free shipping for christmasLooking for ways to save money during the holidays? Shopping online can be a great money saver, if you know where and how to shop. For instance, you won’t pay sales tax on most online purchases, and you can use comparison sites like BizRate.com to find the stores with the lowest overall price. But even though comparison sites can calculate shipping for individual products, they can’t always tell you whether that item might be eligible for free shipping when combined with other items or with a coupon. So here are some tips on finding free shipping for Christmas.

Tip #1 – Shop at retailers that offer free shipping on select items or with a minimum purchase
You can get free shipping every day, all year long from a variety of stores that offer free shipping with a minimum purchase. Amazon is perhaps the best known of these, but it’s not the only one. Target is another larger retailer that is now offering this feature to its RedCard users, and UnbeatableSale.com offers it on select items. You can also find free shipping on many products every day at eBay.

Tip #2 – Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime is the annual program at Amazon.com that provides free unlimited 2-day shipping without a minimum purchase, and it now also includes free access to books in the Kindle lending library, as well as free streaming of movies and TV programs. Trial members get all the benefits of paying members. You simply need to cancel before the end of the trial if you don’t want to continue the service, or you can continue to receive the benefits by paying the annual fee.

Tip #3 – Use free shipping coupons whenever possible
If your favorite store doesn’t offer free shipping with a a minimum purchase or on the items you want, look around for free shipping coupons. Just check your favorite coupon site, or visit Christmas Coupons 365.com to see stores with free shipping for Christmas.

Tip #4 – Shop Online on Free Shipping Day.
You’ve probably heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Free Shipping Day may not yet be in your vocabulary. It started in 2008 as a one-day event, and it’s now an annual opportunity to get free shipping for a single day in mid-December. In 2011, Free Shipping Day will be on December 16. More than 1700 retailers participated in the event last year, according to Wikipedia, so check your favorite store in December for one last chance to get free shipping for Christmas gifts.

Free shipping is a great way to save money during the holidays, so be sure to search for holiday shipping deals before you buy this year.