December 11, 2009 12:39 ET

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It's Not Too Late to Beat Christmas Shipping Deadlines

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - December 11, 2009) - Christmas morning is only 14 days away, and while consumers may be feeling the deadline pressure, wants them to know it's not too late to save and ship in time. The team at has created the Holiday Savings Center to help anyone manage holiday shopping on a budget. The savings center includes an easy-to-reference calendar of deadlines for standard and expedited shipping from popular retailers. also recommends these savings tips:

-- It's not too late, but it's time to shop: Some standard shipping deadlines are as early as this weekend or early next week. Expedited shipping can cost significantly more and start to eat into shopping budgets. For consumers who know what they want to buy, it's worth placing orders before the standard shipping deadlines expire. Knowing the last Christmas shipping days for your favorite online retailers will help ensure your gifts arrive in time.

-- Don't forget to look for free shipping offers: Many retailers this season continue to offer free shipping specials, even as Christmas approaches. Often, free shipping requires spending a minimum amount. Consumers who can combine multiple purchases at a retailer can hit that spending requirement easily and qualify for free shipping -- which is always a great deal!

-- Stay organized: As consumers shop online, merchants will provide a confirmation page and/or an email receipt that generally will have shipping details included. Keeping copies of the confirmations in one place, either on a computer or printouts in a folder, will make life easier for anyone who wants to track exactly where extra special gifts are in the shipping process.

-- Do your homework. Plan a shopping list and budget carefully before beginning to shop. The Holiday Savings Center features planning tools any consumer can use, including a Holiday Budget Calculator. And don't forget to plan for items you'll need but are easy to overlook. A few bottles of wine for host gifts and last minute wrapping and greeting card supplies can quickly add up.

-- Get offers! Consumers -- especially this year -- should not click "buy now" without a coupon or discount code at the ready. Sites like collect the best deals from thousands of merchants, putting the latest coupons, promotions, freebies and more right at your fingertips. And you can be sure everything on the site is current and valid because it's checked daily by editors who also post helpful, money-saving tips on the site's blog. Consumers can still find great Christmas online deals at

Happy savings!

About saves consumers time and money by helping them find the best offers from more than 1,800 online stores and companies. Offers are organized by travel and service companies, and retail stores. The site has more than 11,000 of the best offers, including promotions, coupons and coupon codes, clearance items, free trials and free offers.

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