Didn't get everything on your list on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Not to worry, deals are still to be had. Free Shipping Day is coming on December 17.
On Free Shipping Day, you'll find plenty of pre-Christmas deals online with free shipping and guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. Many stores who always offer free shipping will lower or eliminate the minimum purchase amounts required for free shipping.
FreeShippingDay.com has a list of 1,173 merchants participating in Free Shipping Day this year, from Kohl's and Home Depot to Best Buy, Tiny Prints and Red Envelope.
"Free Shipping Day makes procrastination possible," the website proclaims.
What's the Catch?
You can try to plan ahead and put off making purchases from participating retailers until Free Shipping Day, but know that some stores won't reveal their participation until December 17. If you want the news sooner, contact customer service of the store directly, or connect with them on Facebook or Twitter.
On Free Shipping Day, some of the stores that offer free shipping will also throw in additional savings and discounts, but not all merchants will offer free shipping on everything on their websites.
Why Offer Free Shipping on One Day?
In 2010, online shoppers spent $942 million on Free Shipping Day, to make it the third-highest spending day of the holiday season that year.
Free Shipping Day was created by Luke Knowles and his wife in 2007. According to FreeShippingDay.com, Knowles understood the impact last-minute gift shopping has on the the holiday retail season, but knew that online merchants' early December cut-off for Christmas delivery discouraged last-minute shoppers from heading to the Internet.