You guys, I have tried them all. I have spent more money on recurring subscriptions than I wish to admit. From a business perspective, this model is pure gold. As a consumer, you’re essentially agreeing to pay for something you don’t know if you’re even going to need. This is huge business, and I think I am their target audience because I am so susceptible to this kind of marketing. I cannot be the only one! They usually hook me with some kind of discount on the first box and I blindly enter my credit card information seeking a deal. Well, NO MORE!
Disclaimer: I actually liked most of the products below—I just hate the idea of a subscription model…. I recommend you think long and hard before you give a company permission to charge you for a subscription. Some of these are NOT easy to cancel ( I am talking to you Adore Me and Blue Apron).
Here are a few subscriptions I have tried, and eventually canceled:
My very first subscription was a Julep nail polish subscription when it was just nail polish. I had that bad boy on auto-ship for about 6 months. I thought “I am going to save so much money by painting my own nails.” In reality, I could have just gotten a sweet mani twice a month for the same amount of money. Great polish, but now they live a great life in a closet and I still hit up the nail salon when I need a mani/pedi. If you typically paint you own nails, I would recommend the product, but never a subscription! I finally canceled after just a few months.
Update: Read more about Julep’s past sketchy business practices here.
Yep; I subscribed to this one too. I spent like $200 bucks on a “membership” to get a “discount” on underwear….. I’ll admit, the stuff was cute, but no one needs that many bra/underwear sets. There guys are good- they give you JUST enough to keep you coming back for more. Eventually I had to stop the madness and just spend some time shopping the Victoria Secret sale rack….PSA- this subscription is not easy to cancel!
I hate to put this one on this list. But, it is pretty crazy when you think about it. You don’t even know what they’re going to send you! That
being said, I did find some great products this way! However, you only need so many samples of sunscreen. Since then, I have continued to purchase from their online store. I love trying new things, but there are plenty of other ways to get free samples or purchase trial-sized items for cheap.
I did this one for 6 weeks and I spent more time cooking than I ever have, but sadly I am not the Giada that I thought I was going to be. The recipes require a lot of prep and resulted in a lot of dishes. I am more of a one-pan-meal kind of gal. Because I didn’t love making the meals, we ended up eating out and I would “save” the Blue Apron meals to make on the weekends. Basically, we ended up throwing away a lot of the produce and I would have to go to the store to replace ingredients. I know how crazy this sounds. This service was $60.00 a week (3 meals a week for 2 people), so not really a savings either- I wasn’t too sad about cancelling.
So I liked having my groceries delivered (read more about my newest idea here) and not having to plan my meals, I decided to try a different company out to see if it was any easier….. It really wasn’t. This box was $70 a months (3 means per week for 2 people). Although the portion sizes were larger and all ingredients were yummy, alas, I am not made out for real cooking during the week (or most weekends). I really need quick, tasty, healthy meals.
I feel like a traitor even writing this post. Again, great products, crappy model. Even if you’re just spending $20 a month, that’s $240 a year that could go toward something you really want or your retirement account (yeah that’s less sexy, read my post on employer benefits and retirement here).