Time Running Out to Send Packages Before Christmas

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Knoxville (WVLT) -- It's not only the busy holiday shopping season, it's also the busy holiday shipping season.

And as Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt tells us, you should get your packages out soon, and it'll save you some money.

Whether you've got a bag full of gifts or just one special present going to someone who lives far away, now is the time to consider your shipment options.

"The main thing is to just get it and mail it early and give yourself plenty of time," said Tony Maples, with the U.S. Postal Service.

This is one of the calmer days the post office will see for the rest of the year.

The deadlines to guarantee delivery before Christmas are just around the corner.

For parcel post, the most economical service, December 15 is the deadline.

After that, you can use priority mail, if you send it by December 20 and the package will get there before Christmas, which starts at $4.60 per pound.

If you miss that date, express mail is you only option, with a December 22 deadline, and $16.25 for a half a pound.

All prices go up as weight and distance increase.

For military shipments sent to bases in other parts of the world, the parcel post deadlines have passed but you can still send something by priority mail.

Mail going to Iraq or Afghanistan must be sent priority no later than December 4.

Military mail to bases in other international locations may be sent priority on or before December 11.

But, the U.S. Postal Service is not the only option.

"I've been cut short some years, so I usually mail them U.P.S. if I can," says Oak Ridge resident Betty Phillips.

But whether you plan to use U.P.S., FedEx, or some other delivery company, get informed now, unless you have someone else to do your worrying for you.

You can compare rates and shipping policies on the U.S. Postal Service website, along with websites for all the major delivery companies.

You can get to their websites by clicking the link below to get to the Hot Key.

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