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    Well, I haven't seen any definite clues that match me yet, but am really enjoying seeing everyone's goodies. I was amazed at the amount of things stuffed into that flat rate envelope. Whoever did that needs to post a tutorial since postage rates are rising again.

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    my zip adds to 97477=34
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    My zip is 38133=17
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belfrybat View Post
    Well, I haven't seen any definite clues that match me yet, but am really enjoying seeing everyone's goodies. I was amazed at the amount of things stuffed into that flat rate envelope. Whoever did that needs to post a tutorial since postage rates are rising again.
    All one has to do is pay FLAT RATE BOX/ENVELOPE and whatever you stuff in goes! Believe me if it can be folded, rolled, flatened you can put quite a bit in such.

    The stuff I sent needed a box and unfortunately did not think of using the flat rate box and used one of my boxes and I ended paying more than I should, but I don't mind messing up once regarding postage cause its fun doing this. I am on the next one though get a box for amount I want to spend and fill it up to brim and than some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt View Post
    Krystyna did you learn to "cast out 9's" in school? I don't know anyone else that learned that but it looks like maybe you did. I still use it to check my math...learned it in 5th grade and have a minor in math from college...still love that method!
    What's cast out nine's? I just know that you keep reducing it down until you get a single digit. If you do numerology and stuff like that (I don't) that's how it's done. Keep adding ladies!
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    OK I have a question. How can we track a package if postal won't put it on there web site.

    I sent out my package yesterday via USPS with delivery confirmation and in checking this morning to start tracking it stated the following "Delivery status information is not available for your item via this web site. A return receipt after mailing may be available through your local Post Office. "

    This makes no sense at all to me. When I did eBay years ago we were able to track DC packages. When did this change? And why would I need a return receipt after mailing from my post office if it hasn't been returned to me. It also states "a return receipt MAY be available" and not that it is available. Why are we paying for such services if we can't track it? Just does not make sense to me.

    Its been years since I've used postal to track anything. I mostly buy online and it is shipped to me and I'm able to track it and so can the company I order from but then again these usually come by UPS/FEDEX, etc and not thorugh postal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna View Post
    What's cast out nine's?
    I'd like to know this too....never heard of it and I was "old schooled too."
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    Quote Originally Posted by mscupid804 View Post
    I'd like to know this too....never heard of it and I was "old schooled too."

    I will be 67 this month and this is how we learned math when growing up. You can find more info here..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casting_out_nines
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    Oooo. That makes my head hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clsurz View Post
    OK I have a question. How can we track a package if postal won't put it on there web site.

    I sent out my package yesterday via USPS with delivery confirmation and in checking this morning to start tracking it stated the following "Delivery status information is not available for your item via this web site. A return receipt after mailing may be available through your local Post Office. "
    I do all my postage on-line and occasionally will get the same message if it's not scanned into the system yet. Some local Post Offices don't scan the package in and so it might take a day or two to get through the regional sorting facility to get scanned in. If you mailed the package at the Post Office, that message should not be occurring. Check with your Post Office if that's the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clsurz View Post
    All one has to do is pay FLAT RATE BOX/ENVELOPE and whatever you stuff in goes! Believe me if it can be folded, rolled, flatened you can put quite a bit in such.
    I know about Flat Rate postage -- have been shipping that way since it first came out. I was just amazed at the amount of items that were put in the Flat Rate envelope -- I'd never have managed. That is why my (tongue in cheek) suggestion of a tutorial. You took it way too seriously.

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    I ALWAYS use flat rate AND go to the USPS.com to pay, print & schedule
    for a pickup.
    You can save money by doing it online. A flat rate padded envelope only
    costs me $5.10 to mail if I do it online, if I take it to the post office to have
    mailed it will cost $5.30. Now twenty cents may not sound like much of a
    savings, but it all adds up.

    I LOVE the pickup service the most. I don't have to go to PO anymore and
    stand in line waiting, even though my PO is fairly small they never seem to
    have enough people working the counter (usually only 1 person).

