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Stretch holiday bucks even further by shopping online and saving after Christmas.

Lots of retailers are known for dropping fresh sales between Christmas and New Year’s, so it’s an excellent time of year to catch big savings on just about anything — from clothing to tech items to furniture and more. Check out how to get the most bang for your holiday buck right before Christmas and during post-holiday online sales.

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What is Super Saturday?

Also appropriately called “Panic Saturday,” Super Saturday is the last full shopping day before Christmas. In 2016, more than 150 million Americans took part in Super Saturday shopping, which is just under 70% of the country’s population!

This year, Super Saturday falls on Saturday, December 23, 2017 — super close to Christmas Day, which falls on a Monday. You’ll likely have the most luck finding what you need in time by shopping in stores rather than online. But if what you need is only online, look into overnight shipping policies that close to Christmas.

If you still have a few items to check off your list come December 23, it’s not too late! Be on the lookout for serious last-minute savings for Super Saturday.

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Christmas Eve store hours

Many retailers are going to be open on Christmas Eve, 2017, but since it falls on a Sunday this year, you might find limited store hours. You’ll want to double-check with your local store, but here are some projected Christmas Eve hours for some of the most popular retailers:

Store Christmas Eve Store Hours
The Apple Store 11am – 6pm
Best Buy 7am – 6pm
Gamestop 12pm – 6pm
Home Depot 8am – 7pm
JCPenney 7am – 6pm
Kohl’s 7am – 6pm
Macy’s 11am – 6pm
Microsoft Store 10am – 7pm
Sears 8am – 7pm
Sephora 11am – 6pm
Target 7am – 10pm
Urban Outfitters 12pm – 6pm
Walmart 7am – 6pm
Apple Store

Apple hasn’t announced any major changes to its store hours for Christmas Eve this year, so expect most stores to be open during the usual Sunday hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Best Buy Store

Best Buy will be extending its store hours for Christmas Eve, 2017. Shop in stores from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 24.

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GameStop Store

Gamestop hours can vary depending on the location and if it’s located inside of a mall. Many Gamestops will be open on Christmas Eve from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Home Depot Store

Most Home Depots are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays, including Christmas Eve.

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JCPenney Store

JCPenney are extending its normal Sunday store hours to be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve this year.

Kohl's Store

Most Kohl’s stores will be open on Sunday, December 24, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Macys Store

Macy’s is normally opened from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, and those same hours should still apply to most locations on Christmas Eve.

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Microsoft Store

Microsoft is planning to hold extended holiday store hours this year, so be ready to shop from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve in most locations.

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Sears Store

You can shop at most Sears stores on Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sephora Store

On most normal Sundays, Sephora is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., but the beauty retailer hasn’t mentioned any specific changes for Christmas Eve. Check with your local store to be sure before heading out.

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Target Store

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.

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Urban Outfitters Store

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.

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Walmart Store

Last year, 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.

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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.

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. Free Shipping Day® falls on Friday, December 15, 2017. Over 1,000 stores, including Target, Toys “R” Us, and Best Buy, will be nixing 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 while you’re finishing your holiday shopping. You could earn instant savings and even free shipping promos.
  • Download store apps. Do your Christmas shopping right from your smartphone by downloading store apps. You might even get special discounts and handy price comparison tools just for getting the app.
  • Ask about price-matching. Many retailers will price-match right now to scoop up your holiday shopping business. 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 is always 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, similar to Black Friday, Green Monday and Super Saturday. Shoppers can usually find low prices on all sorts of items like Christmas décor, clothing, video games, electronics and much more.

Find top Boxing Day sales you can shop online here.

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Top Christmas sales & coupon codes:

Target Target

5% off everything with Target REDcard including most Black Friday deals

Save on almost all purchases at Target when you use a Target REDcard™ Credit Card

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Missguided Missguided

50% off sitewide

Excludes sale, outlet and beauty

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Boohoo Boohoo

50% off any order

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ThinkGeek ThinkGeek

25% off Pokemon

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Home Depot Home Depot

Get up to $500 off when you purchase six appliances or more

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Amazon Amazon

Shop pre-Black Friday sales

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Home Depot Home Depot

Get $60 off when you buy two appliances

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Lowe's Lowe's

Save up to 40% on appliances and up to 50% on tools

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Walmart Walmart

Shop the Dashing Through the Deals sale

New sales added daily!

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Popular US - Top Deals - US Shopping coupon codes

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13 Nov 2018 $30 off select orders QL6****
13 Nov 2018 20% off qualifying purchase 20O****
14 Nov 2018 $5 off orders $115 or more AFE****
14 Nov 2018 15% off any order 15R****
14 Nov 2018 55% off dresses DRE****
16 Nov 2018 5% off everything with Target REDcard including most Black Friday deals ********
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Gabrielle Pastorek

Gabrielle Pastorek writes about fashion, beauty and finance. Gabrielle loves helping people find a great deal, whether it's in their shopping cart or on a credit card. In her free time, she exercises her creative muscles by writing short stories.

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