How to save on delivery this Christmas
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  • Use Parcel2go for sending big bulky items. "I use them a lot and it’s amazing how cheap it can be," says Jasmine Birtles at Moneymagpie.com. " I also use Collect+ a lot, partly because it’s cheaper for bigger things and partly because I just take the item to my local newsagents to drop it off
  • Argos is offering same-day delivery across the UK for a flat fee of £3.95. Fast Track offers four home-delivery slots each day, seven days a week. Order by 6pm to receive an item by 10pm the same day
  • Planning an overnight Christmas shopping trip to London's Oxford Street or Regent Street? New shopping service Dropit allows you to leave bags at a Dropit point or participating retailers including Gap and Liberty will arrange delivery to your hotel. From £8
  • Collect, send and return parcels from mainline train stations using Doddle's Pay As You Doddle service and pay £1.95 per parcel collection or from £2.99 to send an item
  • Avoid Post Office queues and instead print off postage labels at home using Royal Mail's Online Postage Option. Simply click here, opt for Buy Postage Quickly and follow the instructions. You just need scales and a printer. You don't need to sign up for an account
  • Send your parcels in good time for Christmas 2016 using our last posting dates below:

OVERSEAS

Saturday  03 December

Africa, Middle East

Wednesday 07 December

Cyprus, Asia, Far East(including Japan), Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Thursday 08 December

Caribbean, Central and South America

Saturday 10 December

Greece, Australia, New Zealand

Wednesday 14 December

Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland

Thursday 15 December

Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA

Friday 16 December

Austria, Denmark,  Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal,  Slovakia, Spain,  Switzerland

Saturday 17 December

Belgium, France,  Ireland,  Luxembourg

 

UK INLAND SERVICES

Tuesday 20 December

Second Class

Wednesday 21 December

First Class

Thursday 22 December

Special Delivery

Friday 23 December

Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed