I think for the most part I would consider myself as someone who loathes shopping. I detest having to enter a big box store and I love love love to save money. I think we can agree that those three things are not an easy task to accomplish in harmony. I am very much into shopping online and I think that most people have at one time or another been introduced to Amazon and all of its glory. Free two-day shipping with a prime membership is pretty much the best thing on the planet, especially when you have family that is willing to split the annual cost of prime and share it. It seems as though the newest thing going in the world of e-commerce are subscription services. If you take the time you can find anything from a BirchBox makeup and skin care sample subscription service, to BarkBox which offers your pets a monthly reason to not bite the mailman. What's really cool about some of these services is that most often times you can save some money off of retail prices, customize how often you want to receive products, and for some you can pick and choose what type of item you are most likely to use. Amazon currently offers a subscribe and save option which offers an extra percentage off for purchasing through their subscription option as well as another discount if you have 5 or more items you subscribe to. I have tried BirchBox, Barkbox, Amazon Subscribe and Save, BookCase, and a few others, but for the sake of keeping this post something you can read in one sitting, I'll just cover the aforementioned. After I cover one of my newest and loved subscription services, I will go back and cover the ones that I have tried and I will give you the low down on how they work, what they cost, what you get, and how easy it is to cancel the subscriptions if it's not to your liking. Ok, now on to my new love (drumroll please).......Grove Collaborative. Grove Collaborative is a really cool subscription service that offers an amazing variety of items from cleaning and laundry supplies, to personal care, paper products, and even commonly used essential oils. As someone who is an avid couponer, I can tell you that these items are not only priced below retail price but they consistently beat the prices Amazon offers on the products I use. Could I clip coupons, go to the stores, fight other couponers trying to beat them to the punch, and hope to parlay my love of couponing into free items? Most likely, but with the prices as they are on Grove Collaborative, I am guaranteed the items I need and love and they are delivered right to my door on a schedule that I pick. I know lots of mom's that can identify with the perk of not having to drive all the way to the store because you just ran out of laundry detergent, and one of your roots has a ball game the next morning and no clean pants. With Grove, it's there before you run out. You have the ability to rush your order if you are running low on an item, or put it off for another week if you have plenty to work with for the time being. Typically I don't rush into subscription services because honestly, I have a terrible memory and unless I write down the dates by which the subscription will renew, I am always surprised by the charge on my bank account. So, what I have to do is write down on my wall calendar when a subscription service will renew so that if I am not really feeling it, or I'm just trying it in order to give my opinion to you all, I can cancel. You will find that most services have no problem with you canceling at any time and I have yet to find one that has some hidden fee on their agenda. It's my opinion that they typically pull you in with a great price point or a free gift, and they are sitting back in their cubes, hoping like hell that you are scatterbrained and forget for at least a month or two to cancel. YOU WON'T GET ME!!! Unless you are Grove, and then I willingly cave because as we discussed previously, shopping isn't my bag. So, with my subscription to Grove, they have offered my buddies who may want to sign up an incentive as well. If you sign up through my link here, you will earn some free goodies, as well as receive a $10 off coupon. I wasn't lucky enough to get that coupon, but I did get some cool freebies, so I can't complain. As I promised before, I will hit some high and low points on the other subscription services that I have tried. Let's start with BirchBox. This is a beauty supply service and with their lovely boxes, you receive jumbo size samples of everything from makeup and skin care, to hair care needs as well. What I love about BirchBox, is that they almost always offer a good incentive for their newer subscribers to make it tempting for you to try them, and of course, they had me a 2 for 1. You fill out an online profile, and they pretty tell you about certain items that they feel may be helpful for you, and for me, they were right. After signing up, it wasn't long before I got my happy little package from my fantastic rural mail carrier who is always happy to bring my packages to my door with a smile. So here is the part you care about, the price and content. For $10 a month you will get 5 samples that fit the profile you created. Not only will they be products designed to fit your needs, but they will include information on how to use them. My favorite thing about Birchbox is that if you find an item that you can't live without, you will get a discount for ordering that item from them, and I have done that several times. So, if beauty products are your thing, visit Birchbox and they will be happy to assist you. I' going to briefly touch on Amazon because most all of you are familiar with Amazon, but there may be a few that aren't versed in the subscribe and save department. Here is the skinny. You pick an item, you