How To Get FREE Subscription Boxes


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We're spilling the beans: How you can get subscription boxes for free.

“How can I get free subscription boxes?” I’ve been reviewing subscription boxes for almost 6 years, and that’s the question I hear the most! Good news! I’ve got all the answers for you – whether you have a blog or not!

Here are 5 different ways to get free subscription boxes, from easiest to hardest:

1. First Month Free Subscription Boxes

If you haven’t already, make sure to take advantage of all the first-month free subscription box offers. You aren’t committed to keeping these subscriptions (you can always cancel before you are charged for the next month), so this is the easiest way to start getting free subscriptions immediately.

Here are some popular subscription boxes with free first-month deals:

Graze

Graze

Graze is a mini-snack subscription box that sends a customized selection of treats weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

They offer over 100 different snacks that you can rate online, which, over time, helps tailor your subscription to your particular snacking preferences. (Regularly $11.99 for 8 snacks per box).

Get your first 4-snack box free (just pay $1 shipping), no coupon required, just use this link

Check out all of our Graze reviews to see what you can expect from this subscription.

 

Gwynnie Bee

Gwynnie Bee

Gwynnie Bee is a clothing rental subscription service for women sizes 2-32. (Regularly $49-79 a month)

Get your first month for free, no coupon required, just use this link!

Check out our Gwynnie Bee reviews to learn more about this subscription box.

Nadine West

Nadine West

Nadine West is a subscription styling service for women sizes Small to 3X.

Subscribers fill out a style quiz and are sent an outfit (2-4 items, usually 1 apparel item plus accessories) every month based on their style preferences. There is no styling fee, but there is a shipping fee ($9.78) that is credited toward the cost of anything you keep. Their items are priced lower than other styling services, ranging from $10 – $25 per piece.

Use referral code NADINE to waive shipping fees on your first box! That means you can get your first box totally risk-free, with no styling fee and no shipping fee (normally $9.78). You’ll pay only for items you decide to keep!

Check out our Nadine West reviews to see what you can expect from this subscription box!

 

Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club is a monthly razor blade subscription service. (And they now offer grooming products like shave cream, hair products, etc.) Subscriptions start at $6 a month for their most popular model (the 4X) and you get a free handle with your first month.

Get a starter kit including razor handle, blades, and trial sizes of several shower & shave products for just $5 with free shipping! No coupon needed, just use this link!

Check out our Dollar Shave Club reviews to see what you can expect with this subscription!

 

Rocksbox

Rocksbox

Rocksbox (regularly $21/month) is a monthly subscription box for jewelry rental.

Receive 3 pieces of hand-selected jewelry in every box. Wear them as long as you like, and then return them in a pre-paid shipping envelope to swap them out for a new set. Subscribers also get $21 in “Shine Credit” each month that they can use towards buying the jewelry to keep (Shine Credits do not roll over).

Use this link to get your first box for FREE with coupon code mysubaddictxoxo!

Check out our Rocksbox Reviews to learn more about this subscription!

 

Curology

Curology

Curology (regularly $19.95/month) is a unique and totally personalized prescription skincare subscription service that targets acne and pairs you with a licensed dermatologist and sends you prescription medication every month or every other month.

Get your first month of Curology for free, no coupon needed!

Check out our Curology Reviews to learn more about what to expect from this box!

 

Hubble Contact Lenses

Hubble Contact Lenses

Hubble is a monthly subscription box for affordable, daily contacts (regularly $30/month for 30 pairs).

Get your first box (15 pairs) free! Just pay $3 shipping!, no coupon required, just use this link

Check out our Hubble Contact Lenses Review to learn more about what to expect when you sign up!


And if you want even more deep discounts + cheap boxes, check out our list of the 50 subscription boxes you can try for $10 or less.


One thing to keep in mind: Some subscriptions will email you a reminder before you are charged after you free trial, but not all of them. Make sure to add the date you’ll be charged again to your calendar so you have a reminder to cancel if you decide you don’t want to keep it.

 

2. Subscription Box Referral Programs

 

Love With Food Referral Program

Take advantage of referral programs. No blog needed for this one! Just share your referral links with friends and on social media. (Before I even started MSA, I was getting free boxes through referral credits just for sharing my referral links on Pinterest!)

