Online shopping is growing by an average of 20 million new shoppers
each year. That’s a lot of people clicking and buying! You may be one
of them.

However, there’s a cost to online shopping that’s all too easy to
overlook. Shipping fees. Imagine saving $10 on a luxury cookware
set, only to be hit with a $15 delivery charge. Ouch.

So how do you avoid those fees?

First of all, always check the fine print on the checkout screen. Notice
what the shipping cost (if any) will be before you click the final
purchase button. Keep in mind that the base shipping fee shown may
update — and become higher — once you’ve typed in your address.

Some e-tailers offer free delivery for orders over a certain threshold
amount; for example, $50. If there’s more you can add to an order to
get the shipping fee waived, it may be worth it.

There are a few e-tailers, most notably Amazon, that offer yearly
memberships where one of the benefits is free delivery on all orders.
Those kinds of memberships may be worth checking out if you do a
lot of online shopping with a particular company.

A final tip: Always check for multiple delivery options. Some e-tailers,
list an express shipping charge as the default option on the check-out
screen, but have a free standard delivery option if you choose it.

Takeaway: Shipping fees take the fun out of online shopping. Do
what you can to reduce or eliminate them!

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