Ways to Save on Shipping Costs

Posted on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Gift MoneyPeople tend to spend a lot of money during the holiday season. Shopping online could come with expensive shipping costs. It can also be costly to purchase items from local stores and then try and ship them yourself. Here are a few ways to save on the shipping.

Use a Discount Code
The first thing you should do when shopping online is look for a discount code. Many companies will post codes that lower the cost of shipping on their website. Make sure to check if that discount shipping code is for all items or if it only for specific items.

Do you have the store’s credit card? It’s possible that card holders might get a discount on shipping. You might have to look around their frequently asked questions section to find out.

Have it Shipped to Store
Not every store will do this, but there are some that offer this convenience to customers. First, call the store and make sure that they allow customers to make a purchase from their website and have it shipped to the store. If so, then ask them how they let customers know that their item arrived at the store.

Visit the store’s website, put the items you want to buy in the cart, and make sure to let the website know which store you want it shipped to. The store will pick up the cost of shipping. All you need to do is remember to go to the store and get your items.

Bring the Gift With You
Will you be hanging out with friends and family members in person this holiday season? Wrap up their present and bring the gift with you. This is a good way to avoid shipping costs on items that you bought locally. Your friend or family member can choose to open the gift immediately, or to bring it home and open it there.

Have the Store Ship the Gift
Some stores will offer a special service during the holidays. If you buy items from their website, they will wrap it for you. Tell the store to ship the item to your loved one directly. This works well for people who absolutely hate wrapping gifts. It also solves the problem of buying something online, and paying for shipping costs, and then paying for shipping costs a second time after you wrap the gift and have to mail out.

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