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Subscription services all the rage

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Have you ever wanted to try a new product without investing a lot of money?

You might want to consider joining a subscription service, a trend that's really exploded during the last couple of years.

From pet food to video games, baby toys to make-up, there is literally a subscription service for almost everything.

The trend all started back in 2010 with Birchbox, and we talked to one of the company's 800,000 subscribers to explain how it all works.

WTOC Producer Rachel Waite heard about Birchbox a couple of years ago, before the subscription service really blew up.

"I actually had seen it on a blog, and I was like ‘oh, that sounds interesting' but I never really did anything with it," said Waite.

One of Waite's friends gave her three months free as a Christmas gift, and she signed up herself right after.

"It's only $10, and I really liked the samples I had been getting, so I've been doing it for about a year and a half now," she said.

Here's how it works: every month, female Birchbox subscribers get a selection of samples in everything from skincare to makeup, and even some non-beauty accessories like tea and coupons.

The content of your box is based on what you want.

"You go through a questionnaire to tell your hair type, your skin type, the things that you like," said Waite.

From there, Birchbox picks samples based on your profile.

If beauty products aren't your thing, there are plenty of others to try. For example, Bark Box sends you dog treats and toys, and Nature Box gives you up to 20 servings of five different wholesome, minimally processed snacks.

Overall, Waite said she just loves getting the box in the mail.

"For me, it's something fun to look forward to every month," she said. "It's exciting for me to see what I'm going to get. You never know what you're going to get."

No matter what your interests are, there's probably a subscription service out there for you.

There are also plenty of these services for men. Birchbox has a link for the guys that is $20 a month.

For a list of subscription services, visit here.

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