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U.S. Postal Service News Flash: Saturday Mail Delivery & Collection Ending in August

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As you may have heard this morning, the U.S. Postal Service just announced that starting in August, they’re planning to end Saturday mail delivery in efforts to reduce costs. Although the Postal Service would continue to deliver packages six days a week, this plan would eliminate the delivering and collecting letters and other first-class mail.

This may come as sad news for us couponers, especially when we look forward to checking our mailbox every single day! Checking the mail is definitely the best part of my day (check out this video to see what I mean!), so I’m a little saddened by this news. :(

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162 Hip Readers Commented

  • Tarri says:

    I will miss Saturday mail deliveries but as been said it is nice that some will get the day off and be able to attend family stuff.

  • AZ says:

    I am not happy with the yearly price increase. I thought if mail volume is down, less people to hire and prices should go down too. I wondered why USPS is is so much debt? Then I read about this future retiree health benefits issue. Research it. Are taxpayers now going to end up paying for it?

    • Dee says:

      Yep. And so goes most things run by the govt. inefficient.

    • Andy says:

      The reason the postal service is in debt is due to a bill passed in a lame duck session of congress by republicans in 2006, the bill forces the Postal service to do something no other business in th world has to do which is Pre-fund their retirement benefits 75 years in advance in 10 years. That means they have to prefund retirement for people who don’t even exsist yet. That is because they want to privatize the postal service, which DOES NOT take one single tax payer dollar. My father in law retired from the post office, he was hired right out of the war, WWII. The majority of postal workers are veterans. If we each contacted our representatives and ask them to support repealing the postal bill that prefunds retirement we might be able to get our services back. I live in a very rural area and we depend on our local postal service.

      • Donna says:

        Thanks Andy for your eloquent message. I could not have said it better myself!

      • Steph says:

        Yep…couldn’t believe my local news gave lost revenue from competition with e-mail, text, etc. as the reason behind the decision. Talk about propaganda! The real reason (what you cited) isn’t making it into the mainsteam news. I intend to do what you suggest and hope others will, too. The post office is too important of an institution to see it disappear. (Believe me, this is a first of many steps towards that.)

    • I WORKED FOR THE POSTAL SERVICE AND IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW MUCH MAIL YOU TAKE TO THE STREET, YOU STILL HAVE TO WALK UP TO EACH MAILBOX ON THE HOUSE TO SEE IF THEY HAVE OUTGOING MAIL . HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE COMPLAINED NO ONE PICKED UP YOUR OUTGOING MAIL TODAY, OR THE MAIL IS RUNNING LATE. USUALLY IF MAIL IS LATE, THIS MEANS THE CARRIER IS CARRYING TWO ROUTES THAT DAY. DID YOU KNOW STARTING FROM THE POSTMASTER GENERAL ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE LOWEST PAID SUPERVISOR GET A BONUS EACH YEAR. THESE BONUSES ARE ANYWHERE FROM 5,OOO TO HIGHER AMOUNT. IF MANAGEMENT WOULD GIVE UP BONUSES AND THE PREFUNDED HEALTH CARE WAS DONE AWAY WITH THE POSTOFFICE WOULD BE IN THE BLACK AND STAMP PRICES WOULDN’T GO UP AS MUCH. BONUSES SHOULD BE PAID BY PROFIT, NOT JUST BECAUSE.

  • Angie says:

    I’m disappointed that this is probably going to mess up my NetFlix schedule, but I think it’s the right thing to do.

  • Cindy says:

    Like the old saying goes – Nothing stays the same except change. Although I will miss Saturday deliveries, I suppose it is a practical solution and will be none the worse for it.

    • Rebe says:

      It will make Mondays SWEETER! :)

      • carol says:

        Mondays will NOT be sweeter for those of us who will have to deliver both Saturday’s and Monday’s mail on Monday. This will only happen with the say so of Congress, who has not really given a rat’s you-know-what until the postmaster general made this announcement. I don’t see him offering to take a cut in his million dollar salary (with bonuses).

        Think privatizing the post office is a good idea? See what kind of service you’ll get when your mail carrier is making $8 an hour.

        Complaining about a one or two cent increase in the price of a stamp? How about privatizing and paying $5 to mail a letter? What else can you buy for 46 cents these days?

  • KS says:

    So much for turning around 2 Netflix DVD rentals in the same week.

  • Stephanie says:

    It’s probably the right thing to do, but it’s going to be very annoying during the weeks that have a Monday holiday. I will be doing even more online payments, so they will end up getting less of my business because of it.

  • gina says:

    they just raised stamp prices again.. so if not going to have workers on saturdays, where are the new funds going?

    • nina says:

      I work for the post office stamps increased by a penny everyone is complaining of the stamp increase but where else can u have a letter delivered to your door for less than two quarters try driving your letter to where you are sending it and I bet it will cost you more than two quarters to deliver it yourself..have u seen the gas prices thats where the penny increase is going right in the gas tank..

