If you do most of your holiday shopping online, simply continue reading to discover how to save money on shipping costs. After all, you don’t want to spend half your holiday budget on shipping related fees.

5 Ways to significantly reduce your shipping costs during the holidays:

  1. Take advantage of free shipping codes

It’s well worth checking your email inbox for promotional emails from your favorite online stores as you may find a code which gives you free shipping. It’s also well worth checking Google for discount codes, for your favorite online stores, if you don’t receive a coupon in your inbox.

  1. Purchase gifts in bulk

Instead of purchasing one gift at a time, it’s well worth saving your cash, till you can afford to purchase multiple gifts from each store, that you plan to shop at. Many online retailers reward bulk shoppers by offering free shipping, if you spend over a certain threshold. Other retailers may offer a discounted shipping rate, if you spend over $100 or $200.

  1. Consider using a parcel forwarding service to consolidate your parcels

If you’re looking to purchase items from an online retailer, that doesn’t ship to your country or address, don’t worry. You’ll still be able to ship your desired items to your doorstep by using a parcel and mail forwarding service. You can even choose to send a parcel directly to a loved one who lives overseas. Which is a great idea if you’ve left your holiday shopping late and need an item to arrive at your loved ones house before a specific date.

Some parcel and mail forwarding services such as Skypax, will even allow you to choose with courier company you’d like to use. Examples of which may include DHL, UPS, Royal Mail and FedEx. All you have to do is tell your chosen company, which items you’d like to purchase and they’ll ensure that they’re safely shipped to your address. Better yet you can choose to consolidate multiple parcels, into a single parcel. That way you’ll only pay for a single parcel.

  1. Split shipping costs with your friends

If you have friends or family members who are interested in ordering products from the same store, you may want to place a bulk order and split the shipping costs. Who knows, you may even qualify for free shipping, if you choose to place a large order with multiple friends and family members.

  1. Purchase your desired items, well in advance

If you leave it until the last minute, in order to place an order, you may have to pay an exorbitant amount for express shipping. However, if you purchase items a month in advance, you’ll be able to get away with opting for standard shipping. Which is normally a fraction of the cost of express shipping. As a bonus, you’ll find that you’re far less stressed, if you receive your holiday gifts well in advance of any events which you may be attending.

So if you want to save hundreds of dollars on shipping, it’s well worth following the five fool proof tips listed above!