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When to shop Christmas sales online and in stores

Stretch those holiday bucks on these special dates.

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Still searching for last-minute Christmas gifts? you might be out and about for some Super Saturday shopping. Or maybe you’re looking to wait until after the holiday to scoop up discounted items.

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 December 21.

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

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:

StoreChristmas Eve store hours
Apple Store11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Best Buy7 a.m.–6 p.m.
GamestopNoon–6 p.m.
Home Depot8 a.m.–7 p.m.
JCPenney7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Kohl’s7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Macy’s10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Microsoft Store10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sears8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sephora10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Target7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Urban Outfitters11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Walmart7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Best Buy Store
Best Buy will open on Christmas Eve. Shop in stores from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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 noon to 6 p.m.
Home Depot Store
Most Home Depots are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
JCPenney Store
JCPenney is extending its normal store hours to 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 will 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.
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 noon 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.

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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 Saturday, 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.

Find top Boxing Day sales you can shop online.

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Top Christmas sales and coupon codes

Hotels.com Hotels.com

Book now and stay later + save 8%

Enjoy an extra 8% off hotels with free cancellation on most hotels

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Boll & Branch Boll & Branch

Take an extra 15% off already marked down sale items

Plus a 30 day risk-free trial on all mattresses

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Journeys Journeys

Save up to 40% off footwear for the whole family

T&Cs apply.

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U Beauty U Beauty

20% off orders totaling $600 or more

Limited time special offer. Free shipping. T&Cs apply.

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Clinical Supplies Clinical Supplies
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Save 15% on made-in-USA N95 face masks and more

Save on 3M, N95, disposable, kids' and other face masks, plus sanitizer, thermometers and more. Limited-time only.

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Molekule Molekule

Save $140 on Air and Air Mini+ air purifiers

Limited-time only. T&Cs apply.

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Nectar Sleep Nectar Sleep

Get $399 worth of free accessories with any mattress purchase

T&Cs apply.

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DMB Supply DMB Supply
Exclusive

Save 10% on your entire order of masks and PPE

Exclusive deal! Limited-time only.

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Nike Nike

Up to 40% off sale on select styles

Free shipping for Nike Members. Select items only. T&Cs apply.

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Popular US - Top Deals - US Shopping coupon codes

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