Ready Post Packaging Tape
Save money and buy Packing Tape in advance.
One thing that I learned this Christmas season is to buy packing tape in advance, especially if you're going to be mailing any packages.
This is because if you forget to bring packing tape to the post office - you'll be paying a bit of a premium for packing up Priority mail packages. There's no reason to pay the premium if you plan ahead of time and bring tape in.
Pricing / Description on Ready-Post Tape
Here's the information about the tape that is available at the post office.
Ready Post Packaging Tape cost $3.49
Description: Clear Tape 1.88 in x 800 in
There are a couple of options on Amazon that should be good solutions for next year:
- Scotch 02878 Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape, Clear - for $9.09 you get 3 tape packages. That comes out to $3.03 for each roll.
- Duck MAX Strength Packing Tape With Dispenser, Clear, 6 pk, 1.88" x 22 yd. - 6 Rolls for $10.83. This comes to $1.81.
- Scotch Tear-by-Hand Tape, 1.88 Inches x 50 Yards, 2-Pack - Cost per roll is $4.66 - which is more expensive than the option at the post office. But you get nearly twice as much like the one in the post office. In addition, you can easily tear the tape by hand. This will make it easy to cut the tape - there's no need to bring scissors to cut the tape.
Don't forget - set up a reminder.
This year, I set up a reminder for the first week of October to order some packing tape for Christmas. This way I can plan in advance, so when we bring gifts to the post office, I can just tape them up and not have to buy the tape at a premium price.
In addition, I added some notes to the reminder on what I would do differently "next year." For example, it's better to plan to finish shopping well in advance instead of waiting for the last minute to buy and find things.