Don't pay extra for "airmail"
between distant points in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. All such
mail is automatically sent via air at 1st class rates.
Always use your zip code on
your mail for faster delivery. If you don't know the zip code,
your local Post Office can look it up for you.
If speed and timing is important,
deposit your mail early in the day.
If you have special instructions
such as "Special Delivery", mark this plainly on all
letters and packages, in big letters for all to see.
Pay bills by personal checks.
It is less expensive then Postal money orders.
Avoid ordering merchandise via
"C.O.D.". The C.O.D. charge is generally added to the
cost of your order.
When insuring a package or letter,
insure it for its value only - and no more. If it is lost, you
will be paid for the actual value only.
Use "Special Delivery"
during nights and weekends only. During the week, Special Delivery
is handled the same as regular first class mail and given special
attention at the destination only.
Never spend on "Special
Delivery" mail sent to a Post Office box. If your require
proof of delivery, use "Certified" mail instead of
more expensive "Registered" mail.
When mailing large quantities
of identical "printed matter" mail, investigate "bulk
mail" rates. Inquire at your local Post Office.
When shipping parcels, compare
rates charged by other carriers such as United Parcel Service,
Greyhound, freight companies, etc.
When mailing books, use the
lower 4th class "book rate".
Reweigh "Postage Due"
mail in the event an error has been made.
Avoid using odd-shaped "non-standard"
size envelopes. The Post Office charges extra if envelopes do
not conform to certain size specifications.
When mailing printed matter
overseas, use the lower "surface rate" and write "Printed
Matter" on the envelope, if airmail isn't necessary.
Never mail cash. If it gets
lost, you have no proof that it was sent.
Be sure that your return address
is on all outgoing mail. It will be returned to you it it is
undeliverable and sent via first class.
Save time! (Time is money!)
Buy larger quantities of stamps at one time and avoid standing
in long Post Office lines often.
When shipping fragile items,
decrease shipping weight by using popped corn as the packing
material, instead of heavier crumpled newspapers.
Let postal workers suggest other
methods for saving on postage costs.
Check your Christmas card list
carefully and eliminate unnecessary names.
When buying sheets of stamps,
save the corner "plate number blocks". They could increase
in value and make excellent future "investments".