WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - The U.S. Postal Service expects to handle more than 830 million parcels nationwide Monday. That is 40 percent more than a normal day.
The USPS says deadlines for Christmas are right around the corner especially if you don't want to pay extra. The parcel post deadline is Wednesday. Priority and first-class mail should be shipped by Dec. 21. Express mail will be accepted until Dec. 23 to be delivered by Christmas.
For UPS, Wednesday is the last date to ship ground packages to reach customers nationwide, including Hawaii and Alaska before Christmas. You can also ship next-day air by Dec. 23.
FedEx has a ground shipping deadline of Thursday. It offers same-day delivery in some areas for Christmas Day. But again, they recommend not sending anything later than the Wednesday before Christmas, Dec. 23.
The holiday deadlines for many retail Web sites are also drawing near. For example, on Amazon.com, orders must be placed by Thursday to guarantee delivery via its supersaver shipping.