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Smartass and Sass Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2017

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Smartass and Sass is a monthly subscription box designed for gals with a sense of humor.

Each month, you’ll receive 4-8 awesomely irreverent items handmade by artists and small businesses. The women behind Smartass and Sass might not take themselves too seriously, but they are serious about supporting the creatives behind the items in their box and paying a fair price for their quality goods.

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The Subscription Box: Smartass and Sass

The Cost: $34.95 per month + shipping. You can also choose a 3-month plan for $33.95 per month, a 6-month plan for $32.95 per month, or a 12-month plan for $31.95 per month.

COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first box!

The Products: 4-8 irreverently fun handmade finds (including decor, stationery, accessories, and more) from artists and small businesses

Ships to: $6.95 to the US. Varies worldwide.

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The first two cards included are a thank you note, and a fun (and true!) quote.

You’ll then get to the info card that lists out all the goodies you’ve received this month.

Burrito Friendship Card – Value $3.99 USD ($5.00 CAD)

Right out of the gate, we hit my favorite item of the box this month. I frigging love Mexican food of all kinds and am often daydreaming about burritos, so I can sympathize. Can I give this card to myself?

I Don’t Wanna Taco Bout It Shopping Tote – Value $16

Speaking of Mexican food, the next item is this HUGE heavy duty shopping tote. It really is a sturdy cotton bag that would be perfect for groceries. It’s 19.5″ wide, 14″ high, and 5.5″ deep, which means you can go hecka nuts the next time you head to the farmer’s market. The handles drop 8.5″, so you can easily sling it over your shoulder when it’s starting to get heavy.

The angry taco cartoon is heat-pressed on the heavy canvas.

The back is left mostly blank, save for the Pepper Mill Shop logo.

I do have a lot of totes, but none this large and sturdy. It may be time for me to get rid of some worn out grocery bags and put this one into the rotation.

Nom Nom 5×7 Prints 3-Pack – Listed Value $10

Is anyone else kind of sick of “prints” in subscription boxes? Unless it’s truly a limited edition artist print, it’s just a quote or graphic printed out on cardstock. I hate to sound crabby about it because the words “bread body” did make me laugh, but I’m a bit printed out. These could have at least been made into large postcards, which I suppose I could do. Also- I’m not sold on the listed value.


I dunno about this one. Seems a little forced.

This one is actually great. I love bread, and love to imagine being made entirely of bread. Because basically, I am.

Favorite Crunches Chip Clip – Listed Value $3

This is another quip (chip quip?) that is a bit eye-roll-y, but that doesn’t mean I don’t wholeheartedly agree. I love chips so freaking much that I have a chip-related Instagram account with another chip-loving friend. Lately the “haha, I hate exercising, I love eating” jokes are getting a bit much.

It was also brought to my attention that this item seems like a promotional item that I’d get my company’s name printed out and handed out in a swag bag at a conference. It has a magnet on the back so that it can be hung on my refrigerator, in close proximity to my chip arsenal.

The clip itself is a hard plastic that measures about 3.5″ long, so it should keep those chippies fresh.

Bubble Scoop Bubble Bath in Watermelon Lemonade – Value $3.15

I’ve never used something quite like this before! I thought it was similar to a bath bomb, but you actually use a little at a time and use the organza bag to filter water through the bubble scoop which creates a sugary-scented bubble bath. Nice to know that I’ll get more than one use out of this.

This does smell good enough to eat, but I will refrain.

This is How I Cut Carbs Coffee Sleeve – Value $8.95

This is definitely a good idea for coffee drinkers that use paper cups often. It’s a hard plastic sleeve with a handle that slides over a hot cup so you can keep your precious paws safe from harm.

The illustration is of a pizza cutter, indicating that the only way I’m cutting a carb is by slicing up a delicious pie!

The slit here allows the sleeve to adjust to different sized cups. This particular paper cup is a venti size.

The design continues on the other side as well.

Cooking is Relaxing Magnet – Value $5.00

This is a high-quality magnet that measures 2.5 by 3.5 inches and features illustrated pizzas and wine surrounding a handwritten quote. I don’t think I really “get” the joke here though since I don’t know anyone who finds cooking relaxing. I mean, ordering pizza while lying on the couch is certainly way more relaxing, no?

The magnet itself is strong enough to hang a heavy cardstock print on your refrigerator. 😉

Verdict: I am normally delighted by Smartass and Sass but something about this month seemed pedestrian to me. I was excited about the “I’m So Hangry” theme because I get the most hangry out of anyone I know. The taco tote was definitely the big ticket item here, and the card was perfect, but the rest just fell flat for me. Adding the values up, this box came to $50, but that included the $10 print value which seems high. The cost of the box is a total of $41.90 after shipping to the US, so the items are really just adding up to the cost in my eyes. I’m hoping it picks back up next month!

What did you think of this month’s Smartass and Sass?

Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a stationery addict, lip product connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. Her favorite subscriptions contain office supplies, anything kawaii, and all things food. She is also proudly the unofficial “Meat Editor” of My Subscription Addiction.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Fun box this month

  2. Just FYI– that bag is not screen printed, it’s an iron on transfer. Even in the description of a similar bag in the etsy shop it says “heat pressed” which is just etsy speak for iron on.

    It’s cute, though.

    • Ohhh, good looking out, Irene! I will update!!

  3. Hmmmm…yeah. I think humor and ‘sass’ are really tricky things to nail, and this doesn’t quite do it. It doesn’t work when it’s forced.

    • They normally do it well, too!

  4. I love the bag! The rest is ehhh.

    I will say I find baking (and sometimes cooking) relaxing, but yeah. Some nights ordering out just sounds better!

  5. THANK YOU! I totally agree that words printed on card stock are totally not needed and way over done. And a 10 value for 3 essentially postcards (yes I agree that is basically what they are) is way over the top. I am tired of sub boxes calling a print an actual item! It is filler to fake bring up the value of a box.
    Ok sorry rant over! Great review of what we seem to all agree is a pretty sad box. Hopefully they are able to recoup and bring it up.

  6. I always read the reviews for this one, as I like the concept of it.
    Unfortunately, it always tends to have cheap looking items. (Not every single item, but most of them)
    They need to lower the cost or raise their standards. imho

  7. Pretty dismal box. I was thinking of subbing but really glad I didn’t. I wouldn’t have been happy. Want to see if things get better in coming months. or worse.

  8. Thanks for the review Marne. I like most of the food sayings, but I agree something is missing.

  9. I was very disappointed by this box. This was my first box with them and I purchased based on the theme and tote (a gift for a friend) but with 2 of the items being paper (card and prints) and a chip clip I can get a pack of 5 at the dollar store for? It was very underwhelming and I unsubbed same day. It’s a shame because the ladies who run it seem very nice and try to make it the best but failed this time. My favorite item was the bath item and it really isn’t food-related (why not a donut bathbomb or something??) aaaand mine came broken. Such a disappointment this month.

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