Consumer: 24 hour shopping and holiday tips

PHILADELPHIA - December 14, 2011

Many are either staying open until midnight or later and at least one isn't closing at all.

That means, If you want to, you can shop for 83 hours straight next week. Starting Wednesday, December 21st some Macy's department stores across the country - including the Macy's at the King of Prussia Mall - will open at 7:00 a.m. and stay and stay open until 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Some other Macy's locations will stay open until 2:00 a.m. on those same three nights.

If that isn't enough, any Toys R Us stores are staying open until 1:00 a.m. every day.

Kohls is now open every day until midnight and many Sears, Walmart, JCPenney, Target, and Kmart stores are also staying open until midnight - at least on certain days.

To check store hours nearest you:

Macy's 24 hour stores

Click on these links for extended holiday shopping hours at other retailers:

Toys R Us
JC Penney
ShopNow App

Holiday Tipping

It's holiday tipping time and the appropriate amount is roughly the equivalent to a single service - whether it be a week's pay, a day of housekeeping, one personal training session, or one hair cut.

The good news is you don't have to provide a holiday tip before Christmas. Experts say it's fine to tip anytime before the New Year.

If you've really in a financial tough spot - etiquette expert Jodi Smith says consider including a note that says "this tip is not reflective of your service but rather of my budget" and then when you're in a better position- send a more appropriate tip - even if it's in June.

Also, consider pooling your funds. For instance, for your child's teacher - try collecting from every parent in the class - then putting the money toward a substantial gift card for a local restaurant or store.

But, check with your school to make sure it's okay with gifts like that.

And remember some employees, including your mail carrier, aren't allowed to accept cash. So in those cases, give a gift or gift card worth $20 or less.

Tipping Guides and Checklists:

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