shipping container http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9216/all en-US Where to Find the Cheapest Shipping Rates http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-the-cheapest-shipping-rates <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/where-to-find-the-cheapest-shipping-rates" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fed_ex.jpg" alt="Woman with a FedEx plane" title="Woman with a FedEx plane" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="144" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you are shipping items for a small business, sending out your manuscript to multiple publishers, or simply mailing a gift, you don't want to get burned on the shipping costs. Doing a little extra research to find the cheapest shipping rates could save you a lot of money. Even those little fees can add up quickly!</p> <p>If you are on the lookout for the cheapest shipping rate possible, comparing the major shipping carriers is an easy place to start. You can go to websites that help you calculate and compare shipping costs. <a title="FreightCenter.com" href="http://www.freightcenter.com/">FreightCenter.com</a> is a good resource for large shipments, or you can try <a title="ShipGooder" href="http://shipgooder.com/">ShipGooder</a> to compare the major shipping carriers.</p> <p>To get you started, here are some of the special rates and programs offered by the three major carriers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-shipping-and-online-discounts-across-the-web">How to Get Free Shipping and Online Discounts Across the Web</a>)</p> <h3>United States Postal Service (USPS)</h3> <p>After playing around at ShipGooder and putting in a few sample locations and weights, it appears that the USPS is the cheapest way to ship anything. One of the cheapest ways to ship with the USPS is to use their new <a href="http://faq.usps.com/eCustomer/iq/usps/request.do?session={55aeea80-ccd2-11e0-6d9d-000000000000}&amp;event=1&amp;view%28%29=c{6854c760-7b0e-11e0-4b1a-000000000000}&amp;objectId=&amp;eksObjectId=&amp;objectType=Case&amp;isJumpEnabled=false&amp;isContentJumpEnabled=false&amp;vendorKey=&amp;objTitle=&amp;versionId=7022&amp;searchProperties=type:natural&amp;naturalAdvance=false&amp;allStr=&amp;phraseStr=&amp;anyStr=&amp;noneStr=&amp;keywordStr=&amp;tTitle=&amp;topicFromSub=&amp;topicsORSubUrl=&amp;report%280000%29=p{2adbb220-28a9-11e0-5c1d-000000000000}&amp;bcobjectId={2adbb220-28a9-11e0-5c1d-000000000000}&amp;search=Cheapest%20rates&amp;topicAndSubtopic=Customer%20Service$ALL">Forever Flat Rate Packaging</a>. You can lock in future increases in prices by purchasing one of their flat-rate packages, which range in size and price. There's no additional shipping fee for packages up to 70 pounds, and there's also free delivery confirmation.</p> <p>The USPS also offers a much cheaper shipping rate for media items, but be aware that there are <a href="http://about.usps.com/notices/not121/not121.htm">media mail restrictions</a> and postal workers have the right to inspect any media mail package to ensure that the contents fit their requirements. It can also take up to six business days for delivery, but it is definitely the cheapest way to ship media.</p> <h3>FedEx</h3> <p>If you aren't using media mail, FedEx is the only carrier that offers a slightly lower ground rate than the USPS Parcel Post. For Next Day, Two Day, and Three Day shipping, FedEx's rates are more expensive than USPS and a little cheaper than UPS's rates. But the rates range according to the shipping location and the weight of the package (go to <a title="ShipGooder" href="http://shipgooder.com/">ShipGooder</a> to compare the costs for a specific shipment). FedEx also recently announced that they will be <a href="http://news.van.fedex.com/node/17599">raising their shipping rates</a> beginning in September 2011, so they might be more expensive than UPS. If you want to make sure you will not have to worry about rate increases, the USPS is the only carrier that allows you to lock in a price through their prepaid packaging. Even if FedEx is more expensive, it tends to have better customer reviews in terms of speed and reliability.</p> <h3>United Parcel Service (UPS)</h3> <p>To earn extra money over the holidays last year, I was a temporary driver helper for UPS. During one of the busiest weeks of the year, the driver and I delivered close to 200 packages a day, which I was told was almost twice as many deliveries as their competitors. I must say that I was baffled by the fact that so many people chose UPS after I learned that the company has the most expensive rates of all the major carriers. But then I remembered that we made deliveries and pick-ups for a lot of small businesses. To some business owners, the convenience of using a personal shipping account through the UPS website is worth the extra cost. If you are a business owner, check out <a href="http://www.ups.com/bussol/?loc=en_US&amp;viewID=browseView&amp;WT.svl=PriNav&amp;WT.svl=PNRO_L1">UPS Business Solutions</a> on their site to see what they have to offer for businesses. But if you do not <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-a-business-for-next-to-nothing">own a business</a>, or ship items often, UPS will cost you a lot more than the USPS or FedEx.