The 20 Best Subscription Boxes Under $15 – 2020 Readers’ Choice


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Cheap & Affordable Subscription Boxes Under $15

You know the feeling of receiving happy mail—it’s a good one! And when it’s a great deal? Even better!

Recommended by our readers as the best of 2020, the subscription brands on this list cost $15 per month or less, so you can start your sub box journey or add to your current curation without breaking the bank.

We always recommend that those who are new to subscription boxes try out a low-cost monthly option first before they take the plunge on luxe boxes with a higher price tag. The boxes on this list may be on the cheap end of the spectrum, but the contents are high-quality, and they’re a great introduction to what the world of subscription boxes is all about.

Whether you want to discover new products for your beauty regimen, home, family, or pantry, there is a box here for you.

The Most Affordable Subscription Boxes That Our Readers Love

Here are our readers’ recommendations for the best subscription boxes under $15:

1. Ipsy Glam Bag

Ipsy Glam Bag marble zipper pouch displayed with 5 makeup and skincare items.

Image from our review.

The Cost: $12 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“They will sometimes send full-size makeup items in their $12 bag and you always get a really good value for the lower tier.” – BC2

“By far the best bang for your buck when it comes to beauty. Much bigger sample sizes and even full sizes as well as a nice zippered bag when compared to others at this price point.” – Jess

“The variety and the value. Best ever!” – Jody E.

About the Box: Topping the list of affordable subscriptions for the 3rd year in a row is Ipsy Glam Bag! This monthly beauty sub is set at a great entry-level price point, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on delivering a delightful experience each month. Every shipment contains a makeup bag, a combo of high-end and drugstore products, a mix of makeup and skincare, and a range of sizes. Look out for the choice selection date so you can choose one item to have included each month—the rest is a surprise, curated based on your personal preferences.

Check out our Ipsy reviews and Ipsy spoilers to learn more! Ships to the US and Canada.

 

2. Allure Beauty Box

Allure Beauty Box with six beauty and skincare items unpacked and on display.

Image from our review.

The Cost: $15.00 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Hands down, the BEST value for the money!” – Angela

“Overall the best deal, and usually I’m still getting full size items.” – Danielle

“Best bang for my buck!” – Kay

About the Box: Next on the list of economical-but-amazing subscriptions is Allure Beauty Box, a monthly beauty box that sends premium samples from top skincare and makeup brands. Our readers agree this sub is a great way to stay on top of new beauty trends and try some more luxe names in the business, without breaking the bank to buy the products full-size.

Check out all of our Allure Beauty Box reviews and Allure Beauty Box info to learn more. Ships to the US.

 

3. PLAY! by Sephora

Sephora Play box with all contents featured.

Image from our review.

The Cost: $10.00 per box. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Best box to get name brand beauty at a fraction of the cost.” – Cris

“A lot of unique samples for under $10.” – Linnbut

“Cheap box but it never disappoints me.” – trish

About the Box: If you follow along with the latest releases from the biggest names in beauty, but don’t want to take the leap to buy full-size, you’ll enjoy how affordably PLAY! by Sephora lets you in on it! This box sends deluxe skincare, makeup, and hair care samples (valued up to $65) alongside a PLAY! Book of tips and tricks, and a cute bag to store your new finds.

Check out all of our PLAY! by Sephora reviews and PLAY! by Sephora info to learn more. Ships to the US.

 

4. Birchbox

Birchbox subscription with lipstick, hydrogels, and more featured outside the box.

Image from our review.

The Cost: $15 a month + free US shipping. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Great box for the price.” – Hyde

“I’ve gotten the best sample-size skincare items.” – Ariel

“At this price, it’s always clearly exceeding that in value…” – Travel Red Card

About the Box: Birchbox is the original beauty box, still beloved by many. Each month, they’ll send you customized boxes based on your user profile, and starting with your second month you can pick one of the items you’ll receive in each box. This subscription is amazing for discovering new brands and giving familiar ones a sampling before buying full-size, which you can purchase directly from Birchbox (don’t forget to use your points, and look out for shop sales, too). Birchbox is also easy to gift, making it a great choice when you are looking to gift someone in need of a self-care pick-me-up.

