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Tips for Saving Money on Shipping

Posted on Monday, December 7th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Need to ship a lot of presents to family that lives far away? Here are some tips to help you save money on shipping.Are you planning on shipping presents out to family members who live far away? Make sure you take the time to figure out which shipping option is the best one for you. There are things you can do that will help you save money on shipping.

How to Save Money on Holiday Shipping

Ship It Now!
The easiest way to save money on shipping is to send those gifts out as quickly as possible. Ship a gift early in December, and you will probably be given a choice of shipping rates (based on how much time it would take to ship the item). Wait too long, and your only options will be “next day” or “overnight”. Those are usually the most expensive options.

Online Shopping
Another easy way to save money on the cost of shipping is to shop online. Sometimes, websites offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount of money (or more). This works out well if you were planning on spending that much anyway.

Check to see if the website will wrap the gift for you before they ship it. If so, then all you have to do is put the recipient’s shipping address as the location you want the gift sent to – and you are all done!

Comparison Shop
You’ve already purchased and wrapped all the gifts you need to send out. The next thing to do is figure out how much each box weighs. Then, it’s time to “do the math”. Check the shipping cost from USPS, FedEx, and UPS. Make sure to consider whether or not they can offer insurance on the item you want to ship, and how much that will cost. One of them will probably end up costing less than the other two.

Get Boxes for Free
The United States Postal Service offers free holiday priority mail flat rate boxes. They come in different sizes. Pick up the size you need from your local post office. Package up the gift you want to send to a family member who lives far away (and include some paper or bubblewrap for safety). Bring the box back to the Post Office.

This saves you some money because you can get the boxes for free. These boxes can be shipped by USPS for a low flat rate. Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes feature predetermined rates regardless of how much the box weighs. The cost is even lower when you ship online!

Ship it to the Store
Instead of having your online purchase shipped to your home, see if you can have that item shipped to the store instead. This will only work if there is a “brick and mortar” store near where you live. The store will pay for the shipping. All you have to do is go to the store and pick it up.

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