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John F. O'Hara
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Holiday Shipping 101

December 1, 2014 1:17 am

(Family Features) If one of your holiday tasks is shipping gifts to family and friends across the nation, knowing a few tips and tricks will ensure your packages get to them in time for the festivities.

From shipping deadlines to packaging, there are many factors to consider when sending gifts, especially during a busy time like the holiday season. Fortunately, there are dozens of resources available to help make shipping holiday gifts more convenient than ever. John Budzynski, consumer advocate at the U.S. Postal Service, offers these suggestions to help make your holiday shipping simple and stress-free.
  • Take advantage of services that make shipping more convenient. The U.S. Postal Service lets you order free Priority Mail shipping supplies from usps.com and delivers them right to your door.
  • Be informed about policies for handling fragile gifts or items that may be hazardous, such as perfume, cologne and other liquids.
  • Always include a return address. It tells the shipper where to return the package if it can't be delivered.
  • Pack smart. Pick a strong and sturdy box, cushion contents with packing peanuts, newspaper or bubble wrap, and tape it closed with strong packing tape.
  • Buy postage online and print at home. It not only saves time, but money too; in most cases, you can receive up to an 11 percent discount.
  • Don't get caught in the holiday rush. Schedule a free package pickup from your home or office.
  • Check key shipping dates to ensure your package arrives in time for the holiday. The U.S. Postal Service recommends these deadlines for delivery by Dec. 25:
Dec. 2 - International First-Class Mail
Dec. 2 - Priority Mail International
Dec. 10 - Priority Mail Express International
Dec. 15 - Standard Post
Dec. 17 - Global Express Guaranteed
Dec. 20 - First-Class Mail
Dec. 20 - Priority Mail
Dec. 23 - Priority Mail Express
Source: U.S. Postal Service

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What to Buy in November

November 28, 2014 1:08 am

Whether or not you trust in the Black Friday hype, the financial mavens at Bankrate.com say November is almost always a good time to find bargains on certain other kinds of merchandise:

Cookware – In time to get you revved about holiday cooking, many retailers slash the price of pots, pans and cookware gadgets this month. (It’s also a good time for bargains on flour, sugar, butter, chocolate and other baking ingredients.)

Tools and hardware – Check the big box home and hardware stores for significant discounts this month on drills, hand tools, tool storage and more. The best deals will be on merchandise you can carry home yourself.

Off-brand TVs – While the best deals on premium TVs may not happen until the December/January timeframe, when retailers are making room for the newest models, experts say November is the time to look for deep discounts on off-brand models, especially in the 46-to-55 inch screen size.

Wedding gowns – According to the author of "Bridal Bargains," November and December are excellent months to shop for a wedding dress because there's a decrease in demand as women aren't interested in shopping for one during the typically busy holiday season. (Some stores will even haggle a bit during this slow sales time.)

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