Check out all of our Birchbox reviews and our Birchbox info to learn more. Ships to the US, France, Spain, and the UK.

 

5. Book of the Month

Book of the Month subscription with a hardback book on display

Image from our review.

The Cost: $14.99 per month (less with 3- and 12-month subscriptions). Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code TAKECARE to get your first book for $9.99!

What Our Readers Say:

“If I could only have one subscription it would be Book of the Month. I eagerly anticipate the offerings each month, spend days mulling over the choices, and eagerly anticipate delivery.” – Miztiph

“You can choose the book you want and always add on an extra book for a great discount!” – Angela

“I like that you get access to new releases before release. And I like that you get to pick or skip, if nothing tickles your fancy.” – Amy

About the Box: Even folks who have subscribed to Book of the Month for years and years can’t get over the terrific value and variety of this book box! Each month, the BOTM team chooses 5 new hardcover titles for subscribers to choose from. You can make a pick, opt to be surprised, or skip the month altogether. If you simply can’t get enough of the books curated by this company (you wouldn’t be the only one), you can add up to 2 additional hardcovers to your order for $9.99 each.

Read our Book of the Month reviews or check out this Book of the Month info to learn more. Ships to the US for free.

 

6. Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club box with razor, refills, and shave butter.

Image from our review.

The Cost: Pricing varies by which plan you choose. There are three plans: The Humble Twin ($1), The 4X ($6), and The Executive ($9). Subscribe here!

COUPON: Get your first Starter Set for $5 plus free shipping! No coupon needed - just use this link.

What Our Readers Say:

Best for shaving needs.” – Mommabear459

“Great razors!” – damommatimez3

About the Box: Dollar Shave Club may well be the most affordable way to stay stocked on razors—but they’re also a great outlet for other grooming supplies, as well. Made for men and women alike, the razors, shaving products, skincare, shower offerings, and hair products are widely loved. Each shipment can be customized based on your needs!

Check out our Dollar Shave Club reviews and Dollar Shave Club details to learn more. Ships to the US, Canada, and Australia.

 

7. Target Beauty Box

Beauty samples from Target Beauty Box

Image from our review.

The Cost: $7.00 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I love the low cost and the selection of affordable items!” – DanaB

“Best box for your money! And you get coupons to shop in store.” – rummy

About the Box: The Target Beauty Box is technically not a subscription, but this playful beauty box arrives at Target the first few days of every month, with samples selected around one or more themes. You may recognize the brands and products from the shelves in the store, or this may be a fun way to learn about skincare, hair care, and other body products you wouldn’t have otherwise gone for.

Check out our Target Beauty Box reviews and sign up here to get alerts when new boxes are available. Ships to the continental US only.

 

8. Billie

Billie Razors and shave supplies for women

Image from our review.

The Cost: $9.00 for the starter kit and $9.00 for each 4-pack replacement cartridge delivery. You choose the frequency. Subscribe here!

About the Box: Billie is a beautiful razor subscription made just for women! Your first month’s delivery will contain The Starter Kit, which is comprised of a razor handle, a magnetic holder, and two 5-blade razor cartridges—these blades are bordered by aloe shave soap and are the only razor option Billie offers. You can also add body care products to your order if you wish.

Check out our Billie reviews and Billie details to learn more. Ships to the US (including PO boxes) for free.

 

9. Walmart Beauty Box

Walmart Beauty Box with drugstore beauty and skincare samples unpacked.

Image from our review.

