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June 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
The That Daily Deal Monthly Mystery Box (aka Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome) is one of my favorite subscription boxes - so much so that it is one of the few boxes that I subscribe to consistently. The box essentially includes a collection of random stuff left over in That Daily Deal’s inventory, but although some of the items are useless to me, I always receive enough useful products to justify the box’s $25 cost.
You can view my previous reviews here:
- March 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
- April 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
- May 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
How did this month compare to the previous ones?
The first item in the box was interesting, to say the least. I’d actually been thinking to myself that it would be cool if That Daily Deal included a food product with their monthly mystery box, but this melted bag of Reese’s Pieces Eggs has me rethinking that wish. The product is normally delicious and the 12oz bag has a $6 value, but it’s been so thoroughly melted by the summer heat that I’m not sure it will be worthwhile to eat anymore. I’m still interested in getting food through these boxes, with the caveat that the chosen products will not melt easily in warm weather.
The second item was a box of Philips Flexible Cable Wraps. My cords are disorganized as-is, so this product will give me a chance to get them wrapped together in a neat fashion. In researching this product, I saw prices anywhere from $5 to $15, so I’m averaging those to get an estiamted $10 value for the wrap set.
The third item was a set of a Vaku Disk and 6 accompanying disks. I hate hammering nails into the walls of my apartment, so I use other means to hang products. Presently, I use Command strips, but this is not always a cost-effective practice. If the Vaku Disk works, it could save me a lot of money by giving me a reusable alternative to the one-use Command strips. The question, then, is whether the product actually works - I’m a bit skeptical because it sounds too good to be true. Regardless, the Value Pack of the Vaku Disk (including the extra disks) usually sells for around $23.
The fourth item was an Otterbottle with the “Twilight” design. After opening the Vaku Disk, it was nice to take out something that is guaranteed to work. Water bottles are a tried and true means of carrying water, after all. This is a nicely designed bottle and I appreciate knowing that proceeds from Otterbottle purchases go to the David Suzuki Foundation to engage in advocacy for the environment.
Also, one of my favorite parts of the Monthly Mystery Box is that some of the products are made internationally and aren’t able to be easily purchased in the United States. Hailing from Canada, the Otterbottle is no exception. The only place to purchase an Otterbottle in the US is in Oakland, CA, and the store there has marked up the price to $24 - and they have a limited selection of designs available. Still, their price is less than the cost of purchasing the Otterbottle from Canada and having it shipped to the US. Although the Otterbottle costs $17 through the Canadian manufacturer, I will assign it a $24 to represent the minimum cost you can expect to pay if you want to get the product in the US.
The fifth item was a bamboo lumbar support pillow. This was one of the items that was “spoiled” ahead of time, so I knew to look forward to it. I’ve already used it quite a few times at my job, where I have to spend 9 hours per day sitting in a chair. When I’m using the pillow, I tend to have better posture due to the added support. These pillows sell for around $15.
The sixth item was a Curl-A-Dog product. I’m still not quite sure what this is meant to do...it looks like it makes cuts in your hot dogs that supposedly improve the taste. I don’t eat hot dogs often enough to put this to use, so I gave it to my neighbors. The product’s value is only $5, though, so it’s not a big loss. It also seems like a good item to pair with the BBQ set from last month if you are a person who barbeques often.
The seventh and final item was a set of 6 milk bottles and 6 reusable straws in a Honey Bee design. This was the other “spoiled” item for this month and I was looking forward to it.
The bottles are adorable and the matching straws make them even more so. I plan to keep these bottles for when I move near the end of the year, then make use of them as a cute collection in my new home.
The set sells for around $15.
Overall, the June 2016 That Daily Deal Monthly Mystery Box contained about $98 worth of stuff. For a cost of $25, that’s an amazing value. Although I might not put everything to use, I will at least get use out of the honey bee glass set, the bamboo pillow, and the cable wraps, making this box more than worthwhile. Any items I don’t use will be given to people who can use them, which is an added bonus.
Based on this month’s selection, I plan to continue my subscription with That Daily Deal. I’m excited to see what the July box will bring!
Recommended for: people who crave good deals and useful items
Not recommended for: hoarders