Simple ways to save on shipping costs

Signed, sealed, and delivered -- after you pay for it, of course!

Cheapism.com has tips on how to save!

Let's start with freebies...

There are free flat-rate boxes and envelopes at the Post Office, and they can be ordered free from the postal service. UPS and FEDEX also offer free supplies to users with a free account.

Don't spend on new materials every time you ship. Reuse bubble wrap or packing peanuts -- you can even cut up a pool noodle to use and this can save you money!

Research Greyhound Package Express -- they have lots of deals to help you save including getting half off if you have six items or more. Plus college students get 15 percent off, and active military members and veterans can score 25 percent off.

To compare prices, look into Busfreighter.com. They ship on a space-available basis.

And uShip lets you post a list of what needs shipping and companies bid to move it.

When it comes to shipping media like CDs, DVDs and more, use the US Postal Service's Media Mail rate. The rate starts at $2.66 and goes up by pound.

Retail ground rate starts at $6.70.

In general, do your research and keep receipts because no retailer is exempt from scams. Here are some links to use as tools to protect yourself:

 

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