Clothing & Accessories

The Skinny on Subscription Sites

They’re popping up everywhere. What was loosely started by Shoe Dazzle, a monthly subscription for shoes, has morphed into a solution for all of your needs from whole outfits for your kids, to your nightly meals. In some cases, you get automatic monthly shipments based on your style and needs, and in others, you are simply paying to use sites to get the good prices. These sites run from about $40 a month to $100 a month. Here’s a run-down of some that may or may not be worth it.

Jewelry

JewelMint is $30 per month and gives you access to thousands of pieces of jewelry for all tastes. There is no trial period–once you sign up, you’re committed until you cancel. You can get cute jewelry for as low as $10. However, based on some of the reviews and personal experience, don’t expect it to last. This is only worth if you are a jewelry addict and don’t plan to wear it for more than a season.

RocksBox works a little differently. You set up your style profile and for $19 a month, you get three cool items a month that matches your style. At the end of the month, send them back for three more new items. Plus, your first month is free.

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Shoes

ShoeDazzle, JustFab, ShoeMint 

So, the word in the blogosphere is that ShoeMint is the clear winner when it comes to quality and style. After all, Steve Madden is a designer on ShoeMint. However, ShoeMint is $80 per month, as opposed to $40 for the competitors. ShoeMint seems to be geared toward an older audience, where as Just Fab and Shoe Dazzle aim to satisfy your rocker clubbing shoe needs.

 

Food

Blue Apron

The Blue Apron costs $59.99 for three meals serving two people. They post a menu each week and you can decide to order. It gets dropped on your doorstep, but you have to cook it. The meal comes with step by step instructions. You can also modify to feed more people and can choose from a wide range of delivery times. The reality is that sometimes the food exceeds the price point and sometimes it doesn’t, but remember–you’re paying for convenience.

Try the World

This is pretty cool. The subscription is $39 every two months and features a different place each month. Like Blue Apron, you get a delivery to your door all way from Argentina or Paris. Unlike Blue Apron, they are not ready-to-cook items, but features 7-10 local gourmet foods, plus extras like playlists or movie suggestions. The box comes complete with explanations of what you’re getting.

Food Subscription Box

These items are a small snapshot of what’s available. Be sure to do your research and read reviews, and peruse the terms of service carefully before committing!