The Cost: $5 per quarter. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

Walmart carefully handpicks products that I use daily and those I’m [willing] to try.” – Zendaya

About the Box: This beauty box offers a seasonal selection of beauty samples from brands carried in Walmart stores. This is a great low-cost option for trying before you buy, and our readers appreciate that its quarterly cadence doesn’t overwhelm with the amount of products sent.

Check out our Walmart Beauty Box reviews and Walmart Beauty Box details to learn more. Ships to the US only.

 

10. STICKII CLUB

All sticker sheets from Stickii Club subscription.

Image from our review.

The Cost: $10 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“…I love their Stickii notes and paper clips, etc….” – Elvan S.

About the Box: This sticker subscription is as thrilling for sticker-loving adults as it is for kids! STICKII sends an envelope of artful stickers that you can use on anything from cards and envelopes to journals and scrapbooks, and beyond. Each pack includes 6 sticker sheets, 1 bag of sticker flakes, and 1-2 small stationery items such as cute notecards or tiny envelopes.

Check out our STICKII CLUB reviews and STICKII CLUB details for more info. Ships to the US for $1.00, Canada for $1.75, and internationally for $2.50.

 

11. Facetory 4-Ever Fresh

Facetory 7 Lux subscription with seven sheet masks spread out around box.

Image from our review of the 7 Lux box; please note the 4-Ever Fresh box sends just 4 masks.

The Cost: $8.90 with free US shipping. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save 20% off your first box!

About the Box: Self-care your way through the month by treating yourself to a sheet mask each week with the 4-Ever Fresh subscription! This tier sends four masks per month (FaceTory also offers a 7 Lux level, sending 7 higher-functioning masks per month, and a Lux Plus Box, sending 10-12 items including masks and serums). Your skin will love every minute of nourishment that these offerings provide!

Check out our FaceTory reviews and FaceTory details to learn more. Ships to the US and worldwide.

 

12. Sips by

Sips By Tea subscription

Image from our review.

The Cost: $15 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code SUBSCRIPTIONADDICTION to save 50% off your first box!

What Our Readers Say:

“This is my favorite overall subscription, EVER. The variety of teas they send are AMAZING. I look forward to this box every single month and haven’t been disappointed yet.” – Amy

About the BoxTake a tour of tea flavors and brands with the Sips by tea subscription! Each month’s shipment includes 4 samples from different tea purveyors, based on preferences you’re asked to indicate when you sign up. Sips by sends steeping guides and tasting notes in each box, as well as biodegradable filters when loose-leaf tea is included. We love this female-founded company!

Check out our Sips by review and Sips by details to learn more. Ships free to the US, $9.50 to Canada, and to western Europe for varying costs.

 

13. Universal Yums

Universal Yums Poland theme featuring snacks only found in Poland.

Image from our review.

The Cost: $15 per month for the Yum Box. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“Just fun to get and try so many other countries.” – Jody E.

“Great box! Fantastic snack selections, and no problem with delivery. The food is always fresh, and the quality excellent. Love the educational aspect as well!” – flowerbunnylove

“A new country every month with lots of info about that country and a playlist. LOVE IT!” – Jess

About the Box: Not only does this snack subscription send so much deliciousness for a reasonable cost, but the flavors are also a journey of newness that’s so much fun to explore! Universal Yums sends snacks and candies from a different country every month, paired with facts about each location and a scorecard for tracking your favorites. If you try this box and crave more, you can upgrade to the Yum Yum Box for $25 a month or the Super Yum Box for $39 a month.

Read our Universal Yums reviews and Universal Yums details to learn more. Ships to the US, Canada, the UK, and Israel.

 

14. EarFleek

Pink and red bee post earrings from Earfleek

Image from our review.

The Cost: $3.49 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA50 to get your first box for $1.75!

What Our Readers Say:

“Super fun, super cheap!” – J.M.

“Most affordable way to build your costume earring collection.” – Jess

About the Box: No, you aren’t dreaming, there really is a jewelry subscription that sends earrings for $3.49 per month! EarFleek has three subscription options: “Minimalist but Groovy,” “Boho Babe,” or “Silly and Fun”—or you can select the “I Don’t Give a Hoot” option for a mix of the three. This is a fun one, folks!

