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Ways to save on shipping costs ahead of Christmas

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With Christmas coming soon, people are starting to stock up on gifts. There are some tips you can learn to help save you money in the long run, especially on shipping costs.

Not only are goods rising due to inflation, but so is the cost of services like shipping. This means the holiday will be a bit more expensive this year.

A survey done by TopCashBack reports 86% of Americans saying they’ll look somewhere else if shipping is too expensive, according to My Twin Tiers.

There are some ways to avoid the high costs. First, make sure you know what the deadlines are for shipping. Pay attention to when retailers might be starting free shipping as a way to get more business. Experts believe that date lands around Dec. 14 and usually lasts until Christmas Eve with guaranteed delivery before the holiday.

You should also compare shipping rates between different retailers, because they very well could be different.

Instead of buying something that costs money to send, you could buy a digital gift card.

Make sure you know the return policy for anything you purchase online. Many retailers will let you return an item you bought online to the store in person, but that’s not true for every place. If you need to ship it back, you may need to pay for it.

Another option to save on shipping is to buy the item online and see if it has free shipping to its store where you can pick it up.

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