How to Save Up to $3,000 a Year
The fix: Pool purchases with friends to qualify for free or flat-rate shipping offers. For example, several sites, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Circuit City, and Sony Music Store, offer free standard shipping on most orders of $25; Tower Records offers it on orders of at least $25. For other deals, use a shopping search engine, like shopzilla.com or shop.com. Enter your ZIP code and compare retailers' prices, including shipping and handling. You can even specify "Free Shipping" as an option in your search (on Shopzilla, search for "Special Offers" and then "Free Shipping Offers").
Savings: $5 to $20 per order.