Oh man, I can't believe the week is almost gone and I've only barely managed to churn out one post so far!!!!
This post makes my grand total for this week two! So much for a New Year's resolution **but I'll keep at it!!!**
Anyway, something happened yesterday which got me going, "Ohmigosh, if only I had known!!!!"
I pride myself in having lived in Germany for 4.5years now. That's a long-enough time period for me to speak the language, figure out how things work and its pretty safe to say that "surprises" don't happen on a daily basis anymore.
BUT yesterday was another one of those cases of "Oh man, I should have known better!"
Remember how I make my own Christmas cards every year? The cost price of each card is easily at least 2€. But who would have known that the postage per card would be almost double that? As a matter of fact, my hubby paid about 30€ on postage!! That's almost what I paid for in materials!
In Singapore, postage is based on the weight of the letter. Unless you mail a box, then you would have to take into account the size of the box too. I somehow thought it would be the same in Germany. But no!!!
Apparently the size of my card is slightly too big to be considered "regular mail". Regular mail refers to envelopes up to a certain size and up to 20grams. All my cards only weighed 20grams each, so it could have easily fallen under "regular mail". And that would only be 0.75€ to any part of the world.
But since the envelope was a square and not the typical rectangular-shaped one, so I had to pay...
3.75€ per envelope!!!! Can you imagine my shock????
This would fall under "big mail" and this is the same postage for any parcels up to 0.5kg in weight!!!!
To say I wanted to punch myself would have been a gross understatement!
But oh well.... Lesson learnt.
Always check out the regulations for anything if you live in a different country and don't assume that things always work similarly as in your home country. Oh and of course, this is another valuable lesson of learning how to forgive myself and be gracious to myself!!! A mistake is not a sin.
At least those of you who got the cards, you know how much your friendship means to me!!!! :)