5 Early Shopping Tips to Beat the Holiday Rush

Avoid Shipping

The best possible shipping option is free, but when that's not available, there are ways to avoid high shipping costs.

Say you're sending gift cards this year. If you're rushed and ship it overnight mail, a $25 gift card just turned into a $50 gift. The solution? Send online gift cards.

If you must ship gifts, make sure you research shipping prices. Shipgooder.com, for example, gives you an easy way to compare the cost of shipping packages (from UPS, FedEx, DHL, and the U.S. Postal Service) yourself versus straight from the seller. You can also compare shipping costs by calling shippers' automated rate service number, just have the ZIP code, weight of the package and its dimensions handy:

  • U.S. Postal Service: (800) ASK-USPS (275-8777)
  • FedEx: (800) GO-FEDEX (463-3339)
  • UPS: (800) PICK-UPS (742-5877)
  • DHL: (800) CALL-DHL (225-5345)

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