so the Postal Service now says it will stop all Saturday mail deliveries...
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Posted: 2/6/2013 7:47:24 AM
except for packages?

beginning Aug 1..

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Posted: 2/6/2013 7:50:58 AM
I don't understand the reason for Saturday mail deliveries.

This will be a huge savings in $$ and not a really big deal at all.

Most bills are available to be sent to an e-mail address or to view on-line and you can pay them on-line.

What is this going to be a problem?

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Posted: 2/6/2013 7:52:42 AM
LOL...looks like we posted at the same time

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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:01:52 AM
We do not have home delivery in my town and we pick it up at our local post office. We rarely pick up our mail on Saturday and we function just fine. I think for the average person this will be just fine.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:05:32 AM
Not a problem for me... less mail the better!!!

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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:09:19 AM
I would think that the Post office will be OPEN tho... just no deliveries??

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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:12:59 AM
Fine with me. I'm glad they've figured out some savings.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:19:43 AM
Fine with me and I wouldn't have a problem if they also skipped one day a week, too. Mostly we get stuff that goes right into the recycle bin.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:28:47 AM
I'm thinking it's one less day a week to get bills! And I still can get my fabric deliveries! Win win!


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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:29:37 AM
Fine with me but why wait until August? It's February, why not start it 60 days out? That's a pretty reasonable advance notice.




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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:32:29 AM
I know that they were offering up massive early retirement packages to cut costs. I think they need to wait until those are all done this spring so they can reorganize. That may be the reason for waiting until August.




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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:36:02 AM
I don't know how long it's been in Canada that we haven't had Saturday deliveries but it's been a long time... not a problem in my mind that's for sure -especially now with ebills, etc...

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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:39:14 AM
I am not opposed, but this will directly affect me. I am a reporter for a weekly newspaper that is delivered to mailboxes on Saturday. So, I am guessing one of two things will happen. Either we will be delivered on Monday now, making the news more dated, or we will move our deadline up a day and be delivered on Friday.

Still, I am supportive of the USPS decision. Times are changing. They need to change, too, in order to survive.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:43:09 AM
I think it's a great way to save money. If I didn't see this posted here and all over FB, I probably wouldn't even notice they stopped delivering mail on Saturdays.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:59:26 AM
We've been preparing for this since they announced it was possible a year ago. We finally started having our paychecks deposited instead of getting them in the mail.

Here's what I don't understand
Our postal service has across the state, closed down small rural offices all over, lot's of folks driving 50 miles to get mail. (although they have made some local business's like bars and small groceries postal pickup areas)

yet last week, they announced new state-wide hiring???


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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:13:47 AM
I posted an article about it on our Scrapping Pen Pals Facebook page. So far, no discussion.

I think it's a great way to reduce the budget and offer retirement to those who want to retire.

Last week, I was at the post office. One of my favorite postal clerks was wearing a "Happy Retirement" button. It was his last day working for the PO after 32 years, ___ months and ___ days. He told me the months and days, but I can't remember what the # of months and # of days.

Maybe reducing the service and budget will help hold off the rising cost of stamps. It can get expensive to write to pen pals. However, it is worth it. The friendships are priceless.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:18:49 AM
They should have done this a long time ago.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:19:05 AM
I am all for stopping mail delivery on Saturday. I think they should have done it years ago. I have a cousin who's married to a farmer and lives in rural Colorado. She only has mail delivery twice a week and gets by just fine. If I mail something to her that is time sensitive like maybe a package at Christmas, I need to keep this in mind if I want it to get to her in time.





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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:21:45 AM
I don't know if we've ever had Saturday, but if we did, I can't remember them (and I'm not exactly young). It seems a sensible way to save costs. Who needs to open bills on the weekend anyway?

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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:24:30 AM
They need to cut costs. This makes perfect sense.

Most of the mail I receive these days is junk mail. All my bills are e-mailed to me and I pay them using my banks bill pay so the majority of my payments are electronic.

Changing times call for changes in the way they do business.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:27:19 AM
No big deal to me. And like others have said, if they dropped a day (or two) in the middle of the week, that wouldn't be a big deal either. They could drop W and just deliver M/Tu & Th/Fr or drop T/Th and deliver just MWF.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:28:51 AM
I can't wait for no Saturday delivery. We go away for the weekend, especially during hockey season, and making arrangements with neighbors to have the mail picked up is a hassle.

I don't understand the packages exclusion, though. I wish the no deliveries change included packages.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:33:43 AM
Makes sense to me and I will be just fine. My dh, on the other hand, has a mail addiction, cant wait for the mail every day. He will go through withdrawal.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:34:43 AM
Fine by me. I often forget to even check the mail as the important stuff is emailed to us. I'd say 90% of our actual mail is junk.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:38:42 AM

I don't know how long it's been in Canada that we haven't had Saturday deliveries but it's been a long time... not a problem in my mind that's for sure -especially now with ebills, etc...



I am 52 and spent my first 28 years in Canada... no Saturday deliveries during that time.

I think getting rid of them here is a great cost-cutting move, and I too, could go without mail on say, Wednesdays, as well.

I also think our postal service works terrifically and is super cheap compared to other countries. Definitely when compared to Canada!

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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:41:11 AM
I pick my mail up at the post office and only bother doing it once a week. Won't affect me at all.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:46:33 AM
MontanaCowgirl, I think hiring new hires is also a cost saving measure. I look at it like my school district--they'd rather retire teachers that cost a lot in salary and replace them with young, much-lower-on-the-salary-schedule blood.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:48:20 AM
Who cares? Just one less day to be annoyed by their incompetence.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:57:37 AM
It's about time. The Post Office has wanted to stop Saturday deliveries for years. Congress would not approve.

