A Guilt-Free Guide to Holiday Spending

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Sara Eckel on Dec 1, 2009 at 6:01PM

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A Guilt-Free Guide to Holiday Spending

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Skip the Shipping Fee

Don't ratchet up the price of that perfume or hardcover book by paying hefty delivery charges. Purchase online gifts early enough to qualify for free shipping; check Freeshipping.org to get the specifics about deadlines and coupon codes. If you're buying gifts on Amazon.com, Sara Noel, syndicated columnist and creator of FrugalVillage.com suggests using Filleritem.com to get your purchase to the $25 minimum required for free delivery. "You punch in how much you need to spend, and it shows you everything on Amazon for that price. It's really neat," she says. For example, the shopper who needs to spend $1.74 to reach the $25 mark will find that a felt-tipped pen, a mini car squeegee or a set of guitar strings will get her there.

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