If y’all are anything like me, you avoid stepping foot in a store at all costs and, instead, head online to order 5 options for every 1 item you need to buy. I tell myself it’s a technique in spending less – I can find the best deal online and I won’t be tempted to make impulse purchases when I see a fabulous jacket or comfy pair of leggings that I don’t need at the store. And it works for me. I try on the items I want at home and then I return the ones I don’t want. The only downside is having all those charges on my credit card between the buying and the returning.
And, of course with the upcoming wedding, I have lots of purchases on the horizon – ones that I’ll be trying on many, many options for. Right now, my focus is on my rehearsal dinner dress. I want something that’s a pretty winter white, dressy but not too dressy, and perhaps something I could wear later with a blazer. I found several good options at Nordstrom, and assumed I would do my usual order, try, return process.
Well, a few weeks ago, I heard about Try.com. Dana had actually mentioned it to me before and had raved about it, so I was eager to try it out for myself. What Try.com does is allow you to try out your purchases that you’re making through Nordstrom, Madewell, Saks, Zara, and other retailers and decide on the items before you’re charged for them.
I can go through my same order online, try at home, return process – but not deal with my eyes bugging out of my head when I look at my credit card statement and see an extra several hundred dollars or more that I’m just waiting to get back after I return a few items. I was able to order 5 different winter white cocktail dresses off Nordstrom to try out for my rehearsal dinner – and then just send the ones I didn’t want back, without ever being charged.
HOW DOES THIS WORK?!
Okay, so you’re probably wondering, “How on earth do they make this work?” When you sign up for Try.com (get $25 off your first order when you sign up with this referral link!), you link your account to a debit card or a credit card if that’s your preferred method of payment (hello, points). If you mark the item as a “keep” in your account – or if you don’t return it within 7 days, then your account is charged.
To actually get the items, you’ll install the Try button in Google Chrome or through their app, then when you go to an affiliated store, there is a “Try” button right next to the Add to Bag option. You’ll click on the button, select the color and size, and then you’ll check out through Try.com. The order is shipped to you just like normal.
Then, once you receive the items and make a decision, you’ll mark the items as “keep” or “return” in your account. You’ll enter the tracking number from the pre-paid shipping label into the corresponding field in your account, drop it off with the post office or UPS, and off it goes!
SO, WHAT DID I END UP WITH?
Well, the asymmetrical dress is still in the running, but I’ve ordered a few other options. And I’m so glad I don’t have a $1,000 charge on my credit card that I’m just sitting here waiting and waiting and waiting to be refunded. I mean, I love Nordstrom, and I love their free shipping and returns, but the waiting game for a refund can take a month – seriously. Try.com is a game changer, particularly if you’re like me and like to save time, save money, and have way more options. And don’t forget that $25 offer on your first order – you can’t beat that!