5 Ways to Try Before You Buy in 2020
As a frugal saver, finding true value for money should be at the heart of everything you do. We’ve all made purchases that we regret, leaving us with a feeling that we have thrown our money down the drain. That’s why it is vital for anyone who is serious about saving money to try before they buy wherever possible.
Fortunately, the TBYB approach isn’t limited only to auto test drives and supermarket food samples. In the world of modern commerce, you have the possibility to try almost anything before committing to a purchase. Here are five essential and surprising things to try before you buy in 2020.
If you’re an experienced haggle-queen, you probably already keep track of the return policies of all of your favorite clothing stores. However, generous return policies that offer genuine cash returns are becoming more difficult to access, with many chains eschewing returns altogether. However, a number of major online retailers are bucking the trend by introducing try before you buy programs. One of these is the fashion e-retailer ASOS, which gives customers the option to delay being charged for clothes until 30 days after delivery, giving them the chance to decide whether they want to stick with that discount summer dress.
Mattresses are one of those essential life purchases that no-one is ever happy to make, given the fact that most decent mattresses will easily set you back over $1000. However, some bed retailers are making it easier for you to get a feel for a mattress before making you fork over the dough. Retailers such as Nectar and Casper allow all customers to wait up to 365 days from the time of purchase of a mattress until payment, with no-strings-attached returns available at any time. This will help you decide whether a mattress is right for you.
3. Online Games
If you’re trying to keep yourself entertained at home but would rather not break the bank by paying for video games, there are options to play for free before you buy. Policies differ across the sector, but the online casino gaming market is a good example. If you’re looking to play real-money online slots, roulette, poker, and blackjack, but want to get a feel for a site first, then hit up major providers like NetEnt, where all of their titles are available for free, without the need to create an account or provide any financial information. Using services such as these will ensure you don’t waste your entertainment budget on poor gaming experiences.
Believe it or not, there is now a rapidly-growing market for try before you buy electronics. Given that purchases such as cell phones, laptops, and cameras are often the largest purchases that most people make in a given year, it is essential to make sure you’re spending your money wisely. Fortunately, major retailers like Best Buy have recently introduced TBYB programs that allow you to either ‘rent’ an electronic item (usually for around $50 a day) or place a deposit down that allows you to take an item out of the store and give it a whirl. This should help you decide whether you really need that iPhone 11, or whether that Nikon camera is really what you want.
You should never be too shy to try before you buy. These simple tips can make sure you become a smarter spender, so don’t hesitate to get started!