12 Ways to Ship Anything More Cheaply
In a 2013 comparison of the Postal Service, UPS, and FedEx, Cheapism.com found that the Postal Service had the lowest rates in almost every case -- including international shipping. That being said, UPS or FedEx can be better in a rush.
Comparing costs takes time but saves money. The services have their own cost calculators, but comparison tool ShipGooder looks at more than one at a time. Enter information for a package or envelope traveling within the United States to see cost estimates for different services and different speeds.
For moves without furniture, where everything is in boxes and time isn't of the essence, Busfreighter -- which ships on a space-available basis -- is even cheaper than Greyhound Package Express (its partner). A Huffington Post price comparison found that moving five large boxes across the country with Busfreighter would cost about $160. (Amtrak can be nearly as cheap but doesn't go as many places.)
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For shipping a car, Shipping Sidekick allows comparison quotes from up to 12 transport services. Using uShip is another good option for finding a cheap rate. Regardless, before picking a provider, it's a good idea to check them out through the Better Business Bureau or TransportReviews.com.