Postage Cost Saving Tips

  •  Screen your mailing list for unnecessary names, duplicates and incomplete addresses. NAU Postal Services can help you with this.
  • Use "Certified" instead of "Registered" mail whenever possible. It costs less and still provides a receipt and notice of delivery to the sender.
  • Do not over-insure. The USPS, UPS and FedEx will pay only the actual value of an item, not the declared value.
  • Use postcards for short messages or announcements. The cost is 1/3 less than ending an envelope.
  • Combine mailings when possible into a larger envelope for distribution at the location.
  • Use Business Reply envelopes provided by vendors, instead of department envelopes.
  • FAX the information when time is crucial, instead of using Express mail.
  • Request Library and Book rate whenever possible. Savings can be as much as 50% of the cost of 1st class mail.
  • Use Intra-campus envelopes for on-campus mail. Use regular business envelopes for off-campus mailings only.
  • Use Non-profit/Bulk Rate whenever possible, saving can be as much as 20 cents per mail piece.
  • Use "Courtesy Reply" instead of "Business Reply" and save on first class postage, plus 10 cent processing fee.
  • Whenever possible, fold material in half and place in a 6x9 or #10 envelope to reduce postage.

 For the following FREE items to assist you with your mailing needs:

  • Intra-campus envelopes to be used for department on-campus mail only
  • Recycled rubber-bands to bundle your outgoing mail
  • USPS trays and tubs to send your outgoing mail to Postal Services for processing
  • USPS specialty mail forms example:  certified and insured USPS forms
  • USPS Priority envelopes and boxes