Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Subscription Boxes. Yay or Nay?

In today's world, you can have almost anything delivered to your door.  A popular item in recent years? Subscription boxes. From running goods, to fruits to clothing and jewelry, for a fee you can have items show up on a regular basis.  I had a subscription to a running product box last year--after about 6 months, I decided to cancel it.  I found I was not using the products more than I was using them.

For the holidays, my friend gifted me a subscription to Runnerbox.  It was a pleasant surprise and I decided to revisit my thoughts about subscription boxes.  

The first box I received had some yummy goodies-- I was excited and tried everything.  I found a few awesome products I love.  A few weren't my jam, but it was still fun to try something new.

Merry Christmas to me! The purely elizabeth cereal was delish!

A month later, I was was once again pleasantly surprised when I received a second box.  Once again, I was excited to try some new goodies.  Runnerbox definitely knows what runners like and includes some really good products.  

My second box of goodies!

These are delicious!

A full size bottle of vitamins? Yes, please. (I haven't tried them yet)

I still have one more box coming from my Christmas gift.  I am looking forward to seeing what things I get.  It has been fun to try new products.  I have been pleasantly surprised by a few of the things.  Clif beet flavored energy didn't appeal to me but it has become one of my new running favorites.  I was also apprehensive about the Munk Pack oatmeal (I'm weird about textures) but I really enjoyed it.  

But then comes my dilemma. 

Once I find a product I like, I stick with it.  I have the "if it's not broken, why fix it" mentality. That is one of the reasons I cancelled my subscription I previously had.  I was sticking with the products I love and not trying new things.  I might be missing out on some great items, but I also know I'm using what works for me.  I do think subscription boxes are a great way to try new items and I'm definitely glad that I've tried them.  When I was subscribing before, I was getting one every month.  For me, that was a little too frequently.  I've enjoyed getting a box every two months from Runnerbox and plan on continuing it after my gift "runs out."  

Have you ever tried a subscription box?  Did you like it?

Until next time, happy running!

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