If you plan to do your holiday shopping on Amazon, you'll have to spend more to get free shipping this season.
For customers who don't have an Amazon Prime membership (see options below), the minimum order threshold for free Super-Saver shipping was recently increased from $25 to $35 in the U.S.
Although customers will have to spend at least $35 to qualify for free shipping, Amazon states that it has "expanded free shipping selection by millions of items across all 40 product categories."
How do you get around the newly increased minimum spending requirement? With the holidays fast approaching, it won't be hard to reach the $35 minimum if you're ordering several gifts. However, there are three different memberships that include free shipping and other great perks. Best part? You can get a trial membership for free.
- Amazon Prime: Get a free 30-day trial Amazon Prime membership and take advantage of free two-day shipping on millions of items, access to Amazon Prime instant videos and to the Kindle Lending Library. Members can cancel the membership at any time before the 30 day trial is set to renew or pay $79 to keep the free shipping membership for one year.
- Amazon Mom: If you're a new or expectant parent, get a 90 day Amazon Mom membership and get free two-day shipping and 20 percent off diapers, wipes and other family essentials. Just like Prime, you can cancel at any time before the 90 day trial membership ends.
- Amazon Student is a great option for college students who shop online. Get a free Amazon Student membership for six months and then pay $39 for the remaining six months. This membership includes free two-day shipping and special deals just for students.
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