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Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman

April 23, 2009
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The United States Postal Service is making it easier and easier to ship care packages to troops overseas.

It now offers a priority mail flat-rate box specifically for APO/FPO addresses. The mailing rate of $11.95 is a couple of bucks cheaper than the regular rate, and you can stuff quite a bit of care in a 12 x 12 x 5.5 package. You can order a whole pack of boxes online.

You can print the shipping label and postage via Click-N-Ship. You can even fill out the customs form online and print it.

Now that the perfect package is ready, you can schedule a free pickup online. When your postal carrier makes your regular mail delivery, she or he will come to your door and take the box away for mailing.

Almost makes a person nostalgic to stand in line behind someone counting out pennies for a stamp and crabbing about how it used to cost 3 cents to mail a letter. Or not!

Now that the mailing’s so easy, we’ve got more time to consider what should go inside the box – and that’s the subject for another post!

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  1. April 23, 2009 5:03 pm

    I think its its unelievable that they have the nerves to charge SOMETHING! Why is it not free to send soldiers downrange something? It cost an arm and a leg for lower enlisted families to send packages. How often are service members stationed in places that dont have a PX or just an empty one. I spend 300 Dollars from the measly 450 Dollar more pay during deployment a month to sent my hubbie in the beginning the basics down.
    The Postal Service is just delivering to the nearest military mail distribution center. From there on the military handles the mail. So why do we have to pay???

  2. April 23, 2009 6:33 pm

    It is a great question… while I certainly appreciate the discount, it does suck that it is an extra $12 on top of every package. Swiss has needed a lot this deployment and I have easily spent $100 on shipping alone and we are only 2.5 months in. Woah, I never did the math on that until now. Meh, it has to be done and we can afford it, he is in the middle of nowhere without a PX or access to one, so I am it. $12 a crack or not.

    But this sort of ranks up there with having to pay for phone cards on top of regular phone service to keep in touch… Not that I want loads of handouts, but a $2 discount doesn’t exactly make sending these packages cheap…

  3. April 23, 2009 9:23 pm

    I agree with you both. Maybe that’s why my Dad never liked us constantly sending packages. He used to tell us just mail him letters and phone cards and don’t worry about the packages cuz they do add up. I personally think they should just cut that fee or at least make it to the WWP or something.

    If you want a bunch of boxes in advance, this is a good place to get it. You can get the sets of 25 and 50 and don’t got to go to different post offices just to get the amount you need.

    http://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10152&storeId=10001&productId=36604&langId=-1

    Oh and if you didn’t know, after May 11, the stamp rate is going up to 44 cents. Great…time to whip out the emails. There goes the old fashion snail mail idea.

    • April 23, 2009 10:25 pm

      Hey, Matt – welcome! I’m glad you decided to start blogging – the milbrat experience is one that we don’t hear enough about first hand. Your voice and story need to be heard – keep it up!

    • April 23, 2009 10:50 pm

      I agree- welcome Matt! Glad to see you here!

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    April 23, 2009 11:36 pm

    When my hubby deploys they always tell us to send everything Parcel Post. They say won’t affect the delivery time because everything gets shipped to Military warehouses to be distrubuted. Just to test the system once every deployment I always mail a package Priority the other PP and they always get there a day or two apart. I have noticed since moving overseas that it’s worth it to pay the extra money and get Priority Mail if it’s something I want faster because regular mail takes much longer.

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