What to Take Advantage of This Holiday Season

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Holiday shopping is going to look a lot different this year due to COVID-19, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Though living through a global pandemic has not been easy on shoppers or retailers, it has forced businesses to get creative. 

Instead of wishing we could shop the way we did in 2019, try to take advantage of the new services retailers have to offer.

Here’s what you should definitely be taking advantage of this holiday season to save you time, money, and energy. 

Curbside Pickup

Almost every major retailer is offering curbside pickup this holiday season and it’s something you should most certainly be taking advantage of. 

If you’re in a pinch and need something from Target or Walmart ASAP, utilize their curbside pickup and have what you’re looking for in a matter of hours. 

This will keep you safe and away from the normal holiday crowds, but it’ll also get you what you need in a very timely fashion. Plus, you don’t even have to put on real clothes to do it! Win, win.

Online Deals

Many of the deals that will be happening through Christmas will be offered both in-stores and online, so you don’t have to worry about going to your local Target to snag that TV you’ve been waiting for.

Utilize the online sales and make sure to bookmark your favorite sites so you can stay up-to-date on all the deals.

Early Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday shopping usually begins on Thanksgiving Day, but because of COVID-19, countless retailers are starting them early. In fact, in some cases (like Target), they’re already happening! 

Though you won’t get to shop in-stores on Thanksgiving Day, it is really nice to have an entire month to get all your shopping done. Take advantage of the early deals and start now.

Extended Return Windows

Because of COVID-19 and the fact that so many shoppers are choosing to stay home this holiday season, retailers have extended their return windows. 

Walmart, Target, Amazon, and many other places are making it easier for shoppers to return unwanted items, so shop early without fear of missing the return window. However, do make sure to check every store’s return policy ahead of time. 

Christmas Tree Delivery

Instead of going to a Christmas tree farm to buy one yourself — which, let’s be honest, is a major pain — let Lowe’s deliver one to your home for free. That’s right, for free.

Rather than having to deal with crowds and figure out how to fit the tree in your car, Lowe’s is offering free Christmas tree delivery within two to five days.