      • Denise says:

        bloated out of control pensions is where that money is going. When everyone else is getting pay cutbacks, health insurance downgrades, and paying more towards overal benefits, nothing ever changes at the usps. The only business that loses millions and still can stay in business because of the taxpayers. If a penny was the only thing we had to worry about. I wouldn’t complain.

        • Stephanie says:

          That’s a lie sorry to say… they ARE cutting back paychecks at the USPS. My husband is feeling the effects of a 4.00 pay cut as we speak. Please do you research before you spew out wrong information. Not to mention that my husband is worked like a dog and does not get benefits. He’s a sub who works much like a regular would but for far less money, no benefits and no pension just like “everyone else.”

        • nina says:

          Yeap wrong information I agree you need to do your research..sorry to say we employees at the post office settled on our new contract and WILL be paying more for health insurance just like everyone else and usps is self sufficent and not funded by the tax payers anymore they make there money by selling there products such as stamps, express, priorty etc..way back in the OLD day it was tax payer funded..

          Until adoption of the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970, the U.S. Postal Service functioned as a regular, tax-supported, agency of the federal government.

          According to the laws under which it now operates, the U.S. Postal Service is a semi-independent federal agency, mandated to be revenue-neutral. That is, it is supposed to break even, not make a profit.

          In 1982, U.S. postage stamps became “postal products,” rather than a form of taxation. Since then, The bulk of the cost of operating the postal system has been paid for by customers through the sale of “postal products” and services rather than taxes.

          Each class of mail is also expected to cover its share of the costs, a requirement that causes the percentage rate adjustments to vary in different classes of mail, according the costs associated with the processing and delivery characteristics of each class.

          So when they loose mail volume they loose money when gas prices go up they loose money
          and do you also know that every 1-cent increase in the price of a gallon of gas costs the USPS $8 million…

        • Troy Faurot says:

          USPS Receives exactly 0 taxpayer dollars, the financial woes were created by congress in the form of pre-funding retirees benefits for the next 75 years to the tune of $5billion a year this is funding benefits for employees that haven’t even been born yet. People want to blame the unions for the financial woes we just got our first pay raise in 4 years in November a whopping 22 cents an hour that does not even cover the increase in healthcare premiums let alone the cost of living increases over the past 4 years. Perhaps you would like everyone to do do like the private sector where the CEO make $Billions for shipping jobs over seas and further burdening our national economy. you are complaining about the wrong thing, rather than complaining about what we have you should be complaining to your bosses about what you don’t have. An organized workforce is far better for the employee. I urge you to watch” the high cost of low prices” a documentary on walmarts business practices and see how wonderful an anti-union establishment is

      • deb johnson says:

        again Nina, if the increase in stamps is to help cover the cost of gas for mail to be delivered, and there will be no more delivery on Saturdays, then who will be driving the mail trucks on Saturdays in order to be spending the gas that we just paid for? In other words…if there is no more need for gas on Saturdays because there will be no deliveries on Saturdays, then one would think the cost of stamps should go down, not up….besides, they will not be paying employees who drive those mail trucks, so there is more added money to account for…..where will those savings be going……sorry

        • nina says:

          Yes there will be delivery on Saturdays..they will be delivering post and express still…and a penny is not going to cover the high increase in gas prices we dont just deliver in one state its nation wide do u even know how many Usps vehicles that is.. and its not only the gas its also mail volume since I been there the volume of mail has dropped at least in half do know how much.money is lost from online bill pay banking etc ..why don’t people complain when FedEx and UPS prices are out of control..come on people its a penny increase how many stamps does someone buy a year even if is a 100 thats only costing $10 extra a year really u waste more than that probably throwing food away…..

          • nina says:

            Oh and they do offer a solution buy forever stamps and you will not have to worry if the price of stamps increases again :)

            • Joyce says:

              A penny won’t cover the cost? OK good then, there is no reason to raise prices sine they won’t cover what is needed anyway. Right?

              Oh, and as far as driving a letter to its destination, I can email a letter for free and it is infinitely quicker and more reliable. So that is where I can gave a letter delivered to my door for less than two quarters.

            • nina says:

              Well then try to email yourself some samples lol…oh and by the way emailing a letter is not free you have to pay for internet services and not more reliable if your internet is down the so is your email if the power goes out so does your email.again they are trying to make up some of what they r loosing in mail volume obviously a penny didn’t do it now they r cutting out Saturdays raising health insurance etc..i am just saying there is no reason to get upset over a penny they work hard out there every day no matter the weather just to deliver your mail I think there jobs r worth my penny…

  • Patricia T says:

    I don’t have a problem with the price of a postage stamp ($.46)…it’s cheaper than a long distance phone call. I still write letters to my aunt (in her 70s). She looks forward to the letters. Since the P.O. will still deliver packages, on Sat., you have to wonder can they really save 2 billion, by just cutting out Saturday delivery? Guess package delivery pays much better than a postage stamp…?

  • Jenni says:

    Yeah, pensions, relocation fees, the post office buying postmasters houses and taking $200k losses when they try to sell it. There was a news special years ago why they are going broke.
    Unnecessary spending & outrageous pension plans. Hence, why the government can’t run anything but a deficit.