Check out all of our EarFleek reviews and EarFleek info to learn more. Ships to the US only.

 

15. Harry’s

Harry's shave subscription for men and women.

Image from our review.

The Cost: $13.00 (+ tax), for the starter set 5-blade razor refills start at $1.88/each. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Get the starter set for just $8.00 (+ free shipping). No coupon needed - just use this link.

About the Box: Men and women love Harry’s for their shaving, grooming, and bodycare needs! Once you’ve got your basics from the starter set (which includes one handle, one cartridge, foaming shave gel, and a travel cover), you’ll receive affordably 5-blade German-made cartridges, plus any other products you need, at a cadence that works for you.

Check out our Harry’s reviews and Harry’s details for more info. Ships to the US and Canada.

 

16. Love With Food Tasting Box

Love With Food subscription with all snacks unpacked.

Image from our review.

The Cost: $9.99 per box. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Get your first Tasting box for $5.99 No coupon needed - just use this link.

What Our Readers Say:

“I love this box because [it has] gluten-free options.” – Hyde

“I get this for my college-aged son every year. And have gotten it as gifts for nephews and brother-in-law. Fun variety!” – Sunny_hopes

About the Box: The Love With Food Tasting Box is a great way to stock up on healthy eats to fill the cracks between meals. There are multiple subscription sizes, but the Tasting Box includes 7+ snacks that are all organic, gluten-free, GMO-free, all-natural, or free of artificial additives. As a bonus feel-good factor, this company donates to food banks with each box sold!

Read our Love With Food reviews and Love With Food details to learn more. Ships to the US for free, worldwide for $3.99.

 

17. Macy’s Beauty Box

Beauty, skincare, and jade skin roller from Macy's Beauty Box

Image from our review.

The Cost: $15 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“It has the most value for me. Always includes a coupon.” – trish

“For the price you get great items, usually a bag or other extra and a $5 or $10 coupon.” – Ali58

About the Box: Our readers love the value offered by the Macy’s Beauty Box! It’s filled with 5+ deluxe beauty samples from high-end brands, a makeup bag, plus a bonus item. Not only that, it always includes a $5 coupon to use either in-store or online!

Check out our Macy’s Beauty Box reviews and Macy’s Beauty Box info to learn more about this subscription box! Ships to the continental US.

 

18. MeUndies Women’s and Socks

Meundies women's striped underwear

Image from our review.

The Cost: $8 per month for socks, $14 per month for women’s underwear. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code GETCUTE to save 15% off your first order matching pairs.

About the Box: This underwear subscription is simple and straightforward: you receive 1 pair of socks or underwear per month! While it doesn’t technically make the $15 per month cut, men’s underwear is only $16 a month—not bad! Women’s sizes XS-4XL are available, as well as men’s sizes S-4XL. Pick your cut, size, and style preferences (from a list of Adventurous, Bold, and Classic offerings), and wait for your pair—made from sustainably-sourced fibers—to join the other pairs on your top drawer.

Check out our MeUndies reviews and MeUndies details to learn more. Ships to the US and Canada for free, $14 internationally.

 

19. MightyFix

Mighty Fix food huggers

Image from our review.

The Cost: $11 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSAFIX3 to get your first box for $3, including free shipping!

What Our Readers Say:

“I LOVE MightyFix! It has helped greatly in my quest to ‘go green.’ The cost is minimal…and it really helps me make eco-friendly, sustainable changes in our household. I like option to be surprised or to choose from the Fix options for a given month. Plus, any add on items ship for free!” – Beth F.

