6 Cool Things You Can Try Before You Buy

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Stetson eating weird fruit at Whole Foods

There’s nothing worse than buyer’s remorse!

From new cars to clothes shipped right to your door – and even the exotic new fruit at the grocery store – try these six really cool things before you even buy them!

1. Try glasses and sunglasses free for five days.

box of five pairs of sunglasses and glasses sitting on white counter

Warby Parker lets you try on five pairs for FREE with Home Try-On! Just choose the pairs to try, ship them back (for free) within five days, and get your fresh new pair!

Not only are they fashionable and reasonably-priced, but they even donate a pair of glasses for every pair sold. How cool is that?!

2. Apply cosmetics right in the store.

open box of eyeshadow on counter with new naked make up boxes behind it

Scoping out the latest makeup products? Sephora lets you try any product before you buy.

Don’t see a sample available? Ask an associate to crack open a new box and let you test out their products! You can also receive free makeup applications in the store!

Be sure to check out this post for 10 ways to save BIG at Sephora!

Hip Tip: Other make-up stores like MAC and some large department stores normally let you try beauty products before buying, too.

3. Taste test new (and new-to-you) grocery items.

Stetson looking at weird fruit in the produce section at Costco

See a unique food in the produce section (or a new boxed product) that looks exciting?

Stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Lucky’s Market will typically let you try before you buy! Just ask a team member.

Hip Tip: Buy before you try (and hate it)? Stores like Whole Foods also have a legit 100% guaranteed return policy.

4. Drive a brand new Toyota.

white toyota suv car sitting on cement road with building behind it

Take it home, load up the family, and hit the road!

When you need more than a test drive, Toyota’s Rent-a-Car program lets you rent the latest model cars at competitive prices before you buy!

5. Wash (and wear) a new bra for a month.

hands holding a nude colored bra with open orange third love box

With 78 different sizes, Third Love is so confident their bras will fit, for just the price of shipping, you can wear it, wash it, and live in it for 30 days – and if you don’t love it, return it for free.

We also love that all used and returned bras get donated through their Bras for All program.

6. Try out trendy new outfits for an entire week.

Lina wearing black Maxi dress with vest

Amazon Prime Wardrobe lets Prime members try clothes before you buy. Pick up to eight items and try them out for a whole week!

Clothes even come with a resealable bag and prepaid label, so you can return the items you don’t want for free (just pay for whatever you keep)!

Read why you’ve gotta shop friends & family sales!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 18

  1. Denise

    Porcupine fruit my same reaction 😂😂😂😂😂

    • Sue

      What does that taste like?

      • Stetson

        It taste like cucumber with a really slimy consistency. I wasn’t a fan. Lol

      • Shirley Yeo

        Unique and very refreshing! 🙂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)


  2. K80

    Publix too. If you dislike anything for any reason – return…no questions asked !!

  3. Julie A

    Sprouts Market too… was eyeing a new kind of orange and wondering out loud to my husband what it tasted like. A nearby produce guy came over and pulled out a knife and cut one open and handed us slices. It was called CaraCara and was really good!

    • Lacey

      Those are truly the BEST oranges.

  4. Maria

    This is so cool! Thank you, didn’t know about Amazon Wardrobe.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome, Maria! Hope you love it if you decide to give it a try!

  5. dukenke

    I really like Third Love. The bra was so comfortable. Really the best bra ever. But… so expensive.

  6. MCouzens

    Communal makeup doesn’t sound worth it to me.

  7. db

    Great article, but just a caveat – please don’t try/swatch tester makeup directly on your eyes or lips. There are some real horror stories about people getting serious illnesses from tester makeup due to bacteria and infections spreading in such cases. 😨

  8. Vanessa

    I wish I would have tried the Kiwano melon before buying one, it’s so gross and not cheap for how small it is!

    • Jen

      I actually like it! Taste buds vary from person to person…it’s unfortunate that you didn’t like it. It tastes like mixture of cucumber and a hint of kiwi to me.

  9. patricialavenz-goff

    Does anybody know which Aldi owns Trader Joes? I can’t remember if it is Aldi Sud or Aldi Nord. In case you don’t know what I am talking about Aldi was a family store in Germany. When the parents died the brothers split it in half (north and south) because they couldn’t work together. I know that one Aldi brother owns Aldi here in the states and one of them owns Trader Joes. I was just curious.

    • mel

      This is what I found –
      “Aldi Nord owns Trader Joe’s in the States, but the Aldi stores that you see in the States are run by Aldi Süd, which is separate from Trader Joe’s.”

  10. Linz

    I’m pretty sure that I received a worn piece of clothing from Amazon Prime wardrobe. So they let you wear clothes and the return them? I mean I dont mind thrift stores….but I’m paying for new merchandise.

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