When you're shopping online, shipping costs can make a big difference. I once filled a virtual shopping cart only to abandon it at checkout when I realized how much shipping would cost.
Many sites advertise the minimum order value you need to qualify for free shipping. For Amazon, that minimum is $35 ($25 for books). Not too bad, unless your item is only a few dollars. Or worse, your order total is just shy of the minimum!
Instead of succumbing to shipping costs, you can just add a few cheaper items to your cart that will put you at $35. Not sure where to look for these cheaper items? Try Amazon Filler Item Finder. It's a straightforward website that gives you suggestions for items that will help you reach the shipping minimum.
It's really easy to use. Let's say the initial item you want to buy costs $31.36. Type in 3.64 into the "Amount you need for free shipping" box and hit search. You'll see a whole list of products on Amazon that cost between $3.69 and $4.99. Then just click a link to one of the products and it will take you to the Amazon site so that you can add it to your cart.
This seems like a great solution if the extra amount you spend is less than how much it would cost to ship the item. That cost can vary by item and how quickly you wish to receive it.
However, if you find yourself using the Amazon Filler Item Finder a lot, then it may be more cost-effective to purchase an Amazon Prime membership. With a Prime membership, you can get free two-day, same-day, or even two-hour shipping! It's $99 per year or $10.99 per month. Read this article to learn about some of the other perks that come with being a Prime member.