“Products and packaging! The whole idea behind this subscription is to slowly switch over to using green items in your home. It’s super affordable and always comes with a great product and information on how to use it.” – Anonymous

What You Get: MightyFix allows you to upgrade your kitchen, bath, and home items to sustainable alternatives at an affordable cost! Each month you’ll be sent one new item, which might be an eco-friendly food storage option or an ingredient-conscious bath or body product, or another clever option for keeping your home green and clean. Plus, you’ll be sent a monthly reminder email to add any additional items to your box (at a discounted rate)—if you do, they’ll ship for free!

Check out all of our MightyFix reviews and MightyFix info to learn more. Ships to the US for free, Canada for $3, and Australia for $4.

 

20. Pura Vida Bracelets

Liz's wrist wearing a stack of three handmade Pura Vida Bracelets

Image from our review.

The Cost: $14.95 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

“The Pura Vida sub box is a great way to build your bracelet obsession. It’s inexpensive and you always get something different.” – LisaJo

“So much fun each month – great mission.” – Bethany

“Great gift for kids, fun and beautiful.” -marieseitz

About the Box: Your collection of cute, stackable, mix-and-match bracelets starts here! Pura Vida Bracelets Club sends 3 bracelets from their new collections and/or their most popular styles. Each shipment includes $50 worth of bracelets curated around a theme.

Check out our Pura Vida Bracelets reviews and Pura Vida Bracelets spoilers to learn more! Ships worldwide.

 

That’s it for our list of the best affordable subscription boxes under $15! We’d love it if you share your favorite budget-friendly box in the comments.

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15 Comments

  1. I was surprised that Sips by tea was included in this list. I was interested, but when I read the review and comments well… I didn’t see a single positive comment. Seems like a lot of people have been scammed, there seems to be no customer service at all, and the value isn’t even equal to what you are paying. Pretty lousy if you ask me. Not worth the risk.

    • Hi Lynn, thanks for drawing attention to this! I might have been interested in it asa gift for my tea-loving brother, but your reference to the past review was a big wake-up call for me. Thank you. I hope those poor commenters eventually received their tea or refunds.

  2. I’m still extremely upset & depressed that Graze stopped shipping to USA. I’ve got a few major Medical issues & having food/snacks organized is very difficult for me. I fell hard for all Graze products! They were nutritious, so portable, scrumptious and varied for differing palates & diets. I keep hoping if others join me in protesting they could see an adequate market here. I think some larger bags of snacks r available at perhaps Target or Walgreens but not the ones I want & the small size, singe packs. Wah! 8=((

    • I saw small size graze packs sold on 7-11, they had like 3 or more variants. Forgot the price but I think it’s under $5.

  3. Is there anything good out there for teenage boys? He is not a little kid anymore. And I was really hoping to find a box he would enjoy.

    • Briskell has a men’s skin care sample lot that has many products that is like$5.95 shipping with a retail$30 or more. I purchased it for one of my boys last month. It was really nice. The products smell great and didn’t irritate his sensitive skin.

    • My 17 year old LOVES his Universal Yuma subscription – snacks from all over the world, trivia, and recipes. Plenty of goodies to share!

  4. Started getting Ipsy box @ 6 months ago, really like the products PLUS a cosmetic bag every month. One month I just dropped the whole bag in my suitcase for trip I was taking – mascara, eyeliner, shadow, cologne! I get to try some higher end products that I may not normally buy, but will look for now!
    Been getting Wal-Mart box for almost 2 years- all practical items that I can buy at Wal-Mart

  5. What happened to the Free Shipping for the Target Beauty Box???? It Now says that it will only ship free with a $25.00 order!! Well I guess No more Target Beauty Boxes for me.

    • I believe it is always that way with the previous month’s box (if it is still available). The current month’s box is free to ship with no restrictions. Make sure you are viewing the current month’s box.

    • Just ordered mine the shipping was still free maybe call customer service and ask why

    • I just ordered the Target box and it was free shipping

    • It says that and then when your about to check out it should be free shipping.

    • If you have a Target card they will ship free.

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