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Comparing Holiday Shipping Options

EUGENE, Ore. — The holiday shopping rush is now a mailing rush.

But time is running out if you want to get your holiday cards and packages to their destination on time.

First-class mail, which includes cards the deadline is Dec. 20. For packages, it’s sooner than that, which would explain the long line and the presents ready for shipping.

Vickie Stewart is sending a large parcel to Joplin, Missouri and she knows it won’t be cheap.

“It will cost me $35-$40 at least,” Stewart said.

You can take the guesswork out by calculating the cost and comparing the prices offered by UPS, FedEx Express and USPS. It’s as simple as clicking online.

For example, say you’re sending a package to your uncle in Connecticut and it weighs 10 pounds, the length is 12 inches, the width is 10 inches and the height is five inches.

Log in the information and destination on each shipping site. For FedEx ground, the rate is $16.83. UPS ground $21.85. USPS priority mail costs $33.20.

But that can come down significantly with flat rate boxes. The United States Postal Service offers a variety of sizes and prices. All the items fit in the large box bring the cost down $15.45.

Something else to consider are shipping deadlines. For USPS priority mail, the deadlines is Dec. 21 for delivery by Christmas. The FedEx ground and UPS ground deadline is Monday, Dec. 17. You can ship after, that but it will cost more.

Stewart is just glad her package is en route. The total price was $35.

“It’s my grand babies and my babies, and they are the only ones I have, so I am absolutely okay with that,” she said.

For her, the gifts are priceless.

For links to get shipping price comparisons click here for USPS, FedEx and UPS.

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