The weekends are officially over us! If you plan to send gifts or something else, we have some tips to keep in mind when you go to the post office to send your packages.
Make your holiday broadcast early!
Do you want your package delivered by December 25th? The post office recommends sending first-class letters by 20 December. If you send postcards or holiday cards, its your absolute drop-dead addressing date. The shipping period for package mail is December 15th, so if you ship packages that do not fit into the fixed rate priority boxes, its your last date. Get your shopping done, get your boxes packed and go to the post office!
One of the best shipping costs right now is the US Postal Services fixed price delivery. Whatever you can fit into the box (supplied free of charge by USPS) will happen in the United States, no matter how much it weighs. Your mail carrier will also deliver the boxes to your door and USPS will download the package. The largest box measures 12x12 x5-1 / 2 and is sent anywhere in the US for $ 14.50, or to APO / FPO addresses for only $ 12.50. The medium size box is 11x 8-1 / 2 x 5 -1/2 and only costs $ 10.70 to ship anywhere in the United States. The small flat box is 8-5 / 8 x 5-3 / 8 x 1-5 / 8and is delivered to only $ 4.95!
I have recently filled a big priority box of books; It would have cost me a lot more to send weight, even with media mail frequency, so keep these fixed freight cards in mind when sending packages for your holiday.
The later you send the more, it will cost you both in time and money. Other delivery services have a later delivery date than US mail service, but you pay more. And no matter what service you use, you stand in a line if you wait, especially the last week or so before Christmas.
Conclusion? The post office is your best deal, but you have to get your shopping ready and your packages are shipped earlier, rather than later!
Pay attention to packing
Regardless of whether you ship in a priority box or make your own packaging, pay particular attention to how to pack your boxes, especially if you have defective or easily disposable items. It is worth paying extra attention to make sure everything comes in a bit.
Think of a padded envelope that you can put in a box for shipping. This is sometimes the cleanest and easiest way to protect what you send. Styrofoam peanuts can be annoying (not to mention their impact on the environment). A padded envelope is basically the same as bubble packing, but may be cheaper depending on what you send and how much you need.
Delivery of home-baked goods
Everyone loves homemade goodies for the holidays! They can send a message that means so much more than purchased gifts. However, there are some reasons you need to know if you send goodies via the post office.
Cakes do not travel well. Fast bread and yeast bread are not recommended because they quickly lose their freshness.
Fruit cake is good for its taste to improve with age, because the flavors are soft. Honest - homemade fruit cake is much better than you buy by mail order or in the store.
Fudge and cakes make the best holiday postings. Separate fudge with waxed paper and overcoat, first with plastic and then with foil. Large cakes or cakes that have been decorated should be placed back and forth and wrapped in pairs.
Metal containers are excellent because they help maintain moisture. Clean coffee cans or recycled cookies Cans from purchased cookies work well. You can also get cans on most dollar stores. Cover the bottom of the container and each layer of cakes with wrinkled paper towels or waxed paper and seal the container with tape. In other words, packages to submit in the same manner as commercial cookie makers do. What works for them will also work for you!
Holidays are a special time with friends and family. Your loved ones who live far away will enjoy your gifts!