Dec 01 2008

Saving on shipping packages


Since we won’t be traveling for Christmas, we’ll be shipping some gifts to family and friends this year. Obviously, we want to be able to send the packages as efficiently and cheaply as possible.

I picked up some bubble mailers from Target in a bulk pack. Since I only needed a few, it was a better deal than buying some from a place like Staples or Office Depot.

Next, I’m going to weigh those packages and use ShipGooder to find out how best to send them. It seems like my lighter packages (under 3 pounds) will be cheaper and faster to send via the US postal service.

I’ll have two larger ones (maybe 10-15 pounds? I don’t know yet) and depending on their actual weight, it’ll probably be better for me to send them through UPS — especially since they’ll be insured for up to $100 in value at no additional charge.

Last year, I was at a UPS store and was able to bargain for a price match on the best rate at the post office.

If you’re shipping packages, be sure to shop around to make sure you’re getting the best deal!

Photo: I took this last year at Shane’s parent’s house. They always have such lovely Christmas decorations!

4 Responses to “Saving on shipping packages”

  1. Don’t forget about the USPS flat rate boxes. They come in two sizes and you can put any weight in them to send for $9.80 (I think that’s what it is right now). You just can’t alter the box in any way.

    This might be a good option for smaller heavy items. I have found these boxes to be a good size and the boxes are free at any post office.

    And if you are sending appropriate items don’t forget about media mail. But mail early since that takes a bit longer!

  2. Beautiful photo!! You could make it into a Christmas card easily! Thanks for that link to ShipGooder. I’ve never heard of it, I don’t ship often, but when I do it’s a hassle going to the various sites to see which way is cheapest. Since USPS gives away free shipping materials (boxes, labels – I still have two big rolls of Priority tape from when they were generous with that, lol) I usually just go with them to make it easier on myself. But if I know it’s cheaper another route, I”ll make the effort. Thanks! Are you taking photos of your belly? You should make your Christmas card this year of you, your hubby and “the belly”. :-)

  3. Check into FedEx Ground (kinkos) too. A couple of times I had larger packages during the last year and they were significantly less expensive than UPS.

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