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6 Expert Shopping Tips to Know for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Red cups are now at Starbucks and Christmas car commercials are starting to air, so it must be holiday shopping season. I’m here to help make your holiday gift planning a little easier by filling you in on some of the new Amazon perks (for both Prime and non-Prime members). Plus, discover other stress-relieving holiday shopping tips.

#1: Free Next and Same-Day Shipping for Prime Members on More Items

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[st_content_ad]According to a press release, Amazon has expanded next-day Prime shipping to include over 10 million items, and same-day shipping to millions more.

Don’t have Prime? Sign up for a 30-day free trial here and get your holiday gifts delivered the same day for free before the holidays.

#2: Choose Your Delivery Spot

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This holiday season, you’ll be able to choose (for free) to have your packages delivered to a self-service Hub Locker or to a pick-up point at stores like Rite Aid, GNC, and more. Click here to find a secure location near you.

#3: Black Friday Deals Have Already Started

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Did you know Amazon already has thousands of Black Friday deals live? You can shop here by department category.

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#4: Don’t Like Shopping Online? Amazon Is Launching Pop-Up Stores Nationwide

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For those who prefer to shop at a physical store, head to an Amazon 4-Star, Amazon Go, Presented by Amazon, or Amazon Books location.

#5: Curated Holiday Gift Ideas and More

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Check out Amazon’s curated holiday gift guide page. And if you’re stuck on what to give, give the gift of a Prime Membership.

#6: Target’s Answer to Amazon Prime

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Amazon isn’t the only one in the free-shipping game. Target is offering free, two-day shipping on thousands of items. Walmart is offering the same. Be on the lookout for other retailers that will match Amazon’s deals and free shipping offers.

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By Ashley Rossi

Ashley Rossi is always ready for her next trip. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for travel tips, destination ideas, and off the beaten path spots.

After interning at SmarterTravel, Ashley joined the team full time in 2015. She's lived on three continents, but still never knows where her next adventure will take her. She's always searching for upcoming destination hotspots, secluded retreats, and hidden gems to share with the world.

Ashley's stories have been featured online on USA Today, Business Insider, TripAdvisor, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, and Yahoo! Travel, as well as other publications.

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