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Does this sound familiar? You’re getting ready to click “buy” when you notice that shipping costs have added unspeakable amounts to your bill. Perhaps the shipping costs are even more expensive than the items you’re purchasing! We at Slice think free shipping is a right, not a privilege, so we put together a list of tips on how to score free shipping deals to avoid those unwanted shipping price surprises.

Take time to research free shipping opportunities

Your choice of online retailer is key to avoiding check-out pains. Taking the time to find free shipping coupons is a good strategy that yields immediate results and benefits your budget. Freeshipping.com is one of multiple sites that condense lists of retailers that offer free shipping (as well as coupon codes!), tjoos, and RetailMeNot post shipping codes as well.

Stock up to save

Some retailers, like Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret or The Home Depot offer free shipping after you reach a certain payment amount – this is how you’ll most commonly encounter free shipping opportunities. With this in mind, you’ll save money by making one big purchase instead of a few small/separate ones.

Check social media for free shipping coupons

Some retailers use Facebook and Twitter to announce their free shipping coupons. Kohl’s, for example, regularly posts their free shipping offers on their Twitter account. Signing up for retailer newsletters is also a good way to be in the know about current free shipping deals.

Make the best of Free Shipping Day

If you have tried all the above and still can’t get rid of pesky shipping fees try this: procrastinate (or space out your purchases) until Free Shipping Day, which occurs in the midst of the holiday shopping season! More than 500 retailers have joined this initiative, so you are sure to find at least one of your favorites on the list. Information about the date for this year has not yet been revealed, but you can sign up to get an email reminder once the information is published.

Opt for free site-to-store shipping

A number of stores, including Wal-Mart, REI, Target and Best Buy now offer free shipping to stores. Not as convenient as getting items delivered to your doorstep, but nevertheless helpful if the store is close to you or in a convenient location.

Become a member

If you’re addicted to fast delivery–and we’re with you–some companies, like Amazon or Barnes & Noble, offer memberships (for an annual fee) that will grant you free express delivery on all purchases. These memberships have different rates, levels and conditions, so do your research carefully to choose the option that best suits your needs and ups your savings.

And after you found the free shipping method that suits you – get Slice for iPhone to track your package!

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