Don’t Spend Extra for Shipping
Don’t blow the savings of shopping online by paying to have items shipped. If the item you want is sold by several retailers, compare shipping costs. You might find that shipping fees wipe out one retailer’s low price, and you can get a better deal from another retailer with free shipping.
You also might be able to avoid shipping fees if a retailer offers in-store pickup of online purchases, said Woroch. Top retailers such as Best Buy, Home Depot, Kohl’s and Walmart offer this service. Sears and CVS Pharmacy offer a curbside carry-out option where you can have items brought to you. “Options like this help you avoid the temptation to pick up other items in-store, a retail trick consumers commonly fall for,” said Woroch.
You also can put off your holiday shopping until Free Shipping Day on Dec. 15, when many merchants offer free shipping with no minimum order requirement. The items are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas Eve, said Kendal Perez, savings expert at Coupon Sherpa. Retailers also tend to offer discounts on this day.