Although the U.S. Post Office made it through its busiest mailing day of the year on Monday, there are still key dates this week that it wants its customers to remember.
Suggested mail-by-dates for cards and packages destined for U.S. addresses are Thursday, Dec. 20, for First Class mail; Friday, Dec. 21, for Priority Mail; and Saturday, Dec. 22, for Express Mail.
Those looking to avoid the inevitable crowds, and save some time and money, are encouraged to ship from home, at www.usps.com, where they will find prices up to 16 percent lower than in post offices. Other savings by going that route include free delivery confirmation, a 75-cent value, and free package pickup, according to the U.S. Postal Service.