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Resolve to Adopt Cost-Cutting  Shopping Habits in the New Year

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(StatePoint) The start of the New Year is often a time for resolutions and improvements to your daily lifestyle. While many people vow to lose weight or take a big trip, others might focus on trying to save money in the year to come. There are some easy ways to start saving now and develop smart shopping habits for the remainder of 2015.

Plan Weekly/Monthly Meals

Instead of impulsively buying produce and other perishable items while grocery shopping, try to make a plan for all your meals that week or month. By only buying what you need, you can save money at the grocery store and limit the opportunity for food to go to waste.

Private Brands

Another simple way to save money this year is to make the switch to private or store brands. Many items can be purchased at a fraction of the name brand price, and there is often little or no difference in product quality. For instance, Dollar General offers many private brand items at affordable prices with a satisfaction guarantee, which can help you to cut back on expenses without sacrificing quality.

Digital Coupons

You can score truly great deals by clipping coupons, but doing so can be a time consuming process. New digital alternatives can make the process less painstaking. One example is Dollar General’s digital coupon program, which lets users create a profile where they can pin the coupons most relevant to them. You can have instant savings on your cell phone or computer for items you use the most, without ever touching a newspaper or pair of scissors.

This new year, resolve to make a few small changes to your shopping habits that can create big savings in the long run!

 

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How to Dress for Success in the New Year

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(StatePoint) When it comes to professional success, the way you present yourself in the workplace should complement the quality of your work. Whether you’re looking to advance your career or simply make a great impression, a useful New Year’s resolution is to refine your office look and style — take everything into account, your wardrobe, your accessories and your workspace.

Wardrobe

You may not have the top job yet, but the old adage holds true — dress for the job you want, not the one you have. If budget is an issue, don’t sweat it. Online coupons can help you score great deals at mass market retailers. Additionally, discount department stores often sell designer labels at a fraction of the cost.

Be sure to press your clothes even if your office is business casual. Invest in an iron and give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning to ensure clothes are wrinkle-free.

Every season, go through your closet and set aside clothes that no longer fit, are worn out, faded or out of style. Donate these clothes and make room for new ones.

Accessories

Rocking the basics can make a great impression at meetings, conventions and other professional events. Show employers, colleagues and clients organization is important to you by carrying a planner and business notebook.

Look for a sleek design, such as those from the AT-A-GLANCE Collection. These products not only keep you organized and track your story, but can act as a highly useful accessory to your professional style. Whether you’re looking to stay organized by the day, week or month, a planner won’t just help to improve your image; it can also help remind you of upcoming deadlines so you stay organized.

Workspace

Take ownership of your workspace. Your desk, cubicle or office is visible round-the-clock, even when you are off-the-clock, so make sure it makes a great impression.

A few personal items are welcome in most workplaces. Just be sure any personal photos of friends and family that you display are tasteful and appropriate.

Lastly, display a stylish wall calendar on your cubicle or office wall to keep important dates in view. Or if you prefer, a desk pad calendar gives you the same view of your busy month ahead. You want colleagues to know that not only do you have a full plate, you know what’s on it.

By fine-tuning your look, you can help make 2015 the year you reach your professional goals and look great doing it.

 

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Letters to Santa

Letter-to-Santa

 

Dear Santa,

What I want for Christmas

is Tetris and The Legend of Zeald

for nintendo enertamit Syestem

and pokemon red for my game

boy color. I also want Super

Mario 3d land for wiiu. I really

want Grayson to live because

he is a stray cat and I really

want him to live more than

geting presents. That’s all

I want for Christmas please

and thankyou!

Love, Courtneny Mooney

P.S I hope you have a safe

flight Christmas Eve!

