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25 Tips of Christmas – #8 – Click-n-Ship

Tip # 8 – Click-n-Ship

I love, love, love – Click-n-Ship from the US Postal Service.  Love it!!!

And I also love, love, love – the flat rate shipping boxes from the US Postal Service.

I think you all know me well enough by now to know that I have no affiliation with the Post Office – I’m just writing as I see it- a happy consumer of this service.

Here’s why:

Flat rate boxes come in a variety of sizes – from very small to pretty large – and the rates for each box is a flat rate (hence the name).  This is a huge bonus when budgeting your actual costs of shipping a package.  Not to mention, keeping in mind the size of box you’ll be using – helps when purchasing gifts – and keeps them in appropriate size in order to fit into the box that falls within  your budget.  And because they ship priority mail, many of the packages get to your destination in 2-3 days.  One added perk – you can order flat rate boxes directly from the website to be delivered to your home.  I keep a stash of all sizes ready for any sort of shipping I might need to do.

Click-n-ship is so very easy to use.  You simply login to the website, select “ship a package” and fill in all your information, choose your packaging and then enter your payment type.  After everything goes through, you will be prompted to print your label which you then slap on your package (packing tape not included).

And one final thing I love, love,love – you can arrange for your packages to be picked up at your house!  After your label prints, the website will prompt you to answer whether or not you would like to have your package picked up – you can choose a date and location  (i.e. front porch, at the mailbox, etc.).

One thing I have learned from using this service  – – you can’t put a package that is more than a pound in weight in your mailbox to be picked up.  Anything over a pound needs to be arranged for pick up and/or dropped off at the Post Office directly.

Oh – which leads me to one more bonus – – if you opt to take in your click-n-ship labeled boxes into the Post Office to be dropped off – you don’t have to wait in line.  You can just drop them off with a window attendant and say “click-n-ship” and head out the door.

Today’s question – have you ever used the Post Office’s Flat Rate Boxes or Click-n-Ship?  What are your thoughts?

~Amy

PS – on that last note – be prepared for dirty looks from people schlepping all their boxes, waiting in long lines as you walk in, drop off your packages and leave.  If you’d like, I can send you a stack of my business cards and you can invite them to read this blog so they can learn the inside secrets of fast shipping too.

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25 Tips of Christmas – #6 – Shipping or Wrapping – Consider the Size

Tip #6 – Consider the Size

While out shopping for gifts – be sure to keep in mind if you’ll be shipping or wrapping said purchases.  If shipping, it is best to consider the cost of shipping as well as the size of box and other packing materials you will need.

If you will be wrapping and giving a gift in person, it is still important to remember how much wrapping materials you will need.

Taking stock of your shipping and wrapping materials before you head out is important too.  Make a note if you are running low on supplies and purchase them while you are out verses making a 10pm run to the store for more supplies.

Happy Tuesday!

~Amy

PS – I love getting packages from delivery trucks, don’t you?   My office sits right in front of my office window which looks out to our street.  I love it when the UPS or FedEx trucks stops at our house.  I often meet him at the sidewalk!


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Coming Soon! 25 Tips for Christmas

Happy Almost December!

 

I thought I’d jump on the 25 Days band wagon that seems to be popular right now and challenge myself to write 25 Tip for Christmas.  Stay tuned – it’s starting – Thursday, Dec 1st.   Each day I’ll offer a time, energy, money, effort tip to help get through the craziness that is the Holiday season.  Many of  the tips can be used for your small business and your personal life too.

I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts along the way – please feel free to share with your friends too.

~Amy