Avoid Shipping Costs
You can grab great bargains online, but you'll want to make sure the shipping costs don't put you in the poorhouse. You can do this by only making purchases from retailers that offer free or low-cost shipping. Some retailers offer a flat-rate, such as $5, for shipping any number of items. Others, like Zappos, offer free shipping all the time, as well as free shipping for returns.
You also can watch for special promotions that offer free shipping for purchases over a certain dollar amount. In addition, look for free shipping codes posted on sites and forums such as RetailMeNot and Coupon Cabin.
If you're still not having any luck securing free shipping, try this workaround: Many online retailers with brick-and-mortar stores will let you order on their Web site and have items shipped to their stores for free pickup, an option that could work if you're within reasonable driving distance of a store's location or have errands to run in the area anyway.