Air Filters on Demand
Most homeowners know that it's important to swap out air filters periodically in order to keep their HVAC system running as efficiently as possible. But having to head out to the store or dig through the closet in search of a fresh filter can derail the best of intentions. It's so much easier to just skip it—out of sight, out of mind. Imagine how much more likely you'd be to replace those filters promptly if they appeared right at your door precisely when you needed them! Sears Parts Direct offers a subscription service that lets you pick the right replacements (based on your filter's height, width, and thickness) and determine how often you'd like to receive them. The best part? Shipping is free if you sign up to have your filters automatically reordered and delivered to you at regular intervals. Learn more at searspartsdirect.com.
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Right on Target
If there weren’t already enough reasons to love Target, here’s another: The big-box retailer has its own automatic renewal program, Target Subscription, that ships you reorders of your favorite household staples on a consistent schedule. You receive 5 percent off the online prices of the items you select, plus another 5 percent if you use your debit or credit REDcard. Target makes it easy to manage the products you want to reorder, the quantity you need, and the frequency. On top of that, Target also offers monthly subscription boxes of handpicked items, available in different categories like books, arts and crafts, kids' clothing, and beauty (just to name a few). With these useful services, you practically won’t need to shop anywhere else. Learn more at target.com.
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If you weren't born yesterday, you've probably heard of, or even tried out, Spotify. The mega-popular digital music service enables customers to enjoy millions of songs from thousands of artists—pretty much every tune you'd ever want to hear. Well, Scribd is Spotify for books. Subscribe at a cost of $8.99 per month, and you get instant, read-anywhere access to a vast archive of titles, including audiobooks. If your appetite for reading is bigger than your budget allows, this one is a complete no-brainer.
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Fresh New Favorite Brews
Rather than squeeze in a stop at an artisanal coffee shop on your way to work each day, why not sign up to receive a brand-new flavor of bean in your mailbox each month? Bean Box handpicks six coffees from around the world to send out every month to subscribers based on their personal preferences for a brew: light and fruity, medium and chocolaty, dark and toasty, rich and creamy espresso, and decaf. Each bag makes 24 to 32 cups, and you can increase delivery from once a month to biweekly or weekly, depending on how much caffeine your household runs on. Not only will you receive fresh coffee with every shipment, but you also may very well find a new favorite among its selection of award-winning small-batch roasters. Learn more at beanbox.co.
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Although some men may prefer to embrace their inner lumberjack by sporting an untamed beard, others adopt a more kempt look. If you belong to the latter group, a Dollar Shave Club subscription might be a good way to keep yourself in razors, beard oils, shaving cream, and more. Razors start at just $6 per month for four blades—less than the cost of some other disposable razors of similar quality—and boxes allow for customization to suit your grooming habits. Learn more at dollarshaveclub.com.
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Out of the Box
Coupons and in-store sales save shoppers lots of cash on grocery bills, but for the most part, online shopping doesn't offer a similar experience. Amazon, however, does promise a 5 percent savings on household staples, from toothpaste and toilet paper to pet food and beauty products, if you "subscribe," or, in other words, place a recurring order. Choose to have your goods of choice delivered from every one to six months, and earn 15 percent off your bill when you subscribe to receive five products per month. Learn more at amazon.com.
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Fun Ways to Get Fit
It can be a struggle to coordinate workout classes and gym memberships as you navigate scheduling conflicts, class availability, commuting time, and expensive sign-up fees. Enter ClassPass, a subscription service geared toward fitness enthusiasts. Members can find and book classes easily, choosing from thousands of workouts like boxing, dance, yoga, cycling, strength training, and more. You get the flexibility to try out a range of classes without have to commit to anything you don't like. The app also offers video tutorials and opportunities to engage with the ClassPass community. Choose from three plans: $45 per month for 25 credits, $75 for 45 credits, or $160 for 100 credits (the average class in New York City is nine credits). Learn more at classpass.com.
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Stream It Now
Once upon a time, the only way to get HBO was to include it as part of your TV package. For many die-hard fans of addictive shows like Game of Thrones, that was reason enough not to cut the cord. Then along came HBO Now, a Netflix-like streaming service that offers full, on-demand access to HBO programming—what you want, when you want it. At $14.99 per month, it may not be cheap, but when compared with premium cable, it's a bargain! Learn more at hbonow.com.
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Is your coffee table always piled high with magazines? Then consider downloading Texture to your iPad, iPhone, Android device, or Amazon Fire tablet. For one monthly subscription fee of $9.99, you get unlimited access to 200+ digital magazines, including favorites like Good Housekeeping, People, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, and many more. Clear away clutter and reclaim your coffee table while gaining access to the world’s top publications. Learn more at texture.com.
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If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!