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The $1 Box

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Subscription Box Saturday

Once upon a time, I tried KLUTCHclub. Using a Groupon, I received a KLUTCHclub box for just $4 {plus $8 shipping} instead of the usual $10 {plus $8 shipping} charged for members. In the box, I received what are now my favorite earbuds I’ve ever owned as well some body butter that I smells soooo good. But some of the other “health products” were not up my alley. So I chose not to continue with the club. However, I remained on their email list. This  month, I received this email:

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What did I have to lose?! Sure, I still had to pay $8 shipping. But in my last experience, I spent less than the value of what I actually received. Well, not only that, but I spent less on what I received than the value of  what I actually used. {In my opinion, there is no value in things that I received but did not use.}

So I ordered the $1 box. You see, most of the time, you don’t know what’s going to be in the box. Or you may get a vague idea. It seems, though, once you become a member, you can log in and see what could be coming in the next Women’s, Mom’s or Men’s boxes. Then, unless you are a continuous subscriber, you can decide whether or not you want to order that box. I like that option.

Here’s what arrived:

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KLUTCHClub $1 Best Of Box

The Loot:

  • Crunchmasters Multi-Seed Crackers – I’ve always liked these. Great Snack.
  • Crystal Body Deodorant Towelettes – I haven’t tried these. They might be good for travel. The reviews I’ve read have been very good. The fact that there is no aluminum, parabens or other heebie-jeebie stuff is a plus.
  • Sheaterra Organics African Black Soap Menthe Body Wash – Stuffed it into my travel bag!
  • Dream Water – I got this stuff in a Goodies Box a while back. Doesn’t really do the trick for me.
  • Tea of a Kind Citrus Mint Green Tea Drink – This beverage was refreshing. They preserve the “natural essence” of their teas with their Gizmo technology.
  • Immuno Mixed Berry Flavor Gum – I was really excited for a gum that offered an “immunity boost with zinc, vit c, echinachea, elderberry and more*”; however, I was disappointed with the flavor. The yummy berry-ness of it all lasted approximately a minute and thirty seconds before starting to taste metallic and then just gross. I keep re-trying it and keep finding the same thing. I have no idea why I keep doing that!
  • BluePrintBar – Lemon Almond Cashew Date – I love bars. The flavor sounds good. I remember eating it, but I don’t remember “tasting” it. So I can’t tell you.
  • doc Multi-Use Suction Holder – This ended up in my shower. It’s a new place for my razor and my shower gel puff!
  • Cocoa Via Daily Cocoa Extract Supplement (unsweetened dark chocolate flavor) – I received this stuff before in a New Year’s Resolutions Box, but in multiple flavors. I wasn’t too impressed because they tasted too diet-y. But I’m willing to give them another shot. Maybe I’ll use it to make chocolate milk this time? Maybe I can doctor it up if it’s not suiting me.

Worth $9? Maybe. Worth continuing a subscription for a higher price? No.

So, today I’m thinking about subscriptions boxes and box contents and retail value versus perceived value. Come back next Subscription Box Saturday when I tell you my thoughts on that.

Name something you bought or received where the the retail value was more than {or less than} than your perceived value.

Cheers~
Carrie

Seaweed in My Food Boxes

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Subscription Box Saturday: Food Box Edition

My June food boxes had something in common. They both came with seaweed. It turns out, I don’t mind the stuff when it comes to sushi, but I’m not a fan of the snacking kind.

Goodies Box – June 2013

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Pringles Stix Cheese Flavor – Rating: 4/5 | These were good. They are kind of like Cheez-its, a bit better, but in stick form. Would I buy them? Probably not. I just don’t buy that sort of snacky food. Would I eat them if put in front me? Yes!

STAX Que Rico – Adobadas Chips – Rating: 3/5 | These taste like chili powder flavored Pringles. They are fine, but not a favorite.

Duchy Originals – Highland Shortbread – Rating: 3/5 | These taste pretty authentic for shortbread, buttery and not too sweet.

Smooch Snacks Snacks – Apple, Raspberry, Peach, Chia & Acerola – Rating: 3/5 | I’ve sampled a lot of these pre-packaged fruit-sauces over the last few months. I like them because they are a very convenient way to get in your daily servings of fruit. The flavor combo was a little strange, but I didn’t mind it. I liked that the raspberry seeds were in there. (Or was that from the chia seeds?) It gave it a little more texture than the other ones on the market.

Gimme Health – Cheddar Cheese Seaweed Crumbles – Rating: 2/5 | I really wanted to like these. The cheddar was a nice touch, but seaweed snacks are still not for me.

Dream Water NightTEA Night – Rating: 2/5 | This is the opposite of 5-Hour Energy. Or at least that’s the impression I get with the packaging. I hadn’t been sleeping well lately, so I gave it a shot. No such luck.

From this photo, you’d think that this box was packaged really well:

Goodies-2But it wasn’t. The shortbread, half of the STAX chips and some of the Pringles Stix came in pieces. Too bad. 😦

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Love with Food – June 2013

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Do More Bars Gluten-Free Pineapple Coconut Cereal Bar – Rating: 4/5 | These are very good! I like the coconut pineapple flavor. They are just not something I would normally buy.

Soy Joy Bar – Rating: 2/5 | I’m just not a fan of these. I like other bars so much better. I’m not big into processed soy products either, but that’s just my personal preference.

Surf Sweets Organic Gummy Bears – Rating: 4/5 |I haven’t had gummy bears in forever. These taste good, as far as gummy bears go. If you are going to give something like this to your kids, you might as well give them some that are GMO-free and without HFCS.

Seaweed Love Roasted Seaweed Snack – Rating: 1/5 | As I mentioned earlier, I don’t mind nori when it comes to sushi, but these just aren’t my thing.

Turbana Sweet Platain Chips – Rating: 3/5 | I liked these. I think I had the salted ones before, but these are lightly sweet. Although, Kim at Living, Laughing & Losing makes her own all the time.

Flavrz Organic Liquid Drink Mix – Superfruit Flavor – Rating: 3/5 |Just add the liquid mix to a bottle of water. This was okay. I think they are supposed to be a slightly healthier alternative to Crystal Light packets. Not sure it’s something I’d run out and buy, though.

PUR Pomegranate Mint Chewing Gum – Rating: 2/5 | I was really excited to try this flavor of gum. However, the flavor did not last long and the gum quickly became hard. 😦

Smooze All Natural Conconut + Mango Fruit Ice – Rating: 4/5 | These are a nice twist on Push-Ups! It arrived in my box unfrozen of course, but I was instructed to pop it in the freezer. Shamrock wanted some and tried to steal a lick!

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Then I realized that there were two more items in the box:

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GoOrganic Apple & Blood Orange Hard Candies – 4/5 – It’s hard candy that’s organic. It tastes like hard candy. Not much more to say!

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My lessons learned this week:

1) I’m not a fan of seaweed snacks.

2) Although it’s fun trying these food products, it’s a rare occasion when I’ll actually buy them myself. For now, most of them are just nice little treats.

What treats are nice when someone else gives them to you, but you wouldn’t necessarily buy them yourself?

Cheers~
Carrie