1st shipping deadline of the holiday season is here

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We are ten days away from Christmas, and the options to mail gifts so they will arrive on time are about to be limited.

United States Postal Service spokesperson David Walton said today is the last day to send packages via retail ground if you want it to arrive before December 25.

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“Retail ground would be just regular package service," said Walton, "it's not the priority mail. So, the time to get there is a little bit longer than priority mail, and it’s a little bit less expensive."

Walton said this week is their busiest mailing, shipping, and delivery week of the year; and it's estimated that they'll deliver 29 million packages each day this week.

Walton said the deadline to send a package by Priority Mail is this Saturday, December 18, and cost-wise he said it is still a bargain.

“Where you can use our boxes, we give customers for free, you can pack as much as 70 pounds,” said Walton.

And for those who procrastinate mailing gifts, Walton said the deadline to make so you won’t earn the title of Grinch this year is a week from Thursday.

“You can mail it as late as December 23rd," Walton said, "and you’d have to send it through our premier service which is Priority Mail Express, and that is guaranteed to get there in time for Christmas Day."

To see how much your shipping costs will be for packages, and the option to print your own shipping labels and have your carrier pick them up, visit the Click and Ship option at USPS.com.

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