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The 17 Best Subscription Boxes Under $15 – 2021 Readers’ Choice

Every year we ask you, our readers, to tell us your favorite subscription boxes. The results of the 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards are in! This list features our fellow subscription fanatics’ top choices for the best beauty, snacks, jewelry and more – all for under $15 per month!

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

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.

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

Full Contents for Ipsy Glam Bag January 2021

Image via our review.

The Cost: $12.00 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

I have to hand it to Ipsy, the quality and consistency is top notch. I pause every so often to avoid piling up too much stuff, but I always go back eventually.” – Mari

Ipsy is amazing. It’s only 12 dollars a month you get a cute and different make up bag every month with your full size and sample size make up and it’s a way to try new high end make up without spending a ton of money at the stores. You can see if you even like the product before purchasing a full size item. I love my Ipsy subscriptions.” – Vivian

Great value for under $15. I loved to try all the different products and they had a great selection.” – Vi LeBreton

About the Box: Topping the list of affordable subscriptions for the 4th year in a row is Ipsy Glam Bag! This monthly beauty subscription box 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, and a mix of makeup and skincare, with all goodies representing 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 for free and Canada for an additional charge.

 

2. Birchbox

Image via our review.

The Cost: $15.00 per month + free US shipping. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

My first ever subscription box and it will always have a place in my heart.” – inkchick

Birch is what started it all for me.” – Megan Abilez

I love Birchbox. They always have great samples. I just wish they would make a full size box because I think theirs would win hands down.” – Sondra B

About the Box: Birchbox is the original beauty box, still beloved by many. In each monthly box 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 info to learn more. Ships to the U.S., France, Spain, and the U.K.

 

3. Book of the Month

Image via our review.

The Cost: $14.99 per month. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code BOOKBUD to get your first book for $9.99!

What Our Readers Say:

Book of the Month is awesome if you love to read or want to read more!” – Addie

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 club! 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 and info to learn more. Ships to the U.S. for free.

 

4. Walmart Beauty Box

Image via our review.

The Cost: $5.00 per quarter. Subscribe here!

Note: As of August 1, 2020, sales tax will be added to each $5.00 quarterly beauty box order for residents in certain states. See if this applies to you by visiting our announcement post here.

What Our Readers Say:

This is the best box for the money. All you pay is $5 shipping and you receive a bigger variety with affordable prices if you want to choose a full sized. Since the items are available at Walmart it is easily accessible too. May not be bougie but it is more practical, which is helpful for every day life.” – Zendaya

I think Walmart always goes beyond the $5 dollar cost. The items may not be trendy and flashy, but they are always used. Good value.” – TeacherMom

$5 shipping the rest is free. I can’t nor will I complain. I have only received one box from them and it was definitely worth more than $5.00.” – Cheryl

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 new products 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 info to learn more. Ships to the U.S. only.

 

5. Dollar Shave Club

Image via 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:

Never worry about having a dull blade.” – Christine

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 details to learn more. Ships to the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

 

6. Scentbird

Image via our review.

The Cost: $14.95 per month. Save with longer subscriptions. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Buy one month, get your second month free! No coupon needed - just use this link.

What Our Readers Say:

Scentbird has really improved the box in the past year so they win this for me. Their shipping speeds are great now and the size of the perfume that you get is wonderful. They’re all high quality perfumes so you don’t ever end up with dollar store junk. If you’re like me and love perfume but don’t want to spend $90+ on a bottle of it, Scentbird is absolutely the way to go! (Also I recommend trying any of the Gucci perfumes as they are simply divine!)” – Christine

About the Box: Keep things fresh and exciting by flaunting a new scent each month, by way of the Scentbird perfume subscription! This monthly perfume subscription box ships one 8 mL vial of designer fragrance for you to add to your refillable case—you can choose the scent or allow Scentbird to surprise you. With each delivery you’ll find a card offering a preview of the following month’s Scent of the Month, so you can learn more about the featured designer fragrance for your consideration.