 


 

 

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Dear Santa

My name is Owen. I am 4 years old. I have been a good boy. Could you please bring me a present? I would like a trailer with ramps for my power wheels, a fertilizer spreader, three power wheels lawn mowers. One is a push mower, one is a feet stand mower and one is a buckler mower. The old one is leaking oil. I’m so tired of fixing it. I also need a new lunch box. Could you fill it with cheese and boiled eggs. They’re my favorite. Mrs. Holloway makes them for snack time at school. She’s my teacher. Could you please bring Mrs. Holloway some new toys for her classroom? A lot of them got stepped on and broken. But I didn’t step on any, I’ll leave a bell for your reindeer.

From Owen Spicer

 


 

Dear Santa

This is my first Christmas so I want rattles, musical toys, and outfits because I’m growing fast. And my mom to get a good night sleep.

Love,

Jeremiah 

Russell

 

 


 

Dear Santa

My name is Oliver. could bring me a nerf gun please?

I have been kinda a good  boy for 5 days in a row.

 

From

Oliver


Dear Santa i hope you  Get my Good or  Bab List and The Things Theat i watid

from Gracie. aBBott

 

to: Santa

i Love You Santa

Santa i wat a Monster high american Girl Polly Pocites toy horses

Schleich s woves and pups shopkin Pok’emon Game DS CanDy

Colering Book Books Monster high Books Gift

Cards money and a american Girl Horses. american Girl outfit for me and the american Girl.

 


 

Dear Santa,

I would ask for a few

things. First bands… Lime, orange, brown, red, blue/baby blue, purple, sparkley, clear, Black, yellow, dark green, raseberry, white, & pink! please Santa. Next I want a cute just white jacket for my puppy bella. Last please! please! please! get 2 things 1. The movie star wolf and Amercan doll cloths!

 Love, 

Chandyce Novak

P.S. Please get my brother a pet!

P.S.S. Please!

P.S.S.S. Please put me and  are presents under the snow tree!

Please get me a camra

 

Last Get my dog a BIG doggy bed!


 

Dear Santa

I would like camo

stuff, batman nemoto

car, spring shoes, ralph.

 

thank you, Keegan Nix


 

 

Dear Santa

I love you, I am 4 years old. For Christmas I want a

really big tool Box filled with Little screwdrivers,

A beautiful necklace with A angel on it, and a match

Letters game. for my mom I would like a ring with a

jewel in it. For my Dad I would like some wood Island Stools.

for my brothers I would like smelly soap

and last my dog Audrey a sqweeky toy.

Merry Christmas.

Colton Ream


 

Dear Santa

My Name is Ben Dorrance

all I want for Christmas

is a beebee gun and

football, cars, clothes.

Thank you

From

  Ben


 

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Dear Santa,

This is River Oligney from Cedar Springs, MI. What I want for Christmas is call of duty advanced warfare for my X-box 360. And farcry 4 for Xbox 360.

I also want a GoldenTate Jersey and call of duty legos

I also want to get internet at my place because my mom said it cost to much    I would like to get Xbox live also    Thank you very much.

Please get me some stuff I know you are real and you can do it.

Luv River Oligney

AKA X-BOX!

P.S Dont forget my little sister

Brooklyn Archer. Even if she is a brat!


 

12-1-14

Dear Santa,

Hello My name is Brooklyn Archer and I live in Cedar Springs MI

I am 3 years old so mommy is helping me write this to you. I would like for you to bring me a woofer hound dog guitar and Doc McStuffins walk n go doll and a Doc McStuffins get better talking mobile cart and a puppy suprise and the game shark mania and a Hello Kitty Sports Car 6 volt ride on with bonus 3 wheel scooter. I’m trying to be good at home and school.

But at home im a little bad. But my brother River Oligney is real bad. But you can still bring him stuff if you want. I love you Santa. Dont forget me please!

 

Love Brooklyn Archer

from Cedar Springs.


