By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
For many consumers, Santa's sleigh takes the form of a white or brown truck, and gifts arrive by way of the doorstep rather than the chimney. FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service all promise to whisk a package shipped today across the country in time to go under a tree tomorrow. But can they do it without blowing your holiday budget? Cheapism obtained rate quotes for a variety of services from all three providers and, in every case, the Postal Service proved the cheapest option.Are you shipping packages for the Holidays?
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Take, for example, a 5-pound package going to San Francisco from New York. In its search for cheap shipping, Cheapism found that overnight service would cost $85.07 (for delivery by 3 p.m.) or $91.76 (by 10:30 a.m.) with either FedEx or UPS and $52.20 at the Post Office, with guaranteed delivery by noon. If you print a shipping label at home and schedule a pickup through USPS.com, the rate is only $39.14.
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