Why I Cancelled My Subscription Boxes
2012 was my year of compulsive shopping.
HauteLook.com, Fab.com, Groupon & LivingSocial became part of my daily sites to visit.. and each day, I didn’t leave one of those sites until I bought something. Then, I found out about subscription boxes. CurlBox was the first box I subscribed in the early Spring. From there, I begin looking for more boxes to subscribe to because.. well, I’m a girl.. And all girls love spending money.. and all girls love getting packages.. especially, surprise packages.
But then in November, I had a revelation of some kind.. And immediately cancelled all my subscription boxes, and stopped visiting my beloved sites daily. What would cause me to do such a thing you ask? Well, let me explain my reasons:
+ 9 times out of 10 I really didn’t care about the products. I had thought that because I was a blogger, I should subscribe to these boxes so that I could review the content for the blog. Sounded like a good idea. Then I realized immediately after opening the boxes, I really didn’t care for any of the products. At least not enough to try, and then write a review on. I was more into the subscription boxes for the suspense and thrill of wondering what I would get each month. Once I saw the products, it would usually go right back into the box & go into the Stash Closet.. which brings me to point #2..
+ I have a Stash Closet. I literally have a closet dedicated to subscription boxes. Whenever a box got opened, materials were read and I got a nice look at the products I’d close the box immediately, throw the box in the closet. Hence why there’s never been a single subscription box review.. because with the exception of a product or two, I NEVER use all 5-7 products in any of the boxes. I’m usually lucky if I use one.
+ I was tired of having conversations with the boyfriend that went something like this:
Me: (excitedly opening a subscription box)
Boyfriend: Got another box this month I see? Anything good? (watches as I pull out products before picking some up) Wait, you already have this in the bathroom… (picks up another) .. And this one as well.
Me: (high of opening the box clearly blown) Yea, well.. Maybe next month will be better. (takes products from him, places everything back in the box & throws box in Stash Closet)
+ $10-20 a month, starts to add up. The biggest reason for my cancellation of my subscription boxes occurred in early November when I paid my first student loan repayment to that bitch Sallie Mae. That’s when it dawned on me that spending anywhere from $30-80 a month on things that were unbeknownst to me was absolutely absurd. There was one month I got 2 CurlBoxes, 2 Birchboxes, and a BarkBox.. Approximately $110 gone to a bunch of products me, my boyfriend and my dog don’t use. That’s when I realized enough was enough. I needed to take a chill pill.
+ I have my staples I use and will stick to them.When I find something I like, I buy at least two of it–whether it be jeans or hair products. Now that I’ve been natural for almost two years, I’ve found things that work really well for my hair & will not stray from it. I’m not really that big on experimenting with new things that I personally don’t find myself. It only took me filling up a whole closet full of boxes to realize this.
So for 2013, I vowed to myself no more subscription boxes. I ended up emptying my Closet Stash and handing all unused products to my two sisters and aunt, whom all are natural. So I felt a little better knowing that people at least benefited from my subscription box addiction. That $30+ a month will go to date nights & experiences. Although I’m curbing my shopping for products, I’m still for a great restaurant deal on Groupon.. I’m just sayin’.
Will you continue with your subscription boxes in 2013?