Holiday Shopping Tip 43: Simplified Shipping

October 13, 2011 | Posted By: Heather Stephens | Categorized in: Shopping
There are 43 days until Black Friday 2011 and we're counting them down with money saving and holiday shopping tips.

Today's Tip:

Simplify Your Shipping

Who else hates standing in line at the post office? I usually find myself there at the worst times of the day when the lines are huge, I've got 3 kids hanging on me and I'm rushing to get somewhere else.

During the holidays it gets worse. So let's simplify holiday shipping!

1. We've already talked about shopping for out of town relatives at stores that offer free shipping. It can't get any easier than this.


2. Ship from work. Some companies will ship your package for you if you pay the postage. Check into this to see if your company offers it.

3. If you have to ship something yourself, try the USPS online postage option and schedule a carrier to pick the packages up at your door. Priority mail is easy and inexpensive if you use the provided flat-rate boxes from the post office. They'll even deliver the free boxes to your door if you request them.



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42 Tips to Go! :) Please feel free to share any black Friday countdown ideas you have and any topics you'd like me to touch upon in the comments below.

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October 13, 2011 | Posted By: FrugalFreak
Use PayPal shipping tools, It's cheaper with free delivery confirmation. Giving gift cards? send them by email rather than sending with postage.
October 14, 2011 | Posted By: burnski
Flat rate packaging is definitely the way to go if you're shipping heavy packages and/or far distances. You can order it online from USPS here: https://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10052&categoryId=10000036.

Also, if you do a lot of mailing, an online postage tool like pbSmartPostage (http://www.pb.com/online-postage-stamps) can save a lot of time, trouble and money.

Can't believe Black Friday is just over a month away!
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