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10 Surprising Subscription Services That Will Make Your Life Easier

Subscription Services
It seems like every day new subscription services are cropping up online! The chances are pretty good that if you need something, there’s a subscription service out there that will send it to you on a regular basis. But if you choose the right ones, subscription services can actually make your life a lot easier! Not only is it convenient to get things you need shipped directly to your door, but it also saves you the time and effort of a trip to the store. A subscription can also eliminate that terrible panicky moment when you realize you’ve run out of something important! I’ve been getting more and more familiar with the world of subscription services recently, so I wanted to put together a post that highlights a few you might find particularly useful.

Here are 10 subscription services that will make your life easier (or at least simplify it a little bit.) :-)

10 Surprising Subscription Services That Will Make Your Life Easier

Subscription Services

1. Air Filters

Why Subscribe?

When was the last time you replaced the filter in your HVAC system? It may not seem like a big deal, but regularly replacing your air filter is actually pretty important! A dirty air filter can aggravate allergy symptoms and inflate your energy bill. If replacing your air filter is a task you tend to be forgetful about, a subscription service may be the answer!

Subscription Services

My Pick: FilterEasy

FilterEasy offers air filters on a subscription basis. You can choose the size that’s right for your system, and choose how often you’d like to receive a new one. Then when your new filter comes, you know it’s time to replace the old one! I don’t know if it gets any easier than that! (For more information about FilterEasy, and to find out about more oft-neglected home maintenance tasks, check out my post below.)

Related: 10 Important Home Maintenance Tasks You Might Be Neglecting

Subscription Services

2. Household Supplies

Why Subscribe?

There are certain household products that you buy and use all the time. Many of these items, like paper products, makeup, toothpaste, razors, hand soap, are readily available for purchase online. So why not subscribe to a service that will regularly ship those items right to your door? You’ll cut down your grocery shopping list considerably, which will save you plenty of time and energy at the store!

Subscription Services

My Pick: Subscribe & Save from Amazon

I get a lot of my household goods through Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program. In fact, I like the program so much that I wrote a whole blog post about it! There are SO many items you can purchase through Subscribe & Save, and you can get them as frequently or infrequently as you want. It’s a great way to make sure you never run out of the items you need. (We haven’t run out of toilet paper in years thanks to this program!) ;-)

Related: How To Use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save Program

Subscription Boxes

3. Feminine Hygiene Products

Why Subscribe?

Feminine hygiene products are another set of items you really don’t want to run out of. But with a subscription service, you’ll always have what you need at the ready! Another bonus of subscription for pads and tampons? Since the products get shipped right to your door, you’ll never have to have another awkward encounter in the tampon aisle. ;-)

Subscription Services

My Pick: LOLA

LOLA offers subscriptions that you can tailor to meet your needs. Choose your preferred assortment of pads, tampons, and liners, and they’ll be shipped out to you every month. As if that wasn’t enough, LOLA products are made with 100% organic cotton. It’s a convenient service with products you can feel great about using!

Subscription Services

4. Sponges

Why Subscribe?

Did you know that sponges are often the dirtiest, most germ-ridden item in a home? And if you’re using a dirty sponge to clean dishes or countertops, you could just be spreading the germs and dirt around! The CDC recommends replacing your kitchen sponge every 1-2 weeks. And while a sponge subscription may seem silly, it may just make your home a healthier place to live!

Subscription Services

My Pick: Sponge Club

With a subscription to Sponge Club, you’ll receive 4 new sponges each month. That’s enough to replace your sponge once a week for maximum cleanliness! And the best part? You’ll pay less than $5 per month for a Sponge Club subscription, and that’s including shipping.

Subscription Services

5. Office Supplies

Why Subscribe?

Office supplies are easily forgotten, especially if you don’t use them that often. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone to print something off at home, only to discover that I was out of printer paper. With a subscription service, you can make sure you’re never out of what you need, whether it’s paper, printer ink, coffee pods, pencils, etc.

Subscription Services

My Pick: Office Depot

Office Depot now offers subscription orders on their items, and some even ship for free when you subscribe. You can select how many of an item you want, and how often you’d like to receive it. If you have a home office or are just plain addicted to cute office supplies, Office Depot subscription orders make it easy to stay stocked!

Subscription Services

6. Water Filters

Why Subscribe?

