samples http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/498/all en-US 5 Online Stores That Let You Try Before You Buy http://www.wisebread.com/5-online-stores-that-let-you-try-before-you-buy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-online-stores-that-let-you-try-before-you-buy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_woman_smiling_with_shopping_bags_outside.jpg" alt="Young woman smiling with shopping bags outside" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shopping online is always a fun way to pass the time, but when your order arrives and it doesn't fit right or isn't how you pictured it, going through the return process can be a headache. Lots of online retailers are consistently updating their returns protocols to be as easy as possible, but it doesn't change the fact that your money has already been spent and you aren't happy.</p> <p>Luckily, there are brands that now offer a 'try before you buy' option, that gives you access to samples before buying full sizes, or shipping the items to you for $0 and giving you a trial period before charging you for the item. Here are a few you should check out.</p> <h2>1. Amazon Prime Samples and Prime Wardrobe</h2> <p>Exclusively for Prime members, <a href="https://amzn.to/2rfsQjM" target="_blank">Prime Samples</a> lets you try samples of food, baby items, beauty products, personal items, and household supplies. You can pick individual samples from their large selection, or you can select a box of pre-chosen samples in a specific product category. And when you buy samples, all are $2&ndash;$4 each, you get a credit of equivalent value to redeem on a future purchase of the full-size product if you decide to buy it.</p> <p><a href="https://amzn.to/2JIrntx" target="_blank">Prime Wardrobe</a> offers a similar concept but with clothing, shoes, and accessories. Fill your box, try them for seven days, and you can either keep them and get charged for only the items you wish to keep, or return them all for free in the box and with the return label provided. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-amazon-prime-perks-youve-forgotten-to-use?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Amazon Prime Perks You've Forgotten to Use</a>)</p> <h2>2. Warby Parker</h2> <p>Choosing the right eyeglasses is a process that takes time. When the founders of <a href="https://www.warbyparker.com/home-try-on" target="_blank">Warby Parker</a> were tackling the challenge of an online store for glasses, they decided to try the sampling idea for customers, and it stuck. You can select five frames to test for five days and they'll ship them to you &mdash; for free! Send back the ones you don't want and only pay for the glasses that you wish to keep.</p> <h2>3. ThirdLove</h2> <p><a href="https://www.thirdlove.com/pages/try-before-buying#/" target="_blank">ThirdLove</a> has been making quite a splash with women. Because their bras are on the expensive side (about $68 each), the try-before-you-buy idea has helped them expand their customer base. Order your bra with the help of their online guide in finding your exact size (they have half sizes, too!), receive it in the mail, and then &quot;wear it, wash it, live in it&quot; for 30 days. If you love it, it's yours for $68. Don't love it? Return it for free, and they will donate it to their charity, <a href="https://www.thirdlove.com/blogs/unhooked/thirdlove-difference-importance-of-giving-back" target="_blank">Bras for All</a>.</p> <h2>4. Casper</h2> <p>Mattress purchases are challenging, and doubly so if you're buying them online. So <a href="https://casper.com/" target="_blank">Casper</a> makes it easy for you to give it a go. Buy your mattress, have it shipped right to your door, and then sleep on it for 100 days. Don't like it? No problem. They'll come pick it up with no additional cost to you, and they'll give you a full refund. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-a-mattress-in-10-minutes-or-less?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Buy a Mattress in 10 Minutes or Less</a>)</p> <h2>5. Sephora</h2> <p>Making a purchase online or in-store with <a href="https://www.sephora.com/free-beauty-samples" target="_blank">Sephora</a>? Make sure you take advantage of their generous free sample program to try some new products. When you place an order online, you can add three samples free of charge. In-store, you can ask for a sample of just about anything and they will accommodate you whether you're buying something or not.</p> <p>I have a Sephora in my neighborhood and every time I've visited, they are more than willing to whip up a sample of anything that interests me. And whenever I do make an in-store purchase, they always toss some samples into my bag as a little surprise. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-smartest-ways-to-save-at-sephora?