You Don’t Have to Break the Bank on Shipping Supplies

Random, fun fact of the day: I’m sure most of you know this already, although I don’t particularly remember learning this in school, but the first person in space was a Russian man named Yuri Gagarin.  Unfortunately, he died in a plane crash when he was just thirty-four years old.

On that depressing note, let’s talk about shipping supplies.

What about shipping supplies?  Well, that’s what I want to talk about.  When I say “shipping supplies” I’m sure certain things come to mind: boxes, tape, bubble wrap, stamps, envelopes, paper, mailmen, UPS trucks, horseback riding… the train of thought starts to trail off after a while as the break-offs become more and more, and further and further from the starting point.


I think it’s important to remember that we don’t have to feel confined to a status quo about shipping supplies.  Unless, of course, you are in the business of shipping things.  Then I would absolutely suggest using fresh, strong products.  I would even say that a custom gift should be included when you send something off.  For example, I ordered a book from an online seller, and when I got the package in the mail it also came with one of those reusable bags with the company’s logo on it.  I thought that was such a good idea!  I love reusable bags, and now I buy from that company all the time.  They only sent me one the first time I ordered through them, but that’s okay.  I don’t need a surplus.  It was the initiative that counted for me.

As for the casual “shipper” of items, you don’t have to break the bank.  I get it, we like to think that we have an image to maintain, and if it’s that big of a deal to you then, by all means, buy the brown paper and the twine and wrap that baby up like it’s a photo prop for a Crate and Barrel catalogue.  If you are like the rest of us, consider some other options.  Balled up newspaper makes great stuffing.  And, if you are like most of us and don’t get the newspaper anymore, balled up scrap mail, or even fluffed up grocery bags.  How about an old, crappy towel?  Or a cardboard box cut into strips and rolled up?  It’s easy to get creative with stuff around the house when you are trying to save some money.  I would probably draw the line at sand, or something like that, though…

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