How to Get Free Shipping on Holiday Purchases

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Posted on 11/22/2008

Shopping online is great—no crowds, no lines and no dress code. But there is one little thing that stinks about it: shipping fees. Fortunately for you we’ve found several ways to get free shipping on all of your holiday purchases. I guess that means online shopping really is perfect.

Use Coupon Codes
Lots of retailers are hoping to entice shoppers like you by offering free shipping. All you have to do is find the coupon code. Use sites like The Bargainist, UltimateCoupons.com or DealLocker.com to see if the stores you shop at are offering deals.

Shop Online, Pick up at the Store
Big retailers like Home Depot or Sears have a great way to cut shipping costs—don’t have it shipped. Do your shopping online and then go to the store for a relatively painless pick-up process. You’ll still avoid most lines, but you might run into a crowd.

Search Smart
Many large websites selling a variety of products let you to search only vendors offering free shipping. Ebay and Amazon both have “free shipping” as one of their search criteria. That means you won’t have to sift through products asking you to fork over money for shipping costs.

Compare Shipping Costs
If you have to pay for shipping, you want to make sure you’re not paying too much. That’s the idea behind ShippingSidekick.com. The site helps you compare costs between FedEx, DHL, USPS, and UPS. On top of that you can see which company will get your delivery to its destination the fastest.

By Alison Storm

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