Online shopping has rapidly become the preferred way to shop, and as more retailers offer free shipping, it's hard to justify ever paying for it. Even if you can't meet the minimum amount required to qualify for free shipping, you have options. Check websites like FreeShipping.org for shipping codes, or opt to have your items shipped to a nearby store and pick them up for free.
And although online shopping is clearly the wave of the future, there is still the human-based option of ordering by phone and asking nicely to waive the shipping charges. You'd be surprised what a little common courtesy will do.