Cheapest way to mail packages for Christmas

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Wichita, Kan. -- For those of you looking for an inexpensive way to ship, we researched mailing options with USPS, UPS and FedEx.

If you mailed a five-pound box from Wichita to Chicago, it would cost:

$15.10 via UPS
$11.50 via USPS
$10.47 via FedEx

These rates are for a two-day delivery. Overall, FedEx was about $1 cheaper if you went to a store.

Yet, USPS will reduce rates for postage if you print a mailing label at home and have your mail carrier pick up the box. For the five-pound box, it would cost you $9.63 if you mailed from home -- the best overall deal.

However, in October, FedEx started offering One-Rate flat-rate shipping options, similar to the USPS' Priority Mail Flat-Rate Boxes. If you plan to mail heavier items, these boxes may be the cheapest option for you.

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