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Stretch holiday bucks even further right before and 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. But if you’re still searching for last-minute Christmas gifts, you might be out and about for some Super Saturday shopping.

Whatever your situation is, check out how to get the most bang for your holiday buck right before Christmas and during post-holiday online sales.

What is Super Saturday?

Also appropriately called “Panic Saturday,” Super Saturday is the last full shopping day before Christmas. In previous years just under 70% of the country’s population took part in Super Saturday shopping!

This year, Super Saturday falls on Saturday, December 22, 2018 — super close to Christmas Day, which falls on a Tuesday. 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 22, it’s not too late! Be on the lookout for serious last-minute savings for Super Saturday.

Looking to buy gifts for someone? See our guides for some great christmas gift ideas.

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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 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 10am – 6pm
Microsoft Store 10am – 7pm
Sears 8am – 7pm
Sephora 10am – 6pm
Target 7am – 10pm
Urban Outfitters 11am – 6pm
Walmart 7am – 6pm
Best Buy Store
Best Buy will be open for Christmas Eve, 2018. Shop in stores from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, December 24 for last-minute gifts.
GameStop Store
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 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Home Depot Store
Most Home Depots are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays, including Christmas Eve.
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 December 24 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Macys Store
Macy’s should be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Microsoft Store
In the past, Microsoft has extended its holiday store hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve in most locations. We’re expecting more of the same in 2018.
Sears Store
You can shop at most Sears stores on Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sephora Store
Sephora is slated to be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in most locations on the day before Christmas.
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.
Urban Outfitters Store
Depending the location, your nearest Urban Outfitters store may be open anywhere between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Walmart Store
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.

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

Free Shipping Day falls on Friday, December 14, 2018. 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.

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 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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