Every year I check out the shipping deals online as more and more retailers are offering “free” shipping to lure consumers to buy from them for the holidays. So just a few little tips today as I look around at the online shopping. The shipping costs are very much on my mind. Why ? Because I don’t want to pay a fortune for shipping. In case you didn’t know, the third annual Free Shipping Day is Friday, December 17, 2010. More than 1,000 merchants are expected to participate, offering free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve. Remember, alot of the retailers will no longer offer free shipping after Dec. 17th ( or any shipping with a guarantee to arrive by Dec. 24th). PCWorld has an excellent article by Ian Paul on the “gotchas” of FreeShipping from some big box retailers. Be sure to read the fine print on those shopping deals. To check to see where you can get FREE shipping, plus coupon codes to over 850 stores go to FreeShipping.org. The site includes coupons for over 850 stores including JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s and the Gap.
P.S., from the USPS here are their are key shipping cut-off dates for Dec. 24th delivery.
The Postal Service recommends the following mail-by dates to ensure your gift arrives on time:
Dec. 15 — Parcel Post
Dec. 20 — First-Class Mail
Dec. 21 — Priority Mail, the best bargain in shipping
Dec. 22 — Express Mail
Also, according to USPS, you can print your postage online and save up to 10 percent on shipping costs:)