    I HIGHLY recommend setting up a USPS.com account.

    Just my opinion though.

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    I do that too Louise!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna View Post
    Oooo. That makes my head hurt.
    yep, mine too...just add a second time to check answer hahahaha
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    You're very welcome, letsquilt. Glad you like the contents of your Swap box....it was fun putting it together.

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    My zip adds up to 32 = 3-7-8-7-7
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    Great packages coming in!

    A clue for my SP: I live three miles from the country you were born in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilty-Louise View Post
    I ALWAYS use flat rate AND go to the USPS.com to pay, print & schedule
    for a pickup.
    You can save money by doing it online.... I HIGHLY recommend setting up a USPS.com account.

    Just my opinion though.
    I agree with doing postage on-line, but depending on the weight, going First Class package using a manilla envelope will save a bunch also, especially if you have a PayPal account. I just did the postage for a quilting swap on another site, and since the package only weighed 12 oz., it was much cheaper to use First Class package rate through PayPal/shipnow -- $2.99 vs. $5.10 with USPS.com. And that includes tracking. I wish USPS would allow First Class on their website, but they don't which is why I go through Paypal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belfrybat View Post
    I agree with doing postage on-line, but depending on the weight, going First Class package using a manilla envelope will save a bunch also, especially if you have a PayPal account. I just did the postage for a quilting swap on another site, and since the package only weighed 12 oz., it was much cheaper to use First Class package rate through PayPal/shipnow -- $2.99 vs. $5.10 with USPS.com. And that includes tracking. I wish USPS would allow First Class on their website, but they don't which is why I go through Paypal.
    Shipping FLAT RATE (as most of us do) we can pack it as full as we want regardless of the weight, for ONE FLAT RATE. Yes, your 12 oz pkg would be cheaper because it's just 12 oz. If we were mailing just a tiny bit we would go that route as well, but like I said, most of us pack to the max and flat rate is the best way to go to get more bang for your buck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilty-Louise View Post
    I ALWAYS use flat rate AND go to the USPS.com to pay, print & schedule
    for a pickup.
    You can save money by doing it online. A flat rate padded envelope only
    costs me $5.10 to mail if I do it online, if I take it to the post office to have
    mailed it will cost $5.30. Now twenty cents may not sound like much of a
    savings, but it all adds up.

    I LOVE the pickup service the most. I don't have to go to PO anymore and
    stand in line waiting, even though my PO is fairly small they never seem to
    have enough people working the counter (usually only 1 person).

    I HIGHLY recommend setting up a USPS.com account.

    Just my opinion though.

    I think I will also. Been years since I've used postal for anything.
    clsurz

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    I haven't had time to be on the board lately. Busy, busy! My SP's pkg will go out before deadline. I am making something and need to finish it between all the other busy work I'm doing. I don't even have time to look for clues for my own package! Too many projects and too many deadlines plus my sons knee surgery Tuesday. Miss the fun. Will try to play catch up soon.

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    SP your package is on the way, dropped it at the post office today.

    Clue #1 you have two furry babies.
    Vicki W

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    well, that's not me. I have 4 small dogs. daughter and grands moved in and brought 2 lg boxers with em. then there's the 5 cats and snakes and the mice they are fed and oh goodness it's starting to feel like a zoo. I hope my partner sends me a "stay out" sign to hang on the bedroom door for an hour a day. nah, the little guys can't read and the dogs don't care. haha my swap pkg will go out by the 15th! my SP swap partner just happens to be my swap partner for the table runner swap too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki W View Post
    SP your package is on the way, dropped it at the post office today.

    Clue #1 you have two furry babies.
    That could be me!

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    my zip 44446-22! anything heading in that direction?
    You never stand taller than when you stoop to help a child.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki W View Post
    SP your package is on the way, dropped it at the post office today.

    Clue #1 you have two furry babies.
    MMMMM, does furry babies include short hair Boxers???????

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