Dear Santa,

 

Legos

Sled’s

BarBie’s

Monsterhigh Doll’s

Book’s

Jakt’s

Frosen Poster

 

That is all

I love you Santa


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Christmas Coloring Contest

AmericanGirl-SaigeWinner of American Girl Doll  Announced

While we haven’t had a lot of snow this Christmas season, we have had a lot of excitement generated for our twenty-something annual Christmas Coloring Contest sponsored once again by North West Kent Mechanical. And our doll sponsors, All About Heating & Cooling, Cedar Springs Rental, Little Caesars, Ray Winnie Auto Sales, Rockford Ambulance, Sparta Chevrolet, Sturgeon Collision, Inc. Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home. Thanks guys. And gals!

Kids everywhere in and around Cedar Springs grabbed their crayons, and put color to paper in their best effort to win this year’s prize, the popular American Girl Doll.

Three runners up were selected from three different age groups. And it was hard! It was clear to all three judges that all entries were top rate this year.

The names of the nine “finalists” selected were placed into a red flannel hat for the winning draw.  (Pun intended.)

We picked the best and Lady Luck did the rest!

Congrats to nine and one half-year-old Jessa Riley P. (Patin) of Sand Lake, Michigan, she may pick up her doll today (10am to 5pm) or after the holiday weekend.

We thank all who participated. Finalists are invited to stop by after the holiday weekend and pick up a consolation prize for their efforts.

Winning entry: Jessa Riley P. (Patin), 9 ½ yrs., Sand Lake

Winning entry: Jessa Riley P. (Patin), 9 ½ yrs., Sand Lake

Winning entry: Jessa Riley P. (Patin) 9 ½ yrs., Sand Lake

Finalists include:

Emilee Carter, 6 yrs., Howard City

Maddie Oliver, 6 yrs., Sand Lake

Autumn Passage, 5 yrs., Sand Lake

Emily Patteron, 10 yrs., Howard City

Mikayla Caruthers, 10 yrs., Howard City

Madelin Dekraker, 12 yrs., Newago

Alex Vanos, 11 yrs., Cedar Springs

Olivia Male, 11 yrs., Cedar Springs

 

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Tour of lights

This home is located on Shaner Avenue, south of 15 Mile.

This home is located on Shaner Avenue, south of 15 Mile.

There’s nothing like the warm glow of Christmas lights this time of year to give you a good dose of Christmas cheer! Pack up the kids, go for a ride, and enjoy the decorations your friends and neighbors have put up this year. We’re sure you’ll find a few other treasures along the way!

1. 427 Northland Drive, near the corner of South Street and Northland. See the 90-foot evergreen Christmas tree at the Reep family home.

2. 65 E. Muskegon, corner of First and Muskegon Streets. The home of Larry and Audrey Young is a classic home decorated with style.

3. Downtown Cedar Springs is aglow with lights and decorations on the lampposts and the town Christmas tree is at the corner of Main and Ash.

4. The Fieldstone Meadows subdivision, first cul de sac, just off 18 Mile. Head north on Main Street in Cedar Springs, turn east on 18 Mile. Go around curve, past mobile home park, and then east into Fieldstone.

5. 345 Tall Grass Drive (corner of Tall Grass and Prairie Run). Many other homes in this subdivision off of Pine Street also have many lights.

6. 2207 15 Mile Rd, one block west of Algoma Ave. Nolan Patin, 13, set up a Christmas display to music. It runs now through Jan. 6, 2015, every night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Although the light show is small in size (only about 4,000 lights), it is a fun show set to 3 popular songs. Pull right into the driveway to enjoy it completely, tuning your radio to 103.5 FM. and don’t forget to make a donation to him to support the Cedar Springs Historical Museum.

7. Shaner Avenue, between 14 Mile and 16 Mile – several homes are decorated, including the one pictured above.

 

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Tips for enjoying a healthier holiday 

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The holidays bring lights, cheer, TV specials and treats – plenty of them. While it is tempting to eat all that gets placed in front of you, it isn’t worth the extra pounds you may gain during the holidays.

Here are some tips to balance healthy living with enjoying the holiday spirit:

Get in a festive mood with wintry activities. Bring the holidays to life by planning some fun seasonal activities with loved ones, such as ice skating, sledding, going to a tree farm to pick your tree, or decorating for the holidays. You will create some great memories with your favorite people, which is what the season is all about.

