Saving Money on Shipping Costs

Shipping packages is not that cheap, but something that everyone needs to do once in a while. In most cases, it’s not necessary to buy a box, since they are freely available almost anywhere. You can find them at grocery stores, office supply, appliance and electronic stores. As mentioned before, it doesn’t cost anything to get a one rate priority mail box from the U.S. Postal service. The advantage of these is that they ship anywhere in the country for the same price.

The disadvantage of using the one rate boxes is when you want to send something to a nearby location, such as in your state or a nearby state. To determine whether using your own box or a one rate box is less expensive, use the postage calculator on the postal service website ( If it is cheaper to send them in your own box, and your items fit in a one rate box, it is perfectly legal to turn the box inside out and use it that way as long as you send it priority mail.

Another problem most people have at some point is how to return unwanted clothing they’ve purchased online. Stores generally don’t offer free return shipping, so you want to find the least expensive way to send it back. Stores are obviously looking to save money on shipping too, so these days your merchandise often arrives in a reinforced plastic bag. Be careful when opening the bag, so that if you need to return something, you can just turn the bag inside out, and reuse it.