Here are some popular subscription boxes that have referral programs:

  • FabFitFun: Get $15 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Box of Style: Get $20 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Birchbox: Get $5 credit to use in their shop for every friend that signs up.
  • Ipsy: Get 250 points you can redeem for free beauty products for every friend that signs up.
  • Boxycharm: Get $5 credit to use in their shop for every friend that signs up.
  • Home Chef: Get $30 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Gwynnie Bee: Get $25 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Candy Club: Get a free box for every friend that signs up, up to 5 free boxes.
  • Love with Food: Get a free bonus snack box and $10 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Hello Fresh: Get $20 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Winc: Get $26 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Allure Beauty Box: Get a free gift when a friend signs up.
  • Daily Harvest: Get 3 free cups when a friend signs up.
  • Le Tote: Get $25 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Kiwi Crate: Get $10 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Nature Box: Get $20 in credit for every friend that signs up.
  • Fabletics: Get $20 in credit for every friend that signs up

One thing to keep in mind: Most of these boxes require you to have an active subscription to earn free credits. If you’re thinking of canceling at any point, cash in your credits first!

 

3. Subscription Box Giveaways

 

We host giveaways every weekend on MSA!

Enter subscription box giveaways. This method isn’t a sure thing, but there’s no risk and your odds are pretty good in the new subscription box industry vs other areas.

Just make a wishlist of all the subscription boxes you are interested in and follow them on social media. (You can create a wishlist on our site and add boxes while browsing the directory if you like!) There are lots of small-scale subscription boxes that want to beef up their social media following, and they use giveaways as a way to do that. Since a lot of these boxes have followers in the thousands or only hundreds, you have pretty good odds!

And here at My Subscription Addiction, we do giveaways every weekend, so make sure to check back every Saturday. (Or sign up for our daily newsletter if you want to make sure you don’t miss it!)

 

4. Swap Subscription Box Items

 

Swaps are a great way to get subscription box items you missed out on

Swap the subscription box items you don’t want for the ones you do. If you subscribe to several boxes, you might have a stash of items that you aren’t going to use. Instead of letting them collect dust, trade them on our subscription box swap site to get the items you actually want!

One thing to keep in mind: The swap site is completely free to use, but you will have to pay for the cost to ship your items, so keep that cost in mind when making swap decisions. Check out this swap tutorial to get started.

 

5. Start A Subscription Box Review Blog

 

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Get companies to send you free boxes in exchange for a review on your blog. I started My Subscription Addiction almost 6 years ago, and I’ve received thousands of free boxes in that time!

Here’s how to start a subscription box review blog:

  1. Go with a free service. I started out with Blogger, but eventually moved to WordPress and am still with them today. No technical expertise required!
  2. Once your blog is set up, start creating content! (If you want to do this at little to no cost, sign up for the free subscription boxes at the top of this post and review those. And you can get more than one review out of certain boxes. The free month of Gwynnie Bee can equal 4 separate shipments/reviews if you ship things back quickly!)
  3. Write the kind of review you would find helpful and want to read. You can get great pictures with just your phone and filtered sunlight. We’ve found that the more photos we take demonstrating items, the better the review. This Stitch Fix review is a great example: Useful styled images from a Stitch Fix review
  4. Post as consistently as you can. Learn how long it takes you to write and take pictures for a review, and how many reviews you can publish a week. When a company is considering sending you a free box, they’ll want to see that you have an established site. I recommend posting reviews for at least a month or two before you approach any company for a free box.
  5. Reach out to your favorite boxes and request complimentary boxes for review purposes. Here’s an example email you could send:

Hi!

I’m reaching out to see if you send complimentary boxes to bloggers. I review subscription boxes on my blog: [make sure to include the link so they can check out your blog] and I’d love to review [name of subscription box].

In exchange for the box, I would provide an honest review on my blog. Reviews are typically posted within [amount of time you feel comfortable with] after receiving the box.

If you aren’t familiar with [name of your blog], it’s my favorite hobby and I’m especially proud of [one of your strengths – photography, Instagram followers, writing style, etc.]

Want a more passive approach? Create a subscription box focused Instagram account using images from your blog, and follow all the subscription box companies! They’ll likely check out your account, and if they like what they see you’ll get a DM from them asking how they can send you a free box.

One thing to keep in mind: Make sure to disclose to your readers if you received a box for free in exchange for a review.

P.S. If you start a subscription box blog, let me know! I’ll follow you!

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

22 Comments

  1. My friend and I have been trying to set up a subscription box blog for a while, but we’re struggling. Getting boxes? Not an issue for us. Naming it? GOOD LORD IT’S A STRUGGLE. If we’d have come up with a name we’d have cranked out a bunch of reviews by now (haha).

    • How did you end up getting boxes? I’ve been wanting to create my own blog. Any help??

