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Free Shipping Day: Shopping For People Who Actually Know What They are Doing

I’m not a fan of Black Friday.

In theory, it’s awesome — who doesn’t like a day of sales?

But I loathe the symbolism behind it — following a day of being grateful for what you have by stampeding strangers to get a bunch of stuff you don’t actually need.

I’m more into Cyber Monday, as a rule. But I believe that your best deals can be found by being vigilant. By calmly waiting — much like a police stake out — and making your capture at the right time. Sales come and go, and some happen when least expected. But many are happening right now.

Free Shipping Day, which is tomorrow, is largely for the so-called procrastinators. But it’s also for those of us to like to shop a little along the way and pounce when the moment is just right.

Free-Shipping-Offer-from-GoneReadingDo you have a plan?

My plan is to save money – obviously.

But also be careful. I have noticed that I am in danger of spending more money when I know I’m getting free shipping. Especially if there’s a situation where I need to reach a shopping minimum in order to make that deal happen. Don’t end up undoing your savings by spending more than you ever intended!

Make a list and check it twice (or a lot of times)

According to FreeShippingDay.com, as of now 742 merchants are participating in Free Shipping Day. But I bet if you wait and do a bit of searching around there’ll be far more. I’m more about varied research though and I bet there’ll be lots of info shares on Twitter, there always are!

 

I’ll also be stacking codes. Even if a site has free shipping, there’s other (maybe better?) deals to be had. I yesterday was able to stack free shipping with 20% off at Kohl’s — and scored Kohl’s cash with ┬ámy purchase! If the store you are shopping at allows you to stack coupon codes, go for it. The more money you save, the more presents you can buy. (Especially for yourself. Or even, for me.)

Be wary

Make sure the shipping is such that it will get to you in time for Christmas. It’s the thought that counts but the worst scenario would be buying a gift on sale, but not having it arrive in time!



4 Comments

  1. ravzie
    12.17.2013

    Love me some free shipping!

  2. Tim Bowers
    12.19.2013

    Yep just because it’s “free shipping” doesn’t mean it’s the best deal! Great tips.

  3. susan smoaks
    12.19.2013

    I refuse to pay shipping unless it’s a much better deal with the shipping price included. If I can get it in the store cheaper I will go get it myself.

  4. shaunie
    12.26.2013

    Didnt know about this website hope that I can catch the after christmas sales with this info

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