The Cheapest Way to Ship Cookies and Baked Goods

Learn about the cheapest (and some of the quickest) ways to ship cookies and baked goods
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Who doesn’t love cookies? The correct answer is nobody. Thanks to the advent of eCommerce, expert bakers have been able to turn baking into businesses by shipping their products to cookie lovers all around the world. If you’re looking to ship cookies or baked goods, here are a couple of tips to help you save the most money.

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USPS First Class Package Is the Cheapest Way to Ship a Package of Cookies Under 1 Pound

If your package of cookies weighs under 1 lb (16 oz), then USPS First Class Package Service will hands-down be your cheapest option to ship them. This service features quick delivery between 1 and 3 business days, and only costs $3 to $4 per package depending on where you’re shipping to!

Keep in mind that First Class Package doesn’t come with any shipping insurance. We always recommend that you purchase shipping insurance for your packages, but most insurance companies won’t cover perishable items like cookies and baked goods! So, the best bet is to pack your cookies as best as you can, by using a strong corrugated cardboard box, and enough packing material that will cushion and protect your goodies from breaking.

You can learn more about some different kinds of packing material here.

For Cookies and Baked Goods Over 1 Pound, Priority Mail Cubic is the Best Option

If the total weight of your package exceeds 1 pound (that’s a lot of cookies!), then the cheapest option is USPS Priority Mail Cubic. Similar to First Class Package and other Priority Mail services, delivery occurs between 1-3 business days. In addition, Priority Mail Cubic comes with $100 of built-in insurance.

The cool thing about Priority Mail Cubic is that its prices are based on your package’s outer dimensions and not its total weight. That means that you can load your boxes up with as many cookies and baked goods as you can fit to maximize your margins! As long as it doesn’t exceed 20 pounds the total volume stays under 0.5 cubic feet, the price won’t change.

Pro Tip: Priority Mail Cubic rewards smaller packages with higher levels of savings. So, the smaller your packaging is, the more money you’ll keep in your pocket!

To Retain the Most Freshness, Use Priority Mail Express

This goes without saying, but getting your package to your recipient the fastest way possible is the best way to ensure your cookies and baked goods keep their freshness. USPS Priority Mail Express is the Postal Service’s fastest shipping service, with overnight delivery to most urban destinations, and 2-day delivery to and from rural locations. It’s much more expensive than Priority Mail Cubic (or regular Priority Mail, for that matter), but it’ll get your goods to your recipients much faster. Plus, if your package arrives after the guaranteed delivery time, it’s super easy to get a full refund for the cost of your postage!

Maximize Savings on USPS Postage With Free Shipping Software

Whether you’re using First Class Package or Priority Mail Cubic to ship your cookies, you will save the most money when you use free shipping software to buy USPS postage online. The best shipping software companies offer the deepest level of USPS discounts available, known as Commercial Pricing. In some cases, Commercial Pricing rates can be up to 90% off what you’d pay at the Post Office!

Speaking of the Post Office: the best part about using USPS shipping software is the ability to buy and print your postage at home. Most shipping software solutions even let you schedule free USPS pickups when your letter carrier comes to deliver your mail. You’ll never have to visit the Post Office again!

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  1. ronnie wilson

    They actually refuse to cover perishable/food with any insurance it’s senders’ risk. You cannot get insurance for food of any sorts as I have tried 3 different USPS offices to test this.

    • Ella

      No but they do guarantee shipments arrive by a certain date and if it doesn’t they will refund you for the shipping cost.

      • Sandy

        I sent some fruitcakes out last year thru the USPS. I paid for one of them for 3 day. It took over a week to arrive at the destination (CO to AR). They did not honor the 3 day – they told me it was not guaranteed. Only if it was 2 day. The other pkg was shipped ground (CO to MS). It took about 2-3 weeks to arrive at the destination. Crazy thing about this one, it bypassed MS and went to Atlanta then to MS. One other comment, a pkg with brand new box with several items was shipped from MS to CO. By the time it arrived, the box looked like it was hit by a truck. There was a large hole in the bottom and several things fell out and were lost during transport. I’m not sure I trust the USPS to send my cookies this year. They really got me mad and upset last year.


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