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Smartest Ways to Save at Sephora</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-online-stores-that-let-you-try-before-you-buy&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Online%2520Stores%2520That%2520Let%2520You%2520Try%2520Before%2520You%2520Buy.jpg&amp;description=5%20Online%20Stores%20That%20Let%20You%20Try%20Before%20You%20Buy"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Online%20Stores%20That%20Let%20You%20Try%20Before%20You%20Buy.jpg" alt="5 Online Stores That Let You Try Before You Buy" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-online-stores-that-let-you-try-before-you-buy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-amazon-prime-day-actually-worth-it-this-year">How to Make Amazon Prime Day Actually Worth It This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-guilty-pleasures-that-are-killing-your-budget">6 Guilty Pleasures That Are Killing Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-shopping-challenges-will-keep-you-stylish-without-breaking-your-budget">These 6 Shopping Challenges Will Keep You Stylish Without Breaking Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-that-should-never-cost-more-than-99">11 Things That Should Never Cost More Than $99</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-a-simple-do-not-buy-list-keeps-money-in-your-pocket">How a Simple &quot;Do Not Buy&quot; List Keeps Money in Your Pocket</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping Amazon amazon prime casper free samples samples sephora shopping tips thirdlove warby parker Fri, 11 May 2018 08:30:15 +0000 Christa Avampato 2138950 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Totally Free Things You Can Sell on eBay http://www.wisebread.com/8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_pinecone_69865273.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to sell free items on eBay" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have a house full of kids who are just itching for something to do this summer? Why not inspire them to start their very own mini-business? With just a bit of research and patience, your kids can sell products online, make extra cash, and learn a few important money lessons along the way &mdash; all without spending a dime on inventory. Here are eight totally free items they can sell eBay.</p> <h2>1. Empty Toilet Paper Rolls</h2> <p>Wipe away that look of disbelief. Empty toilet paper rolls can be turned into cold hard cash. Used for all sorts of school and craft projects, 200 of these cardboard cylinders will fetch about $35.00 on eBay.</p> <h2>2. Four-Leaf Clovers</h2> <p>Searching for four leaf clovers is a great way to help kids unplug and enjoy the great outdoors. Each one of these dry pressed lucky charms sells for about $6.00 on eBay. Not bad for an afternoon spent lounging in the warm summer breeze.</p> <h2>3. Paper Currency</h2> <p>Sure, cash isn't technically free, but certain bills can be worth far more than their face value. Check your wallet and piggy bank; modern bills that feature distinctive (collectors call them &quot;fancy&quot;) serial number combinations can bring big bucks.</p> <p>Look for large groups of the same digit, repeating sets of digits, sequential digits, and very low or very high numbers. Last week, a 2009 one dollar bill sold for $11.00 on eBay. Its eight-digit serial number was 18611111. In April, a 2013 one dollar bill with the low serial number of 00001004 brought $30.00.</p> <h2>4. Sea Glass</h2> <p>Crafters and jewelers are drawn to the subtle beauty of surf-tumbled sea glass. While all colors sell, deep purple, orange, and red glass are the rarest and most highly prized. Recently, a single piece of ruby red sea glass (part of an old soda bottle bottom worn smooth from years in the ocean) sold for $99.00 on eBay.</p> <h2>5. Driftwood</h2> <p>Large sculptural pieces of driftwood are used in landscaping, terrarium design, professional taxidermy projects, and as decorative elements in aquariums. Simple forms can fetch $10.00, while more interesting shapes can bring as much as $85.00. But don't ignore the tiny bits of driftwood. Smaller 2&quot;&ndash;10&quot; twigs can be sold in bulk to crafters for all sorts of projects. A 14-piece lot recently sold on eBay for $15.00.</p> <p>Remember, before gathering driftwood on public land, check with local park officials. Many areas have restrictions that forbid the removal of any natural materials.</p> <h2>6. Large Pine Cones</h2> <p>Believe it or not, pine cones can be a modest cash crop. Particularly hot around the holiday season, they're a staple in home d├ęcor, flower-arranging, wreath-making, and other craft projects. A lot of 40 longleaf pine cones recently sold on eBay for $18.99. Hmm&hellip; maybe money <em>does</em> grow on trees.</p> <h2>7. Empty Perfume Bottles</h2> <p>Perfume bottles are charming vessels for floral centerpieces at weddings and bridal showers. Don't worry about the rarity, size, shape, or color. In March, a collection of 15 miniature perfume bottles sold for $39.99 on eBay.