If you have a USPS package, parcel, or letter to send out, the United States Postal Service website offers free shipping tools, labels, and boxes for shipping. You don't even have to leave your house to do your USPS mailing anymore. Just follow these simple hints and tips for calculating your postage and USPS mailing rate, and scoring free USPS labels and boxes for shipping.
The first step for any USPS mailing is its packaging. The Postal Store offers everything from prepaid envelopes and scales, to USPS labels and completely free boxes for shipping your USPS package. Keep in mind that prepaid packaging is not free, but any of the standard USPS boxes for shipping can be ordered in quantities of 10 or 25 at no cost, and they'll be shipped completely free right to your door. This is an ideal way to stock up on boxes for shipping if you run a small business, if you sell items on eBay, or even for personal USPS mailing around holiday time.
Once you prepare your USPS package, you can use the special Postage Calculator at the USPS website to determine your USPS mailing rate -- find a link in the References section. Simply enter your destination, the shape of your package, its total weight, the origin and destination zip codes, and the USPS mailing date and time. The Postage Calculator will find the USPS mailing rate for both international and domestic packages, quickly and easily, right through the website.
Is your USPS mailing rate higher than you expected? You might want to consider some of the flat-rate boxes for shipping offered by USPS. These are ideal for items that aren't particularly large, but add extra cost to the USPS package mailing rate due to their weight. You can find these flat-rate boxes for shipping both through the USPS website and also at your local post office. They tend to be very popular, especially around the holidays, so be sure to stock up.
In addition to being able to order standard USPS labels through the Postal Store, you can also print out USPS mailing labels for your packages online! From http://www.usps.com, click on Print Shipping Labels, and using the Click-N-Ship software, you can print USPS labels from your home computer with just a few simple clicks. You can also opt to print a label without postage with their Shipping Assistant tool. The USPS labels that are created through these services work perfectly with any kind of boxes for shipping. Who knew that USPS mailing could be so easy and automated?