The gist: Find out how to get your holiday purchases shipped for free with these helpful websites.
Free shipping: it’s not just for promotions anymore! Many online retailers now offer free shipping for your purchases after you spend a minimum amount. Some sites like Zappos and L.L. Bean offer free shipping on any purchase. However, sometimes it’s hard to know where to look for free shipping details, as most retailers change them frequently. Here are three websites that make it easy.
Best for general information: FreeShipping.org
FreeShipping.org is the best basic resource for free shipping information. Not only does it list all the retailers that offer it, it also lists how much you have to spend first, or other restrictions like expiration dates. The site’s easy to read, easy to search (browse by store or item), and updated regularly. FreeShipping.org even lets you track your package once it’s been shipped from an online store. FreeShipping.org has been around since 2007, and the success of the site paved the way for Free Shipping Day, the one day of the year when many major retailers that don’t normally offer free shipping offer it with no restrictions. Visit the website to see which retailers are participating this year.
Best for unique coupon codes: RetailMeNot.com
RetailMeNot.com is a comprehensive database of online coupon codes. A search for “free shipping” generates a massive list. This is the place to go if you’re looking to save money on shipping, but your favorite retailer isn’t explicitly advertising it. RetailMeNot.com members and store affiliates can both add coupon codes to the site, which often means you’ll see unique or hard-to-find codes. The downside? The coupon codes aren’t guaranteed to work, but RetailMeNot will let you publicly alert other users if that happens. Site users vote on each coupon code’s effectiveness, and votes are displayed next to it. Codes with more positive votes are more likely to work at checkout.
Best free shipping club: ShopRunner.com
ShopRunner.com partners with a wide variety of major online retailers to provide you with free 2-day shipping throughout the year. Although this convenience comes with a price (you have to pay to be a member), you’ll save a ton of money if you buy things online frequently. You won’t have to worry about unexpected shipping costs on your purchases, and you won’t have to wait three weeks for your free shipment, like some of the other guys. It costs $8.95 a month or $79 a year (~25% off) to be a member. Your ShopRunner.com account lets you manage and track all your purchases, and there’s even a mobile app for shoppers on the go. Not sure if ShopRunner.com is worth the money? They’ll let you try it for free for 30 days with not obligation.
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