Sending Christmas presents across the UK or even further afield? Chances are the postage is going to set you back a pretty penny (unlike a fun round of free no deposit bingo through our handy portal!).
We think that spreading the festive love and a healthy dollop of good will shouldn’t cost you the earth which is why we’ve tracked down a few useful ways to make sending Christmas presents less expensive this year. Ho ho ho!
1. Take advantage of Royal Mail special offers
The Royal Mail may not be everybody’s favourite delivery service, especially after it’s recent privatisation, but this year the rejigged firm are making a little more of an effort. To help entice customers this festive season the Royal Mail have:
- Doubled the size of their standard small packages to 45cm x 35cm x 16cm
- Doubles the weight of their standard small packages to 2kg
This means that, if you’re sending smaller, lighter gifts, which other services consider to be mid-sized, you can save substantially by using Royal Mail. For most larger parcels, however, an alternative provider is likely to be more affordable.
2. Compare, compare, compare!
You’re no doubt used to comparing services and products like insurance and phone plans, but savvy senders should also be running comparisons on postage costs. Sites like myParcelDelivery will serve you up quotes from major couriers including Hermes, Parcelforce, Yodel, City Sprint and more, helping you find the very best deal and save money on all your generous gift giving.
3. Get cashback
If you arrange your delivery online, make sure you go through a cashback website such as TopCashback or QuidCo. By arranging your postage through these resources you can claim back a little of the cost later – especially if you’re sending parcels in bulk!
The sooner you send your parcels, the cheaper the postage will be (as a rule). Have you SEEN how much next day delivery costs? Collect+ services which allow you to drop off your post at local shops as late as 11pm mean that you don’t need to wait days to make it to your local post office, saving you money!
Are you sending parcels to your loved ones this Christmas? Have you found any clever ways to keep the costs down? Share your tips with our readers below or tweet your pearls of wisdom to us @TwoLittleFleas