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!
We think that a great subscription service is worth the price of admission — but nothing’s better than a cheap subscription box that offers real value. The subscription brands on this list cost $15 per month or less, so you can start your subscription journey or add to your collection without breaking the bank. Each entry offers something special; whether you’re looking for high-quality skincare, entertainment, or snacks, you’ll find ways to surprise yourself each month while keeping your budget in check.
If you’re looking for something more expensive, we’ve also found the best luxe boxes currently available. With that said, the cheap subscription boxes below offer a variety of ways to improve your lifestyle — or treat yourself — for less than $15.
Read on to learn all about the most affordable subscription boxes that our readers love!
Best Cheap Subscription Boxes Under $15 - Beauty & Glamour
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 don’t get it twisted: Each month, you’ll receive a versatile selection of high-quality products. The selection mainly focuses around skincare and makeup, and subscribers can choose one included item each month — the rest is a surprise, but the curators pay attention to your preferences.
Even if IPSY was twice as expensive, we’d gush about the quality of their curation. Of course, it is incredibly affordable (that’s why it’s a perennial favorite), and subscribers can even get free products by referring friends.
IPSY Glam Bag is our top cheap subscription box overall, and whether you’re buying it for yourself or as a gift, it’s a top-notch option. The IPSY Glam Bag Plus is also worth a look, though it falls outside of our $15 threshold.
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, and they’re still one of the best options out there. The included items are informed by your user profile, and starting with your second box, you’ll be able to pick one of the products. From skin cream to makeup, you’ll find plenty to love.
This subscription is amazing for sampling new brands. You’ll earn points, so if you find something you love, you can purchase the full-size version from Birchbox — often at a discount. Birchbox has simple gifting options, consistent quality, and (of course) a low price tag; if you’re looking for a beauty box, it’s an easy recommendation.
Check out all of our Birchbox reviews and info to learn more. Ships to the U.S., France, Spain, and the U.K.
The Cost: $6.98 per quarter. Subscribe here!
Note: As of August 1, 2020, sales tax will be added to each $6.98 quarterly beauty box order for residents in certain states. See if this applies to you by visiting our announcement post here.
ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! The gift is a sample of the Six Golden Nourishing Facial Oil that has a $9 value! This is only available for a limited time (until 8/22) or while supplies last, and can only be added to seasonal subscription sign-up.
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.
The Walmart Beauty Box was started to provide members with exclusive access to the newest and best health and beauty products available at Walmart stores. Each delivery is full of handpicked products based on the season and your preferences.
Check out our Walmart Beauty Box reviews and info to learn more. Ships to the U.S. only.
The Cost: $14.95 per month. Save with longer subscriptions. Subscribe here!
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 with a 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, so you can learn more about the next featured designer fragrance. Scentbird partners directly with top brands, so you know each delivery contains high-quality, authentic products.
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.
Best Cheap Subscription Boxes Under $15 - Shaving & Personal Care
The Cost: $11.00 per month. Subscribe here!
What You Get: MightyFix allows you to upgrade your kitchen, bath, and home accessories to sustainable alternatives — all at an affordable cost. Each month you’ll be sent a new item that promotes an easy way to go green. MightFix wants to help change the world by eliminating disposable products one box at a time.
Subscribers will receive items such as reusable wool dryer balls, plant-based cleaning products, or healthy skincare options. MightyFix products are non-toxic and plastic-free when possible, but are also made to be convenient and efficient in use. Going green has never been simpler, and this cheap subscription box packs in plenty of value.
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, MightyFix has a sister subscription, Mighty Essentials.
The Cost: Pricing varies by which plan you choose. The starter set is available for $5. Subscribe here!
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. Both men and women can browse through a wide selection of razors, cartridges, skincare solutions, and hair products.
You’ll customize your monthly shipment based on your needs. The starter box is only $5 and provides everything you need to decide whether or not Dollar Shave Club will work for you; with a subscription, this is one of the simplest (and cheapest) ways to get a great shave every time.
