December 17th is the fourth annual Free Shipping Day, started by entrepeneurs Luke and Maisie Knowles in 2008.

More than 1500 nline retailers have already registered

Keep in mind Free Shipping doesn't always mean free return shipping so check return policies. Or take advantage of Free Shipping Day to send flowers and gift baskets to friends and relatives.

To maximize your savings, use a price comparison site such asGoogleShopper, or stores that offer free shipping offset the savings with inflated prices.

And makes sure to earn points while you shop by enrolling in My Points,Ebates, orSwag Bucks. The point accumulate and you earn gift cards or even cash back.

And look for coupon codes, andRetailMeNot.comto get additional discounts .

Free Shipping Day is far from the only day consumers will find free shipping since many online stores offer the service every day, butit will become more scarce as Christmas approaches.

For money saving tips thoughtout the week follow ValuesVal on Twitter and Like Valerie Hoff Ways to Save on Facebook.

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