Before we got a new fridge a few months ago, the only water dispenser we had was a Brita pitcher that we kept in the fridge. I loved the peace of mind that the filtered pitcher gave me about my drinking water, and I loved the taste too! However, I was terrible about remembering to replace the filter, so a filter subscription probably would have been a great help to me! After all, what’s the point of a filtered pitcher if the water isn’t getting filtered correctly?

Subscription Services

My Pick: Brita

You can sign up for reminders to replace your filter on the Brita website. They also recommend setting up a recurring subscription order for the filter you need through Amazon, Target, or Drugstore.com.

Subscription Services

7. Clothing

Why Subscribe?

When life gets busy, shopping for clothes can easily fall by the wayside. But getting a new top or a new skirt every once in a while can be a fun little bonus, and even make you feel more confident! So signing up for a clothing subscription can be a great way to expand your wardrobe without having to devote hours to browsing the racks.

Subscription Services

My Pick: Stitch Fix

Adding stylish pieces to your wardrobe is downright easy with Stitch Fix. You just fill out a style profile with your sizes and style preferences, then request a shipment date. Then a stylist will handpick 5 clothing items to fit your style and needs, and you’ll receive them in the mail. If you like what you see, you can pay to keep them, or you can send them back at no cost to you. Refreshing your wardrobe has never been easier!

Subscription Services

8. Shaving Razors

Why Subscribe?

Have you ever tried to shave with a dull razor? It’s not a fun experience. It takes forever, and often ends with plenty of razor burn. But replacement cartridges can be REALLY expensive, especially for the name brand razors. So what’s a gal or guy to do? Get a subscription for razor blades, of course!

Subscription Services

My Pick: Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club is a great option if you’re looking for a razor replacement subscription. While they primarily market towards men, plenty of women have DSC subscriptions too! (But you won’t find any pink razors here.) They offer cartridges with 2, 4, or 6 blades, which you can receive as often as you like. They also offer plenty of toiletries that you can add to your order, like shaving creams, lotions, hair products, etc.

Subscription Services

9. Pet Food

Why Subscribe?

If you have a pet (or several), then you’re already buying pet food regularly. Why not save yourself the trip to the pet store and get that food through a subscription service instead? You can get your furry or feather-y friend’s favorite food sent right to your door as often as you need it.

Subscription Services

My Pick: Chewy.com

Chewy.com is a pet owner’s best friend, where you can order pet food on an auto-ship basis. Whether you have a dog, cat, fish, bird, a hamster, or even a horse, Chewy.com is likely to have just what you need. They carry many different food brands, and you can also find toys, treats, and other stuff for your pets too!

Subscription Services

10. Diapers

Why Subscribe?

Babies go through a lot of diapers. (That’s why I almost always give diapers as a gift at baby showers – that new momma is going to need a lot of them!) A subscription for recurring shipments of diapers ensures that you’ll never run out unexpectedly. And when it comes to being a mom, a little thing like a diaper subscription can go a long way towards keeping you sane!

Subscription Services

My Pick: The Honest Company

The Honest Company offers a great bundle of diapers and wipes on a flexible subscription basis. The bundle includes 6 packs of diapers and 4 packs of wipes, and the diapers come in tons of cute prints. And you can feel good about using these diapers and wipes, because they’re made without chlorine processing and synthetic fragrances.

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I went to The Honest Company site and they do not actually tell you how many diapers are in a box – they just give a “one month supply” – babies are all different. My niece is due this Friday and I would love to do this for her, but not without knowing how many diapers are in a box.

    • Target carries Honest diapers.
      You would be able to see the counts on the box of each size.

      I subscribed to Honest diapers for over two years.
      I thought their customer service over trephine was wonderful.
      Of course, I only needed it because I found their site to be difficult, but perhaps they have refined it since I last used it.

      The diapers are wonderful. I personally don’t care about having the cute prints ~ although they ARE cute ~ but the diapers themselves are superior. Enjoy your new grand niece or nephew!

  • Chewy.com is the best They carry everything under the sun and it shows up on your doorstep in 1 to 2 days. I also had a dog pass away and also received a bouquet of flowers with a lovely note. They really do care about their customers and it shows.
    Denise K

  • HP instant ink is great. You subscribe to a plan by how much you print and they mail you ink before it runs out. You never run out and it is cheaper in the long run.

