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Canby Herald Letters to the Editor for the Jan. 9, 2019 issue - a look at post office tricks

Learn tricks to help with postal issues

To the editor:

Recently I had no choice but to head down to our local Canby Post Office. It is a great place to meet people and socialize.

Not a problem if you are retired like me.

But if you are like so many of the folks standing in line ahead and behind me with a "deer in the headlights" look or worse, an angry countenance, I can only say "wise up."

Many people appear ignorant of the many shortcuts the Post Office offers people who are actually in a hurry and don't get their kicks by standing in lines.

The Canby Herald.

I saw numerous people who were using the priority box the Post Office provides, you know, "If it fits, it ships." One thing to note is you can print your own postage at home and fix it to these flat rate boxes and schedule a pick up with your mail carrier the next day.

It is super easy and if you print your own label at home (no special paper required) the Post Office actually gives you a discounted price.

So next time you are packing one of those priority flat rate boxes, and you don't feel like mingling with the folks down at the Post Office, print your own label at home, and schedule a pickup online at https://www.usps.com/ follow the links to "Mail and Ship."

In addition, if you want to know what mail will be delivered before it arrives, you can also sign up for "Informed Delivery" in which you will get a scanned e-mail picture of the mail arriving in your box, and a list of any packages due to arrive.

How cool is that? https://www.usps.com/ (found under the heading Track and Manage).

By the way, I don't work for the Post Office. But I am a life-long learner and you should be one, too.

Scott William

Canby

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