Every Thursday, we introduce FIVE COST CUTTING TIPS. This week, we provide you with cost cutting tips in relation to your postage and shipping.
Here are our favorites for the week:
- Recycled boxes
If you ship product, shipping materials can get costly. Go onto Craig’s List and you are sure to find boxes for sale at a discount or free. Often times, these boxes have never been used, or are slightly weathered.
- Shipping rates
Typically the cost of shipping to a client is passed on to them. However, keeping this cost low is important – particularly when consumer spending is down. Shop around for shipping rates. The lowest rates are usually available from US Post Office. UPS and Fedex charge more, but offer some more guarantees. With my business, I send “lower importance” (easily replaceable items) using USPS and “higher importance” items with Fedex.
- Size of the box
The size of the box can make or break huge differences in pricing. With Fedex, once you get into the “jumbo box” category the pricing almost doubles. Investigate how you can package your box in a tighter and smaller container.
- Flat mailer vs. hard mailer
I mail things to clients using “hard pack” envelopes. I love them because they keep samples free from folding. However, the difference between mailing these and a “soft” envelope is ~$1-2/item. When you’re sending 100’s of things in a year, this adds up. Look into the USPS website and determine which options make the most sense for what you are sending, and how you can cut some of your mailing expenses.
- Buy “forever stamps”
In the last couple years, the USPS has offered a “forever stamp”. These are stamps that can be used forever – even after the postage rate has increased (which is typically 1-3 cents per year). Stock up on these stamps (you can buy rolls of 100) and you could save a significant amount on postage from year to year.
Have some good cost cutters to share with us? Email SageWeddingPros-at-gmail.com with your tips!