</p> <p>You can always check the websites of the carriers to search for special promotions. But I have found that the best way to find out if you are getting the cheapest rate is to call your local Post Office or shipping store and talk to a human being. From my experience, people who work in the shipping business are extremely friendly and willing to help you save costs on shipping, even if it means going with one of their competitors.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-the-cheapest-shipping-rates">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-reasons-to-write-a-letter">22 Reasons to Write a Letter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-at-the-post-office">How to Save Money at the Post Office</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/welcome-to-container-city-how-shipping-containers-are-recycled-into-green-dwellings">Welcome to Container City - How Shipping Containers Are Recycled into Green Dwellings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-decorate-your-christmas-tree-for-under-30">10 Ways to Decorate Your Christmas Tree for Under $30</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living cheapest shipping options mail shipping container Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:00:14 +0000 Ashley Watson 648805 at http://www.wisebread.com Welcome to Container City - How Shipping Containers Are Recycled into Green Dwellings http://www.wisebread.com/welcome-to-container-city-how-shipping-containers-are-recycled-into-green-dwellings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/welcome-to-container-city-how-shipping-containers-are-recycled-into-green-dwellings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/containercity.jpg" alt="Container City" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="375" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>At any port you can probably see hundreds to thousands of empty shipping containers just sitting around waiting to be loaded. In recent times these containers have not only transported goods across oceans but have also been transformed into energy efficient dwellings with some great design and ingenuity.</p> <p>In the past decade many habitable container projects have been completed around the world. At fabprefab there is a <a href="http://www.fabprefab.com/fabfiles/containerbayhome.htm" target="_blank">selection of these projects</a> for shipping container enthusiasts. The picture used here on this article comes from a funky development called Container City I in at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London, England. The <a href="http://www.containercity.com/" target="_blank">Container City</a> site explains that shipping containers can be linked together to create strong steel modules that can be used to create many different types of accomodations. This type of construction takes very little time to build and the cost is low because 80% of the materials used is recycled. The shipping containers can be painted with insulating paint and use energy efficient appliances. Additional earth-friendly features could include water harvesting, solar panels, and green roofs.</p> <p>In America at least two shipping container complexes recently made the news. One is called the <a href="http://www.citycenterlofts.net/" target="_blank">City Center Lofts</a> in Salt Lake City, Utah. The plan is to erect a seven floor residential building that includes an art gallery. Another project is<a href="http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gBGj5hYXHI8DDu9289D8i0ZnagFwD90KMTI00" target="_blank"> slated in Detroit</a> and the plan is to create a 17 unit condominium project at a cost of 1.8 million dollars. The condos will range from 960 square feet to 1920 square feet and will be priced at $100000 to $190000 each. That might be a little expensive for Detroit since <a href="http://realestate.msn.com/buying/article2.aspx?cp-documentid=4349836" target="_blank">homes were selling for less than cars there</a> .</p> <p>I think it is awesome that people are creating new homes from recycled industrial products. However, another recent news report states that the United States is having <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-containers12-2008may12,0,3407915.story" target="_blank">a shortage of shipping containers</a> since the weak dollar is pushing up the demand of exports from the United States. Perhaps the next commodity bubble is in shipping containers?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/welcome-to-container-city-how-shipping-containers-are-recycled-into-green-dwellings">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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