Free trials are mixed bags. They seem too good to be true—until you forget to cancel them and get landed with that unfortunate charge for an online app you opened once.
But if you can get yourself together and remember to cancel your free trials, then why not embark on a journey through the Internet's endless slideshow of free stuff designed to trick you into purchasing not-free stuff?
Here are several free health-related trials you might consider trying. Of course, you don't need to pay for a class; there are plenty of free options online (or you could just go outside).
But if you're as bored of PopSugar videos as I am and absolutely refuse to go back to a gym until there's a vaccine, or if you suddenly have a burning desire to drink Blue Bottle Coffee or discover your ancestry, then these might be good options.
This boutique NYC fitness class is offering a monthlong free trial with the code "WFH," so whether you've been longing to try Muay Thai, Pilates, HIIT or more, this is a great way to experience NYC fitness culture without the price tag or intimidating Park Slope moms.
Booya offers a 30-day trial that's pretty easy to tailor to your needs. From barre to HIIT to dance, it comes complete with accessible workout planners, so all in all this seems like a great way to relieve stress by saving money and sweating a lot for 30 days.
Ominously named "The Class," this luxury studio is offering a useful 2-week free trial, during which you can participate in a number of live-streamed and pre-recorded classes. They're designed to heal your body along with your mind.
Looking to up your skincare ante? Try Curology's free-but-not-really-free trial (which will still charge you for shipping, but which will land you with a free-ish custom-made skincare cream).
Bare Minerals is giving away a free five-piece makeup box, so you know what to do. The box allows you to pick five different skincare products that will help you shine, glitter, and glow from the safety of your own home.
With your subscription to Hubble, you can receive a box of 15 contacts for $1. It's easy to cancel (or you could keep receiving your monthly subscriptions for $36 per month). Hubble contacts are designed to be eco-friendly and comfortable, so they're a choice that you can feel good about while seeing more clearly. A win-win!
Receive 2 ounces of free Blue Bottle Coffee by signing up for the brand's subscription service, which—like all of these—renews automatically, so be sure to cancel it before you find yourself with a check. Blue Bottle Coffee is some of the best around, though, so don't miss out.
Book of the Month
Use the code YESPLZ to get a free book delivered to your house with Book of the Month, a subscription series that allows you to select a new book once a month. (Be careful with this one, because after you start it's hard to resist the allure of a beautiful new hardcover book for just $10 a month).
This service offers a two-month free trial of a service that provides access to top magazines—the kinds usually protected by paywalls (which, for the record, can sometimes be circumvented by incognito mode, but you didn't hear that from us). You can connect up to 5 devices and cancel at any time.
Been meaning to learn a new skill? Lynda.com's 10-day free trial might provide the perfect incentive to actually make it through that photoshop course you've been putting off for years. The website offers countless classes that will help you learn computer-based skills.
Designed for people who are too busy to actually read, Blinkist provides bite-sized audio and readings from famous thinkers (you know, the kind who promise to make you "highly effective.") Don't let capitalism win; try Blinkist's 7-day-free-trial, drink in all the self-help information you could ever want, and continue exactly as you were before, feeling moderately endowed with a newfound sense of productivity.
Ancestry.com (and a host of other genealogy websites) allow you to take a crack at using their services for briefly free periods. Ever wondered what your distant family was up to? Want to trace generations of family trauma? Now you can try it out for free.