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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NBC Charlotte wanted to make you aware of some important deadlines coming up in the next 10 days.

First and foremost, the layaway deadline is December 16th; you can begin to pick up the items you paid for on layaway.

On Monday, it s free shipping day National Free Shipping Day and that means if you order on line, the items you buy will be shipped to you for free saving you hundreds of dollars. More than 1,000 stores are participating.

And then later in the week on Thursday, December 20th, it s the last day to send mail and packages first class, if you want it delivered by Christmas on the 25th.

It is considered the busiest day for the United States Postal Service U.S. Mail Deadline Day and the lines are sure to be long, so you may want to try to get there before Thursday or try to pick a slow time of the day on Thursday so you don t get stuck in a crowd.

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