Stretch Your Dollar: Tips for keeping porch pirates at bay

Stretch Your Dollar

Today’s the day to get those last-minute gifts ordered if you want to get them under the tree in time. Just make sure you’re the only one enjoying those items!

We are stretching your dollar with tips to keep porch pirates at bay.

‘Tis the season to send out those holiday gifts or order something for yourself. But it’s also prime season for criminals.

According to a 2017 report by “Insurance Quotes,” nearly 26 million Americans were victims of package delivery theft during the holidays.

If you still have online gifts heading to your doorstep, follow these steps to make sure strangers don’t shop from your doorstep.

Number one is to sign up for delivery updates. The UPS “My Choice” program sends you updates and drop-off times to keep packages from sitting outside.

Number two is to have packages delivered to your office instead of your home address. Just make sure your employer is ok with that.

Number three is to pick it up at a facility.Even if your packages don’t need a signature, you can request they get held at the facility so they don’t get left on your stoop.

Number four is to pick it up instead. Amazon locker delivery, package concierge, and UPS access point all allow packages to be sent to a secure location.

Also, many retailers offer free shipping directly to a nearby store where you can pick up your items.

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