Monica Beyer

Monica Beyer is the author of two books and has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared at SheKnows, Babble, Mental Floss, Good Magazine, and Good Housekeeping. As a mom of four kids, she's mastered stretching her dollars until they squeak.
  • Holidays

    Don't Miss These Important Holiday Shipping Deadlines

    Consumers shipping packages to loved ones or doing holiday shopping online have to keep a few important dates in mind before they buy. Christmas (Dec. 25) falls on a Sunday in 2016, which means that shipping cutoff dates may be a little earlier than in previous years. Here are the deadlines for the major shipping services, as well as some popular retail sites. (These deadlines apply within the contiguous United States and are typically earlier for Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories.) FedEx Friday, Dec. 23 for FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx 2Day (for delivery on Dec. 24). Note that an additional $16 fee applies for Saturday delivery. FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery don't deliver on Saturday, Dec. 24, so check FedEx Ground service maps to determine transit time. Sunday, Dec. 25 for FedEx SameDay UPS For delivery on Friday, Dec. 23: Monday, Dec. 19 for UPS 3 Day Select Wednesday, Dec. 21 for UPS 2nd Day Air Thursday, Dec. 22 for UPS Next Day Air U.S. Postal Service Thursday, Dec. 15 for Retail Ground Tuesday, Dec. 20 for First-Class Mail (which includes Christmas cards) Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Priority Mail Friday, Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express Amazon Friday, Dec. 16 for Free Shipping by Amazon Monday, Dec. 19 for Standard Shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 for Two-Day Shipping Friday, Dec. 23 for One-Day Shipping Saturday, Dec. 24 by 9:30 a.m. local time for Same-Day Delivery and by 9:30 p.m. local time for Two-Hour Delivery with Prime Now (both available only in select cities) American Girl Wednesday, Dec. 14 for standard shipping Wednesday, Dec. 21 for rush shipping (Christmas delivery guaranteed or shipping of in-stock items is free -- although the company does not accept responsibility for weather-related delays) Barnes & Noble Monday, Dec. 19 for Standard Shipping Tuesday, Dec. 20 for Member Express Shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 for Expedited Shipping Bath & Body Works Friday, Dec. 16 for Standard Shipping Wednesday, Dec. 21 by 5:59 p.m. EST for Expedited Delivery Thursday, Dec. 22 by 5:59 p.m. EST for Express Delivery Bed Bath and Beyond Monday, Dec. 19 for Standard Shipping Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Expedited Shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 for Express Shipping Best Buy Wednesday, Dec. 21 before 10:30 a.m. CST Cabela's Monday, Dec.19 for Standard Express Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Guaranteed Express Thursday, Dec. 22 for Overnight Air Express Cost Plus World Market Thursday, Dec. 15 for ground shipping (Monday, Dec. 12 for rugs, furniture, and select online-only items) Wednesday, Dec. 21 by 6 a.m. PST for second-day shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 by 6 a.m. PST for overnight shipping Dell For PCs designated as "Ships Same Day": Friday, Dec. 16 by 2 p.m. CST for Standard Delivery Wednesday, Dec. 21 by 2 p.m. CST for Expedited Delivery Thursday, Dec. 22 by 2 p.m. CST for Express Delivery Gap Sunday, Dec. 18 for Free Standard Delivery (on orders $50 or more) JC Penney Friday, Dec. 16 for Ship to Store Monday, Dec. 19 for Standard Delivery Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Express Delivery Thursday, Dec. 22 before noon CST for Expedited Delivery Kmart Monday, Dec. 19 for Free Shipping Wednesday, Dec. 21 by 4 p.m. CST for Standard Shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 by 4 p.m. CST for Premium Shipping L.L. Bean Wednesday, Dec. 21 by noon for free shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 by noon for express shipping Deadlines differ for monogrammed items, wreaths, and gift cards. Newegg Wednesday, Dec. 14 for Super Eggsaver Shipping Friday, Dec. 16 for Large Item Delivery Tuesday, Dec. 20 for 3 Business Day Shipping Wednesday, Dec. 21 for 2 Business Day Shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 for 1 Business Day Shipping Nordstrom Wednesday, Dec. 21 by noon EST for two-business-day shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 by noon EST for free standard shipping Friday, Dec. 23 by noon EST for $10 rush shipping Old Navy Sunday, Dec. 18 for Free Standard Delivery (on orders of $50 or more) Overstock Friday, Dec. 16 for Free Standard Shipping Monday, Dec. 19 for Upgraded 3-Day Shipping Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Expedited 2-Day Shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 for Express 1-Day Shipping Pottery Barn Tuesday, Dec. 20 by 2 p.m. PST for standard shipping (Tuesday, Dec. 13 by 5 p.m. PST for gift cards) Thursday, Dec. 22 by 7 p.m. PST for rush shipping (9 a.m. PST for gift cards) Sears Monday, Dec. 19 for Free Shipping Wednesday, Dec. 21 by 4 p.m. CST for Standard Shipping Thursday, Dec. 22 by 4 p.m. CST for Premium Shipping Target Look for the free Holiday Shipping Delivery option to make sure a gift arrives before Christmas. Toys R Us Monday, Dec. 19 for Free Shipping (on orders of $19 or more) Wednesday, Dec. 21 for Expedited Shipping (by 3 p.m. EST) or Express Shipping (by 11:59 p.m. EST)