WAYNE, N.J. -

Toys R Us is making it easier for shoppers to use its layaway program ahead of the crucial holiday season, waiving its service fee and minimum purchase requirement beginning Tuesday.

Toys R Us is waiving the upfront service fee for layaway orders placed in stores from Sept. 4 through Oct. 31.

After Oct 31, a $5 service fee will apply. Also, there will be no minimum purchase price. Customers have until Dec. 16 to pick up their orders.

Toys R Us introduced its layaway program in stores in 2009 for bigger items like bikes, swing sets, and play kitchens, and has added more categories each year.

In 2011, layaway was expanded to include all items at Toys R Us and most items at Babies R Us.