UPDATED: Let's break it down. What's a subscription box, or box of the month, and why might you need one, anyway?
We're always looking for products and services that add value have potential to make the everyday a little brighter, easier and fun. That's why we put together our Top 5 list of the best monthly subscriptions that you might want right now. For chef-prepared meals, snacks, wine and pet care, too.
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First, subscription boxes are a great way to sample or try new products. Second, it's a way to automate delivery of a product that you use on a regular basis and need to replenish. And finally, it's an opportunity to enjoy high-quality, out-of-the-ordinary items and experiences, sometimes delivered for free and at reasonable prices. And if not for yourself, they make great gift giving.
While most shoppers are not able to visit inside stores as often today, taking advantage of quality products offered by subscription, or even single delivery, makes sense. Sometimes items are only available by subscription, usually direct from the manufacturer or, which can filter down to quality products at fair prices and that get delivered right to your door.
Let's get started with 5 subscriptions we love RIGHT NOW and some offers to save you money:
Prosciutto Di Parma, fresh South Philly Pretzels, Smoked Salmon, French Baguettes, Italian Olives, Pasta Sauce...
Philadelphia based Di Bruno Bros. has been around since 1939. It started as a corner store Italian market and today is a multi-million dollar enterprise with 5 locations and worldwide deliveries.
Di Bruno Bros. is your go-to merchant for all things gourmet - handmade cheese spreads, charcuterie, pasta sauces, flatbreads, olive oil, coffee, antipasto and the list goes on.
Perfect for satisfying your own cravings, Di Bruno Bros. also ships the perfect gifts - most with free shipping. Gift Boxes and Monthly Clubs are on offer in varying monthly options.
While shopping online or in store, don't forget to shop their "House of Cheese" section, run by experts since 1965.
We also like their offer to our readers: 15% off your first order with newsletter sign-up.
Established in 1999, Home Bistro is known for their hand-made gourmet meals that ship across the United States and don't require a subscription. But why not make them recurring? They will deliver complete meals that are ready to heat and eat in under 10 minutes. You just need a stove top or microwave.
Individual meals range from $15 to $30 and meal combo options can serve one to two people.
Another reason to give Home Bistro a try is Cat Cora. The first-ever female Iron Chef winner has partnered with them, creating a special menu for customers. The out, lesbian chef's menu includes:
Grilled Chicken, Tomato Chutney, Couscous & Roasted Parsnips with Parsley
Grilled Shrimp, Creamy Street Corn, Aji Verde with Sauteed Black Kale & Pickled Red Onion
Basque Beef Tenderloin with Chimichurri Sauce, Cauliflower Mashed & Creamy Leeks.
Grilled Tofu with Pumpkin Mole and Spanish Rice with Cilantro
And we like their offer (one of many) to you: Pay with 4 Interest-Free Payments on ALL orders over $35.
"Helping small family wineries share their handcrafted wines."
Artisan wines from California and the Pacific Northwest with a Love It guarantee. Another simple and easy subscription perfect for you or as a gift, and attainable for as little as under $50 per month.
We like The California Wine Club for their artisan selections, simplicity and value and they've been around since 1990. Their best selling subscription is the Premiere Series Club. Your can choose 2, or 4, bottles per month. Customize how you like: 2 reds all the same or different. The same with whites. Or you could do one red, one white.
Each wine club shipment includes Uncorked, their guide on tasting notes, news from the California wine scene and wine tips. You also get a Personal Wine Consultant to help you with preferences. And if you find a bottle you really like you get special pricing on cases including $1 shipping per case. One of our favorite benefits, included with subscriptions, is VIP tours and wine tastings at the wineries they feature.
"A monthly box of healthy snacks."
We like this idea. Snacks that are organic and Non-GMO delivered every month. If you find you're spending more time at home this is something to look forward to for both adults and kids, or, as a gift to someone spending a lot of time at home.
UrthBox ships full-size products (no sample sizes) and has 4 box style options: Classic, Gluten Free, Vegan and Diet. You can customize to receive up to 30 products per box with prices as low as $19.99 per month. Their standards are strict on what they include. They consider ingredients, nutrition and manufacturing standards. Snacks include juices / cleanses, cookies, dried meats, nuts & seeds, chips, granola, super foods, snack bars and sweets. You can also add on items from categories like personal care and supplements.
This subscription is fun, reasonably priced, includes free shipping and is easy to cancel if you'd like. Right now they're offering surprise bonus items in all boxes and because the holidays are right around the corner (!), we also like this 2021 holiday season offer to you: $10 off your order with a free bonus box to share using promo code HOLIDAYPROMO.
"Healthy, fresh-cooked food for your dog. Personalized meal plans, delivered."
Finally, our dog family members have to eat, too! We appreciate PetPlate's dedication to quality, safety, science and great taste. Their meals are designed for your dog by a veterinary nutritionist which means optimal nutrition. Then they're cooked by a team of talented chefs to create a taste that dogs love, focusing on beef, chicken, lamb and turkey.
We like that their meals are created with high-quality, human-grade, whole food ingredients. After they're cooked, they're flash-frozen to maintain freshness and taste. The right amount of food is perfectly portioned and delivered right to your doorstep so you don't have to worry about running out.
PetPlate's plans are tailored to dogs' individual needs which is great for picky eaters, too. The plans start at about $1.99 per day.
With quality, whole food ingredients, easy plans, home delivery and veterinarian influence, we feel like we can rest assured feeding our furry family meals from PetPlate. Plus we like their offer to you now with this link: 30% OFF meals & 40% off treats.
In summary, do you need a monthly subscription box? Maybe. We think there's no reason not to try. Monthly subscriptions make great gifts or can add a little excitement to your own door with a delivery. They can also bring automation to something you already do, like feed the dogs. And sometimes you get higher quality products shipped direct from the manufacturer with added savings and most times free shipping, like the subscriptions we like and listed here.
Let us know what you try!