Final chance: Christmas packages need to get shipped today

Posted at 12:51 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 14:45:09-05
Millions of packages still have to get to homes in the coming days before Christmas — and that’s why you need to pay close attention to two important shipping deadlines.

The two dates to remember

Face it: We’ve been spoiled by Amazon. We’ve grown accustomed to placing an order, getting free shipping and then watching Amazon’s magical warehouses get the order to us in two days.

But that’s about to end. says you should ideally place all your holiday orders by today, Dec. 15, which is Free Shipping Day.

You’ll get free shipping at more than 1,000 retailers, and they promise your order will arrive by Christmas.

Meantime, every shipping site has its own deadlines for ground shipping, after which prices can skyrocket. It’s confusing.

But there are really only two dates you need to remember. Besides today, the other date to remember is Monday, Dec. 18.

It’s the last day for Amazon Standard Shipping—free for Prime members—and also for affordable three-day shipping from UPS. (You can get free two-day shipping from Amazon if you’re a Prime member until Dec. 22, but that seems like it’s cutting it pretty close.)

By Tuesday, Dec. 19 you’ll have to pay for expedited shipping with most sellers, and if it costs you $15 or $20 to ship a $20 gift, that seems like a waste of money.

Sure, you can ship as late as Friday, Dec. 22, but you probably don’t want to do that. You could pay as much as $50 to overnight a package.

Bottom line: If you are ordering something in the final week before Christmas, be sure to check shipping rates.

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