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When to shop Christmas sales online and in stores

Stretch those holiday bucks on these special dates, including Super Saturday.

Last-minute Christmas gifts don't have to ding your wallet or your holiday spirit. We've broken down when to shop to get the most bang for your buck right before the holiday.

What is Super Saturday?

Also appropriately called “Panic Saturday,” Super Saturday is the last full shopping day before Christmas. In 2020, Super Saturday falls on December 19.

Keep in mind that your Super Saturday shopping experience may look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shopping online is the best way to minimize your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, and many retailers, such as Amazon, Macy's, Victoria's Secret and more, should be able to send your order in time for Christmas even if you shop on Super Saturday.

If you do decide to venture out on Super Saturday, be sure to bring along PPE like a mask, disposable gloves and hand sanitizer.

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Christmas Eve store hours

Many retailers are open on Christmas Eve, but they may have limited store hours. You'll want to double-check with your local store before heading out into the cold, but here are some projected Christmas Eve hours for some popular retailers:

Apple Store

11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Best Buy

7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Gamestop

Noon–6 p.m.

Home Depot

8 a.m.–7 p.m.

JCPenney

7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Kohl's

7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Macy's

10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Microsoft Store

10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Sears

8 a.m.–7 p.m.

Sephora

10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Target

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Urban Outfitters

11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Walmart

7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Best Buy will open on Christmas Eve. Shop in stores from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for last-minute gifts.Shop
Gamestop hours can vary depending on the location and if it's located inside of a mall. Many Gamestop stores will be open on Christmas Eve from noon to 6 p.m.Shop
Most Home Depots are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.Shop
JCPenney is extending its normal store hours to open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve this year.Shop
Most Kohl's stores will be open on December 24 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.Shop
Macy's will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.Shop
In the past, Microsoft has extended its holiday store hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve in most locations.Shop
You can shop at most Sears stores on Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Shop
Sephora is slated to be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in most locations on the day before Christmas.Shop
Many Target locations currently have extended holiday shopping hours, which includes Christmas Eve. Most stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on December 24.Shop
Depending the location, your nearest Urban Outfitters store may be open anywhere between 10 a.m. and noon until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.Shop
In 2017, Walmart implemented a new Christmas Eve policy and closed stores at 6 p.m. for its employees to have a little extra time with their families. Expect Walmart to close at 6 p.m. this year too.Shop

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What stores are closed on Christmas Day?

Most retailers are closed on Christmas Day, with the exception of Starbucks and Family Dollar, which both have limited hours on Christmas this year. Drugstores like CVS and Walgreens are typically open regular hours on Christmas Day, although the pharmacy may be closed or have limited hours.

Still have shopping to do? Shop online on Christmas Day without venturing out into the cold or feeling guilty about employees who are stuck working on Christmas.

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Tips on how to shop Christmas sales in December

November and December are historically two of the biggest shopping months, so it’s no surprise that most stores offer some of their biggest savings during the holiday shopping season. So before paying full-price for anything this time of the year, take a look at these Christmas shopping tips for December and save big:

Shop on Free Shipping Day

This year, Free Shipping Day falls on Monday, December 14. Over 1,000 stores, including Target and Best Buy, will nix shipping fees when you order.

Plus, most orders are guaranteed to get to you by Christmas Eve.

Take advantage of Amazon Prime

If you don’t already have Amazon Prime, sign up for your 30-day free trial now and cash in on free two-day shipping. Just remember to cancel your trial if you don’t want to be automatically billed when your trial is over.

Sign up for rewards programs

Even though your email inbox might be filled to the brim, it might be worth it to sign up for store rewards programs. You could earn instant savings and even free shipping promos. Keep your credit card rewards programs in mind as well – there are plenty of great Christmas credit card options.

Download store apps

Download store apps to shop right from your smartphone. You might even get special discounts and handy price comparison tools just by using the app.

Some companies like Expedia.com run exclusive Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials through their mobile apps.

Ask about price-matching

Many retailers will price match to save you even more on holiday shopping. However, some policies only count in-store purchases — not online deals — so read the fine print.

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What is Boxing Day?

Boxing Day always falls on December 26, the day after Christmas. In some countries, including Great Britain and Ireland, Boxing Day is actually a national holiday.

For others, it’s another shopping extravaganza like Black Friday and Super Saturday. Shoppers can usually find low prices on items like Christmas décor, clothing, video games, electronics and much more.

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Top Christmas sales and coupon codes

HP
Deal

Get up to 45% off and free shipping on computers

Adidas
Deal

Up to 50% off shoes, apparel and more

Target
Deal

Buy $50 worth of women’s clothing at Target and get a $10 gift card.

ASOS
Deal

20% off sitewide over $50 for new customers

Forever 21
Deal

60% off Final Few styles

T&Cs apply.
Forever 21
Deal

20% off your first in-app purchase

When you spend $65 or more.
Forever 21
Deal

2 for $30 select women's athletic styles

T&Cs apply.
Chewy
Deal

30% off your first Autoship order

Then 5% off all future Autoship deliveries. Free shipping on orders over $49.
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