Why You Need to Try Your Clothes on as Soon as You Buy

About two months ago I purchased a 3-pack of leggings on Groupon Goods. I love Groupon Goods, because it allows me to get some things that I would have purchased anyway for less. Well, it turns out that these leggings didn’t fit at all. It seems like they were meant for someone more petite. The problem is that I didn’t open the package to wear the leggings until about 1.5 months after I bought them. When I purchased these fleece-lined leggings it was still warm outside, so I didn’t think twice about opening the package because it wasn’t cold yet.

Big mistake.

Groupon Goods has a 14 -day return policy for the item that I purchased. Clearly, by the time I opened the package it was way out of the return range for the package. When I opened the leggings on a 40-degree day, I was so sad that I couldn’t fit them. I tried everything, but at the end of the day they were too short and there was no way that I could wear them even with a long shirt. Since I can’t fit them and I can’t return them, I’m hoping to find a friend who can wear them. At least they will be able to stay nice and toasty while outside in the cold!

I learned a very valuable lesson with this experience. I’ve written before about understanding the return policy before you buy, but I made a big assumption when I made this purchase. I usually have great luck with shopping online and almost never have to send anything back. I assumed that this purchase would be no different. Of course I would be able to fit them because they were leggings!  Leggings always fit right?  Wrong. I should have immediately opened the package and tried on the leggings.

Luckily this was only a $20 lesson, but I definitely could have used that $20 for something that could actually give me value. Hopefully I can make someone else happy by giving them away. Now I just need to talk to my etiquette friend about the etiquette of giving this as a gift!

Have you ever purchased something and waited too long to try it on?  What will you do differently?

Aisha Taylor is a #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of the book “5+5 FNPhenomenal Ways to Save $100 This Week Without Killing Your Lifestyle”, and the Founder of FNPhenomenal (Frugal –n- Phenomenal). FNPhenomenal helps women to break the vicious cycle of making money, but not keeping it. FNPhenomenal provides education about money management, empowers women to take control of their lives, develop a healthier relationship with money, and pursue being phenomenal.

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