Avoid or Reduce Postage Expenses: Strange Ways to Save Money

This may not seem strange to those who have embraced the technological age, but many people still haven’t fully grasped how much they can save on postage in the electronic age.

Even those who have embraced technology often overlook postage as an area for savings. It’s such a little thing but when you add in the cost of stamps, shipping fees, envelopes, and mailers, it can get expensive.

Out of curiosity, I looked up my postage expenses the other day (personal, not business). In 2001, before the Internet became so entrenched, I spent about $400 on various postage products. Stamps, envelopes, shipping charges, and mailers all added up. In comparison, I spent under $20 in 2010 and p

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3 Responses to Avoid or Reduce Postage Expenses: Strange Ways to Save Money

  1. patty says:

    If sending an electronic gift certificate or money alert the receipant. Their email may view it as spam and if by chance the person deletes their spam folder, the vendor of the gift certificate may not replace it.

  2. Brenna says:

    I definitely recommend electronic gift cards. You’ll usually be given a code to enter during checkout (like a coupon code) that covers the cost; it’s easy to use, practical and green! :)

    Also, if you’re a business, you can send invoices to clients via email. Just create your invoice then PDF it and email. There are a few sites that convert docs to PDF for free (I like http://www.pdfonline.com/convert-pdf/).

    My last tip would be to use a postal scale or machine if you’re running a home business and doing a lot of shipping and mailing. It saves you time and money, and you print exactly the postage you need. :)

  3. Gail says:

    With an ING checking account, you can now let ING send the physical check for you if a place doesn’t take on line payments. Then send the check and you save the stamp cost. Even though most of our bills are paid electronically, I try to pay themself not have them automatically deducted so I can control when and how much to pay.

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