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November 4, 2014 > Save a trip to the post office by packing and tracking it from home

Save a trip to the post office by packing and tracking it from home

Submitted By Augustine Ruiz, Jr.

With Christmas just two months away, the U.S. Postal Service is offering holiday shipping tips to help customers ship the 15.5 billion cards, letters and packages expected to be delivered during the Christmas mailing period.

In addition to offering 2014 holiday stamps, Post Offices nationwide offer festive Priority Mail boxes and other packing items to provide customers with added convenience, including bubble mailers, mailing cartons, bubble wrap and packaging tape.

In a rush and canÕt get to the Post Office? No problem. Just go to Click-N-Ship on usps.com, and ship packages when itÕs the most convenient for you. As an added bonus, customers can receive savings off retail prices when they print their own labels with postage online.

Here are more holiday shipping tips to help customers prepare their holiday shipments for an on-time delivery:

Enjoy convenience: Order free Priority Mail shipping supplies on usps.com and have them delivered to your door, free of charge.

Be informed: Check usps.com to verify that your items can be shipped.

Pack smart: Pick a strong and sturdy box, cushion contents with packing peanuts, newspaper or bubble wrap and tape it closed with strong packing tape.

Save a trip: Visit usps.com to pay for postage and request free Package Pickup at your door.

Track it: Sign up for text and email alerts through my.usps.com to track the delivery status of your packages.

Gift options: Pick up a gift card from your local Post Office; they make great gifts for family and friends.

To ensure that holiday mail and packages are delivered in time for Christmas, the Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:

December 2 Ð First-Class Mail International
December 2 Ð Priority Mail International
December 10 Ð Priority Mail Express International
December 15 Ð Standard Post
December 17 Ð Global Express Guaranteed
December 20 Ð First-Class Mail
December 20 Ð Priority Mail
December 23 Ð Priority Mail Express
The dates listed are the earliest deadlines for international and military mail. Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed December 22Ð25.

For more shipping tips, visit usps.com.

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