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.
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?
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.