While you might score a sweet deal on an Instant Pot for your mom or a new set of speakers for your brother, those savings can go to waste if you forget about one thing: shipping costs. (And yes, they can surely add up and end up costing you even more than what the gifts cost originally — especially if you wait for last minute to order!)
If you shop online for gifts (don't we all?), it’s important to be smart about when you shop so that you don't get trapped by higher holiday pricing. Plus, who doesn't want to save money during the holiday season when the wallet is starting to get a bit light?
According to budget blogger Lauren Greutman, here are important dates to keep in mind if you want to get your gifts by Christmas without breaking the bank on shipping costs:
December 14: Free Shipping Day! That means participating retailers offer shipping at no cost. (Pro Tip: If you don't have Amazon Prime, THIS is the day to shop!)
December 16: The initial cut-off date for shipping if you don't want to pay for expedited shipping.
December 20: The definitive shipping cut-off date before retailers start charging you as much as you spent on the gift to get it in time for Christmas.