  2. I have always wanted to start a blog but never knew how or quite understood how it works. This page has helped with making a blog and explaining how bloggers get so many subscription boxes to review but one thing I don’t understand still is how one can make a income with a blog. I really hope you follow and enjoy what you read.

  3. Great content Liz… I have started a IG account where I review skincare products. Please follow me there @_myhonestreviews_

  4. Thank you Liz, I appreciate all of your help, for letting everyone know how to start a blog….

  5. Hi I’m trying to start up a youtube channel but seems there are so many out there any suggestions on the best way to start? I already unbox and post the pics on my instagram and trying to get more followers but its not as easy as everyone makes it seem

  6. Thank you for so freely sharing your knowledge with us all. My guess is that it cost you some blood, sweat and tears to acquire it! I don’t know that I am in a position to begin my own blog at this time..despite the fact that subscription boxes and reviews and MSA have become a big part of my life over the last few years. I spent the last two years on the couch as a result of complications from a hip fracture that occurred in January 2017. It may sound silly but make-up and subscription boxes and the MSA community gave me a sense of belonging and something to look forward to. It was a big part of what kept me going thru a very bleak time that consisted of weeks in the hospital, months in the nursing home, a horrible infection that almost took my life and constant, severe pain. Two years and five surgeries later I am finally able to drive and walk short distances (with the assistance of a cane) and take care of myself for the most part but I will never be the same. I may never be able to work outside of the home again and living with pain has become my new norm. The subscription box community continues to be a big part of my life and my hope is to one day be in a position where I could help others the way MSA and subscription boxes have helped me. Thank you Liz…thank you for creating “My Subscription Addiction” and thank you for being such a generous, real person.

    • That’s awesome not silly at all, whatever can make the time pass easier. Sorry to hear about your injury I hope you are doing well. I can definitely relate I broke my tibia and fibula which are the two bones in your lower leg. It was a terrible break my bones we’re almost a half inch apart from one another. I ended up have surgery where they manipulated the bones back together. I get shivers just thinking about the word manipulate now. Was in a full leg none walking cast for 3 months. I was on crutches the entire three months and couldn’t put any pressure on my leg. I think it was even worse once I got my cast off because of the muscle atrophy. My left leg was about half the size as before. But I got through it and it made me a way better person. Being physically handicap was eye opening people treat you different and just doing day to day things that I always took for granted like getting a glass of water, became impossible. Now Everytime I see someone anyone struggling with a task due to a disadvantage or disability I am always the first person to run to there rescue . It’s so different once you are on the other side of things. Just the fact that you are thinking of helping others while you are going through so much is really inspirational. I wish you the best of luck in all of your endeavors.

  7. hello, how can I find out how-to click on what im interested in, like make up? or other products? like ipsy??

    or is it whatever they feel like sending you…. I need to know before I pay for anything….

  8. Hello Liz,

    Thank you for all these wonderful ideas!! I just started a youtube channel for subscription unboxing! Hopeful it take off!

  9. I have started a blog/review on my ig a few months ago. I try to review and test makeup that I can afford to buy. I also post up my own makeup creations but I’d like to be able to get the subscriptions I can’t afford every month to send me boxes of things I’d love! Thank you for your insight on how it’s done!

    P.s I have been following you for a whileeeeee. I love seeing everything you post!

  10. Hi Liz,

    When I click on the swap tutorial, it takes me to the message about closing the forum page. Is there another way to get to the swap tutorial?

    Thanks for this great post!

  11. Thanks for the info! Great tips!
    I’m working on starting a blog now!
    Good idea for the ig account! Definitely doing that!

    • Great! Send me an email when you launch the blog + Instagram account – I’d love to follow you! 🙂

  12. This is awesome, over the last few month this is exactly whats been on my mind of how to go about doing something like this and now that you have unselfishly provided this article i am confident at taking a shot at it, so thank you.

    If i may ask, on the average how many hours do u spend each day/week on all aspects of your bog?

    Again thank you, as soon as i get mine going i will let you know my info.

    So excited 🤗

    • Currently, it’s pretty much all waking hours, but when I first started it was only a few hours a day. 🙂

  13. This was very helpful!! Thank you for your time and commitment on your blog!

    • Glad to hear it was helpful! Thanks 🙂

  14. Does this mean you’ve opened up the waitlist for your swap area?

  15. I’ve been posting about beauty boxes and makeup on my Instagram for a few months. My goal is to eventually get some boxes for free!😍

    • What’s your IG account? I’d like to follow you if you don’t mind.

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