My Best Hack for Successful Online Shopping

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Outfit Details:
J’Adore Tee (under $20!)
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Firmoo Glasses (style no longer available)
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Today I want to share my best hack for online shopping.

I hear from so many of you that you hate to online shop because…

  • What if it doesn’t fit?
  • I can’t try it on before you buy it?
  • What if I order the wrong size and need to exchange?
  • I don’t want to spend my money or time sending it back.

This is where my best hack comes into play.

Shop at stores with FREE SHIPPING + EASY RETURNS. Try several sizes on at home, and then use the free USPS mail pickup service to send back the ones that don’t fit. 

It’s as easy as that. You can order multiple sizes, try them on in the comfort of your own home, pack up whatever didn’t work, slap on the return sticker, and then schedule a mail pickup. You get your money refunded within a couple of days, and voila!

Discovering this hack, and how much time and headache it saved me has been life changing.



Free shipping all the time, and all packages come with pre-paid return labels, ready to peel and stick and send back if needed. There’s no time limit for returns, and their customer service beats anyone else, and they’ll do anything to keep their customers satisfied. Their full refund/exchange policy is right here.


Their now connected with Amazon, so everything comes with free 2-day Prime shipping — woohoo! Your package will also come with a pre-paid return label but you have to return within 15 days of receiving your items. Otherwise they’ll charge you $10.


If you sign up for Zappos Rewards (which is free), you get free super fast shipping on all your orders. All of my orders can be as fast as 1 business day! They also have a 365 day return policy. You can return anything in its original condition for an entire year! The pre-paid label does not come in your package, but it’s easy to print it out on their site and send off your returns.


If you become a Madewell Insider (which is free), you get free shipping and free returns always. Worth taking the two seconds to plug in your email address to create an account.

American Eagle.

Free shipping on orders over $50, always. They don’t have free returns on everything, but they always do on all swimsuits and jeans. You’ll see a pre-paid return label in your cart when you checkout, and it shows up in your package ready to peel and stick if you need to return. This is perfect for trying a few different sizes of swimsuits and jeans, and then sending back what didn’t work.


They have free standard shipping on orders over $50, or free 2-day shipping in the USA on orders over $120. Just make sure you put in the code EXPRESSUSA.  The pre-paid label will be on your product packaging. Just peel, stick, and send back what doesn’t fit.

Urban Outfitters.

Orders over $50 are free, and a pre-paid return label will show up in your packaging!


Trust me, ordering a few sizes and trying them on AT HOME is so much easier than going to the store. And you’re not out any money when you get free shipping and a free pre-paid label to send back the sizes that don’t work. Give it a try!

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  1. EMily says:

    Hey Merrick!

    I was wondering if you have any suggestions on styling school uniforms? I have to wear any color plain polo and tan or black pants. I want to make shoes and accessories look stylish even though i have to wear uniforms. Also, do you know where to buy cheap but stylish (just like you) and modest clothing? i like your styles, but am trying to find more affordable stuff. 🙂

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