</p> <h2>8. Perfume, Makeup, and Skin-Care Product Samples</h2> <p>Samples appeal to customers who want a low cost way to try something new or who are simply looking for more travel-friendly sizes of their favorite products. If you have samples to sell, be thorough in your listing. Specify the product amount in ounces or grams, its age, and the expiration date. Sixteen free samples of Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant recently sold on eBay for $10.00.</p> <p>Remember, the key to successful online selling is research. Take a look at what's selling and what's not, explore niche markets, try to anticipate what people will be clamoring for during the next big holiday season, and &mdash; before you toss it out &mdash; check to see what it might be worth!</p> <p><em>What freebies have you sold online? Which items surprised with you the highest sales price? </em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Totally%2520Free%2520Things%2520You%2520Can%2520Sell%2520on%2520eBay.jpg&amp;description=8%20Totally%20Free%20Things%20You%20Can%20Sell%20on%20eBay"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Totally%20Free%20Things%20You%20Can%20Sell%20on%20eBay.jpg" alt="8 Totally Free Things You Can Sell on eBay" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-superfan">How to Make Money as a Superfan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-money-from-mothers-day">5 Ways to Make Money From Mother&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay">10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-make-money-from-st-patricks-day">4 Ways to Make Money From St. Patrick&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income crafts driftwood eBay four leaf clovers free items money samples sea glass selling toilet paper tubes Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:30:05 +0000 Kentin Waits 1738702 at http://www.wisebread.com Prizes and Freebies from CoupSmart for the iPhone http://www.wisebread.com/prizes-and-freebies-from-coupsmart-for-the-iphone <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/prizes-and-freebies-from-coupsmart-for-the-iphone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coupsmart_0.jpg" alt="coupsmart" title="coupsmart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Since this post was written, CoupSmart has changed its focus and no longer provides coupon services for consumers. You can see Linsey's review of the old CoupSmart app below, but please note that you can no longer download CoupSmart for your iPhone.</em></p> <p>I don't usually brag about smartphone apps. There are a lot of really great <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smartphone-apps-to-help-you-save-big">money-saving iPhone apps</a> out there, but it is truly a matter of personal taste as to which ones are absolutely a &quot;must&quot; to download. This week, I discovered a new app called CoupSmart when a reader alerted me to the fact that they had won $200 just for using it. When I heard this, I had to check it out. Here's the scoop for anyone else who's interested.</p> <h2>What Is CoupSmart?</h2> <p><a href="http://www.coupsmart.com/">CoupSmart</a> is a simple, free download available only for the iPhone at the time of this writing (although plans are in the work for an Android and Blackberry compatible version). After the quick download, it asks for a brief registration (which can also be done online at the CoupSmart website). Now comes the fun (and tricky part): You can start scanning the UPC codes on the products you have in your home.</p> <p>The premise behind scanning your products is two-fold: The CoupSmart company can get insights into the products you purchase for the purposes of free market research, AND you are also giving them information about what items you really like so that future offers and free samples will be relevant to your tastes. By scanning items with the CoupSmart tool, you are giving them permission to send you samples, offers, and enter your name into regular prize drawings. Considering that you are giving away the same information every time you sign up for a sample or offer online, this isn't a bad deal according to their <a href="http://www.coupsmart.com/#terms-overlay">Terms of Service</a>. (And at the time of this writing, they were giving $5 away to the first 3,000 to scan 30 items.)</p> <h2>How Does It Work?</h2> <p>Scanning can be a bit difficult to get the hang of. Using your phone's camera function, you attempt to line up the edges of the bar code within the little target on your phone's screen. This is not an exact science, and you may find yourself moving your phone closer and then further away in an effort to get the code recognized. (The site recommends that you are in good, even lighting, as this can play a part into how well the code scans.) Once the code is lined up correctly, the prompt on the screen will turn green, telling you to hold still, and the phone will &quot;beep&quot; once the code is captured. There is no need to button-push.</p> <p><strong>Note: I've also found that several types of bar codes scan better than others, so if you are in a hurry, follow these additional tips:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Avoid shiny surfaces, except in low light. Reflection from the surface can distort the code, making it impossible to capture.