Share the joy. Sharing is encouraged when it comes to holiday deliveries loaded with carb-filled goodies. Instead of keeping temptations around your house, share them with your neighbors or coworkers along with a holiday card to spread the cheer.

Don’t drink your carbs. If you’re not careful with loaded winter beverages, you could derail your healthy eating efforts. Instead of hot chocolate, opt for peppermint tea or add peppermint extract to your coffee for some holiday flavor. This also applies to alcohol consumption – red wine or spirits with low-glycemic mixers are best.

Bake yummy low-carb goodies. This is a good approach both for sweets around the house and for attending a party. Your friends and family will love your thoughtful contribution and you get to enjoy a healthier holiday treat.

For example, bake a classic like the Holiday Cookies below from www.Atkins.com, where you can find many low-carb versions of your favorite holiday treats.

Holiday Cookies

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 12 minutes

Makes: 24 servings

1 cup sifted soy flour

1 tablespoon baking soda

3 tablespoons granular sugar substitute (Sucralose)

4 ounces cream cheese

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In food processor, pulse soy flour, baking soda, sugar substitute, cream cheese and butter for 30 seconds, until texture resembles coarse meal.

In mall bowl, mix together sour cream, egg and vanilla extract. Add sour cream mixture to soy mix mixture and pulse until just-combined, about 15 seconds. Chill in freezer 10 minutes or until firm.

Roll dough out between 2 sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper to 1/8 thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out dough in desired shapes. Arrange cookies on prepared baking sheet and bake cookies 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden. Allow to cool completely before decorating.

Nutritional information per serving: Net carbs: 1.4 g; Fiber: 0.3 g; Protein: 1.8 g; Fat: 3.7 g; Calories: 46.

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Pop Up Wintertime Fun

Red and green sprinkles, chocolate and popcorn make a happy winter treat.

Red and green sprinkles, chocolate and popcorn make a happy winter treat.

(NAPS)—Often defined as a time of quiet hibernation, winter is, in fact, one of the busiest times of the year. Consider the numerous celebratory occasions that begin with the harvest and continue on through the holidays and beyond, not to mention all the fun and frosty get-togethers prompted by skiing, skating and sledding.

Keep popcorn on hand and you’re only minutes away from a satisfying and healthful treat. When friends drop in or as you make your way through neighborhood parties, pop up some wintertime fun by making these simple and delicious popcorn treats.

The following recipes vary a basic method: melt chocolate, drizzle over popcorn and mix in flavorings or sprinkles. You can easily adapt these for any number of occasions—substitute holiday sprinkles with colors of your favorite Super Bowl team, red for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s Day and so on. You’ll love having this quick “go-to” in your recipe file.

 

Easy, Elegant Holiday Popcorn

Yield: 8 cups

Ingredients:

8cups popped popcorn

2ounces white chocolate, melted

2ounces dark chocolate, melted

Red and green holiday sprinkles

Directions:

1.Place popcorn on a large baking sheet. Set aside.

2.Drizzle popcorn with melted white chocolate and melted dark chocolate.

3.Scatter sprinkles over top. Let stand until chocolate is set.

4.Break into clusters if needed. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

 

White chocolate and peppermint plus popcorn can bring warmth to the coldest night.

White chocolate and peppermint plus popcorn can bring warmth to the coldest night.

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Yield: 1 pound

Ingredients:

5cups popped popcorn

12ounces white chocolate, melted

1cup crushed hard candy peppermints

Directions:

1.Cover a baking pan with foil or wax paper; set aside.

2.Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside.

3.Melt chocolate in a double boiler OR according to package directions.

4.Stir in crushed peppermints after chocolate is melted.

5.Pour chocolate mixture over popcorn mixture and stir to coat.

6.Spread onto prepared pan; allow to cool completely.

7.When chocolate is set, break into chunks for serving.

