I’m in a New York state of mind as I write this morning. I feel as though I could be on the east coast today. Why ? Because baby its COLD outside! It feels like winter here in California as we prepare for a big Pacific rainstorm that is blowing in. Believe it or not, there will be driving rain, sleet and even…gasp snow here later in some parts of the state! The only thing I’m managed to do so far today is to step outside to pick up my Sunday NY Times and drink some hot coffee. The cold does nothing for my holiday enthusiasm. Its not like taking a brisk walk down 5th Ave and seeing all the decorated shop windows, while you do a little shopping. In California, we have to get in the car to go places. And today is not the day to do that. When one drop of rain falls here, the highways become treacherous. California rain & the ensuing mud slides can be the equivalent of an ice storm or blizzard on the east coast. It becomes traffic Armageddon. You don’t want to be on our freeways. And really, you can’t walk anywhere here (with a few exceptions). So, I think this is a day for staying at home, enjoying the fireplace, addressing some cards & doing my shopping online from my trusty PC!
So just a few little tips today as I look around at the online shopping. The shipping costs are very much on my mind. Why ? Because I don’t want to pay a fortune for shipping. Remember, alot of the retailers will no longer offer free shipping after Dec. 18th ( or any shipping with a guarantee to arrive by Dec. 24th). To help see where you can get FREE shipping, the folks at LetterBar.com built this handy little spreadsheet so you can see the free shipping costs and deadlines from various retailers. Its quite useful & is available at LetterBar.com.
I was really glad to find out about this one & pass it along. Several readers have written to me this year that they can’t afford to send out Christmas Cards. I was so sad to hear that, I wanted to pass along this free alternative. Check out Fly Greetings as a no-cost holiday greeting choice. I tested it yesterday and the cards were cute & promptly delivered.
So rock on Recessionistas, shop well & wisely! And above all, stay warm no matter where you are in the world
P.S., from the USPS here are their are key shipping cut-off dates for Dec. 24th delivery.
- Parcel Post: Dec. 16
- First-class / Priority Mail: Dec. 20
- Express Mail: December 23rd
Also, according to USPS, you can print your postage online and save up to 10 percent on shipping costs:)