The holiday shopping season, kids away at college, every day online shopping - we do a lot of shopping that requires purchases to be delivered. If you are worried about getting packages delivered to your home and the possibility of them getting swiped by thieves, here are a few ways to help prevent that from happening:

1. FedEx delivery at Walgreens - You can drop off pre-packaged and pre-labeled shipments, but FedEx shipping labels and envelopes are not available in store. There are weight and size limits for packages. You can click here to find out more information.

2. UPS Stores and Drop Box locations - Independently owned UPS stores charge a $10 pick-up fee for non-mailbox holders, or you can rent a mailbox for as little as $60/3 months. If you do a lot of online shopping, or send a lot of packages to your kid at college, this might be a good way to go. Click here for more information.

3. Work - You might want to make sure that your boss is okay with you and your co-workers getting things delivered to your place of business, but because there will be someone there during business hours, it is a safe way to make sure you get your packages without problem.

4. Friends - Since I work weird hours and am home when a lot of my friends are at work, my house has become a drop off point for packages, especially during the holidays. If your group of friends or family can come up with a calendar, you can all pitch in and use each other's houses as a safe place to get packages dropped off. It's also a great way to get together after work to pick things up and have a glass of wine before you head home.

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