Money Monday

By Dr. Barbara O’Neill

How can military family members save money on postage for care packages sent to service members overseas?

nukeit1The United States Postal Service (USPS) has created a “Mili-kit” based on the items most frequently requested by military families. The kit is free of charge and contains four Priority Mail APO/FPO flat-rate boxes (two medium and two large), one roll of priority packing tape, priority mail address labels, six customs forms, and envelopes. The kit may be requested by calling 1-800-610-8734.

Priority Mail APO/FPO flat-rate boxes cost $2.00 less to ship than standard USPS domestic pricing. The exact cost varies with the size of the box and changes periodically when postal rates increase.

APO/FPO flat-rate packages to service members can be as heavy as the sender would like to make them for the same flat rate. These boxes feature the “America Supports You” logo which will definitely bring a smile to a service member’s face when received!

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This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on April 8, 2013.

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