Holiday Shopping


Clark French

As the holiday season approaches, many people are resorting to online shopping for their gifts. But that can be difficult sometimes because of shipping and delivery dates. This chart says the average shipping cost from California to Kansas:


Package Size Package Weight USPS Retail Ground UPS Ground FedEx Home Delivery
12” x 12” x 12” 5 lbs $17.25 $32.51 $34.55
18” x 14” x 12” 8.75 lbs $40.55 $45.39 $49.59
18” x 18” x 16” 15 lbs $90.15 $68.68 $75.90
24” x 24” x 18” 30 lbs $130.45 $122.85 $134.94


The United States Postal Service is much cheaper for the smaller 1-cubic-foot box, but once more weight is added, it gets more expensive. UPS is first with the cheapest prices, which may be the way to deliver. Even if you don’t care when a package arrives, you still might want to consider delivery dates. USPS Ground Retail is estimated to deliver in about a week, while UPS Ground usually gets around four days. FedEx Home Delivery can vary from 5-7 days based on distance.

You also have to pay extra for faster shipping. So keep in mind whenever you do your holiday shopping, check the price for shipping and try to find the cheapest option to save some money this Christmas.