By Travis Bowman
October 17, 2014
Yes the official “Free Shipping Day” is December 18, 2014. While a large number of merchants do participate in this national day, there really is no need to wait and we’ll tell you why and point you in the right direction. Since shipping can run anywhere from 10 to 50% of an entire purchase price it’s no wonder online shoppers are looking for ways to reduce, or remove this pesky cost. So let’s dig right into some avoidance maneuvers.
Seven Tips & Tricks to Avoiding, or Reducing Online Shipping:
- Minimum Purchase Thresholds: Meet a minimum purchase threshold, such as spending $25 and then your entire order receives free shipping.
- Specific Shipping Methods: Choose a promotional shipping method, such as ground shipping or USPS Priority mail and get it shipped free. Typically this is the slowest method available, so plan ahead or expect it to take longer.
- Purchase a Certain Item(s): When you add an item to your cart from a specific category, such as any raincoat then everything on your order receives free shipping.
- Holidays & Shipping Deadlines: Free shipping on certain key dates, such as the very “Free Shipping Day” we initially mentioned. Often times merchants will offer anniversary deals or offer free shipping around holiday cut-off periods to close the deal.
- Free Shipping Upgrades: While not totally free, shipping upgrades to second day air, etc, can sometimes can be a pretty sweet offer when you have procrastinated. Hey, at least you only pay ground shipping rates and can still get it on time!
- In-Store Pickup: Get your order shipped to the store for free. Many merchants will have it to the store within 2-5 days. Good examples of stores that do this include, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Office Depot, Sears, Staples and Target.
- Free Gift Wrapping: Okay so technically you are still paying for shipping, but we figured this is one to keep in mind as often times merchants will offer free gift wrap or at least an inexpensive option for last minute shopping!
Okay, now it’s time to talk about something close to our hearts – free shipping coupons! With that in mind, we’d like to give you a heads up on seven merchants that offer free shipping coupon codes throughout the year, not just on “Free Shipping Day”.
Amazon – Really they have set the bar for free shipping so it’s only fair that they get a mention right? Of course Amazon raised it’s free shipping threshold from $25 to $35 almost a year ago now, but it’s still a very competitive deal and you don’t need a coupon code for it either, however they DO offer Amazon coupons too and if you want it faster, sign up for Amazon Prime and get everything within two days.
Brookstone – Although they have a ton of stores all across the U.S. they also have several options, as in Brookstone coupons, to get your order shipped for free right to your home. They offer free returns to any store should you need to make a return, perhaps convenient.
BuyCostumes – This one seemed quite appropriate, considering we are almost upon Halloween and you might want to pick up a new costume from Guardians of the Galaxy or Captain America. There are several great BuyCostume coupons out including up to 25% off.
eBags – Need some new luggage, a backpack, or even a purse? They offer free returns, paid by them for the first 30 days in addition to regular eBags coupons for free shipping and typically 20-30% off.
Eddie Bauer – We just wish they had more stores around the U.S. but that just makes it more reason to take advantage of the fresh variety of Eddie Bauer coupons, often combined with up to 30% off too. Did we mention they have a lifetime guarantee?
Hammacher – You might never find a more interesting place to buy a cool and fun gift for someone, or just a toy for yourself! They also have a full lifetime guarantee (unconditional and unwavering in their words) and a few Hammacher coupons for free or discounted shipping as I type this.
Kohls – These guys have a ton of things, from clothes to pots and pans and offer regular free shipping coupons or free shipping on orders of at least $75 every day. Often they combine Kohls coupons with discounts, from 15-30% off.
Additionally, have a quick peek at all the stores we currently have listed who are running various free shipping coupons:
Shop Happy folks!
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