6 Subscription Services That Will Make Your Life Easier
We’re always running — running out the door, running to meetings, and running out of time. Our parents moved at a slower pace. They were more than happy to take leisurely trips to the grocery store on Saturday mornings. But we millennials are busy, task-oriented, and tech-savvy. Why run to the store when the store can run to us?
A good deal of us are already taking advantage of subscription services — graze, anyone? — but with so many to choose from, it can be overwhelming. And you might worry that subscription services are just frivolous expenses that suck your wallet dry. But in reality, a good deal of them will save you time and money while you’re busy working and trying to fit a social life into your day to day.
Saving money with subscriptions
When we talk about subscription services, we’re not just talking about monthly boxes that get shipped to your door. Anything you pay for on a consistent basis (excluding your utilities and credit card bills) can be considered a part of this subscription economy. For our parents, this meant paying to have newspapers delivered to their doorsteps each day, but technology has diversified the kinds of subscriptions we have access to. There are more options popping up every day, so it can be scary to pick a few and hope they don’t leave your bank account high and dry the next month.
My life would be a disaster without the assistance of subscriptions. I don’t always have time to stop by the store on my way home or remember that my razor blades are getting dull. If you’re also short on time, here are the six subscription services that will save your life and sanity.
This isn’t a subscription box, but gym memberships are regaining their popularity because people are thinking about the benefits. Yes, it’s expensive, but with a demanding job and countless commitments, physical fitness is the best way to battle stress and sickness. While a gym membership may seem expensive in the short term, staying healthy is guaranteed to save you serious bucks in the long run.
A monthly subscription to Crunch holds me accountable and gives me a worry-free space to unwind — something the dumbbells in the back of my closet just can’t provide. If you don’t have a gym nearby, consider taking your fitness online with Gaia or Cody. Their online classes and monthly subscriptions will give you the boost you need.
2. Online video-streaming subscriptions
While my current favorites are Netflix and HBO NOW, the options for cable cutting are aplenty. Amazon Video, Hulu, Netflix, and HBO NOW save you money as you dodge annoying commercial breaks and binge-watch House of Cards. And having the freedom to pay a low monthly fee for uninterrupted and commitment-free original content is a complete no-brainer.
3. Amazon Prime
Amazon’s popular yearly subscription gives you the freedom to buy almost anything on Amazon with free two-day shipping. And that yearly subscription gets you into the previously discussed Amazon Video.
You can also take advantage of MyHabit, which offers huge discounts on designer clothing and housewares. Because Amazon owns the website, Prime members get access to the deals half an hour earlier than the crowd. And Prime subscribers have early access to Lightning Deals as well. This subscription pays for itself over and over again. When Amazon Prime is combined with its product subscription settings, you can have those essentials sent to you on a recurring basis.
Laundry detergent will show up at your door every two months, and body wash will make its appearance every two weeks — or sooner. It’s your call.
4. Dollar Shave Club
This considerate company gets it. It understands the dread of running a dull blade over unsuspecting flesh. Its razors magically appear to keep me smooth, and the subscription keeps me in supply with fresh razors even before I can forget to grab them at the store. These razors are a fraction of the cost of a typical drug store razor.
5. Trunk Club
If we don’t have time to go grocery shopping, we definitely don’t have time to spend hours browsing clothing racks. That’s where clothing subscriptions like Trunk Club come into play. Its boxes of curated goodies are guaranteed to save you time, money, and major fashion faux pas.
6. Splurge subscriptions
I had to include a couple of subscriptions that, while different, could save you money as you search for a new hobby, expand on one you currently have, or discover new gift ideas for family and friends. These subscription boxes will let you try out something new so you don’t have to worry about paying big bucks for something that could just end up sitting in the back of your closet.
For coffee lovers — or people just looking for something other than what’s at the store — Craft Coffee is a subscription that won’t break the bank while you try something new. Avid readers might like Stack, which ships independent magazines to your door, allowing you to find a magazine you love. Check out Cratejoy for more subscription boxes that will help you save money in the long run.
While I’m confident that you’ll love these subscriptions just as much as I do, keep an eye on how many you charge to your credit card. When you shop for an online solution, take into consideration how often you will be charged, shipping and return fees, additional expenses, and customer service quality. The convenience partnered with the behind-the-scenes costs could add up to more money than you accounted for. Take your time selecting the right subscriptions for you.
But remember: Don’t take too much time; there isn’t much to spare.
Yahya Mokhtarzada is the co-founder and CEO of Truebill, a service that allows users to track, manage, and cancel any paid subscription with one click. Prior to co-founding Truebill, Yahya served as vice president of business development at Nanigans, an advertising technology platform focused on social and mobile channels. Yahya is also a former instructor at the Startup Institute and is a mentor at 500 Startups.