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Going Postal

Federal Express and UPS aren't the only ones with first-class Web sites. Now, the U.S. Postal Service's Web site (http://www.usps.gov) has a new look and information and services worth investigating.

Click on the Post Office icon, and you can look up ZIP codes nationwide. Keep tabs on packages sent using the Express Mail Tracking feature. There's also a "postage calculator" to help you find the most cost-efficient mailing method.

Want shipping supplies sent to your door? Click on Business, then Shipping Supplies Online, then Order Supplies. Here, you can order Express or Priority Mail supplies. To place an order, indicate the item and quantity, then add it to the Mail Pouch. While you can't order stamps online--yet (see "Home Zone")--you can view the latest kinds and order them by phone. Then you can say sayonara to standing in line at the post office.

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