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Making a Trip to the Post Office Easier and Cheaper

One thing that I can honestly say is significantly cheaper in Japan than in Canada is postal services.  I can't get over how cheap it is for me to send a parcel to Canada since it would easily cost me at least 3 times as much in Canada.

However, when I was on my lunch break a few days ago, I discovered a way to make sending parcels even cheaper - don't include a letter!  

Yes, you read that right!  It has nothing to do with the weight; it's just a Japan Post policy.  When you send a parcel, you'll get asked if you included a letter.  Since I didn't include a letter in my parcels, the cost 400 yen less (each), so I paid 690 yen for each one instead of 1,090.

For more details on this story and some post office lingo, see the brief post I wrote on my blog, Trekking with Becky, here -

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