Friday is your day to score Free Shipping

This year that happy day, Free Shipping Day! arrives on Friday, Dec. 17, and anything you order from more than 1,000 participating retailers has guaranteed delivery by Dec. 24. Not bad, right?

But wait, there’s more! By using an ingenious method of “stacking” online deals, you can score one, two or even three additional discounts above and beyond the free shipping deal. Just ask Kevin Johnson about the extra-thick down comforter he scored for practically no money last winter. He did it by stacking these offers:

– A huge sale that Macy’s was having anyway.
– Free shipping.
– An online coupon code for more than 30 percent off.
– An 8 percent cash-back deal that he got for shopping at Macy’s via the site Ebates.com.

Granted, Johnson is the chief executive officer of Ebates.com but he’s as giddy as anybody would be about masterminding that comforter purchase.

He noted that in certain cases it’s possible to stack the online deals even higher: Some retailers provide extra discounts when you use their credit cards or participate in exclusive “friends and family” sales.

Ebates has been around for 12 years now, and Johnson has been at the helm for two and a half of them. The site is a clearinghouse that sends shoppers to 1,200 large and small retailers and alerts shoppers to those stores’ free-shipping offers and coupons.

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