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Plastic overwrap can be difficult, as well. Bread bags, for example, must be smoothed out on a flat surface for the best possible chance of getting the code captured.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You might assume that boxes with a matte finish are easiest to scan &mdash; you're right! If in need of a few codes fast, head to your medicine cabinet for boxes of bandages, cold medicine, etc. They work well!</li> </ul> <h2>What Can You Get?</h2> <p>Once scanned, the code will take a few moments to process. The application will tell you what you just scanned (ground coffee, for example) or it will say that the code wasn't recognized. Either way, you get credit for the scan, and at 45 codes, you'll earn an entry into their monthly, quarterly, and annual prize drawing. In addition, you'll earn samples and gifts. You can check the site to see which samples or offers are available to you, but in my case, I just got an email alert that I won a gift card, with no description. Then a crisp $5 bill came in the mail a few days later. (This &quot;prize&quot; was for the first 3,000 to scan 30 codes and was in addition to the large monthly and quarterly drawings.)</p> <p>The pros of this program are many. Scan stuff quickly to get prizes and samples &mdash; they do come!</p> <p>The cons are simply that I'm not fully aware of how they calculate incentives. While entries into the drawings are easy to understand, I don't know how often the free samples come or whether they are any good. Also, as more people sign up, the odds of winning could go way down, OR they could begin offering better prizes &mdash; I'm not sure how it will work.</p> <p><em>Have you been a user of CoupSmart? Can you share your experiences with us?</em></p> <p><strong>*NOTE: CoupSmart contacted us with the following clarifications to our article. &nbsp;(Thanks!) &nbsp;&quot;W<span style="font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; " class="Apple-style-span">e actually have an even better program for our monthly giveaway of ten $200 Visa gift cards; you actually just need to scan 30 items, instead of 45, to earn an entry, and you can earn as many entries as you want providing you don't run out of items to scan around your home.&quot;</span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/prizes-and-freebies-from-coupsmart-for-the-iphone">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-your-smartphone-camera">Earn Extra Income With Your Smartphone Camera</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout">6 Apps That Pay You to Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-old-clothes-into-money-with-these-4-tools-and-apps">Turn Old Clothes Into Money With These 4 Tools and Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/an-open-invitation-to-pinecone-research">An Open Invitation to PineCone Research</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cell-phone-app-thats-saving-me-a-smal-fortune">The Cell Phone App That&#039;s Saving Me A Small Fortune</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Technology apps cash coupsmart freebies iPhone samples sweepstakes Wed, 01 Sep 2010 12:01:09 +0000 Linsey Knerl 223671 at http://www.wisebread.com Give a dog SIX bones...FREE! http://www.wisebread.com/give-a-dog-six-bones-free <p><img width="300" height="198" title="puppybone" alt="puppybones" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/28706_puppy_2.jpg" /></p> <p>It's raining deals right now. For a limited time you can give your beloved pooch the benefit of not one but SIX free bones, courtesy of ruffchews.com. Their premium sample heavyweight rawhide case usually retails for $17.95 but with a special code you get it free. Just pay shipping (for me, it was about $8).</p> <p><strong>Here's what's in the case...</strong></p> <p><img width="240" height="240" title="bones" alt="bones" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Sample-case.jpg" /></p> <ul> <li> <div>One Ultra Heavyweight Premium 10&quot; Retriever Roll,</div> </li> <li> <div>One Ultra Heavyweight Premium 6&quot; Retriever Roll,</div> </li> <li> <div>One Ultra Heavyweight Premium 9&quot; Knot Bone,</div> </li> <li> <div>One Ultra Heavyweight Premium 7&quot; Knot Bone,</div> </li> <li> <div>One Ultra Heavyweight Premium 4&quot; Knot Bone,</div> </li> <li> <div>One Ultra Heavyweight Premium 4&quot; Donut.</div> </li> </ul> <div>USDA tested and approved.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div align="left"><span style="font-weight: bold">Limit 1 Free per Customer. This sample is approximately 2 lbs of rawhide.</span></div> <div align="left">&nbsp;</div> <div align="left">To get your special deal, go <a href="http://ruffchews.com/products/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=9&amp;idproduct=28">here</a> , andd the case to your cart and enter the simple code <strong>SAMPLE </strong>at the checkout screen. Your $17.95 price wil be waived and you only pay shipping. Go on, don't do it for yourself...do it for the doggies.