I don’t buy a lot of stamps, so I’m probably to blame for this, but I was hit by sticker shock last Friday.
I’ve had the same post office box for about ten years now, ever since I moved out to this small suburb and needed a sufficient mailing address for my consulting companies. It’s the smallest you can get and started out at 14.00$/year. That wasn’t too bad—a bit over a dollar per month.
It’s slowly grown, however, and rightfully so. Postage has went up, costs have gone up (heck, it costs me more to DRIVE to the post office now!) and the price of the box has slowly made it’s way up to 24.00$, 28.00$, then 32.00$ last year. But this year, the change was insane.
$52.00 for a small, 3×4” postal box. What… the… heck! 4.33$/month just to RECEIVE mail that other people have paid to send me?! Now, given, I’m probably a bit too accustomed to e-mail… in that it’s costs are given away by companies because it’s so easy to absorb, but… eesh.
So what will I do? Will I rebel and not pay it and force everything (that isn’t already) to eBills? No, probably not. I’ll just do what everyone else is doing—suck it up, pay it, and accept it as a cost of life. *shrug* Though I’ll draw the line when I have to pay to park at the post office. 😀