  • I have used Chewy and love this Company! We had a dog pass away so I called them to decrease the amount of dog food to ship, and I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers from them with a nice note. Very thoughtful!
    Lesley M

    • Chewy.com is great. If it turns out you need a shipment sooner than the regular ship date, the standing order can be updated to “ship now”, and it will be there usually within 2-3 days (at least to my address that’s what it takes).

    • Chewy.com is the best. Can’t say enough about their great customer service, superfast responses to any questions and issues…I bought litter once, and the jug lid broke during shipping. They immediately apologized and sent out a whole brand new shipment. Their prices are competitive with Wallyworld, and they have vast assortment of pet foods you can’t find in local stores. If you need special diets for your pets…they have it! And if you need prescription diet foods…all they need is a copy of the script from your vet. I guarantee you they will be cheaper than the vet prices. With my autoship, I get deliveries the next day. (Dallas-they have a warehouse here).

      • I agree with everything you said. It’s the best. Beer using it for years and no complaints

  • I use Grove Collaborative for cleaning products. You can choose from all sorts of brands such as Mrs. Meyer’s, 7th Generation, and Method. Super easy to have a standing order or change it from month to month…or skip a month altogether!

    I must check out Chewy.com! It always seems like the dog and/or cat runs out of food at the exact opposite time as we humans.

    • I absolutely love Chewy.com! I don’t subscribe, because I make food for my fussy poodle..lol! I have bought other items from them…and their customer service is outstanding! Be sure to read the entire email they send you…they are hilarious! I was also really impressed with the boxes of pet care items they sent to New Orleans after the flooding last year…great company!

  • I can see why these services could be so helpful if you either have trouble remembering to get what you need, or if you have physical issues which make hauling product into your home difficult. Always good to know the cancellation policies, and to make sure you aren’t accumulating more than you use.

  • These are great ideas! Just thought I would mention that if you own an HP printer you can sign up for ink. When your ink is getting low, they ship you ink. So you shouldn’t run out.

  • We use mygreenfills.com for our laundry detergent subscription. Very environmentally friendly ingredients and products/packaging!!! Great prices too!

  • Love chewy! Dollar Shave Club is great and as an employee of Office Depot we appreciate the shout out! You missed one of my favorites, Le Tote for renting clothing-amazing customer service, and an ever changing wardrobe.

  • These are such wonderful suggestions ! I’m 76 yrs old and my kitty supplies are so heavy, I have bad rotator cups and this last trip for kitty litter did me in , 25 lb is too heavy for me to lift. Thank you soo much for this information. I really love your suggestion column. MM

  • We have had
    a subscription for “Pods Laundry Detergent” for several months now and they work great, save time and energy lugging heavy soap bottles around and save on plastic recycling.

  • Have you checked out DROPPS Laundry Detergent? The absolute best thing I love (besides not having to go to the store at tote heavy bottles) is that the detergent comes in a box saving the landfill from plastic bottles and keep it out of the ocean.
    I was so WOW’ed at how much cleaner my husbands work clothes came. They offer “sensitive” option for those who have problems with allergies. So much more to check out about this new company. They offer a sample package to win you over then like me you will want to set up automatic shipments. I got a 90 day supply and purposely used them with no discretion. Meaning I washed small loads..often & my husbands work clothes I used 2 pods I still never ran out of detergent by the time my next shipment got here.
    A super way to be apart of being eco friendly – even though that wasn’t my first intent. I just hate going to the store. ;)

    DROPPS website: https://www.dropps.com/

  • I have used a pet food subscription service for years. Since we use the 30 lb bags they are way too heavy and cumbersome to remove from shelf in store and into cart. Not only do I save money by using the subscription service, I save my back too! Didn’t know about the Brita service, but I will definitely be using them. I do remember to change filters, but then have to watch for sales or shop for them. Only wish they had diaper delivery when I had my children. I did have delivery service with my first one because I used cloth diapers (all that was available back then!), and tried it again with second. By then disposables were around so I combined for a while, but when I put her in daycare had to go with disposables only. As a busy working mom disposable diaper & wipes delivery would have been wonderful! Telling my new neighbor about this because her second is due in another month.

  • Jillee,

    I have used Chewy.com for years. Their customer service is wonderful. If you have a question or a problem with your shipment, they will take care of it immediately with no hesitation. They are friendly, extremely helpful and always very courteous. I will never leave them. I care for several rescue cats and we have a bird. Shipments always arrive within 2 days.


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