</div> <div align="left">&nbsp;</div> <div align="left"><em>Cute puppy dog pic courtesy of <a href="http://www.sxc.hu/photo/28706">The Stock Exchange</a></em></div> <p><strong> </strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-a-dog-six-bones-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-little-words-that-will-get-you-the-best-price-every-time">10 Little Words That Will Get You the Best Price, Every Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-these-genuine-bargains-or-a-pile-of-garbage">Are these genuine bargains, or a pile of garbage?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4lb-box-of-sees-chocolates-for-1-plus-free-shipping-deal-ended">4lb box of See&#039;s chocolates for $1, plus FREE shipping. DEAL ENDED.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies bargains bones chews deals discounts dogs free petcare pets rawhide samples Wed, 09 May 2007 07:27:46 +0000 Paul Michael 613 at http://www.wisebread.com Sample before you buy - Perfume http://www.wisebread.com/sample-before-you-buy-perfume <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sample-before-you-buy-perfume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000063258935_Large.jpg" alt="smelling perfume" title="smelling perfume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some of my biggest expenditures are made in the fragrance department of Seattle&rsquo;s downtown Nordstrom. I have a very powerful sense of smell, and I get a real kick out of finding a great perfume that can lift my mood. Large department stores will often provide free samples of their perfume if you request, so you can try them out over the course of a few days and see how they age on your skin, how quickly the top notes wear off, etc.</p> <p>However, I&rsquo;m really in olfactory heaven when I happen upon true boutiques that carry hard-to-find perfume and perfume oils from all over the world. I love independent perfumers, and I will go out of my way to find them when I travel.</p> <p>But I don&rsquo;t have the time or money to travel as much as I&rsquo;d like. And even with a large selection at Nordstrom, sometimes I get a little tired of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=Victor%20%26%20Rolf&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=P7PN4PWZ6OU2MKFN">Victor &amp; Rolf</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=lancome%20perfume&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Alancome%20perfume&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=F243YOZOE4HHRB2X">Lancome&rsquo;s</a> latest offering. So, sometimes, I buy online.</p> <p>Now, of all the things to buy online, perfume might be among the riskiest. It&rsquo;s generally pretty expensive, and you can&rsquo;t return it if you don&rsquo;t like it.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s why I was so delighted to stumble upon <a href="http://www.luckyscent.com/">Lucky Scent</a>. Lucky Scent is an online store that not only carries the best and most exotic scents available (and describes said scents with such imaginative wording that they make reading a sexy experience), but they also sell samples of almost all of the offered scents.</p> <p>For as little as $3 (or sometimes, as much as $8), you can get a little vial of a stunning scent mailed right to your home. Peruse through the site to find the perfect scent, then select the &quot;Try a Sample&quot; option. Or you can just go straight to the <a href="http://www.luckyscent.com/samples.asp" target="_blank">samples page</a> and pick them out at random &ndash; I don&rsquo;t recommend this method.</p> <p>Now, it&rsquo;s easy to go crazy and order 20 different samples &mdash; but even $80 spent sampling, and finding a great perfume or two, is better than wasting $130 on a perfume that smells awful with your body&rsquo;s chemistry. When it comes time to buy, I will sometimes make my purchase at Lucky Scent, or I will occasionally look on eBay or even Craigslist to see if anyone is selling the scent. Since I buy so many perfumes, it can be hard to finish a bottle, and so it can even be worth it to find someone who has a half-used bottle of a good perfume, as long as it's not too old.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sample-before-you-buy-perfume">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-avoid-sneaky-online-price-changes">6 Ways to Avoid Sneaky Online Price Changes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-online-retailers-who-let-you-stack-coupons">9 Online Retailers Who Let You Stack Coupons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys">These Secrets of Amazon&#039;s Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazons-secret-30-day-price-guarantee">Amazon&#039;s secret 30-day price guarantee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-online-retailers-make-it-easier-to-spend-money">How Online Retailers Make It Easier to Spend Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping online shopping perfume retail samples Fri, 02 Feb 2007 00:54:00 +0000 Andrea Karim 245 at http://www.wisebread.com