Trying to spend less in 2018? You don’t need to reduce shopping. Instead, think about the timing of your purchases. Knowing when seasonal items tend go on sale and when major sales holidays occur lets you buy the items you’d purchase anyway, but pay considerably less for them.
Some local stores have extended their holiday hours to aid last-minute shoppers get all their Labor Day shop hours completed in time for your holiday. All the hours below reflect the amount of time of each store since the beginning of Friday at 4am thru Christmas Eve.
Holiday shopping may be overwhelming for anyone, however for people on the autism spectrum who battle with sensory overstimulation, large stores bustling with crowds and holiday music can be a nightmare. Which is the reason this idea is really cool: A Pennsylvania Target offers quiet shopping hours for those who have autism during the holidays. As somebody who is kind of (very) enthusiastic about Target, this story makes me happy. And it makes me feel a little bit better about spending way too much of my paycheck in Target’s home wares section. (Seriously, I can’t manage to stop buying gold lamps. I adore them. I desire them everywhere.)
Families afflicted with autism in Lancaster, PA will have the opportunity to accomplish some low-stimulation shopping on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 a.m. The celebration isn’t currently a business-wide initiative, but rather the work in the employees in the Lancaster location. A Target spokesperson tells Bustle:
At Target, we are dedicated to creating an environment where our company members and guests feel welcome, valued and respected. As part of that commitment, we empower our store leaders to make decisions that help meet the needs of the guests they serve. The store leader of our own Lancaster East store dealt with his team and native community partners to produce a welcoming shopping event for his guests on the autism spectrum so we applaud his efforts.
The spokesperson said that Target isn’t currently planning to hold such events in other areas, but the company is “always looking for new approaches to further enhance our guests’ shopping experience.”
Late holiday shopping officially has begun as malls and stores open earlier and close later and shipping deadlines loom. Oak Park Mall kicks off its extended weekday shopping hours – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.- starting Friday and is holding them set up through Dec. 22. Zona Rosa is staying open an hour or so later Friday, until 10 p.m., and adding yet another hour weekdays by opening at 9 a.m. starting Monday.
Still, opening hours advise customers to check individual store hours should they understand specifically where they want to shop.Dean & Deluca lists 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. as its hours of operation at the Town Center Plaza & Crossings, but the center is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., except Sunday.
Summit Fair and Summit Woods Crossing, both in Lee’s Summit, each require stores in the open-air centers to keep their doors open at the very least throughout the malls’ extended holiday hours, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., said Katie McDonald with Red Development. Stores may open earlier and close later. For all those ready to shop ’til the midnight hour, McDonald said, anchors J.C. Penney and Macy’s each will be open that late Friday and Saturday, with J.C. Penney also open Sunday until midnight.
It could help, particularly when this weekend’s weather makes shopping a little bit more difficult. Retailers mark this coming year his or her most significant days of the season. Shopping hours typically begin earlier and stretch later into the night hoping accommodating busy holiday schedules. “We are getting excited about wrapping up another successful holiday shopping season while we approach the ultimate week before Christmas,” McDonald said.
A 10 p.m. stop time is widely followed in area shopping centers, with Sunday exceptions, but it pays to check on. The Legends Outlets in Kansas City, Kan., lists official holiday hours from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Websites for that Target and J.C. Penney stores there show longer hours.
Christmas Eve, a Saturday this year, provides an even wider variation in hours, including 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Independence Center and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Legends. Gifts in hand, finally, shoppers will wbwchq to get alert to shipping deadlines to ensure Aunt Annie gets her fruitcake soon enough for Christmas. Thursday was the very last day the Valentine’s Day store closing and opening hours said its retail ground delivery might get gifts where they are going by Christmas. But other available choices on the USPS as well as other services keep delivery options wide open.
Remember that prices often increase since the holiday nears. As an example, FedEx offers delivery on Dec. 24 on several shipping options, there is however an added $16 fee per package. Friday is the last day Amazon free freight will deliver by Christmas. Ditto for FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery. Following a weekend of shopping, shipping deadlines start to stack up.