$49?! I Don’t Think So — 4 Ways to Avoid Amazon’s New Shipping Minimum

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We’ve got some bad news for online shoppers: Amazon quietly raised its free shipping minimum to $49.

That means you’ll have to add $49 of eligible items to your cart before qualifying for free shipping — a $14 increase from the previous threshold of $35.

(Thankfully, books are an exception; they ship free once you hit $25.)

To get around this new minimum, you could, of course, sign up for Amazon Prime, which offers free two-day shipping on millions of items. I did two years ago, and haven’t looked back.

You can try Prime free for 30 days — after that, it costs $99 per year.

Not interested in Prime? Try one of these tricks…

How to Get Free Shipping on Amazon — Without Prime

Here are a few ways to get around Amazon’s new free shipping minimum.

1. Try Amazon Student

If you’re in school, take a look at Amazon Student. It offers many of the same services as Amazon Prime — but the free trial period lasts a generous six months.

You’ll also get $5 for each friend you refer.  

2. Use Subscribe & Save

Do you buy certain products — like diapers or dog food — month after month?

Then it might be wise to sign up for Subscribe & Save, which automatically delivers your chosen items on a set schedule. On your orders, you’ll not only receive a discount of up to 15%, you’ll also get free shipping.

3. Order Small Items

You may not know it, but Amazon offers free shipping on some small items that weigh less than 8 ounces, are smaller than 9 x 6 x 2 inches and cost less than $10.

These items are from third-party sellers and take four to eight days to arrive.

4. Meet the Minimum Without Overspending

Close to the $49 threshold? Use Amazon Filler Item Finder to find useful items at the exact price you need. No more overspending just to get free shipping!

Your Turn: Will this news change the way you shop online?  

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Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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Disclosure:

Some of the links in this post are from our sponsors. We’re letting you know because it’s what Honest Abe would do. After all, he is on our favorite coin.