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Saving Change on Stationery

Oh, how I love my stationery stash.

I’ve received stationery and note cards as gifts from a number of people over the years, and even though I have enough to write hundreds of letters, I can’t help but buy my own stationery every now and again. In the past couple weeks, I’ve been tempted by stationery with M&Ms and retro images of national parks in the Southwest. I’ve found note cards with pop-up koi and adorable note cards with owls and gnomes. And there is a new Papyrus store opening in my town later this year. How can I resist that?

But let’s face it, buying stationery isn’t really a cheap hobby, especially considering the fact that mailing letters isn’t inexpensive either. I managed to avoid buying any super expensive stationery for several months, but if the urge strikes, there are a few places I turn to for relatively inexpensive but fun note cards and paper. Read more…

One Half of a Conversation

Earlier this week I stumbled across this YouTube video made by a woman who talks about a few different things related to letter writing. There’s nothing particularly revolutionary about the video, but she does talk about how reading someone else’s letters is like only hearing one half of a conversation. I’ve never thought about letter writing like this before, but I think she’s kind of right. If you inherit a box of letters from a family member, you’re only getting half the story.

Wouldn’t it be an interesting exercise to sit down with all the letters I received from someone (say, my sister) over the years, put them in chronological order as best as I could and tried to piece together the conversation based on what one person has to say? The thing is, there are probably things I’ve written over the years that never received a response, and things that my sister mentioned in passing that I never responded to. I can guess what I wrote, but I’ll never know for sure.

A handwritten letter is a mystery. Only the person who has it can ever truly be certain about what it says. Everyone else is simply left listening to a one-sided conversation.

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Postage Rate Update Effective January 22

Stock up on Forever stamps now!

How much does a stamp cost? On January 22, 2012, the cost to send a letter is increasing. Take note:

Letters (1 oz.) – 1-cent increase to 45 cents
Letters additional ounces – unchanged at 20 cents
Postcards – 3-cent increase to 32 cents
Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) – 5-cent increase to 85 cents.
Letters to other international destinations – 7-cent increase to $1.05

You can find more details about the increase in stamp prices here.

Forever stamps, which will cost 45 cents each, can currently be bought for 44 cents but used when the price increases without any additional postage.

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