There are so many reasons to love online shopping. Paying to have something shipped probably isn't one of them. Luckily, there are ways to avoid high shipping costs. Here's how:
Use a Free Shipping Coupon Code
A good coupon code can have your next order shipped for free. A coupon code, or promotional code, is a code that online stores make available to entice you to shop at their website. If you don't belong to their email list or to a certain group of customers, you may never know that these codes exist.
To find a coupon code for the store you want to order from, visit websites such as RetailMeNot and Coupon Cabin. Type in the store name in the search bar and browse the list of results to see if there's a free shipping code. If you find one, you can enter it during the checkout process to get free shipping on your order.
Choose a Store That Has Free Shipping
At FreeShipping.org you can browse through thousands of stores that have free shipping. By starting your shopping from this website, you guarantee that whatever you buy, you'll get free shipping.
Make a Minimum Order to Get Free Shipping
More websites than you might think offer free shipping as long as you spend a certain amount of money - no coupon code needed. You might find that as long as you spend $50, your order will ship for free. These types of deals are normally promoted on the website's homepage or even during checkout.
Ship for Free to a Local Store
Big chain stores like Best Buy and Sears will let you place an order on their website and choose to have it shipped for free to their closest physical store. You'll have to pick it up there yourself but the few minutes it takes to do that will save you from having to pay for shipping.
Ask for Free Shipping
Online stores want your business and many are willing to bend over backwards to get it. If you want free shipping from a store then just call and ask. If you're a frequent customer or placing a large order then use these points for leverage. You'll be surprised how often this works!
Shop on Annual Free Shipping Day
Every year around the holidays hundreds of stores take part in Annual Free Shipping Day. At the Free Shipping Day website you can 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.
Save With a Free Shipping Plan
A growing number of websites are starting to offer free shipping plans. With these plans you pay a certain amount of money to get free shipping for a set amount of time. You could save a lot of money if you're a frequent customer of a website with one of these plans.
The Amazon Prime program is a great example of a free shipping plan. For $79 you can enjoy unlimited free two-day shipping for an entire year. If you order from Amazon every few weeks with a $4.99 shipping cost every time, then after ordering just 16 times you're going to get free shipping for the rest of the year.
Make Sure You're Really Saving With Free Shipping
Sometimes you lose money only ordering from stores that have free shipping. Be sure to price compare with a website like PriceGrabber before ordering. For example, a store with free shipping might charge $50 for a pair of jeans while another store, with $5 flat rate shipping, might only charge $40 for the same pair of jeans. You would save $5 at the store without free shipping.