11 Subscriptions You Need to Save Money in College

This post is all about the subscriptions you need to save money in college.

Subscriptions are one of the best ways to save money and time in college. You can get everything from weekly meals, makeup, to interesting products shipped to you for less than it would cost to buy them at the store (and you’ll save time on shopping).

Subscriptions are not only wallet-friendly, but can also make great gifts for friends (Ipsy beauty subscription for $10) or students who don’t have time to shop at the grocery store (HelloFresh weekly meal kits).

Here are weekly & monthly subscription boxes I use in college to save money:


iPsy: Get 5 luxury trial-sized beauty products every month for just $10 with the iPsy Glam Bag. You can even order the iPsy subscription for a friend as a cute little birthday gift that keeps on giving.

Birchbox: College is a great time to experiment with new beauty products. When else will you have themed parties to try out that blue lipstick, or Sunday self-care nights for face masks with your roommates? Birchbox sends you five beauty samples monthly tailored to your skin, hair, and style.

FabFitFun:FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box that sends you customizable, full-size items. This subscription box is a perfect gift for sisters or friends who love trying new fitness accessories & beauty products. You can get $10 off a box using this link.


RentTheRunway: Rent The Runway is one of the easiest ways to dress well while saving money. For only $69 for your first month, you can rent four designer items. This service is so useful for events like sorority rush, formals, etc. where you don’t want to pay the full retail price for something you’ll only wear once.

ThredUp: Get a monthly goody box of clothes catered to your size, budget, and style. The box is $10, and you only have to pay for the clothes you keep.


HelloFresh: HelloFresh is my absolute favorite subscription to use in college. HelloFresh sends you fresh ingredients for 2-4 meals each week, along with easy-to-use recipe cards for each meal to save you the planning & grocery shopping. Use this link to get $40 off your first delivery.

BlueApron: Another meal kit service I’ve used, sending you more homey (slightly less healthy) meals each week. Both of these meal-kit subscriptions have saved me countless hours at the grocery store, and brain power that I’d have to use planning dinners each week. Plus, you can opt to upgrade to gourmet meals a few nights a week if you want to impress your apartment-mates or a date šŸ˜‰


Amazon Prime: Students get a free Amazon Prime membership for six months (get everything you need for your dorm shipped to you for free) including Kindle products AND Prime Video.

Spotify Premium: Students get Spotify Premium for $4.99 a month (that’s 50% off!).

EBates: EBates gives you 4-10% back on ALL OF YOUR ONLINE PURCHASES. All you have to do is sign up and add the EBates banner to your browser, and you start earning cash back automatically. Use this link to get $10 just for signing up.

BONUS – Sweatcoin: Sweatcoin isn’t necessarily a subscription, but it does help you save money. Just leave the app running in the background of your phone and earn $$$ for walking. In just a few months I’ve already earned rewards via PayPal.

I hope you liked this list of ways to save money at college using subscription boxes.

Are there any other subscription boxes you use at college?


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