Serendipity Shopping

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Because I have two small children and don’t use a car, I do the majority of my shopping online. This dramatically reduces the opportunity for “serendipity shopping” – finding something new and exciting that you just have to have.

While that can be very frugal, it can also get very boring. I’m a huge proponent of saving money. I also need a little fun in my life! Subscription boxes (I hope!) are a really low investment way to have a little splurge without breaking the bank.

Right now I’m mildly obsessed. They have been on my radar for a little bit, but I just haven’t jumped the gun.

I started in December with Julep Maven, a subscription nail polish and nail care kit. You can sign up and get your first box for a penny with the code PENNY. They were charging shipping at the time (I guess sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t) so I ordered the matte topcoat and I wasn’t charged shipping. I’d rather pay for a product than for shipping!

It was so fun to get the Julep box in the mail (and my kids & I love doing our nails!) that I’ve since been hunting for a few more boxes to sign up for that can make sense for busy moms. I’ve been looking for good value and good values. That is, subscriptions that can fit into a reasonable budget, and serve some purpose. A fun new product, something that makes family life easier, and perhaps gets kids to try new things.

So far I’ve signed up with Goodies.co, Walmart’s tasting box (have heard great things!), and Graze.com. Graze is also a food box delivery and you can get your first box free with my invite code 4GZZ3V7. I subscribed to both of these to give my two children some interesting tasting opportunities. I’ll be sharing my impressions.

What’s your low investment way to splurge?

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