United Parcel Service (UPS) is one of those companies that will reward you with lower rates the more you use them. As I mention in my other blog (link here), the rates went up on January 1st. One way to diffuse higher rates is to work toward acquiring lower rates from them.
You can always take your packages to a UPS Store and have them ship it for you. Those stores have become somewhat ubiquitous and there usually is one nearby. But if you ship this way, you’ll pay a much higher rate because there will be a markup on shipping. These markups can be quite high; this is where the UPS Store franchises make a lot of their money.
If you set up your own UPS account, you can print your own labels and simply drop your package(s) off at any location of The UPS Store or a UPS terminal (if there happens to be one nearby). You will then pay your rate instead of the marked-up retail rate.
So even if you just ship a few packages a month, it will benefit you to set up a UPS account. As you use your UPS account more and more, you will eventually get put into a different rate category.