Cupid’s round-up: 2014 Valentine’s shipping deadlines & more
By Brittany Anas
The key to being a good Cupid is having good aim — i.e. making sure your Valentine’s gifts and card arrive on time to your sweetheart.
Here’s everything you need to know about getting your Valentine’s packages out on time, adding a special touch to your deliveries, and saving with ShopAtHome.com.
- Order deadlines: A good rule of thumb if you’re ordering a gift from a store, is to place order on or before Feb. 9 for standard shipping. Orders placed between Feb. 9 and Feb. 13 will likely cost you extra in priority or express shipping fees. Deadlines of course vary by store. However, you need to allow extra time if you’re customizing a gift.
- Shipping deadlines: If you’re shipping with UPS Ground, you need to get your packages out before Feb. 13 — though just how far in advance depends how far you are shipping. Check out the UPS time table here. If you want to ship on Feb. 13 or 14, you can get your package out with Next Day and Express Critical services. Expecting a package? Register for UPS My Choice to control where and when your packages are delivered so that you don’t miss a delivery. Find rates and transmit times for FedEx here.
- Send flowers early and save. 1-800-Flowers is offering 25 percent off if you order flowers now for delivery on Feb. 10, 11, or 12th. We love this option because Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year — so sending them earlier in the week will keep the flowers on display throughout the work week, instead of going straight from the desk to home. Plus, get 20 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com. (Consider it our Valentine to you).
- Making dinner reservations. Do it as soon as you can as restaurants are expecting to be especially busy this year as Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday. Check out the OpenTable, which can give you recommendations for restaurants in your neighborhood. You can book your reservations for free on the app, plus you’ll earn points to redeem at future visits. More than 30,000 restaurants are on OpenTable.
- Route your Valentine’s through Loveland, Colorado: What’s better than leaving kiss marks on an envelope? How about routing it through Loveland, the “Sweetheart City.” The “re-mailing program” routes your Valentines and love letters through Loveland, Colorado where volunteers hand stamp them with a Valentine’s verse and then send them on to recipients. The deadline to get your cards to Loveland, Colorado is Feb. 8 for out-of-state cards. If you’re sending cards within Colorado or Wyoming, the deadline for your Valentine to be in Loveland is Feb. 10. Read more about the “re-mailing program” here.
- Get your Valentine postmarked by Valentine, Nebraska; Beauty, Kentucky or a joint postmark between Romeo, Michigan and Juliette, Georgia for free from the U.S. Postal Service. Here’s how to get the postmarks. (If you’re anti-Valentine’s, you can get your Valentine postmarked from “Diablo”).
- Earn Cash Back and get shipping coupons and codes with ShopAtHome.com at some great Valentine’s destinations like Victoria’s Secret, 1-800-Flowers, Godiva and more.
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