Free Shipping Day Today and Every Day
Many retailers, including Best Buy and Walmart, have been offering free shipping, even free expedited shipping from some retailers like Nieman Marcus, since the holiday shopping season kicked off in November. Check the site, and check it again. Deals cycle in and out quickly as retailers use the Web to react speedily to waning sales and in-store traffic.
Free shipping programs or clubs, can help you out in a pinch. While not exactly free, Amazon Prime and Shoprunner both let you try out the service for free, for one month. You'll have to register a credit card to sign up and opt out of the program before being charged the annual fee, but if you're someone doing a lot of ordering, say a small business, the service may in fact be something you want.
Either way, both will let you take advantage of free expedited shipping for 30 days, but limits you to available sites. "There's a lot of effort to create free shipping clubs," Knowles told WalletPop in an interview. But most of the time you can find a coupon code."
Mike Golden, President of Shoprunner, says his site was founded to compete with Amazon Prime -- both charge a $79 annual fee -- and launched in October with 15 retailer participants, several of them big chains including Borders and Toys R Us. Be careful, not all products at all retailers are available with the shipping service, though each should be clearly marked on the retailers' sites.
And don't forget about the tried and true coupon code. Freeshipping.org lists free shipping codes all year round.