Sneaky Ways to Get Free Last Minute Shipping

Did you sleep through Free Shipping Day? Still need to get gifts for out-of-town friends and relatives? There are still ways to save on shipping, provided you don’t wait too long. Here are four ways to get speedy shipping without paying extra for it.

Amazon Prime

A membership to Amazon Prime costs $99 per year and gives you free two-day shipping on zillions of items. Maybe you don’t want to pay $99 just to ship a few gifts, but Amazon offers 30-day trial memberships for free. Sign up for one now, buy and ship all those last minute gifts from Amazon and cancel when your free month is up. Meanwhile, you can listen to free holiday music from Amazon’s streaming service and watch as many movies as you can from Amazon Prime Video before your trial membership expires.

Sears Shop Your Way MAX

Rather like a smaller scale version of Amazon’s Prime, Sears Shop Your Way MAX costs $39 per year and lets you get free two-day shipping on orders from Sears or Kmart and on select Marketplace products. This service also has a free trial, one that’s good for 90 days. That should give you plenty of time to order holiday gifts and have them shipped to different addresses plus take advantage of after-Christmas sales.

Store pickup

Several chains including Best Buy, Home Depot and Walmart offer free site-to-store shipping so you can order online, then pick up your item at your local store. Check to see if your favorite store offers this service. You can avoid paying for shipping and have your item in less time.

Order minimums

Some stores offer free shipping, and sometimes even free two-day shipping, with a minimum order. Get all your last minute gifts in one place can save you money in shipping costs.

If you still need to get packages out via the post office, the USPS deadlines for delivery by Christmas Eve are Saturday, December 20 for First-Class and Priority Mail and December 23 for Priority Mail Express.