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How to Get Free Shipping in Time for Christmas

by Elizabeth Harper on December 17, 2018

The holidays are nearly here, but there's still time to shop online with free delivery before Christmas. With standard shipping — free at many retailers this holiday season — you can typically expect your packages to arrive before Christmas (but check before you click buy). As we get closer to the big day, you can expect to pay extra for last-minute shipping, and some stores even offer same-day delivery on the 24th.

If you're looking for free shipping, you need to order very soon. Amazon has just extended its cut-off date for free Christmas delivery with no minimum purchase, but if you're not a Amazon Prime member, you need to place your order by tomorrow . If you're shopping online (or shipping your own holiday packages) here are the cut-off dates you need to know.

December 17

  • Ground or Home Delivery from FedEx
  • Standard shipping from Dell
  • Ground shipping from GameStop
  • Standard shipping from Lowe's

December 18

  • 3 Day Select from UPS
  • Free shipping from Amazon
  • Standard shipping from Kmart

December 19

December 20

  • 2Day from FedEx
  • 2nd Day Air from UPS
  • First Class and Priority Mail from USPS
  • Standard shipping from Best Buy
  • One-day shipping from GameStop
  • Premium shipping from Kmart
  • Standard shipping from Walmart

December 21

  • Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight and First Overnight from FedEx
  • Next Day Air from UPS
  • Expedited shipping from Barnes & Noble

December 22

  • Priority Mail Express from USPS
  • Two-day shipping from Amazon
  • Two-day shipping from Target
  • Standard shipping from Walmart for eligible items in select locations

December 23

  • One-day shipping from Amazon

December 24

  • Same-day delivery from Amazon in select areas (for Prime members)
  • Same-day delivery from Best Buy in select areas
  • Same-day delivery from Target in select areas (for Shipt members)

If you're in a rush, check out our story on How to Get Anything Delivered in an Hour. Concerned about package theft? Be sure to check out our story on 9 Ways to Prevent Your Packages From Being Stolen.

[Image credit: stack of packages via BigStockPhoto]


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