subscribe, and you save a percentage for doing so. You can customize how often you want to receive the items and BAM! your items are at your door. Here is where Amazon falls short in the information department and I fall short in the remembering to do shit problem. If Amazon happens to be running a coupon that you can clip (you will see it right below the listing) and this happens very often and is typically why I choose a particular item to subscribe to, you can save that coupon amount as well as the anywhere from 5- 15% off they give you for subscribing to the item which makes for some pretty sweet deals. However, this will not be a discount for future deliveries. For instance, last month I managed to score 6 boxes of Nature's Bakery Whole Wheat Fig Bar in Peach Apricot for $7.77 shipped to my door, and because there were 12 bars in each box and these are typically just under $4 a box at Kroger, I jumped on that deal like Sea Biscuit and rode it all the way to my front door where I then cookie monster'd the hell out of those things and didn't feel one bit of guilt because hey...they're healthy! Now, unfortunately as time came to renew or cancel, my scattered brain forgot to cancel until I received word that it was on its way and too late. Let me just tell you that that peach apricot fig bar didn't taste nearly as good at $22. So, the moral of this story is that be sure to take advantage of those bomb deals that come along, but write it on your calendar so you don't forget to cancel a specific deal before it becomes a not so bomb deal. Now, on to Barkbox. Barkbox is a neat little service where you can get a monthly box of toys, treats, and doggy happiness for a fee. What is that fee? Well, it's pricey in my opinion, but I'm sure if you have a sweet little furbaby that hates the mailman, this may be something that could turn the tide, unfortunately for us, my furbaby Bruce is more concerned about humping his toys than worrying with the mailman that brings them. Damn wiener dogs! That being said, what you do, is tell the nice people over at Barkbox what size doggie you have and a short profile on your animal and for $29 a month, they will send a cute little box to your door. I tried this service and I liked it just fine. The boxes are sometimes filled with gourmet treats like and Duck flavored chewy sticks and while my dog showed it some serious love, I'm not sure that he wouldn't show as much love for a chew stick that taste like chicken poop, because it seems to me that every time I take him outside, he is on the hunt for this delicacy. I want to add that with this particular subscription service, you are able to save a pretty decent amount of money by committing to a longer term of 6 or 12 months versus a month to month, and if your dog isn't completely satisfied with something in their box, (insert visual of Bruce holding up his paw and saying "Naw this isn't working for my sophisticated palate") they will send something to replace that item. I have to say that that is a perk that I think is really cool. So, would I suggest Barkbox? I'm on the fence. Dogs seem to think it's the bees knees, but they don't pay the bills, and I'd rather throw my pooch a dollar tree stuffed animal, and spend my funds on the next service I will cover. BookCase.Club is a subscription that is geared toward the love of reading, and I LOVE to read. For 9.99 +$5 shipping, you will receive 2 handpicked novels in your choice of genre. For me, Thrillseeker was definitely the genre meant for me. This subscription service is one of my top picks because you never know what is coming, and while the genre is thrilling, there are different elements of thrillers that make each book different. Not into reading per say? No big deal because they have Quarterly Cookbooks as well as Quarterly Military History, and if any of the above doesn't fit your need, there is even a Read To Me children's book option so that you can instill the love of reading in your little ones from an early age. BookCase gives you the option to extend your time before receiving your next shipment in case you need time to finish your first one, so if you are like me and have littles running around and need a little time to finish up, it's no biggie. I truly believe there is magic in the written word and so do the folks at BookCase. Without a doubt, I would say give these guys a go. Even though you have to pay a shipping fee, you are looking at a total of 14.99 a month which is easily less than the cost of two books from Amazon or a bookstore. Sure, you can get tons of used thrift books, but I am one of those people that love the smell of a new book, and knowing that I am the first to crack it open is more satisfying than trying to figure out what the hell a particular stain is on a page of a thrift book. There are several book subscription companies out there, but BookCase is very much my vibe. I'm not looking for tidbits of this and that in my subscription box if I'm wanting books, and for my children, I for sure don't want toys and such because I feel like it takes away from the service itself which is designed to bring you BOOKS. Overall I think subscription services can be great either for yourself or even better, most services offer the option of giving a subscription as a gift which is awesome for those hard to shop for people in your life. Before I end this post I want to encourage those nonshopping shoppers out there to not just take my word for it. What works for some might not work for others, and I am in no way paid to endorse one or another. My opinions are honest and not biased. I will most likely be giving my reviews on other items, so be sure to subscribe to my website so that you can recieve email updates when posts are made.