Moving? How to Get Your Free Stuff Forwarded to Your New Place

How to forward your mail for your freebies

As much as I and others complain about slow delivery and Canada Post strikes, without Canada Post we would truly be lost. They offer some great services that can really help out when you are moving addresses.

As you know signing up for free stuff and product testing offers can mean a waiting game for them to actually arrive. Even contest prizes take quite awhile to arrive sometimes, and missing out because you have moved isn't necessary. Many product testing offer applications actually ask you if you have plans to move in the near future, to make sure your products will get to you.

How to Get Your Mail After a Move

Take advantage of Canada Post's mail forwarding program to get any straggler mail that is going to arrive at your old address. As soon as you know you are moving this needs to be done, to avoid some mail falling through the cracks.

At least 30 days before your move have mail forwarding set up. There are two ways to do this. You can do it online with a credit card (must be a Canadian credit card), or at your local post office. You will have to show government ID to use this service.

There are 2 different type of mail forwarding available, one is for a temporary absence like a vacation or during renovations and you won't be at the address and one is permanent.

You can chose the duration of your mail forwarding too, which is a nice plus. I personally always forward my mail when moving for a solid year. Contest prizes and freebies have showed up in the mail 9 months after signing up and have been all but forgotten about. If you know you have tons of things you will be waiting for a year is your best option.

You can also choose to only have your mail forwarded for a period of 4 months, which is good too if you are just starting to sign up for free stuff and don't have a ton of things coming yet in the mail.

There is a cost for the mail forwarding service but well worth it to make sure you don't miss out on any important mail coming to your old address. You can check out the Canada Post mail forwarding prices and pick whichever works for you.