- Consider sending a digital (email) Christmas letter. You can make it as long as you want, include photos, and even music or recorded voice messages!
- If you like mailing (and receiving) cards that can go on the wall, consider postcards, which are much cheaper to mail. You can have photo postcards printed, or print your own images and text on cardstock and then cut them apart.
- If you prefer to send traditional cards, choose them thoughtfully--remember that oversize cards cost extra postage.
- The US Postal Service is typically cheaper than FedEx or UPS
- Recycle your packaging--wrap packages in brown packing paper, black-out or cover-up prior labeling and re-use envelopes or boxes that you've received. It not only saves you money on supplies, it's good for the planet too. ☺
- Remember that you are paying by the ounce, so if you can make a lighter package, it is cheaper to mail.
- Use envelopes instead of boxes if you can. If you don't have one the right size, cut down a bigger one and tape it. Packing tape is your friend! One roll will pay for itself after just a few recycled packages
- If you need a box, try to find a lightweight one (cereal boxes can be split on the seam, turned insideout, and taped...it's a nice lightweight box and hey, you probably already had it sitting around!)
- Ship via first class if your package is under 1lb--it's much cheaper than priority, and nearly as fast.
- For heavier packages (over 1lb) send them early and use parcel post--it's MUCH cheaper than priority or express.
- If you are sending something heavy, consider the flat rate priority mail boxes (the boxes are free, and are the same price no matter how heavy they are). By the way, while flat-rate boxes are convenient, they are usually NOT cheaper than sending the same items via regular priority mail...Flat rate boxes are good for heavy things, but otherwise they are popular for the convenience, not because they are actually a good deal.
If you're concerned about waiting in lines (hey, this is being frugal with your time, right?!)