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How To Save Money On Shipping Christmas Gifts

By Erik Folgate

This is the busiest time of the year for the post office and other package shipping companies. One of the hidden costs of Christmas is shipping costs, and we often overlook the extra expense. I know you have all experienced the shock of going to the post office to ship a few packages and you walk out having spent a $100 just to ship a few gifts! Here are a few tips for helping you save some money this week as you rush to ship out the rest of your gifts.

Use Bubble Wrap Instead of Newspaper

Newspaper is much heavier than bubble wrap, so it will increase the weight of your package quite a bit. If you are green conscious, and you don’t like using plastic and/or styrofoam for packaging, write a note in the package asking the recipient of the package to re-use the packaging material.

Try Priority Mail Over UPS and FedEx

You’re going to pay a lot of money for UPS and FedEx, because they will typically guarantee a day that the package will arrive. Regular priority mail will not guarantee a day, but I have found that it typically does not take longer than 2 to 5 days within the continental United States.

Send Those Packages Out Today!

If you wait until the very last minute, you’ll be pressured into express mailing the packages, and that will cost you a hefty penny. You’ll spend anywhere between $21 to $45 dollars per package!

Use Services that Provide Packaging

I like priority mail flat fee services, because you can cram as much stuff as possible into the box, and the price is still the same. So, if you have a bunch of small, non-fragile gifts to send to a family, I suggest using a flat rate box.

When Is the Last Day To Ship My Packages?

Usually, the 20th is the very last day to get your packages out if you want them to make it by Christmas Eve. If you send by Express mail, you can overnight it on the 23rd, but you’ll pay more for shipping than the gift is worth.

Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

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