How I Manage My Buys and Subscriptions

Laser Hair Removal.pngHello and happy Thursday. You and I both know that I love subscription boxes. Okay, yes, I’m a bit addicted to them, but I just love getting a box full of nice surprises each month and then telling you about it. I love shopping in general, and even though sometimes I go crazy, I’m not really an impulse buyer. Quite the opposite, actually. Today, I want to tell you about the system I have to manage my monthly purchases and subscriptions. Let’s get started, shall we?

First and foremost, I want to clarify that, for those who don’t know, I have a stable job that pays well, and that’s what allows me to indulge every month. I’ve always been very conscious when it comes to the amount of money I spend versus the amount of money I actually earn, and each month I save a percentage of my salary. I love shopping but I’m not crazy.

I have a list in which I’ve written down what I want to buy each month. In this list I even write about subscriptions I want to get or cancel. Every month, after I make a purchase, I cross the item from my list. It’s no lie, though, that subscription services make up most of my expenses. I’ll list them below and tell you how I manage each.

The Book Drop 

I subscribed to this at the beginning of last year. It’s a pretty cool subscription box because you only pay $13 a month and you get a book as well as a couple of goodies. I got the three-month subscription because it was so cheap. That’s something I would recommend if you’re into these services but don’t want to have money taken out from your account every single month. Yes, that’s going to mean spending more money on that moment, but for the following three, six, or even twelve months, you don’t have to worry about anything other than getting your box. I only wanted to try this service, so after the three months were over, I unsubscribed.

OwlCrate 

I love OwlCrate with every fiber of my being and I think it’s worth every cent of the $30 it costs. My problem with this box is that it does no good to my finances, so I’m often struggling between reactivating and cancelling my subscription. That’s why you get OwlCrate unboxings on some months, and then you don’t on others. I usually pay for the month-to-month service, although I hope one day I’ll be able to treat myself to a full year of OwlCrate. Pausing or cancelling subscriptions from time to time is also a valid option if you feel like you can’t keep making a monthly expense. As of today, I’m only subscribed to services I’ve paid for in advance, and Adore Me, but we’ll get to that later.

Ipsy

I love Ipsy and I will defend it any day. If you’ve seen my glam bag unboxings, you know that I’m always happy with what I get, and I think the products and the bags are awesome, especially consider this service costs $10 a month. I was able to treat myself to a full year of Ipsy last April, although I cancelled my subscription so it wouldn’t be automatically renewed. If I’m not mistaken, I paid for eleven months instead of twelve, so another advantage of buying “packages” of three months of more is actually getting discounts. Ultimately, when you subscribe month-to-month, you’re paying more.

Book Case Club

I don’t know how they do it, but for $10 a month, you get two books, usually a paperback and a hardcover. I only wanted to try this service, so I got the three-month subscription. In the future I’ll for sure re-subscribe for a full year.

Fandom of the Month Club

I was convinced I’d gotten the three-month subscription, but I had gotten the month-to-month and then cancelled. That explains why I only got one box. Okay, well, for $13 a month I would get the three-month subscription, especially because what you get is cool fandom jewelry.

Sensebox

Sensebox is a Colombian subscription box along the lines of Ipsy, only this box does carry full size products. I’ve been subscribed almost since it started, and I love it. I subscribed for a full year, but didn’t renew my subscription. If you live outside of the U.S I would highly suggest you to look for subscription boxes in your own country because that way you will at least save the shipping expenses.

Kawaii Box

This is literally a $20 box of cute stuff. I’ve subscribed and cancelled my subscription multiple times, mainly because I don’t really want to get it every single month but sporadically. The cool thing about Kawaii Box is that shipping is included in the $20 you pay, so it makes the box really cheap and worth giving a try.

Adore Me

See? I told you we would get to talk about Adore Me. I am a VIP Member, which means I sort of *have* to make a monthly purchase. I don’t get sent a random item every month, I actually buy whatever I want, and if for some reason I don’t want to buy anything on a given month, I can pause my membership. I haven’t skipped any months since I started shopping at Adore Me, and in fact I’ve gotten two free sets, a makeup bag and a tote bag.

OK Cupid A-List

Yes, I’m subscribed OK Cupid. I actually paid for six months in advance, which means I actually had to pay about half of what month-to-month subscribers pay. Six months on OK Cupid A-List cost $28.

Do you have a system to manage your monthly purchases or subscriptions? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

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