This is for all the procrastinators out there. You know who you are! If you don’t have your online orders for holiday gifts placed yet, you better get it done ASAP and here is why!
Online Ordering Deadlines
According to Consumer Reports, it is anticipated that online shopping will be off the charts this year and that the increased volume will place a tremendous strain on package delivery companies this holiday season. You can click the link for a list of holiday shipping cut off dates.
This Saturday, December 14th is Free Shipping Day. Hundreds of Merchants will participate in offering free 2 day shipping options. You can also click the link to find out which merchants are participating and to get coupons and free shipping codes.
What if you missed the Deadline!
If you do run out of time, there is still hope. Another helpful option which I have used myself several times this holiday season, is to Order Online and Pickup in Store. It’s easy because you don’t have to hunt for the products in the store or wait in the long lines to check out.
- Place your order and pay online (this option still allows you to use shopping portals for rebates)
- Wait for an alert that your package is ready for pick up
- Go to the designated area at the store to pick up your items
- Some stores even have special parking spots designated for customers doing an online pick up
Of course, you can still hit the brick and mortar stores up until Christmas Eve, but you will be fighting the crowds, chancing items will no longer be available and standing in long lines to check out.
Good Luck and Happy Holidays!