Life feels scary right now because everything seems out of control.
We can’t personally solve all of the world’s health, financial, social, environmental, and political issues, but we can focus on controlling our own little corner of the world, bit by bit. Starting with “free” trials.
Free 3o Day Trials Can be Expensive!
Have you ever signed up for a Free 30 Day Trial and forgotten it was even there for you to be trialing? Or, maybe you got busy and didn’t spend enough time watching, using, or learning the new service or tool to be sure you wanted to keep it? And then the trial expired? And then they started charging your credit card? Ugh!
(Asking for a friend.)
There are 5 money-saving secrets to taking advantage of free trials, which I’ll tell you in a moment.
Meanwhile….we’re all currently social distancing, if not outright quarantining ourselves, some alone, and some with families. And we have extra time on our hands now. Or, we’re working from home now. Or, we’re homeschooling now.
A plethora of streaming video services, business tools, and educational platforms offer Free 30 Day Trials, many of which are potentially useful to us, now more than ever.
(Who knew the apocalypse would come with WiFi?!)
You’ve probably seen the offers too, but if you want to see more, just Google the phrase “Free 30 Day Trial” plus any topic that interests you. Examples:
Free 30 Day Trial Business
Free 30 Day Trial Streaming Video
Free 30 Day Trial Kids
Free 30 Day Trial Grocery Delivery
NOTE: Some offers are only for 7 days. Some are for 60 days. Many require credit cards, but not all. Some services and tools, such as Zoom video conferencing, offer a free version with no expiration, and a paid version with more robust features.
So, here are the 5 secrets to taking advantage of Free 30 Day Trials without incurring inadvertent costs.
And, no, they aren’t really secrets. Do you actually do them, though?
SECRET #1: Think first
I’m already subscribed to a gazillion tools and services, and the new ones I’m considering are Scribd for ebooks and audiobooks and Acorn TV for British movies and series. Like I need more books and more videos. So, yeah, maybe not, after all. I think I’ll take better advantage of the tools and services I’m already paying for.
SECRET #2: Write the expiration date on your calendar
Whatever date you start the trial, count forward 30 days. (Or 7, or however many days the trial is for.) Then back up 2 days and write “Cancel (service name)?” This gives you time to cancel before they start charging your credit card. And if you simply forgot, or got busy, it gives you a chance to still examine the thing you signed up for.
SECRET #3: Learn how to use the new thing
Put a sticky note on your computer to remind yourself that the new tool or service is available. Schedule yourself some time on your calendar to learn how to use it. It might take only a few minutes, or it might take an hour a day for a week, depending on what it is.
SECRET #4: Don’t take it lying down
I have been known to call (or email) the company and ask for my free trial to start over because I forgot, or otherwise didn’t have a chance to evaluate the tool or service. Sometimes it works! If you realize they’ve started charging you, and you know you really don’t want the thing, and you tell them soon enough, they will usually reverse the charge. Sometimes they don’t (they may refund the most recent month if it’s a monthly subscription), and sometimes they prorate it (if it’s a yearly subscription).
SECRET #5: Cancel unused subscriptions
Take inventory. How many tools and services do you pay for that you really don’t need or want anymore? They’re clutter. Save some money by canceling them now!
Are you currently taking advantage of a Free 30 Day Trial? What is is?
Curious minds want to know. Please share in the comments below!
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