8.Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

 

Variation:

Cranberries & Almond Bark

Omit candy peppermints. Mix 1⁄2 cup dried sweetened cranberries and 1⁄2 cup sliced almonds with the popcorn. Pour chocolate over the mixture after it is melted.

With these, you can create gourmet gifts for friends and neighbors, and munchable snacks for the whole family. You’ll find more creative wintertime recipes at www.popcorn.org.

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate the joy of Christmas at one of the churches in our community:

 

Dec. 14, 21, 24:  Solon Center Wesleyan Church invites you to attend our special Sunday Christmas services beginning with a Children’s program, called “What’s in the Manger?” on Sunday, December 14. We’ll continue to celebrate the coming King on Sunday, December 21. Sunday services are at 9:30 & 11:15 am. And finally, a Christmas Eve Candlelight service celebrating the birth of our Savior will be held on Wednesday, December 24 a 6 p.m. Come enjoy carols and a family atmosphere of worship and praise! Please join us! The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue. See more about the church online at www.scwchurch.org. 

December 14, 21, 24: Join us at The Springs Church as we celebrate the birth of Jesus with our Advent message series, First Christmas: Stories from the Birth of Christ, on December 14 and 21 at 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. Nursery and Kids church provided for kids up to 6th grade. Then celebrate with us at our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, December 24, at 7 p.m. Children are invited to wear their pajamas. Feel free to come as you are. Don’t forget to invite your family and your friends, too! The church is located at 135 N. Grant in Cedar Springs. For more information visit our website www.thespringschurch.info or call 616.696.2970. We hope to see you at The Springs this Christmas!

Dec. 14, 24, 25, Jan. 1, 4: Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Sand Lake will have an intergenerational gathering called “Journey to Bethlehem” on December 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. It is a time filled with Scripture and activity, families are asked to bring a snack to share. Our Christmas Eve/Christmas Mass schedule is Christmas Eve 7:30 p.m.; Midnight Mass and 8 a.m. Mass on Christmas; our New Year Day, Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, Mass is at 9:30 a.m. (Thursday Morning). On Sunday, January 4 at noon, we will have an Epiphany Celebration which includes pageantry, music, potluck and prayer. Please bring a dish to Pass. Regular Sunday Mass Schedule is Saturdays 4 p.m., Sundays 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. May your Advent season be a time of refreshment and your Christmas time be joy-filled. The church is located at 1 W Maple Sand Lake.

December 14, 24: Resurrection Lutheran Church welcomes you on Sunday, December 14, at 9:30 a.m., as the youth of the church perform in a play entitled Christmas Comes To Lickety Split, and as we also sing Christmas carols together. On December 24, at 7:00 p.m., join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus at a Candlelight Worship Service. We are located at 180 Northland Dr. Sand Lake, Mi. For any questions please call 616-636-5502.

December 21: Grace Evangelical Free Church invites you to our Christmas service on Sunday, December 21, from 10:45 a.m.-noon. Our children will be performing during the morning service. The church is located at 4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford.

December 21: Hillcrest Community Church of God welcomes you on Sunday, December 21, at 10:45 a.m., and on December 24, at 6:30 p.m., to enjoy an Unplugged Christmas.  The cast is trying to put on The Biggest, Brightest Christmas Show Ever, to win a Contest, and the power goes out. Come and see what happens next! Come and sing Christmas Carols, and have hot chocolate, coffee and Christmas goodies. Come and join in on the Celebration of the New Born King! We are located at 5994 18 mile Rd, Cedar Springs, MI. For more information please call 616-696-9333.

December 24: Calvary Assembly of God and Pastor Craig Owens invite you to our annual Candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Hot chocolate, Christmas carols, a special Christmas story for the kids, and a reminder of why we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We are located at 810 17 Mile Road (2 miles west of Algoma Avenue). More details on our Facebook page or on our website http://cscalvary.org

December 24: East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, will be having a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m., in celebration of the birth of Jesus. Please join us!