Check out our Dollar Shave Club reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
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 an elegant razor subscription made just for women. The company has done away with the “pink tax” and curated a high-end shaving experience at a great price. All Billie products are free of harmful chemicals but full of comfort and style.
Your first month’s delivery will contain The Starter Kit, which consists of a razor handle, a magnetic holder, and two 5-blade razor cartridges — these blades feature a charcoal shave soap border, and they’re the only razor option Billie offers (and, really, the only one you need). You can also add body care products to your order for an additional cost.
Check out our Billie reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. (including PO boxes) for free.
The Cost: Lux Subscription is $19.90 per month, or the Lux Plus Subscription is $49.95/quarter. Free US shipping available. Subscribe here!
About the Box: Treat yourself to nourishing Korean sheet masks each month with the FaceTory Lux Subscription. FaceTory prides themselves on providing beauty products that aren’t only affordable and approachable, but also functional and fun to use.
The Lux Subscription is shipped monthly and comes with 7 sheet masks along with one or two bonus gifts in each box. If you need more time between shipments, you can choose the quarterly Lux Plus Subscription and receive 5 to 7 sheet masks, plus an additional 5 to 6 beauty products per shipment. Your skin will love every minute, and you’ll get a smoother look without emptying your wallet.
Check out our FaceTory reviews and info to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and worldwide.
Best Cheap Subscription Boxes Under $15 - Hobbies & Lifestyle
The Cost: From $12.00 per month for The Lucerna Vellabox. Subscribe here!
ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! $5 off your first box with code
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: Vellabox lets you stock up on high-quality candles in gorgeous jars. If there’s a better way to add a touch of distinction to a home, we’re not aware of it.
Each artisan candle features a light, pleasing fragrance. Vellabox features candles made with 100% natural wax from renewable resources — no paraffin wax blends here. These small-batch candles are also free from artificial dyes, animal by-products, parabens, and phthalates.
Subscribers can choose from several tiers; the Lucerna tier sends one 4-ounce candle per month. 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.
The Cost: $15.99 per month. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!
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 longtime subscribers can’t get over the terrific value of the Book of the Month club.
Each month, the BOTM team chooses 5 new hardcover titles. You can skip the month, pick your book, or let the editors surprise you. If you simply can’t get enough reading material (you wouldn’t be the only one), you can add up to 2 additional hardcovers to your order for $9.99 each.
There’s an emphasis on fresh perspectives, debut novels, and early releases. In other words, you’ll almost never receive a book that you’ve already read, and by watching for emails from the club, you can guide the selection to suit your tastes.
While the Book of the Month Club is a great cheap subscription box for anyone, we’d recommend sharing with a friend. You can start your own miniature book club — and whether you’re a voracious reader or you’re hoping to build better habits, this well-curated subscription is worth the money.
Read our Book of the Month reviews and info to learn more. Ships to the U.S. for free.
11. Succulents Box
The Cost: Plans start at $10 for 1 plant and 1 clay pot per month. Subscribe here!
About the Box: Got a green thumb? We don’t — but that’s why we love succulents. They’re adorable plants that don’t require much upkeep, and Succulents Box can help gardeners (and non-gardeners) develop their succulent collection.
Each month, subscribers receive a new set of 2-inch plants, along with care instructions. As your garden grows, you can choose to skip or cancel your subscription at any time.
We love how Succulents Box lets us grow our garden from scratch. Currently, the service only ships to the United States; check them out to view past boxes.
Check out our Succulents Box reviews and info to learn more! Ships to the U.S.
Best Cheap Subscription Boxes Under $15 - Clothing & Accessories
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 bracelets starts here! Pura Vida Bracelets Club sends 3 bracelets from their new collections and their most popular styles.
Each shipment includes $50 worth of bracelets curated around a theme. This makes a great gift subscription for teens, beach lovers — and, really, anyone who appreciates high-quality bracelets with a range of styles.
