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September 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
I’ve been subscribed to the Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome, a subscription box of random items that usually leaves me feeling satisfied, for a few months. After a disappointing box in July, the August box renewed my faith in the subscription and I decided to continue with the service. What mysterious and random items will September bring?
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
- June 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
- July 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
- August 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
The first item in the September 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome was a 3-pack of divided food storage containers from Mainstays. These types of storage containers are super useful to have around, so I think they were a great addition to the box. Unfortunately, I already have a bunch, so this might be something I give away.
Estimated value: $2 (Source: Walmart.com)
The second item was a sports duffel bag! This duffel bag stands apart from others due to a nifty plastic-lined compartment it features. It’s not quite clear what the lining is meant to do. Other reviewers have suggested it is meant to offer insulation for food; I personally don’t think it can offer that much insulation, and considering the sports-nature of the bag, I think it’s meant to store wet/sweaty clothes and/or tennis shoes to keep them separate from items they could dirty.
Regardless, this is a nifty item for anyone who goes to the gym and/or needs to bring an extra change of clothes/shoes somewhere. I tend to workout at home, so I’m sadly not sure how much use I’ll get out of this.
Estimated value: $19 (Source: SwagBrokers.com)
The third item was a 16oz Coolgearcan from Coolgear. This can is insulated to keep beverages warm or cold. Unlike other hot/cold beverage containers, it’s shaped like a can and allows you to drink from a tab at the top like a can. The top screws off for easy filling.
My can came broken. I’m sure that if I contacted Jammin Butter, the parent company offering the Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome, they would offer me a replacement; however, I have a lot of water bottles, so I think I’ll forego that option.
This would be a neat item for someone who doesn’t already have a hot/cold beverage container.
Estimated value: $10 (Source: CoolgearInc.com)
The fourth item was a 2-pack of melamine cutting boards. These are a cheap but practical item, so I could see a lot of people getting use out of them. For me, I already have others, so I will give these away.
Estimated value: $13 regular or $15 on sale (Source: 13deals.com)
The fifth item was a bottle of Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen spray. I use sunscreen all of the time, so I’m very happy to have received this! I personally prefer block rather than spray, but I can use this as a backup for when my sunblock runs out.
Estimated value: $7 (Source: Amazon.com)
The sixth and final item was The Classic Foam Pillow. This was the “spoiler” revealed for the box ahead of time, and one of the main reasons I was looking forward to this month’s box. My pillow was getting old, so I delighted in replacing it with this! I am picky about pillows and The Classic Foam Pillow has been comfortable enough for me to use for the past week. It’s definitely my favorite item from the box.
Estimated value: $30 regularly or $15 on sale (Source: 13deals.com)
Overall, the September 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome contained $71 worth of items if you go by regular price or $44 worth of items if you go by sale price. Both values are much higher than the box’s $25 cost, so the Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome once again delivered an outstanding value.
In terms of item selection, I believe this is one of the strongest months for the Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome. All of the items were useful versus some of the previous months, in which more gimmicky and one-use items were included.
However, although I appreciated this month’s curation and think that most subscribers will get a lot of use out of the included products, many of the items were items that I already own. For that reason, I am planning to discontinue my Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome subscription after the October box. I still appreciate the box and recommend it for anyone who needs the types of items depicted above; I have just gotten to a point where I already have everything I need. Of course, maybe next month will convince me otherwise...we’ll find out then.
Recommended for: people who crave good deals and would find the above items useful