December 24: Celebrate and contemplate the birthday of a King on Christmas Eve, December 24, at 7 p.m., at Courtland-Oakfield UMC, 10295 Myers Lake NE. We’ll lift our voices with the angels and ponder the mystery of God’s grace by candlelight.

December 24:  Please join us at 7 p.m. for a traditional Christmas Eve Worship service with music and Holy Eucharist at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church. We are located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont, at the intersection of Post & Pine Island drives, 1/4 mile west of Exit 95 (Belmont) of US Route 131. Visit us online at www.holyspiritbelmont.org or www.facebook.com/holyspiritbelmont.

December 24:  Rockford Springs Community Church invites you to join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Wednesday, December 24 at 9:00 p.m. Rejoice at the birth of our Savior with fellow believers! We are located at 5815 -14 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, (2 1/2 miles East of US 131).  For questions, please call 616.696.3656.

 

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Baby’s First Christmas

Babys1stXMAS-2013We want to give you the opportunity to celebrate your baby’s very first Christmas in a special way. The Cedar Springs POST will be featuring area newborns in “Baby’s First Christmas,” a special feature for babies celebrating their first Christmas.

Photos will be run at no cost to our readers, but space is limited so get your photos in early. Deadline is Monday, December 22 by 5 p.m. and pictures with name and date of birth will appear in the December 24th issue. We cannot guarantee return of photos. Show the community your precious gift!

Photos may be dropped off at the Cedar Springs POST – 36 E. Maple St., or mailed to Baby’s First Christmas, P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, or emailed to news@    cedarspringspost.com. Please include baby’s name, and birth date, as well as a contact name and phone number.

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Holiday Shipping 101

Photo courtesy of Daniel Afzal for U.S. Postal Service

Photo courtesy of Daniel Afzal for U.S. Postal Service

(Family Features)

If one of your holiday tasks is shipping gifts to family and friends across the nation, knowing a few tips and tricks will ensure your packages get to them in time for the festivities.

From shipping deadlines to packaging, there are many factors to consider when sending gifts, especially during a busy time like the holiday season. Fortunately, there are dozens of resources available to help make shipping holiday gifts more convenient than ever.

“Priority Mail is a convenient and affordable shipping option for holiday gifts,” said John Budzynski, consumer advocate at the U.S. Postal Service. “It offers features like package redirect, free package pickup and text update alerts.”

Budzynski offers this advice to help make your holiday shipping simple and stress-free.

Take advantage of services that make shipping more convenient. For example, the U.S. Postal Service lets you order free Priority Mail shipping supplies from usps.com and delivers them right to your door – from boxes to envelopes and stickers.

Be informed about policies for handling fragile gifts or items that may be hazardous, such as perfume, cologne and other liquids.

Always include a return address. It tells the shipper where to return the package if it can’t be delivered.

Pack smart. Pick a strong and sturdy box, cushion contents with packing peanuts, newspaper or bubble wrap, and tape it closed with strong packing tape.

Print postage at home using Click-N-Ship from the U.S. Postal Service at usps.com/clicknship. It not only saves time, but money too; you can receive up to an 11 percent discount by buying postage online.

Don’t get caught in the holiday rush. Schedule a free package pickup from your home or office.

Stay updated on the status of your package. Use Priority Mail to receive tracking to monitor your package’s progress toward its destination. You also can sign up for text and email alerts through my.usps.com to help you track package delivery.

Check key shipping dates to ensure your package arrives in time for the holiday. The U.S. Postal Service provides these deadlines to help you plan ahead for delivery by Dec. 25:

Dec. 2 – International First-Class Mail

Dec. 2 – Priority Mail International

Dec. 10 – Priority Mail Express International

Dec. 15 – Standard Post

Dec. 17 – Global Express Guaranteed

Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail

Dec. 20 – Priority Mail

Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express

Note: Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed December 22-25.

“The U.S. Postal Service prepares all year for the holidays,” Budzynski said. “This is our season. We are ready to help customers ensure their packages are packed, tracked and delivered with ease.”

For more shipping tips and online tools, visit usps.com.

 

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