10 Ways To Save Money On Care Packages

Money saving ideas for care packages

If you have ever sent a care package you know packing a box full of your loved ones’ favorite things can quickly amount to a small fortune. I have sent many care packages over the years and have found a few tips and tricks to help cut the cost of your special delivery. 

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1. Make a Budget

When you send multiple care packages, over time the cost can really add up. Make a budget and stick to it. This article will give you tips and tricks on how to do so.

2. Plan Ahead 

Planning can help save you a ton. If you give yourself time, you can find discounted items by shopping sales or online. Last-minute runs to the store can prove to be costly. 

3. DIY

DIY projects can help you save. Draw a picture (if it's terrible, your recipient will probably get a good laugh) write a letter, a poem, or a story. Pinterest has a treasure trove of ideas. Get creative!

4. Shop Sales & Use Discount Codes

Finding sales and discounts can save you a ton. One of my favorite sites to find discounts is Retailmenot or just search “Name of store” + Discount” it is amazing how many discount codes that are available. 


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5. Cash Back Sites

I have received hundreds of dollars back from cashback sites. Topcashback, Rakuten and Ibotta  are my favorites. When shopping online, visit a retailer’s website via a cashback website and you can get back a small percentage of what you pay. Before every online purchase, I check these sites to see if they are offering cashback. cashbackholic.com is another great tool to see all of the cashback and point options available across many sites and rewards programs. The cashback sites are easy to use, just create an account, search for the store you will be purchasing from, select that store, then shop as usual. It is important to always visit the store through the cashback site’s link or you will not receive credit for the purchase. 

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6. Send Small Care Packages

Instead of a large box for every care package, send smaller ones.  Small boxes/envelopes will usually be cheaper to fill and send. Lets not forget about good old letters. Remember; a handwritten letter may be cherished for much longer than anything you can purchase at a store.  

7. Fill The Box

Especially if you are shipping flat rate, fill the box with as many goodies as you can fit. If you are paying the same price to ship no matter the weight you might as well fill it up :-)

 Free shipping supplies for care packages

8. Free Shipping Supplies

My favorite way to send care packages is via USPS flat rate shipping. You can find free shipping supplies on their website  
If you know what size you need you can also order the supplies in bulk. USPS allows you to order 1-5 boxes, or in packs of 10 or 25.
The Postal Service has created a free Military Care Kit based on the items most frequently requested by military families. The kit contains:
  • Two Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate Boxes
  • Four Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes
  • Priority Mail tape
  • Six Priority Mail address labels
  • Six Custom Forms Envelopes


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    9. Dollar Store

    One of my favorite places is Dollar Tree. They carry a great array of party supplies and decorations that will save you so much compared to stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or Party City. If you do decide to go to any of these stores always checks for coupons. Click the links to view their current coupons and promotions. Michaels or Hobby Lobby and Party City  
    Dollar stores also carry candy, activity books, toiletries, greeting cards, and other great items that will help keep costs down.


    10. Pack What They Want

    Instead of buying what you think they would like, listen to them. What have they said they missed? Have they complained about something that you can send them? Packing what they actually want will prevent spending money on frivolous items that may not be used.