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Subscription boxes are fun. They allow you to try things that you might not otherwise, and provide a fun surprise.

This month, we tried a few boxes that might save a little time too!

Kidbox: Some parents and kids love shopping, but for those who don’t, there is Kidbox. Kidbox delivers a box of seasonally appropriate clothing four times a year for $98 per box.

Local mom Sarah Parker ordered a Kidbox for her daughter, Allie, and shared her experience. Prior to ordering, Parker filled out a survey. It asked questions about Allie’s size and style. When the box arrived, there were six pieces of clothing. Parker opted to keep all of them, but had something not fit or been the wrong style, the company allows returns.

“Allie loved all of the pieces,” Parker said. “They were very high quality and we even discovered a new brand.”

Overall, we felt the box was a good value. Visit www.kidbox.com.

Graze: Graze is a weekly subscription box for snacks. Each box is $11.99 and provides eight single-serve snacks. I found it to be a convenient option for calorie-controlled snacks. Before receiving my box, I filled out a survey rating different snack options. None were more than 150 calories. I thought the snacks were tasty, though small. They made a good snack for me, but definitely wouldn’t be enough for my growing teens. As you rate the snacks, the company learns your likes and customizes accordingly. Gathering your own trail mixes, bars and crackers would be more cost effective, though not as convenient. Visit
www.graze.com.

OwlCrate: I love to read, but sometimes I just don’t know what to read next. OwlCrate is a book subscription service offering young adult books. Since young adult books have become popular among adults, I decided to check out this box. Each box includes a new-release book and three to five fun, book-themed treats. My box was labeled Steampunk and included the book “Everland” and a note from its author, Wendy Spinale. The book-themed treats were cute, but definitely aimed at a young audience. While I probably would not order this box for myself, it would make a fantastic gift for your favorite teen or tween. Visit www.owlcrate.com.

Target Beauty Box: This beauty box is similar to Birchbox, but contains samples of products you can buy in your local Target store. Instead of buying a subscription, you order once per month. A men’s box is $5 and a women’s box is $10. Shipping is free. I ordered both in June. I found the men’s box to be a particularly good value because it contained a Schick Hydro 5 razor and coupons for $3 off of Target personal-care purchases and a $2 off the purchase of razor blades.

The women’s box was also a good value.

My favorite products were the L’Oreal Revitalift Filler Cream, the e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balm and the Cotz Face SPF 40 tinted sunscreen. I had not tried any of the products, but would buy full-size versions of each. The Revitalift cream was perfect for my dry skin and I noticed that my makeup went on more smoothly after using the product. The lip balm had a very moisturizing feel and was perfect before a day in the sun. The tinted sunscreen was a higher SPF than my usual moisturizer and great for everyday use.

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