Free Shipping!

by Jennifer Donovan

wfmw.jpgHave you ever tried on swimsuits in a dressing room with a wild child crawling under the door, singing, and making loud observations about what he’s seeing? What about trying to hold a little hand while sifting through the rack to find your size in a certain color of the shirt you found that you like? It’s no fun.

My solution is shopping online. It appeals to me on many levels. It helps me avoid the crowds and eliminates the problem of dealing with my active three-year-old son. Online stores almost always have the size and color I want, as opposed to finding something I love on the rack and discovering that they are out of stock in my size. I can also compare prices from store to store with just a few clicks.

There are two problems with online shopping. One is returning something that doesn’t fit (my body or my needs). The other is that sometimes the shipping costs become prohibitive–easily adding $10 or more to the price of my order. My solution for the returns is to focus on sites that offer in-store returns. My solution for eliminating the shipping cost is to search for codes. offers free shipping coupons to many of the stores I love. For example, there’s a Kohl’s free shopping coupon and Target free shipping as well. Both of these offer in-store returns, so both my criteria are met!

I’m happy to have found I’m going to bookmark it in my shopping folder in my browser and check it before I make a purchase. Some of the popular store offers are linked right on the first page, but you can also search from the front page for free shipping by store or by category, which might even introduce you to some new shopping sites.

Are you a fan of online shopping too? works for us this Wednesday. If you want to see other tips from around the blogosphere, click over to Rocks in My Dryer.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Alicia April 30, 2008 at 12:54 am

Okay, THAT’S just totally cool! Thanks for sharing!


2 Aimee April 30, 2008 at 1:04 am

My friend likes to use to get discount and free shipping codes when she shops online. They allow you to rate how well the code worked for you, etc. I’ve personally only used it once but was totally happy!


3 Nodinsnest April 30, 2008 at 8:40 am

great info!


4 Lani April 30, 2008 at 9:41 am

Very nice indeed!!!


5 that girl April 30, 2008 at 10:36 am



6 Teresa April 30, 2008 at 11:15 am

Cool, thanks!


7 techie-mommy April 30, 2008 at 11:43 am

Nice site. I am always looking for free shipping codes, my search just got a little easier. Thanks!


8 Stephanie April 30, 2008 at 12:19 pm

That dressing room scenario sounds *very* familiar! I prefer to shop online or I make shopping a “girls day out” and leave my Little Beauty with my husband.


9 Jane Anne April 30, 2008 at 4:33 pm

This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing it. I prefer to shop online (with children that are 7, 4, 3, and 5 months) but I often don’t because of shipping. Thanks!


10 Christi April 30, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Thanks for sharing!!


11 Custom Charm Jewelry April 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm

Great observation. Be careful though I found out not all stores let you return online purchases in store. (Victoria’s Secret is one).


12 Debbie April 30, 2008 at 9:48 pm

I love free shipping–thanks for the link!


13 Meg May 1, 2008 at 11:04 am

Oh, my goodness, this would save me from having to search for coupon codes before purchases! And yes, I do tend to prefer to shop online. I’m not brave enough to shop for clothes for myself online, though. Thanks for the link!


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