In addition to a regular supply of bracelets, subscribers get early access to major sales launches and an exclusive monthly sticker. The company also credits members with Shore Dollars with each delivery, which can be used to reduce the price of in-store purchases.
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; you’ll also choose whether to receive earrings or watches. You’ll receive a free gift for every 3 months you remain subscribed.
Pricing increases with certain subscription options; the basic mintMONGOOSE plan costs $15.99 and has a retail value of $40+. If you’re looking for a way to fill your jewelry box on a budget, this is one of the best cheap subscription boxes available.
Check out our mintMONGOOSE reviews and info to learn more! Ships worldwide.
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 — and hey, it’s an underwear subscription, it should be simple.
Sign up, and you’ll receive a pair of socks or underwear per month. You’ll be able to pick your cut, size, and style preferences, so whether you’re looking for something classic or something more adventurous, you’ll find your fit. MeUndies are made from sustainably sourced fibers, and they’re outrageously comfortable.
One note: MeUndies also offers a subscription service for men’s underwear for $16 per month. While that puts it above our $15 threshold, it’s still worth checking out. Women’s sizes XS-4XL are available, as well as men’s sizes S-4XL.
Check out our MeUndies details and reviews to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and Canada for free, $14.00 internationally.
The Cost: $3.49 per month. Subscribe here!
ACTIVE DEAL: 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, and it manages to deliver high-quality products, too.
EarFleek has three subscription options: “Minimalist but Groovy,” “Boho Babe,” or “Silly and Fun.” Alternately, you can select the “I Don’t Give a Hoot” option for a mix of the three. All earrings are allergy free, and subscribers choose their earrings through a fun e-game; swipe left to “dislike” a particular piece, swipe right to “like" it. The service uses that data to curate its selection, so each delivery will be suitably fleek.
Check out our EarFleek reviews and info to learn more. Ships to the U.S. for free.
Best Cheap Subscription Boxes Under $15 - Food & Snacks
16. Sips by
The Cost: Plans start at $16.00 per month. Subscribe here!
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 50% off your first box!
About the Box: Take 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 your preferences.
Sips by sends steeping guides and tasting notes in each box. You’ll also receive biodegradable filters for the loose-leaf teas.
This female-founded company lets you explore new teas without making a major commitment. It’s slightly above our $15 threshold, but the right coupon code (see above) can knock it back down.
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.
The Cost: $14.99 per month. Subscribe here!
About the Box: SnackCrate is a monthly subscription service that sends you a box of edible treats from all around the world. If you love snacking and you love surprises, you won’t want to miss out — especially given the low cost of entry.
When you sign up, you’ll answer a few quick questions to help SnackCrate curate your box to your personal tastes. The Mini box includes 5 snacks for $14.99 per month; the Original box includes 10-12 snacks for $26.00 per month; and the Premium box includes 18-20 snacks for $49.00 per month.
Shipping is free, and in addition to snacks, each box includes a booklet with fun facts, games, and a music playlist featuring the box’s country of origin. Learn about Japan while snacking on matcha Kit Kats or check out pictures of London while eating Jammie Dodgers — each box will treat your tastebuds while giving you a new perspective.
Check out our SnackCrate reviews and info to learn more. Ships free to the US.
ACTIVE DEAL: 35% off all orders over $50
Cost: $15.00 + free US shipping, $10.00 International shipping. Sign up here!
About the Box: Casely lets you upgrade your iPhone’s aesthetic each month (or each season, depending on the plan you choose).
You can choose exclusive club styles or regular Casely prints; either way, you’ll keep your phone clean and stylish without overpaying. Casely also offers a $10 Bold Protection upgrade that provides more protective cases; while this takes the service outside of our $15 threshold, it’s a useful option to consider.
Subscribers can pause or cancel their subscriptions at any time. Note that Casely doesn’t offer subscription options for all phones — at the time this article was written, they only offered the service for certain iPhone models. Android users will have to browse the Casely store, which has an extensive, ever-changing selection of high-quality cases made from protective materials.