One of the things that I’ve started doing over the past few years is signing up for practical subscriptions that get delivered to me every few months or so. It’s saving me time, saving me money (a lot!), and saving me a whole lot of hassle when I’m like “oh crap, I’m out of Vitamin D and I do not want to spend drugstore prices on a new bottle.”
While new parents know to subscribe to diapers and wipes in bulk, or pet food subscriptions, with the new year here, I thought I’d share the a few of the subscriptions that have really helped me personally — and you might not have considered.
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Practical Subscriptions That Are Big Time & Money Savers
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As you well know, there’s pretty much a subscription box for everyone and everything — including these practical ideas here. My tip: Get a larger number of items in fewer shipments to cut back on the environmental impact and extra packaging. Provided you have room to store everything, of course. (Says the woman with the NYC apartment!)
A vitamin subscription, because I’m prioritizing my health
Naturemade Subscribe-and-Save Vitamin Delivery
Now 25% off with code CMP25 on orders $30+ plus free delivery
Like me, one of your New Year’s resolutions is probably some form of “take care of my body.”
At my annual physical last year, my Vitamin D levels were frighteningly low, so I ordered a Vitamin D subscription (125mcg) and committed to taking one every day. By the appointment, my doctor was happy to report I’m in the good zone! Now I’m adding in Omega-3 Fish Oil Vitamins because my mom has been begging me to do that for years now. While I’m at it, I’ll probably add in the Men’s Multivitamin to my subscription, to get my partner taking more vitamins too. While saving money. While saving me from running out to the store and spending a fortune on single bottles, which oof. Expensive.
A toothbrush subscription, because the whole family needs it
Toothbrush Subscription from Quip
Save $15 on your first subscription refill when you sign up for emails
For years now, my whole family has been delighted Quip toothbrush users. Hooray for the soft-bristled brush heads that my dentist recommends. I love the swanky looking battery-operated vibrating toothbrushes, they work great, and each person in our family can choose a different colored base so we know whose is whose. (I have the rose gold, of course.) The original set starts at $25 (now on sale), with refill brush heads and a new battery every 3 months for just $7.
Since then, they’ve added items like eco-friendly refillable dental floss, mouthwashes, travel bags, and more — and you can get your favorite combo of items through a custom Quip bundle. My reco: skip the toothpaste unless you really love it.
A subscription of sponges that don’t make you hate washing dishes
Antimicrobial Sponge Subscription from Skura Style
Now 20% off with code TWENTY on your first order
After reading the report about the bacteria harbored by sponges, it freaked out even this totally-not-a-germaphobe. So when two friends of mine started a company to build a better sponge a few years ago, I tried one out — and I have been a paid subscriber ever since. They’re designed to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, mildew and odors, and do a remarkable job cleaning. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to wash dishes with a sponge that doesn’t stink to high hell.
For $12, Skura Style will deliver 4 of their stylish Skrubby Sponges every month or every other month — and yeah, I just said “stylish sponges.” If you use more, they have larger subscriptions that can include other cleaning essentials, only made better.
Skura sponges are so good that Eva Mendes fell in love with them too and now she’s the co-owner. As far as I’m concerned that makes me 2-degrees from Ryan Gosling, right?
Soap refills, because it’s cold & flu season every season when you have kids
Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap Refill Subscription
5%-15% off with Amazon Subscribe and Save
We have up to four kids in our house at any given time, not counting friends so we go through a lot of hand soap. Mrs. Meyer’s soap is wonderful, but a little pricey at our local shops. So I now get an automatic delivery every 4-6 weeks of the 33 oz Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap refills from Amazon. It’s also an eco-friendlier choice than buying an entirely new pump bottles each time, and I add additional items into the subscription to cut back on boxes.
Check the math: The pump bottle is $0.44/oz at my local pharmacy, but those giant refills are just $7.97 with a subscription — or $0.25/oz. Add in 4 more items for a 15% savings, and now you’re getting all your soap about 50% off. Highly recommend lavender and lemon verbena — or rosemary when it’s in stock.
A coffee subscription. Because cofffeeeeee.
Lavazza Classico Ground Coffee 6-Pack Subscription
Just under $6 each pack through Subscribe and Save on Amazon. (That’s a lot of cups of coffee!)
I am an unapologetic coffee fiend, and after much trial and error, we have decided that Lavazzo makes the best everyday drip coffee in my Melitta carafe, and the best cold brew in the Summer. (This is my favorite cold brew maker and there’s a funny story about it here. I’m willing to pay a little more for the ground coffee since I go through so much, and it’s just $34 for the entire 6-pack — that’s a lot of savings compared with Target, Walmart, or any supermarket — let alone spending $6 for one iced coffee in my neighborhood!
So now I get a 6-pack of 12 oz ground beans delivered every two months, and I never run out. And I still spend a little exploring good whole beans from indie roasters too. Because there’s one thing this mom can never have too much of, and that’s coffee.
What do you love subscribing to? Let us know in comments. Psst… I’m going to follow up with some favorite cosmetic subscriptions too!