The best holiday shipping deals

By Lori Bongiorno

Consider shopping online instead of making a trip to the mall this holiday season.

You'll save time (on driving, parking, and waiting in line) and money (it's easier tocomparison shop online).

It's a lot less stressful since you don't have to deal with crowded stores.

Purchasing something on the Internet is more efficient than a dedicated car ride to the store, so shopping online is good for the environment too.

One downside to online shopping is that shipping costs can add up quickly. Luckily, several mainstream retailers, such as Apple, Kmart, and Nike, are offering sweet shipping deals this year.

Most of the free shipping offers are based on ground shipping, a plus for the planet as well as your wallet since sending a package by plane emits eight times more carbon dioxidethan sending by truck.

These deals will get you started:

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