Increase your savings by finding free shipping deals and tips on saving when you mail your holiday packages.
Before you purchase something online, take a few extra minutes and do a quick serach to look for a free shipping code or coupon. Visit freeshipping.org, which offers free-shipping coupons for thousands of retailers. If you don't find the store your shopping, check couponmountain.com or couponcabin.com or just type the stores name and the words free shipping into a search engine.
Pay less on shipping by buying as many gifts through one site as you can. This is especially cost effective when you find a retailer that offeres flat shipping rates like Overstock.com and their $1 shipping for your entire order.
Deadlines for standard shipping vary among retailers, so shop early to be sure your package reaches its destination on time. To find out post office holiday shipping deadlines, go to usps.com/holiday.
Mailing something heavy (that's up to 70 pounds)? Buy a box that costs the same no matter what's inside or where you send
it in the United States.
Check out the supplies and rates at the USPS.
If you're buying a gift online for an out-of-town friend, ship an online gift directly to them. This way you'll save on paying double shipping. Many retailers offer gift wrapping as well.
Reconsider big, hard-to-pack gifts that cost a fortune in shipping. A thoughtful note along with a gift card covering your nephew's drum set likely will be just as appreciated.