Trying to spend less in 2018? You don’t have to reduce shopping. Instead, take into account the timing of your purchases. Knowing when seasonal items tend go on sale and when major sales holidays take place lets you buy the items you’d purchase anyway, but pay considerably less for them.
Some local stores have extended their holiday hours to assist last-minute shoppers get all their Holiday opening times carried out in time for that holiday. All the hours below reflect the amount of time of every store as of the start of Friday at 4am thru Christmas Eve.
Holiday shopping can be overwhelming for anybody, but also for people on the autism spectrum who battle with sensory overstimulation, large stores bustling with crowds and holiday music can be a nightmare. Which explains why this concept is really cool: A Pennsylvania Target offers quiet shopping hours for people who have autism during the holidays. As someone who is kind of (very) obsessive about Target, this story makes me happy. And it makes me feel slightly better about spending too much of my paycheck in Target’s home wares section. (Seriously, I can’t seem to stop buying gold lamps. I adore them. I would like them everywhere.)
Families affected by autism in Lancaster, PA will have the opportunity to perform some low-stimulation shopping on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 a.m. The big event isn’t currently a business-wide initiative, but alternatively the work of the employees in the Lancaster location. A Target spokesperson tells Bustle:
At Target, we have been focused on creating an environment where we members and guests feel welcome, valued and respected. As an element of that commitment, we empower our store leaders to help make decisions that assist meet the needs of the guests they serve. The store leader of our Lancaster East store dealt with his team and local community partners to produce a welcoming shopping event for his guests on the autism spectrum and that we applaud his efforts.
The spokesperson stated that Target isn’t currently planning to hold such events in other areas, but the clients are “always looking for new ways 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 in place through Dec. 22. Zona Rosa is staying open an hour later Friday, until 10 p.m., and adding yet another hour weekdays by opening at 9 a.m. starting Monday.
Still, Mothers Day store hours advise people to check individual store hours should they know exactly where they wish to shop.Dean & Deluca lists 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. as its hours of operation on the Town Center Plaza & Crossings, but the center itself 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 a minimum of 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 able 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 might help, especially if this weekend’s weather makes shopping a little bit more difficult. Retailers mark this season as their most essential 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 as we approach the ultimate week before Christmas,” McDonald said.
A 10 p.m. stop time is widely followed in area shopping malls, with Sunday exceptions, however it pays to examine. The Legends Outlets in Kansas City, Kan., lists official holiday hours from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Websites for your Target and J.C. Penney stores there show longer hours.
Christmas Eve, a Saturday this year, has an even wider variation in hours, such as 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Independence Center and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Legends. Gifts at hand, eventually, shoppers will wbwchq to get alert to shipping deadlines to make certain Aunt Annie gets her fruitcake soon enough for Christmas. Thursday was the last day the closing hours said its retail ground delivery could get gifts where they may be going by Christmas. But other available choices at the USPS along with other services keep delivery options wide open.
Just remember that prices have a tendency to increase as the holiday nears. For instance, FedEx offers delivery on Dec. 24 on several shipping options, however, there is an additional $16 fee per package. Friday is definitely the last day Amazon free delivery will deliver by Christmas. Ditto for FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery. After a weekend of shopping, shipping deadlines commence to stack up.