It all began with grooming services. You signed up with Harry’s or the Dollar Shave Club, and every month a cardboard box filled with razors and other shaving materials landed on your doorstep, for a dirt-cheap price. In hindsight, it was a total no-brainer: You saved bundles of money on a daily ritual—shaving—and managed to erase those annoying trips to the drugstore from your life once and for all.
Now, though, box-subscription services are multiplying faster than coked-up rabbits on a Viagra binge: Monthly boxes of everything from vinyl records (vynl.org) to crates of caffeinated products (energysupplyco.com) to bizarre collections of random trinkets targeted at mad, kitten-loving women (catladybox.com) are available for sign-up. No doubt we reached peak box-subscription absurdity when a startup called Washboard offered to send subscribers 20 bucks’ worth of quarters—for laundry, presumably—for the bargain price of $27. (Thankfully, it only lasted a week.)
Nevertheless, there are a lot of winning services out there—if you’re a smart shopper. So I went ahead and did the groundwork and found you the best options in three dude-friendly categories.
Mark Ellwood is the author of 'Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World'