Reasons to Use USPS.com for Your Mail and Shipping

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Geek!This is Debra Nicholson’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

If you have a business at home, or are just shipping a few personal packages for Christmas, you should check out USPS.com. Why?

  • Save time and gas by being able to do all the following from the convenience of your home (or workplace) with your computer, printer, and a scale to verify weight. By downloading the Shipping Assistant you can compare postage rates and delivery times, track packages, verify US addresses and look up ZIP codes.
  • With “Click-N-Ship,” you can create shipping labels at home with or without postage. The priority labels are a bargain because you get free delivery confirmation.
  • Order free Express and Priority boxes and shipping supplies. Various sized boxes and envelopes are available. You may also order free supplies such as Customs Declarations and Dispatch Notes, which are needed for international shipments, receipts for certified mail, and delivery confirmation forms.
  • Schedule a free pickup of packages when your regular mail is delivered. Please note that mail weighing more than 13 ounces bearing postage stamps for postage must be brought to an employee at a retail counter in a Post Office.
  • Express mail has a new price structure which makes it less expensive to ship overnight to some locations. Remember, with Express mail the price includes tracking, signature of the recipient (unless signature is waived), and up to $100.00 insurance. Save 3% if you ship online!
  • Purchasing money orders at the post office is another good value. Values up to $500.00 cost $1.05 and $501.00 to $1,000 cost $1.50. They can be purchased with a cash debit card or travelers check. They are also valid for an unlimited time. You can purchase International Money orders for a few other countries, too.
  • If you need a passport, you can print a Passport Application Form in advance and locate the closest Post Office that accepts passport applications.
  • You can put your mail on hold, manage your Post Office box, and change your address online.
  • Check out the Postal Store for stamp-related merchandise or, if you are a stamp collector, to see what is available.
  • Items you can get from your carrier are stamp order forms, money order forms to purchase money orders, authorization to hold mail cards if you want to have your mail held at the Post Office while you are away, and change of address cards. If you have any questions, ask your carrier or call 1-800-ASK-USPS (or your local post office).
  • Mailing to the troops? Use this page.
  • On large flat rate priority boxes, you get a 2.00 discount when mailing to APO/FPO addresses.

Happy Holidays – again – and don’t forget to get those Holiday Greeting cards in the mail!