HAVE you got a Santa-style sack of parcels to deliver . . . but no magic sleigh?
To ensure Christmas packages arrive on time, and without costing a bomb, you need to send them early.
Follow these tips on how to keep your mail prices down.
SNAIL MAIL: Got time on your side? If there is no rush, Royal Mail charges £3 online for a small parcel delivered second class.
This normally arrives in two to three business days. Next-day special delivery for the same parcel costs £11.05.
LIGHTER LOAD: The lighter the parcel, the cheaper it is to send. Shop with this in mind and keep packaging light too.
Sending a 3kg parcel with Royal Mail starts at £8.79 online. For a 2kg parcel, it costs from £3.
Size matters, too. So check if a small parcel can fit into a large letter size, for example.
PRICE DROP: Leave your parcels at participating shops to save money. Couriers collect them in-store rather than from your doorstep.
At the time of checking, a two-day delivery of a small parcel costs £2.94 via website parcel2go.com.
The cheapest home collection with the same delivery time was £8.46.
GO COMPARE: Don’t choose the first delivery company you think of. Compare prices first on websites such as Parcel2Go and Parcel Monkey.
Next-day delivery for a parcel up to 2kg was £5.82 with the cheapest provider on Parcel2Go.
The more expensive option was £7.19. Both were for a drop-off service.
RECYCLE: Save any boxes you get from online shopping to reuse as packaging when sending your own parcels this festive season.
SAVE: £10.92 on a ten-pack of boxes from Royal Mail shop.
Prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals & offers subject to availability.
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