Nowadays, the convenience of shopping online has taken on a different meaning. It’s become a part of many people’s daily lives, with more and more companies offering free shipping and delivery options – and in some cases same day delivery service. If you know your way around the best sites and plan your shopping accordingly, there are ways to get free shipping which can save a bundle in both the short and long term.
Depending on what you need to buy and how fast you need to get it, you can easily get free shipping on Amazon.com for most purchases of $25 or more. Amazon Prime is well worth it if you shop frequently. Prime items ship free with no minimum purchase and usually arrive within 2 business days, or sooner in some service areas. The cost of shipping far exceeds the Prime membership fee if, again, you are a frequent shopper. Amazon will let you try it free for 30-days, after which you can continue by paying for the service, or cancel if it’s not for you. Generally, it will run you $12.99 a month but for that price you get some extra perks. If you live near a Whole Foods, Amazon offers free same day grocery delivery with only a $35 minimum order for Prime Members. Another perk of being a Prime Member is free access to Amazon Video where you can stream all of your favorite movies and entertainment. It also includes access to free E-books and photo storage. If you break it down by what it offers, it easily pays for itself if you take advantage of all of the benefits.
Walmart is hot on the trail of Amazon and wants your business just as much. Currently they offer free shipping on orders over $35, and are currently in the process of offering same day grocery delivery with a $35 minimum purchase to areas that have Walmart Supercenter grocery store service. Walmart has also branched out to utilize outside vendors in order to compete with Amazon and expanded their online product line. Just be aware, if you buy a product check the return policy. It’s not necessarily the same across the board, depending on the outside vendor. If you want the standard Walmart 30-day no hassle return policy, make sure to order from “sold and shipped by Walmart” only. Walmart does have great customer service and they’re usually pretty prompt at solving any issues. Just give them a call or initiate a chat in the app. Chances are they’ll resolve the problem to your satisfaction. Rival Target, also offers same-day grocery delivery via Shipt, and is also offering free delivery on orders $35 or more. So, it would appear Amazon has blazed yet another trail and you have free grocery delivery options as a result!
There is a plethora of other sites which offer free shipping and each has its own qualifications. For example, Overstock.com was offering free shipping with a minimum purchase requirement, but is currently offering free shipping on all purchases, most likely to compete with rival Wayfair, where “everything ships free.” If you’re in the market for home furnishings or just about anything for your home, both sites offer a wide selection and are relatively competitive to gain your business.
Since the onset of the coronavirus has impacted daily life, most businesses are turning to online sales and more and more of them are offering free shipping in order to boost revenue, which has fallen for some retailers due to shut-downs and restrictions. For example, Macy’s, Nordstrom, JC Penny, Staples, and other retailers have hopped on the band wagon. Some still have a minimum purchase requirement, but that seems to have been relaxed to a lower amount in an effort to gain more online sales. Whichever site you choose to shop on, be sure to check the details of what’s required and if their returns are free. That’s an important factor in saving money!
Ann is a professional writer who brings dedicated experience having written international and domestic news, blogs, and web content for over 20 years. She’s also a published poet and graphic designer with degrees in Business and Graphic Communications and has been a music distributor, music industry sponsorship sales director and band manager.