Oh Come All Ye Procrastinators! Amazon Just Expanded Same-Day Delivery

A staff member carries merchandise for customer orders
A staff member carries merchandise for Prime Now customer orders on July 27, 2017. Joseph Nair/AP Photo
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Listen, people: If you haven’t done your online holiday shopping yet, you’re cutting it a bit close.

I’m not here to judge –– and neither is Amazon. For those of you who face the challenge of aligning package delivery dates with Santa’s arrival, I have good news: Amazon has expanded its same-day delivery service.

Come ye, procrastinators!

Amazon Has Expanded Its Rush Delivery Services

On Dec. 13, Amazon announced it had expanded its Prime free same-day and free one-day shipping services in over 8,000 cities. This means Prime members potentially have until 9:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve to place their order.

The future is here, y’all. We have reached the ultimate crossbreed of technology, e-commerce and super-speedy delivery times.

If your mind is blown like mine is, here’s another tidbit that’ll really set your sleigh bells on fire: Those who sign up for a free Prime 30-day trial membership can also get two-day, one-day, same-day shipping and Prime Now two-hour delivery service for free, Delish reports. Keep in mind, though, Prime Now is only available in 30 cities.

So yes, go ahead and sign up for that free trial to get speedy delivery. And if you don’t have the $99 membership fee to spare once the trial is over, simply cancel it within the 30 days to avoid the charge.

If you want to know exactly when you should order items so they make it on time, Amazon released a handy little delivery date cheat sheet.

Here are the dates you should keep in mind:

Dec. 15: Free shipping for all customers on items fulfilled and shipped by Amazon.

Dec. 18: Last day for standard shipping; free for Prime members only.

Dec. 22: Last day for two-day shipping; free for Prime members only.

Dec. 23: Last day for one-day shipping; free for Prime members only.

Dec. 24: Last day for same-day delivery, as long as an order is placed by 9:30 a.m. local time; free for Prime members.

Amazon notes that the above dates vary by item. Be sure to confirm your delivery date at checkout!

Kelly Anne Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.

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