Try Before You Buy

 

 

How You Can Try Products Without Buying Them First

Oh, the joy of getting something for free. Ever wondered how to get free stuff to sample.  The allure of samples is hard to resist especially when you want to try new products but don’t have the means or courage to spend your money on an item that you may or may not like.  So, how do you adopt a try-before-you-buy mentality when it comes new items?  The following list will show you how you can try products without paying full price for them first.

try before you buy

Here are a few for you to consider:

  1. Product Samples.  Acquire them in the store or through offerings online.  Take the sample and put it to use.  Note that there is usually a coupon included with the freebie as a way of encouraging you to buy the product you tried.  If you liked what you used or consumed, by all means, purchase a larger box, bag or bottle for your home.
  2. Subscription Boxes.  I love, love, love my online subscription box service.  I’m particularly fond of Conscious Box because I live in a small town and have to travel a great distance to get healthy vegan products.  With my monthly subscription, I’m able to try a variety of health and beauty, household, and grocery items and purchase what I liked online.  I consider this the best $20 I spend each month because there’s a whole lot of wonderful crammed into each box I receive.
  3. Product Reviews.  If you’re lucky enough to work for a well-known publication or have a blog with a lot of traffic, companies will come to you with their products in exchange for a review many times.  You’d be surprised to learn just how many businesses rely on word-of-mouth marketing to increase their sales.  If you have a product that interests you and the medium to publish a honest review about it, send a quick email to the publicity department of the company and see what transpires.  Instead of receiving small samples like a normal consumer, you’ll often get full-sized products to try and enjoy.
  4. Coupons.  Companies often encourage customers to try new products by enticing them with a coupon for a free or deeply discounted item.  If you’re in the habit of using coupons when you shop, make sure to pay special attention to these opportunities to try new products.  You’d be pleasantly surprised at how many new items you get to sample when all is said and done.  Look for coupons that read FREE or FREE with purchase and carry them with you in your binder for easy access. You could always get into extreme couponing as well to help you get free items.

You don’t have to spend your hard earned cash on things that may not be a good fit for you and your lifestyle.  With a little work and effort, you can scout out free samples wherever you go.  You’ll be less shy about asking to try before you buy a certain deli product or ice cream flavor because you know if you like it, you’ll buy it.  Companies know this as well and that’s why they’re willing to give you free samples and coupons to get you through the door or onto their websites for more information.

Author: Charissa

Charissa is into frugal living and saving money.

10 comments
SquarePennies
SquarePennies

It's possible to rent games to try before you buy. It's not free, but it can save a lot of money when you don't buy a game just to find out you don't like it. And most ice cream shops will let you have a free sample to help you decide which flavor to order!

Sam's Club often has free samples for shoppers. Some grocery stores do too. We research a lot online before making a major purchase. I stick to a few online stores for clothing where I know my size and always read the reviews carefully before buying. Some online shoe stores allow free returns, but it's still a hastle to repack and mail an item. I almost always buy shoes where I can try them on. Before buying anything online I search for coupon codes. That makes for good savings too.

If you volunteer to help at events you sometimes get free food. Volunteer at a local theater or sporting event to watch for free!

shoppingspout
shoppingspout

Thanks Charissa for sharing this wonderful and informative post.



DarwinsMoney
DarwinsMoney

I've gotta try some of the free product reviews on my blog. I see other bloggers pull it off but I don't get approached often, except for books which I don't have time to read.

littlehouse2009
littlehouse2009

The subscription boxes sound like an interesting idea for those that live too far away from certain services. I personally like samples - being able to try something out in a tiny way first then decide if it's worth the money. For larger purchase items, we often do a lot of online homework first.

PrairieEcoThrifter
PrairieEcoThrifter

I like subscription boxes but they can be costly. I'd rather try things out before I buy them then leave it up to chance. That way I know whether the product is worth it to me.

Squirrelers
Squirrelers

The more expensive the item, the more likely I'll be to truly invest time into researching online reviews, in addition to make my own assessment where possible.

Have to say though, I almost always try clothes on before purchasing.

FrugalRules
FrugalRules

I always try and do as much research as I can before making any major purchases. That helps cut down any useless spending on something we may not like. Beyond that, we'll use coupons and such when we can.

DebtRoundUp
DebtRoundUp

There are cases where you just can't try before you buy, but most places have a nice return policy for such things.  I will always attempt to try things before I buy.  If I can go to the store and touch an item, but then purchase it online, then I am good to go.

MatthewLHiltz
MatthewLHiltz

I read products reviews before I purchase something, especially gadgets. Thank you Google for providing all pictures, features, and reviews that I need beforehand. Also, I approach friends or anyone I know who have purchased the same product of what they think about it. Helps a lot.