. We receive the diaper bundle ($79.95 per month) and the family essentials bundle ($34.95 per month), and have been very happy with the products and the customer service over the past six months. Before the items are shipped the company sends you an email asking you if you want to change your products or sizes, that way you don't have to try to remember when to update your preferences.

Birchbox

I recently learned about this company from a spotlight on the founders on Gwenith Paltrow’s goop website (also worth looking at). For $10 a month, they send you a box full of the latest and greatest beauty products for men or women in sample sizes. If you like the products, you can purchase the full size versions from their site and earn reward points.  I like trying out new make up, but not enough to build the expense into my budget, so Birchbox is a great way to try out new products without spending a lot.

KiwiCrate

Crazy about crafts? Kiwi Crate sends you all the supplies you need for a month full of crafting with your kids ages 3 to 7 for $19.95 a month.  Each crate centers around a theme such as dinosaurs or gardens with enough supplies for three instructional crafts plus access to more content available online. Have multiple children that love crafting? Instead of ordering a whole extra box, for $8.95 they will send you additional supplies.

TeetheMe

If you want your baby to have all the newest and hippest products on the market, this is the service for you. For $24 a month TeetheMe sends you four or five cool products based on your child’s age (newborn to three years). This box is all about discovery, because you never know what products are going to be included each month. As an added bonus, every time you refer a friend, you get $10 off your next box.

WittleBee

For $39.99 a month, WittleBee will send you $100 worth of new clothing for your little one based on your style preferences. They use great brands like babyGap and Tea collection too! We all know how stressful it can be taking the kiddies shopping, so these monthly deliveries save you what can sometimes be a big headache in addition to saving you time and money. The only downside is that you don’t get to pick out the clothes, which I love doing for Merle.

TheMints

There are a few different Mints, each working slightly different and having a different monthly fee, but the general concept is that you build a style profile and celeb designers such as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen send you their selections for you each month. My personal favorite is StyleMint with the Olsen twins, which sends you a clothing item for just $29.99 per month. They started out with t-shirts, but have expanded with additional top and bottom choices. Other services include JewelMint, ShoeMint, BeautyMint, HomeMint, and Intimint.  

What do you think about these? Would you sign up for a monthly delivery service? 

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