Cutting back…………. really?

In days gone by, although I didn’t make my cards, I sent out a fair few.
Working in an office of about 75, I had dealings with practically everyone and there was a staff post box in the lobby where we would deposit our mail for each other and the messengers would deliver it to the relevant departments concerned. I can’t remember if there was a nominal charge or donation for each ‘posting’ but as it was an American bank and how community spirited they were (good citizenship was one of their key policies), there probably was and the proceeds would have been sent to charity.

Posting by Royal Mail was also in high numbers, but stamps were cheaper then and a lot more of my extended family were still alive.

Christmas card making session 2015

I went through my address book today and was stunned that I had 30 people still listed, though some of those I haven’t heard from in a couple of years.  Second class stamps are 61p each, whereas first class is 70p, so it was a trip to the post office today to get some festive ones for the occasion. Hubby couldn’t believe I needed so many, after all I said I was cutting back, but compared to the fifty or so from yesteryear, I have to a degree.

Usually I begin to stock up with my stamps prior to December, but they would be of standard issue and not ‘pretty ones’. At the end of the day though, they cost the same and because they state ‘2nd class’ rather than a monetary value, even when they go up each year, they remain valid.
As I look at the bumper bag of cards I’ve made in readiness, I am hoping I have enough!
I also have a few neighbours to think of and of course the darts team, but at least those won’t be posted!

Card making session June 2019

No wonder our poor postie is suffering with his back and shoulder as well as his feet!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to Cutting back…………. really?

  1. Paula Light says:

    Our stamps are now up to $0.55 each for the first ounce/first class mail. At work we use a meter so we get a $.05 discount. I may send a few cards out this year to give faraway peeps my new address. Locals I chat with frequently will get it in a text!

    • Ours go by weight and size too, so I have to be careful, especially with the tiered ones as they’re too fat for normal mail and notch the cost up to almost a pound each! I may well send emails to those I have addressed for and attach my newsletter to it.

  2. What beautiful cards!
    For a while it seemed like the mailing costs slowed down people sending cards – and I either made/then bought a few nice ones for those special people, but now people seemed to have ramped up again.
    I used to have a few ancient relatives who also cherished a page letter along with the card, but they have all gone on. Still the card required numbers seem to be increasing. Smart to grab the “forever” stamps and hand deliver cards to hold down costs!

    • Thank you. I do a newsletter which I send out to our friends and distant family every year. It’s just a summary of what we’ve done, but we shall be glad to see the back of this one.

  3. Sadje says:

    Beautiful cards. 🌷

  4. jenanita01 says:

    It must be nice to have people to send cards to, I can’t remember the last time I sent anything in the. Mail…

  5. Stamps are so expensive. Managed to get most of family and friends to just send an email version.

    • I confess I sent out 6 emails this year. Several of mine are to friends in their 80s who aren’t into computers, and an uncle (90) and aunt (95), so I guess I did pretty well with posting 21 !

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