Good to Know: Scentbird also has a skincare subscription! It costs $14.95 a month for one product, $25.00 a month for 2, or $35.00 for 3. Save with longer subscriptions. Premium brands have an upgrade charge ranging from $5.00-15.00.

Check out our Scentbird reviews and info to learn more. Ships to the U.S.

7. Billie

Picture of intro kit for Billie, a personal care company, focused primarily on razors

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 details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. (including PO boxes) for free.

8. Succulents Box

Succulents Box with 4 potted succulents

Image via Succulents Box.

The Cost: Plans start at $4.75 per month for 1 plant plus shipping. Subscribe here!

About the Box: Got a green thumb? Succulents Box sends subscribers a new set of 2 inch succulent plants with care instructions each month so you can create a cute, low-stress garden at home. Choose to receive 1-4 plants per month and save with longer subscriptions.

Check out our Succulents Box reviews and info to learn more! Ships to the U.S.

 

9. Pura Vida Bracelets

pura vida bracelet club

Image via Pura Vida.

The Cost: $14.95 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

Every bracelet pack I have received has been a great value, and they hold up really well.” – Jenny

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. This is a great subscription for beach-lovers, teens, and gifting—including gifting to yourself!

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

 

10. MightyFix

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The Cost: $11.00 per month. Subscribe here!

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

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 info and reviews to learn more. Ships to the U.S. for free, Canada for $3.00, and Australia for $4.00.

Editor’s Note: MightyFix has a sister subscription, MightyBody, which sends one safe, clean personal care item per month. MightyBody is also under $15.00—it costs $12.99 per month!

 

11. Vellabox

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The Cost: $10.00 per month = $3.00 shipping for The Lucerna Vellabox. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA5 to save $5 off.

What Our Readers Say:

“I get one perfect candle every month. Such a luxury. It’s my favorite inexpensive present to myself.” – Mia

About the Box: Stocking up on high-quality candles in attractive jars is a lifestyle decision that Vellabox is happy to support. The Lucerna tier sends one 4-ounce candle per month, and they’re always small-batch, toxin-free, and hand-poured candles with high-quality scents. You also get a free gift each month!

Check out our Vellabox review and info to learn more. Ships to the U.S. for $3.00.

 

12. Sips by

Image from our review

The Cost: $15.00 per month. Subscribe here!

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

About the BoxTake a tour of tea flavors and brands with the Sips by tea subscription service! 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 reviews and info to learn more. Ships free to the US, $9.50 to Canada, and to western Europe for varying costs.

 

13. SnackCrate

Snack Crate Switzerland January 2019 - Box Open Top

Image from our review

The Cost: $15.00 per month. Subscribe here!

About the Box: SnackCrate is a monthly subscription service that sends you a box of global goodies from all around the world! When you sign up, you’ll answer a few quick questions to help them curate your box to your personal tastes. Snack Crate offers three sizes: the Mini box with 5 snacks for $15.00 per month, the Original box with 10-12 snacks for $26.00 per month, and the Premium box with 18-20 snacks for $49.00 per month.

Check out our SnackCrate reviews and info to learn more. Ships free to the US.

 

14. Facetory 4-Ever Fresh

Image from our review.

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 info to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and worldwide.

 

15. MeUndies Women’s and Socks

Image from our review

The Cost: $8.00 per month for socks, $14.00 per month for women’s underwear. Subscribe here!

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 $15.00 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 details and reviews to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and Canada for free, $14.00 internationally.

 

16. mintMONGOOSE

Image via our review.

The Cost: Plans start $12.99 per month with free shipping in the U.S., $10 worldwide. Subscribe here!

About the Box: With a mintMONGOOSE subscription, you’ll receive 3 exclusive pieces of adorable, high-quality, exclusively-designed jewelry for an unbeatable price!  Each shipment is customized with your choice of silver, rose gold, or gold jewelry, earrings or no earrings, and watches or no watches. Plus, with every 3 months that you subscribe, you’ll be sent a free gift!

