More geese flew in
This week I received flying geese blocks from Sophie and from Margaret in Australia. Thanks, Sophie and Margaret.
I don’t know about the postage system in Australia, but I learned something this time, a trick, to save some postage costs in mailing things from the U.S. to non-U.S. locations. It could be that it applies within the U.S., too, but I didn’t dig that far.
Over the years I have become adept in calculating postage costs in the usps.com site. It is a common practice here to send mail to the U.S. with travellers who drop already stamped mail in the closest post box when they get there. We keep a supply of U.S. postage stamps for this purpose and I calculate the cost of each envelope at the usps site.
I found that if you send 4 blocks to Israel (as Ginny did,) it costs $6.55. If you send it in two letter size envelopes with two in each (Sophie, with two blocks to send, sent one of these), it costs $1.10 for each, totalling one-third of the cost of sending them together! The reason the larger envelope costs so much more is mainly because it’s more than 1/4 inch thick.
That is UNBELIEVABLE! I usually end up splitting my blocks up more than usual–I use them to make the totals work out–and so I’m sending more envelopes each month, but often only sending a couple blocks to each winner. I always figured it was costing a little bit more for me … who knew I was actually SAVING money?
Thanks for the update on your blocks.