Thinking about signing up for Grove Collaborative to get a free intro offer? Read this honest review first – great ways to get the best discounts on quality cleaning products!
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I'm sure many of you have seen the Facebook ads going around for a company called Grove Collaborative. They usually have a pretty enticing free intro offer: sign up for their service and receive a really cool cleaning set at no charge. Tempting, right?
Well, I did it. I finally bit the bullet and signed up a couple of months ago, totally lured in by the fancy Mrs. Meyer's set I saw staring back at me. I thought there couldn't be much harm in at least trying it out; I mean, I love great deals on cleaning products…maybe this would be a great opportunity to snag some discounts.
I have been a customer of Grove Collaborative for 2 months now. I'm almost at the end of my free VIP trial. Now – if you're a long-time reader here, you might know that I'm kind of
cheap frugal. When it comes to household products, I do my homework to make sure I'm getting the best deal on the best quality products. So I've been doing a little bit of digging into Grove Collaborative to see how to really get the most bang for my buck and really trying to decide if I wanted to keep the VIP membership (which does cost $19.99 a year after your 60 day trial). Ultimately, I did decide to keep the membership – I think it's totally worth it!
However – if you're thinking about signing up, read this first. I've listed out my biggest recommendations to make this service not only worth it, but a way to actually save you money on household products.
1. Don't sign up for Grove Collaborative without some kind of free intro offer.
These aren't hard to find at all. As a matter of fact, I have a way for you to get one! By clicking this link, you'll be led to a page that gives you a $30 Mrs. Meyer's set with you first Grove Collaborative purchase. It includes a cleaning caddy, 3 Mrs. Meyer's products in the scent of your choice, and a set of walnut scrubber sponges. I've used every one of these in the past couple of months – as a matter of fact, I'm almost out of my Mrs. Meyer's Multi-Surface Spray. That one is going on my next Grove order – we loved it so much!
The cleaning caddy is one item I thought I might not use, but it became the perfect reusable microfiber cloth holder (I get my cloths here). We use these for everyday (non-gross) cleaning in our kitchen and constantly need to grab one – they are under our sink in the caddy now, easily accessible.
The intro offers can vary a little bit, depending on which link you use. The one I link here is the best one I've found that is available right now. You simply have to place your first $20+ Grove Collaborative order to get this set for free. Now, keep in mind, this does sign you up for the 60 day VIP trial, which renews at the end of those 60 days at $19.99 a year. That leads me to my next recommendation…
2. Make a note on your calendar of when your free Grove VIP trial is ending.
This service might not be for you; so don't spend $19.99/year after the trial is over for something you're not going to use. The great thing is that you get to try it out for 60 days at no charge before committing to a yearly fee. So, when you order your intro offer and first shipment, mark the end date on your calendar and make sure to cancel a few days before if it isn't something you really used in that 60 days. It's really easy to cancel; just go under your Grove account settings, click on “VIP Membership,” and cancel as needed. But, if you follow the following steps, you might not see the need to do that!
3. Use your first Grove Collaborative purchase to test some of their products that you might want to use.
For my first order (which needs to be at least $20 to get that intro offer), I chose to get a few of the sample packs of Grove Collaborative products that might be useful in our home. That included the Grove Dishwasher Detergent Packs, Laundry Detergent packs, the Rooted brand facial wipes, and a couple of tried-and-true favorites (Mrs. Meyer's Tub and Tile Cleaner and Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes). Grove also threw in their glass cleaner and a free glass bottle with my order – another nice surprise! I don't know if every order gets an additional freebie, but it's worth a try (I was notified about the additional freebie right after i put my email in on the intro page).
Once you sign up for the intro offer, you'll get a cart filled with products you might want – but you can change those if needed, which I did. I liked being able to try the products to really see if I would use them. I ended up loving everything I tried – the quality is great!
4. Cancel one monthly shipment if you don't need cleaning products.
My first shipment was in November – by the time the December shipment date rolled around, I realized my house was well-stocked and wasn't really in need of cleaning products. So, I took everything out of my cart and nothing was shipped (or charged to me) – easy as that! To me, a big selling point for Grove Collaborative was that I don't have to receive a monthly shipment if I don't need it. Simply take your cart below the minimum amount and nothing will ship to you that month. It's really helpful to make a note of your monthly shipment date on your calendar and give your cart a quick check each month to see what you need/don't need.
5. Shop their sales.
Fast forward to January – I was in need of a few cleaning products again. So, after browsing Grove's site for the items I needed, I was pleasantly surprised to find that many popular products that I needed were actually priced lower than the big-box stores where I normally shop. Not only am I saving money over my normal shopping routine, but I get the products shipped to my door and get a few extra freebies, depending on how much I buy – total win! This is what really convinced my to keep my Grove membership past the 60 days.
6. Take advantage of even more freebies.
Speaking of freebies – not only is there one included in every order with Grove, but you can get even better ones depending on how much you spend that month.
By spending $55 in a month, you can get an additional free gift. On the day I'm writing this, these range from $5-15, depending on which one you choose. So, if you can, it might be a good idea to group your shipments into one month to take advantage of the extra items.
So, for the TL;DR of the post…is Grove Collaborative worth it? Heck yes, it is! Not only do you get a great free intro offer (currently a Mrs. Meyer's set, walnut scrubbers, and a cleaning caddy – available here), but there's a chance to try really quality products, many of which can be snagged at lower prices than big box or grocery stores. I've been so happy with signing up for this service and I totally believe it's worth every penny – but, you've got to know how to use it the right way. You can save a ton of money by using the service with these simple tips.