How not to pay for shipping for online purchases

The holiday shopping season is in full swing right now which means you should do all you can to not pay for shipping when making online purchases.

First, as it is common with sites like Amazon, typically, when you spend at least $35 on a purchase, you can get free shipping on eligible products. That’s an important note because not all products are eligible and you might have to pay for shipping with some of their third party fulfillers and given a nasty surprise at checkout. Even better, if you are a member of Amazon Prime, their music and video streaming and shipping service, you will get free two-day shipping on eligible products but with no minimum purchase! I have bought notebooks for about $8 and had them shipped to my house for free. Amazon Prime does cost $99/year, but with media streaming and other add-ons, well worth it.

Don’t pay for shipping!

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Second, if you are a holder of certain American Express credit cards, a competing service to Prime, Shop Runner, will give you free two-day shipping from a load of retailers. Not only that, Shop Runner membership entitles you to free returns and other member-only deals. Normally, this program costs $79/annually, but if you are a holder one of these cards, you will never pay for shipping free membership with American Express.

Third, likely only for a limited time this shopping season, retailers such as Target are offering free shipping with no minimum purchase if you buy an item before December 20! I just tested this out with a book that cost under $20 and at checkout, a note indicated that it was eligible for free shipping.

I don’t expect the Target deal to be extended into next year, but I am confident that you won’t have to pay for shipping if you take advantage of these offers.

Know any other free shipping options I didn’t mention? Please leave me a comment so I can learn about them as well.

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