4 Ways to Save on Shipping: Make the Most of Online Shopping
Retailers have heard our demands for easier shopping in stores and online. Brands are trying to provide a better buying experience by offering big benefits like faster payments and self-checkout at local shop, as well as improved shipping options across the web.
This holiday shopping season, the biggest change we’ve seen has been in shipping. Whether you’re a hybrid browser combining online and in-store shopping or simply want to avoid the crowds, there are more options to discount shipping costs, or waive them altogether, when shopping online.
Here’s what to look for:
- Online coupon codes for free shipping at your favorite retailers
- Holiday promotions for faster ship times, including those participating in Free Shipping Day
- Free ship-to-store options so you can order online and ship to the location nearest you for pickup
- Free store pickup for items you buy online that the local store has in stock for same-day retrieval
Your best bet shopping online this year is to look for free shipping coupons, but pay close attention to the projected arrival date to receive your order in time for the holidays. Some retailers this year have even offered expedited shipping deals for the holidays.
- Browse the Web for the Best Coupons
Always start by looking for free shipping promo codes for your favorite retailers. You can easily find coupons for Target or a JCPenney free shipping code online, or browse other brands to see what shipping deals are available.
Remember to read the fine print to make sure you don’t have to have a minimum purchase amount to qualify for free shipping, and you’ll also want to check the estimated shipping time so your order arrives by the time you need it.
- Cash in on Daily Holiday Promotions to Maximize Savings
With over 1,000 retailers participating in National Free Shipping Day, mark your calendar for December 16 to take advantage of generous free shipping offers across the web.
If you know you’ll be shopping particular brands, sign up for their email list to be alerted to holiday promotions including giveaways and free shipping deals.
- Take Advantage of Ship-to-Store Options
Can’t shop Free Shipping Day? Don’t worry. Earlier this year, a report from Forrester found that one-third of online retailers either offer free ship-to-store or have plans to provide the service by the holidays.
Where offered, store pickup options typically charge no shipping costs and have zero minimum purchase requirements. Ship-to-store offers you the freedom to shop online without the cost to deliver to your home. The time frame for delivery is still about the same, and you have to go into a store to get your goods, but you can get out of paying the $5-10 ground shipping fee.
- In a Pinch, Buy In-Stock Items Online
Looking to save the time you would spend walking the aisles and waiting at the checkout line? If a store has the items you want available for free store pickup, you can buy them online and pick it up in the store, typically the same day you ordered it.
Shipping Improvements to Make Your Season Bright
This holiday season, retailers are giving the gift of affordable shipping offers. You can find free shipping deals throughout the year, but you’ll find even better offers around the holidays when shoppers are looking for the best deals on a limited timetable. To compete with Amazon in 2016, many stores have even provided coupon codes for free expedited shipping.
So be on the lookout for great offers on home delivery, but worst-case scenario, you can save on shipping costs with the many ship-to-store and store pickup offers this season.
Guest blog post by DealCrunch’s Lauren Keys.