By  Mon Dec 23, 2013

The Cheapest Shipping Options for Christmas

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Are you done with all of your last minute shopping but still need to ship some packages? With Christmas is less than a week away and so many choices, how do you know where to turn for the cheapest shipping options?

The following include the three most popular choices to send packages: the United States Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, and United Parcel Service. Your shipping choices include overnight, one-day, and two-day for a package to reach its destination before Dec. 25. See the following rates to get an idea of where the cheapest shipment options are located.

United States Postal Service

USPS only offers one-day and two-day shipping solutions for packages to reach their destination before Christmas Day. To calculate how much it would cost to send a package, you must enter information such as your zip code, the destination zip code, weight of the package, and other details.

I created a hypothetical scenario and shipped a 10-pound package from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Here were the results.

*Note there are two different prices listed. The first is the price for completing the transaction at the post office, while the second is for completing the same transaction online.

USPS Shipment Rates

Shipping Options Post Office Price Online Price
Priority Mail Express 1-Day (delivered by 12 P.M. Dec. 21) $61.15 $42.12
Priority 2-Day (delived by Dec. 23) $18.35 $15.41

FedEx

The FedEx website allows you to easily calculate rates, but I decided to call customer support directly to receive a quote.

Here are the rates I was given based upon shipping a 10 pound package from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

FedEx Shipment Rates (Los Angeles to San Francisco)

Shipment Option Price
First priority overnight (delivered by 9 A.M. Dec. 23) $128.12
Priority overnight (delivered by 10:30 A.M. Dec. 23) $97.67
Standard overnight (delivered by 3 P.M. Monday Dec 23) $89.08
2-Day (delivered by 4:30 P.M. Dec. 24) $32.52
Home delivery (delivered by end of day Dec. 24) $15.34

This is a quote given from a FedEx representative on shipping to a residential home. 

UPS

Here are rates I received at UPS online for sending a 10 pound package from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

UPS Shipping Rates

Shipping Option Price
UPS Next Day Air Early A.M. (delivered by 9 A.M. Dec. 21) $148.29
UPS Next Day Air (delivered by 12 P.M. Dec 21) $115.14
UPS Next Day Air Early A.M. (delivered by 8 A.M. Dec. 23) $ 131.72
UPS Next Day Air (delivered by 10:30 A.M. Dec. 23) $ 98.57
UPS 2nd Day Air (delivered by end of day Dec. 24) $36.35
UPS Ground (delivered by end of day Dec. 24) $17.28

The result

So what were the cheapest solutions for mailing packages to reach their destination by Dec. 21, Dec. 23, and Dec. 24?

  • By Dec. 24- FedEx home delivery for $15.34
  • By Dec. 23- USPS priority two-day shipping for $15.41 (online price)
  • By Dec. 21- USPS priority mail express one-day for $42.12 (online price)

Rates will vary based on location, package dimensions, weight, and more.

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