There are several reasons to love online shopping. Paying to have something shipped definitely isn’t one of them. Fortunately, here are a few ways to avoid high shipping fees.
1. Choose a Retailer That Has Free Shipping
Why shop at a store that charges for shipping when there so many that offer free shipping? Not sure which ones do? Thankfully, there are websites like FreeShipping.org where you can browse through their list of thousands of stores that offer free shipping. By visiting this website before shopping, you’ll guarantee that whatever you purchase, you’ll get free shipping. For example, Amazon offers free shipping when you spend $49 or more or you can sign up for Amazon Prime Membership and get free shipping on any size order.
This year, from Nov. 1 through December 22nd, Target is offering is offering free two-day shipping on all orders with no minimum purchase.
2. Spend a Minimum Amount to Get Free Shipping
Many stores offer free shipping when you make a minimum order. You’ll find that as long as you spend $50, your order will ship for free. These deals are usually promoted on the website’s homepage or even during checkout.
3. Ship for Free to a Local Store
Big chain stores such and Walmart and Target let you place an order on their websites and choose to have it shipped for free to a local store. You’ll have to pick it up there yourself, but the small amount of time that it takes you to do that will save you from having to pay for shipping.
4. Ask for Free Shipping
Online stores want your business and many are willing to the extra mile to get it. If you want free shipping from a store, call the and ask for it. If you’re a frequent customer or placing a large order, then use these points to your advantage. You may be surprised at how often this works.
5. Shop on Annual Free Shipping Day
Every year around the holidays, hundreds of stores take part in Annual Free Shipping Day—this year it’s December 14. You can go to the Free Shipping Day website to see what stores are going to have free shipping on this day. Some stores may have a minimum order amount, but many of them ship any order, no matter how small, for free.
6. Save with a Free Shipping Plan
A growing number of websites are starting to offer free shipping plan. With thee plans, you pay a certain amount to get free shipping for a set amount of time. If you’re a frequent customer of a website, you can save a lot of money with these plans.
7. Make Sure You’re Really Saving with Free Shipping
Sometimes you end up losing money when you only order from stores that have free shipping. Be sure to compare prices with a website like PriceGrabber before ordering. For example, a store with free shipping may charge $50 for a pair of jeans, while another store, that offers $5 flat rate shipping, may only charge $40 for the same pair of jeans. You would save $5 at the store that doesn’t offer free shipping.
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