Congress still oversees the Post Office. Congress wanted the Post Office to be profitable but would not approve this simple measure to balance their budget.

Which sounds exactly like the Congress we all know and love.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 10:00:18 AM

MontanaCowgirl, I think hiring new hires is also a cost saving measure. I look at it like my school district--they'd rather retire teachers that cost a lot in salary and replace them with young, much-lower-on-the-salary-schedule blood.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 10:14:44 AM
No mail on Saturday? No big deal. It makes sense. I'm one of the fortunate ones that still gets mail delivered to my rural home. It won't make a difference for us to skip weekend mail.

Most business offices are closed on Saturday and mail is held over to be delivered on Monday. I'm just surprised it took so long to make the decision.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 10:21:44 AM
I agree with other posters. It's a good way to save money. I never get relevant mail on Saturday.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 10:23:30 AM

We go away for the weekend, especially during hockey season, and making arrangements with neighbors to have the mail picked up is a hassle.

This is why we put in a locking mailbox. With the locking box, I don't bother getting my mail everyday when I am home, much less worry about it when I'm not home.





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Posted: 2/6/2013 10:25:45 AM
The only thing in my life that it will affect is Netflix deliveries.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 10:32:29 AM

I am not opposed, but this will directly affect me. I am a reporter for a weekly newspaper that is delivered to mailboxes on Saturday. So, I am guessing one of two things will happen. Either we will be delivered on Monday now, making the news more dated, or we will move our deadline up a day and be delivered on Friday.


This will be huge for print media. Poynter reports: Not great choices

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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:41:04 AM
DS is a letter carrier with USPS and just became a regular after 6 years. I wonder how this will affect him? He posted about it on FB but he hasn't said what the ramifications will be for him.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:41:26 AM
DS is a letter carrier with USPS and just became a regular after 6 years. I wonder how this will affect him? He posted about it on FB but he hasn't said what the ramifications will be for him.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:50:03 AM
@slicksister - I was wondering that myself...

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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:35:58 PM

We do not have home delivery in my town and we pick it up at our local post office. We rarely pick up our mail on Saturday and we function just fine. I think for the average person this will be just fine.


Same here.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:47:50 PM
Mostly I don't see a problem with this. My mom who was born in 1929 says that when she was a girl in pre-war Buffalo, they got mail deliveries TWICE a day, morning and afternoon. If they could get accustomed to their mail deliveries being cut in half, I guess we can adjust to losing one delivery a week.

I do see it as a problem for Netflix, though. I remember the last time this came up, I was watching a TV series on Netflix DVDs. I figured out if I got one on Saturday, I would mail it back on Monday, get my new one on Wednesday, mail it back on Thursday, and get the new one on Saturday again. If you cut Saturday delivery, I could no longer plow through two DVDs a week.

And the print media problem, too. It's too bad but I guess it has to be done. I just wish Congress would quit trying to shoot the postal service in the foot.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:53:07 PM
It'll be a bit of a bummer for us in the country. The only way I can get the paper is through mail. Right now we don't get the Sunday paper because it wouldn't get delivered until Monday. Now we'll have the same problem with the Saturday paper. Also, I seriously doubt the local post office is going to delivery packages to people like us. We live 17 miles from the post office. How is driving around the country side to deliver packages going to save money? I can see how it will in the metro/town areas, but not out here.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 1:14:41 PM
I heard it will save $2 billion a year. PO boxes will still get mail on Saturdays.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 5:28:54 PM
they NEED to stop forcing the PO to pay billions into a retirement fund when they don't have the freakin' money to do it! I don't care about not getting mail on Saturdays, hell I barely remember to check the mail that day anyway. but if we want our PO to actually make money we need to stop forcing them to pay out money they don't have. it just makes sense!

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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:43:08 AM
I like getting mail but like almost everyone else, one day less a week won't make much of a ripple in my life. It is Mondays that I get most of my junk mail so perhaps with no Saturday delivery, that mail will come on Monday and give me a reason to collect the mail.


they NEED to stop forcing the PO to pay billions into a retirement fund when they don't have the freakin' money to do it! I don't care about not getting mail on Saturdays, hell I barely remember to check the mail that day anyway. but if we want our PO to actually make money we need to stop forcing them to pay out money they don't have. it just makes sense!


I don't know much about this except to say if they are having to pay money in it is because they have legal and contractual obligations to current and future retirees.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:52:22 AM
Congress ordered them to pay $5.5 BILLION a year to fund FUTURE retirees medical benefits. if they don't have the damn money they don't have it. you can't squeeze blood from a turnip.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 9:01:14 AM
It's about time! Congress has held this up for far too long.


They really need to give the postal service a little more leash. Waiting around for them while the postal service is losing money hand over fist is ridiculous.


I also wish Congress would just let them raise the stamp prices by a nickel or a dime instead of this "raise it by a cent as often as we're allowed to" nonsense.



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Posted: 2/7/2013 9:02:04 AM
I would think they have to keep package delivery on Saturday in order to compete with other delivery carriers. They don't want to lose any corpoarte business they deliver for. I agree it will make going out of town easier when you have one less day to worry about someone picking up your mail. I hope they cut costs and survive they would have gone under a long time ago if they had been a private company.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 9:05:18 AM
No problem here, I agree with stopping Saturday delivery, thought they should have approved it years ago.


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