Check out our mintMONGOOSE reviews and info to learn more! Ships worldwide.

 

17. 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:

“This one is less than $5!” – Kara

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 our EarFleek reviews and info to learn more. Ships to the U.S. for free.

 


That’s it for our list of the best cheap subscription boxes our readers recommend for 2021! We’d love it if you share your favorite subscription box for budget-friendly monthly delivery in the comments.

Written by Erin Pullmann

Erin Pullmann

When Erin finds a new box she loves, she wants the world to share her joy, especially if it includes something sparkly. Her non-subscription addictions include knitting, reading, baking, running and dancing with her husband and daughter.

Comments (32)

  1. The ipsy box is actually $15+ and you get a glam bag with 5 samples very small samples. mostly glittery shadows and face mask.

    • I’ve been getting Ipsy on and off for years (depending on my financial state). Sometimes I get a full-size bottle of nail polish, really good brushes of different types, and don’t get very small samples! My last bag had a nice batch of stuff in it and it costs $12 per month now I think. It was $10 for quite a while.

  2. The customer service @ scentbird was horrible. I cancelled.

  3. Lip Monthly is a Canadian company, they never ship the bags! I had to threaten them to get mine and it took 2 1/2 months after I paid. Products were decent for the price, I got Manna Kadar Lip Balm that retails for $22 on their site, so that alone was worth the price of the bag. I just didn’t trust the company to be consistent.

    • Hey hey. I’ve always have gotten my box. Two of them. Now they charged me for two boxes of the same thing this month.

  4. MissTigerlilly good thing I read the comments section, I was going to sign up for it … it seemed kind of too good to be true….

  5. The FaceTory photo is misleading, it should only show 4 masks at this price point.

  6. Sad to see Liz’s arm in the Pura Vida post! I miss her and her reviews! I hope she, Eric, and Buckles are well. They are very missed and I wish them well.

  7. It is really wrong to put Lip Monthly in a post labeled “Reader’s Choice,” even if it is in the ‘other’ category. Both the customer service & product quality for that box are absolutely abysmal.

    • I agree. The Dirty Little Secrets product is even featured in the photo. Yuck.

  8. 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.

      • We wanted to check in with you and make sure you could feel confident trying our service. Our customer support team works to respond to all messages within 48 hours. We started Sips by to make discovering tea fun, personalized, and affordable. Samples and shipping from individual brands can be expensive – we want to offer an option for people to try different teas personalized to their preferences before purchasing a full-sized box. We’d love for you to try Sips by if you’re interested! You can always reach us at tealover @ sipsby.com if you have any questions. Cheers!

    • I was surprised to come across this comment about Sips by – I’ve been a subscriber for over a year and have nothing but positive things to say about my experience. It’s opened my eyes to so many new teas I never otherwise would’ve tried, and customer service has been friendly and helpful with special requests.

  9. 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.

    • Completely agree! I absolutely loved graze. They had so many great snacks. My impression was that they essentially just stopped their subscription service in the states (maybe all together) and instead just sold a few things in large chain stores. I know many people were upset because it was unexpected and out of the blue, with no formal announcement. Just “hey, we aren’t shipping to your area anymore” only it was the entire US. As much as I loved their product, I wouldn’t buy it now even if I did see it in a store somewhere. I wish there was something else like them though.

  10. 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!

    • Crayfish had a tech box that my 13 and 14yr is like.

      • Cratejoy, sorry!

  11. 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

  12. 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

      • I was surprised to see Dollar Shave box on here , I tried it and the $5 start up is worth it , you get little samples but then after that they take $45.99 out of your account and send you the same stuff and it’s not much larger then the stuff that you received for the $5 and it wasn’t worth it to me , so I canceled with no problem.

    • 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.

    • The Target box died.

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