Get Shipping Costs Cut at Target, Amazon and More With 4 Easy Tips
Avoid shipping fees for any purchase with these simple tips.
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One of the most annoying parts of shopping online is getting to the checkout stage only to realize that shipping fees make your purchase so much more expensive. Wouldn't it be nice if you could get free shipping everywhere instead of contemplating canceling your purchase to avoid the fee? Don't worry, this tip will help you know what to consider instead of abandoning your purchase.
Sometimes, shopping online is easier and more convenient than going into a store. If you happen to live near one of the retailer's store locations, you may be able to place your order online and then pick it up from the store at no additional cost. If the item happens to be available locally, you might be able to pick the item up as soon as that same day, otherwise you may have to wait while the warehouse ships the item to the store.
This is a great way to ensure you take advantage of a price drop or discount that's showing online before it sells out or the deal expires. It's often an option at Target, Best Buy, Walmart and other retailers.
Check your subscriptions for free delivery
Subscription services like Amazon Prime and Walmart Plus also include free delivery for members, and the best part is that there's no minimum order amount to qualify. That means whether you need a box of Kleenex or a new TV, you can have it delivered to your door at no extra cost to you.
Sure, these have a monthly recurring cost, but eliminating the order minimums and the increased shipping speeds easily make up for that, in addition to all the other benefits you get alongside the free shipping.
Look at your credit card perks
Some credit cards offer free shipping through partners like ShopRunner. According to the company's site, you can get a free membership from select American Express, Chase and Mastercard accounts, and certain PayPal members may be eligible as well. ShopRunner does offer a free three-month trial of its service for everyone else.
In addition, there are other services like Shipt, which works with Costco, CVS, Petco, Sephora, Target and other retailers. Shipt and similar services offer a $0 delivery fee on your first order.
While it's not exactly ideal, sometimes this move makes the most sense. A lot of retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and more have preset order limits you need to meet in order to qualify for free shipping. If you don't meet that minimum, there's usually a delivery fee of $6 or more on the order, but sometimes avoiding that can be as simple as adding a pack of gum or some candy to your order.
That's right, finding a low-cost filler item could push you over the threshold, and while you may not need that extra item, it's better to have it than to pay for a shipping label to be printed, right?