Pages Navigation Menu

Historical Romance Author

Amazon Free Shipping Hacks

Amazon Free Shipping Hacks

You know how it is – You fill your cart with the items you need at Amazon and then low and behold, you find out that you’re only $2.42 short of reaching that magic free shipping number! What else should you buy? I asked my thrifty friends on Facebook what they do to reach the magic number and they had a whole cartload of ideas. Here are a few of them:

 51cKpB14PiL._SL500_SS100_ Liberty’s Kids – $5.00

The fabulous Lori told me about this special. I LOVE LIBERTY’s KIDS! This series was on TV back when my 19-year-old was little and it’s a great series that reinforces your child’s American History lessons.  For only $5? You’ve got to be kidding me! Love, love, love, this deal!


A Ladies’ Shawl – under $5.00

I didn’t bother posting a picture because there are so many inexpensive scarves to choose from, but if you’re looking for a little something extra for you, this is a nice addition.  Great idea, Linda.


5-Piece Stylus Set for your iPhone – $1.14

This is pure genius. Never in a thousand years would I have thought to get extra styli for my smartphone…maybe because I don’t have one, but these are so cheap, I might have to get some anyway! Good stocking stuffers, too. Thanks, Sherri for the tip!


Wilton Holiday 6-piece Cookie Cutters – $5.76

Cookie Cutters! I never think to buy cookie cutters, but every December when I’m making Grandma Laura’s Sugar Cookies, I wished I had. Plus, if these get you free shipping, then they paid for themselves! I owe you one, Heather.

Batteries! – Starting at $3.99

“Oops, I bought too many batteries. We’ll never use these!” – said no one ever! Not a glamorous purchase, but so practical. Karla is a smart cookie!


Dover Books –  $1.50 and up

These Dover books can buy you hours of silence when you most need it. They have holiday books, science books, coloring books, and all sorts of activities to keep the kiddos occupied. What a bargain! Mary suggests keeping a few in your purse for a surprise when you’re stuck in a waiting room.

Other ideas suggested by the Facebook posse – hair products, jewelry, Christmas socks, chocolate, yarn, craft glue, Scotch tape, ginger candy, ear buds, throw pillow, and holiday stickers.

Of course, I’d be remiss if I neglected the Number One Answer of the night…


We can’t have too many books, can we? As much as we authors love to write and research, if we don’t sell books eventually we have to get a real job. So, if you’re looking to reach your free shipping, don’t forget you can always toss a book into the cart, too!

Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!



AMIC Button2


  1. Have you heard of this?

    • I hadn’t heard of that. That’s exactly what I needed! Thanks for the link!

  2. haha went to click on the Dover books link and it brings me to green battery’s guess the link is broken:)

    • i think auto correct messed with my name lol I hate auto correct most days;)

      • That’s a pretty severe change, LOL! I’d hate to see what it did to mine.

    • Thanks for letting me know! It should be fixed now.

  3. Did this on Facebook, whoops. Here’s my “hacks”: (Before I had prime) I kept a separate wishlist on Amazon for just this purpose. So whenever I was browsing and found something low price that I didn’t need right then, I’d put it in that wishlist and then when I did need a few dollars for shipping, I could go there and it made the decision much quicker! I named the wishlist “Stuff to throw in the cart”

    I’ll comment a few of the items from the list since I still have some in it. Pie Crust Protector

    You can tell I’m a homeschooler: microscope slides

    Plus any homeschool book that I have on my want list, so I can have an excuse to buy it before the kids get to it and I can oooo and awwww over it. 🙂 I’m nerdy like that. 🙂

    Dover coloring books (which you mention) are good for historical research too! The costume ones from historical eras describe every flounce.

    • Melissa, until this discussion I’d never thought of ordering Dover books. I usually find them at Cracker Barrel or somewhere similar, but that’s a great idea to get them for research! And the microscope slides…another item we never have enough of. Great ideas.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *