It’s not an online shopping addiction — it’s a lifestyle.
Arm yourself with these shipping hacks to help you start shopping smarter online — today.
1. Use Paribus to get automatic price adjustments on all your online orders and free Amazon credit.
Paribus scans your inbox for receipt confirmations. When Paribus finds a purchase, it begins to monitor the price. If the price drops, Paribus negotiates for a refund on your behalf. You literally do nothing. (Doing nothing is my favorite way to save money.) And the best part? Paribus is totally free.
Paribus also tracks the delivery of your online purchases at Walmart, Amazon, and other popular online retailers. If your purchase doesn’t arrive within the guaranteed delivery window, Paribus will send a request on your behalf for a gift card or shipping refund. You keep 100% of the gift card or refund.
Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the links we provided.
2. Use Amazon Locker to avoid getting packages stolen.
Amazon Lockers are secure, self-serve kiosks where you can pick up or return your Amazon orders when it’s convenient for you.
Find a locker near you, add it to your Amazon address book, and at checkout, select the locker as your shipping address. Once the package has been delivered, you’ll get a unique six-digit code that you can enter in the kiosk to get your package. Standard shipping rates apply, or if you’re a Prime member, you can ship to the Amazon Locker and still get it within two days.
3. Invest in an Amazon Key, and your packages will be delivered inside your house.
If you’re a Prime member, you can now get Amazon packages delivered inside your front door. It’s only available in select cities right now, but when you purchase the in-home kit (starting at $199.99), you’ll get the Amazon Cloud Cam, an indoor security camera and a smart lock for your door.
Here’s how it works: when Amazon is about to deliver your package, they’ll turn on the Cloud Cam and use the smart lock to unlock your door to deliver the package. You’ll get a confirmation saying the package was delivered, and you can watch the delivery live or view a clip afterwards.
TIP: Use Amazon Key to let guests in while you’re away by granting access to your family, friends, dog walker, house cleaner or a neighbor. Goodbye actual keys!
4. Opt in to get mobile alerts when your package arrives.
FedEx, UPS, Amazon and USPS all have options to receive a text update when your package arrives so you can grab it and set it inside or have someone pick it up for you if you’re not home.
- FedEx: Sign up online for FedEx Delivery Manager.
- UPS: Enter your tracking number at ups.com and select Track. From the Tracking Detail page, add SMS notifications by selecting Request Status Updates.
- Amazon: Go to your account and under Settings, click Manage ‘Shipment Updates via Text.’
- USPS: Send a text to 28777 (2USPS) with your tracking number.
5. Ship packages that are over $300 to your local post office for security.
If you want to buy a big ticket item but it makes you nervous to have it sitting on your front porch while you’re at work, just opt to pick it up at a shipping facility.
FedEx, UPS and USPS are all set up to hold your package at their facilities. If you know you won’t be home for the delivery, have the package held, and pick it up at your earliest convenience.
Make sure you get your package within their holding time frame or else they’ll send it back for a refund:
- FedEx: 5 days
- UPS: 15 days
- USPS: 5 days
6. Use Package Guard to keep your packages from being stolen.
Package Guard is a platform about the size of a frisbee and has built-in Wi-Fi to notify you with a text message or an email when the package is delivered and set on the platform.
If a thief tries to take the package, a 100 decibel alarm goes off, and you’ll receive an alert on your phone. Package Guard costs $79.00, shipped.
7. Ask a live chat agent for free shipping codes.
If a retailer doesn’t offer free shipping, I always hit up a live chat agent and ask them. Most of the time, they’ll offer a promo code for free shipping.
Although it’s not guaranteed, it’s definitely worth a shot.
8. Add “pre-order” items to your Amazon order to get free standard shipping if you’re not a Prime member.
If you’re not a Prime member, there’s a hidden way to meet the $25 threshold for free shipping — without spending $25. Add pre-order items to your shopping cart, check out, then cancel the pre-order items.
It works because you don’t pay for pre-order items until they actually ship, which takes around 30 days.
9. Stack more than one coupon code at checkout.
Not only should you use a free shipping code, but some retailers allow coupon stacking online.
10. Get free shipping on all orders with the Target REDcard debit card.
11. Open an incognito or private window to look for free shipping codes.
Some retailers sneakily hide coupons or vary their pricing based on your browsing history. Make sure to clear your history and cookies before shopping.
12. Buy a beauty product and get free shipping on your entire Macys.com order.
Shipping at Macys.com is $10.95, so paying for a cheap beauty item instead of paying for shipping is a no-brainer.
13. Place an order at a Kohl’s kiosk, and ship it to your home for free.
At any in-store Kohl’s Kiosk, stack coupon codes, get Kohl’s Cash, and then ship it anywhere (within the U.S.) for FREE.
14. Shop stores where you get free shipping with no minimum purchase.
There are over 40 stores that offer free shipping with no minimum purchase. Some of the stores include Nordstrom, Target, Cents of Style, Zappos and more — take a look at the list and shop away.
15. Shop online at stores that offer free store pickup.
Avoid paying shipping fees and get your items quicker — just remember to bring the credit card you used to make your purchase along with your ID when you pick up your item.
Some stores even offer a discount. Macy’s, for example, offers a 15%-20% discount when you use free store pickup. Look for stores that let you pick up orders same day — sometimes under an hour or two!