The annual Free Shipping Day is almost here!
Most of us do at least a portion of our Christmas shopping online.
How much money do you think you spend on buying gifts online?
According to Statista, Americans spent 2.36 billion US dollars online shopping on Black Friday alone!
Online shopping is convenient, and there are many great deals to be found.
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But there is one thing no one likes…
Sure, there are merchants that offer free shipping year around, but they usually require a minimum purchase.
For example, Amazon requires $35 minimum that goes away if you have Prime (although there are ways to get free shipping on Amazon even without Prime.)
Free Shipping Day aims to change that just for one day…
What is Free Shipping Day?
Free Shipping Day is a one-day event held every year in December.
In 2017, Free Shipping Day is on Friday, December 15th.
Merchants that participate offer free shipping on all orders on this day, and guarantee delivery by Christmas Eve.
But here is the best part…
No minimum purchase required!
That’s right, the added bonus this year is that there are no minimum purchase requirements to qualify for the free shipping deal!
A little background
Annual Free Shipping Day was created in 2008 by Luke and Maisie Knowles in an effort to help people who don’t like fighting crowds at the malls, and those who just can’t get out to do their holiday shopping.
Back in 2008, online holiday shopping peaked on Cyber Monday.
The creation of Free Shipping Day helped to extend the online shopping season by letting shoppers make their purchases at a later date, with guaranteed delivery by Christmas.
And according to data from ComScore, it boosted online shopping by 61%!
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Free Shipping Day online sales were close to 1 billion dollars last year, putting that day in direct competition with Black Friday sales.
Who is offering free shipping?
So far there are over 700 merchants signed up to participate, with over 1200 expected to be listed on December 15th.
The list is growing each day, and the final list of merchants will be revealed at 12:01 am EST on Free Shipping Day, December 15th.
A sample of the current participating companies includes:
- Kate Spade
- Barnes & Noble
- Popcorn Factory
- Saks Fifth Avenue
- Mrs. Fields
- Shoe Carnival
- Old Navy
- Bass Pro Shops
- Dylan’s Candy Bar
… and the list goes on and on!
The site makes it super easy to find out if your favorite stores are participating.
You can browse these stores alphabetically, by popularity, by product categories or by simply searching for your favorite store by name.
How to shop on FS day
Using the site is very easy.
It just takes 3 easy steps to enjoy the benefits.
Here’s how to get started:
- Step one: Visit FreeShippingDay.com
- Step two: Find and click the link to your favorite store.
- Step three: Shop as you would normally and enjoy free shipping on everything you buy!
Remember, you can start your shopping at the Free Shipping Day website anytime after 12:01 a.m. EST on Friday, December 15, 2017.
Each offer works a little bit differently so make sure you read all the offer details. (They may give you a code you’ll have to enter at checkout.)
This year only merchants who offer free shipping with no minimum purchase requirement are included in the list!
Each store guarantees that you’ll get your Free Shipping Day purchase by Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017.
Is it worth it?
Of course it is!
If you are going to shop online during the holidays, you may as well buy some of your items on that day.
Shipping charges can really add up, especially on large orders.
Saving money on shipping and having guaranteed by Christmas delivery is a win-win!
And if you shop online often, be sure to check out our post on how to get cash back for online shopping to save even more!
How to get free shipping 365 days a year
Ok, FSD is all fine and dandy.
Not paying for shipping is great, but that only lasts for one day.
What about the rest of the year?
The good news is that there are a few other ways to avoid hefty shipping costs every single day of the year.
In a recent post, we shared 17 clever ways to avoid paying for shipping.
Here are a few:
1. Use FreeShipping.org
FreeShipping.org is an awesome site that lists tons of stores that have no shipping fees. Plus, they have exclusive coupons and promo codes that can save you even more.
2. Try Walmart’s Shopping Pass
Walmart is a big holiday shopping destination. With the Shipping Pass program, you can get free shipping on thousands of items.
3. Get it with Amazon Prime
If you shop at Amazon frequently, it is 100% worth it to join Amazon Prime.
For $99 a year (though there are ways to get it cheaper, like Amazon Student!) you get free 2-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of items no matter how big or small.
Now I realize you can’t get all your shopping done on Amazon, but to be fair, it is the biggest online store and you can find pretty much anything you need on there.
Again, This is only worth it if you shop often on Amazon.com
4. Get it without Prime
Ok, so not everybody wants to pay $99 a year just so they can get free shipping on the few items they buy on Amazon Occasionally.
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid both shipping and Prime membership fees.
- Using Subscribe & Save
- Using filler items (There is a tool that automates this for you!)
- Use pre-order items
5. Shop at stores that offer free shipping year around
Most online retailers that offer free shipping, have a minimum purchase requirement. But there are tons more that don’t.
We listed over 70 of them in our popular “Stores that Offer Free Shipping with no Minimum” post.
Have you ever used FSD?
Will you be shopping online on Free Shipping Day this year?