  • Danielle Hull says:

    My husband is a mail carrier, and I just have to say that as a family, we are thrilled! My husband would rather work overtime any day yet be assured one day off. And now it will be the same day every week! Now maybe we can take a real vacation instead of using vacation days to get a Saturday off :)

  • Erin says:

    While I am not happy for the inconveniences, the benefits outweigh the losses. The postmaster general has been asking to end Saturday service for a long time since it was not cost effective to maintain 6 days of service. Congress prevented USPS from making the cuts necessary to lessen the financial losses. Again, our legislators’ incompetence reigns supreme.

    I am thankful that there is finally a government entity making the difficult decisions vital to remaining solvent. Most families have had to tighten our budgets these last few years; it is time that our leaders begin to live within their means.

  • Nancy says:

    Packages will STILL be delivered on Saturday! :)

    • Chelsea Creech says:

      Which doesn’t make any sense because it takes just as much fuel to deliver the packages as it does the letters… We’d be better off just taking it all out!

  • Sarah C says:

    This is the start of a lot of postal workers loosing their jobs. Saturday delivery is mostly done by Substitute carriers. There will be no need to keep all of them if the offices are only delivering packages. People are also not realizing that with mail only being 5 days a week, you will get your mail each day later and later. Especially at Christmas time. Rural Mail Carriers DO NOT GET OVERTIME. At Christmas time they average 10-12 hour days (where most only get paid 8-9 hours a day) because they work on salary. The carriers are now going to be working a lot more hours daily, and more mistakes will happen because of it. For the people who complain about the cost of a stamp, shame on you. 46 cents to deliver a letter from one side of the US to the other is CHEAP!!! As is with most companies, upper management (i.e Post Masters) have caused all of the problems, and lower level (Mail Carriers/Clerks) are getting the shaft. I worked for the Post Office for 6 years. The people who work there are good people who DO NOT DESERVE THIS.

  • Evelyn says:

    They should cut it down to 3 or 4 days of delivery. They are losing money by the bucket loads do due wages and cheaper shipping alternatives that do it more efficiently.

  • Donna says:

    The post office is not losing money, its money is being extracted and moved into
    their pension fund. The post office has to prefund their pension fund for the next 75 years!! For employees that have not even been born yet! If the post office did not have to do this they would have a $1.5 billion surplus.

  • susan says:

    well there goes more work & jobs….. but then again they still raise postage

  • Rebecca says:

    Next it will be Fridays, then Thursdays, Wednesday, Tuesday……

  • Kathy says:

    They should decrease service to 3 days a week and save MUCH MORE MONEY.

  • Lori says:

    A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation — 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office™ Boxes. The Postal Service™ receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com®, the Postal Service has annual revenue of approximately $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail.

    This is copied right from USPS website.
    The Postal Service receives no tax dollars!!!!

    Also, please remember If it’s important for you to receive ALL of your mail 6 days a week, you can open a PO Box and receive all of your mail with no delays!

  • hazmatgirl says:

    I can live without mail 2 days a week. Are “Free Samples” worth the billions?

  • Annette says:

    I’m very sad about this. I for one love getting mail. In fact for my birthday which is on Feb. 18th I told my girls to mail me a hand written letter because people don’t take time to write letters anymore and it forces you to sit and write and think about what you want to say. I will miss Saturday mail. :(

  • Jennifer M says:

    Awe :( I am so sad. I am one of the odd people who is 25, I write checks for all my bills, place a stamp on them and mail them. I always considered it my way of paying for all the freebies and ensuring my postal carrier always has a job. She does a wonderful job and was our carrier when we lived in a apartment complex before we bought our house and after our forwarding expired, still brought me a letter from my uncle who had written it to the old address. There was nothing on the letter about our new address, but she knew us. I always try to put a little gift for her in the mailbox around her birthday, christmas, and appreciation day. I will miss seeing her on Saturdays.

    • Chelsea Creech says:

      I just wanted to say how cool that is! I’m going to be 23, have worked for the post office for 2 years this month and am the same way! I love writing out checks for my bills, I love writing letters… and being a carrier I LOVE to see people sending cards and letters to loved ones. It really is a dying art and the fact that people say they don’t care is embarrassing. Going online and ‘poking’ someone on Facebook just isn’t the same. The post office has been around since the late 1800′s, I am third generation postal and am just really sad that people don’t think it’s important anymore. Who else is outside 6 days a week ensuring everyone gets their Christmas packages, birthday cards and letters? No one, and if they ever do shut down the post office, don’t count on Fed Ex or UPS to do it!

  • Heather B. says:

    My two cents on this is good for the workers. I love our post office workers. They deserve Saturdays off especially if running on sat. Is no longer cost efficient. Two of my favorite workers are awesome, always smiling and in a big area they know me by name. They try to help save me money if I come to the window and shoved a bunch of stuff in a box with extra space they have been known to open that sucker right up and help me transfer to a cheaper box. They brighten many of my days and I suspect sat.s off for them would brighten theirs and I am all for it!!

  • Em says:

    Postal service has been around for 150+ years. One day of the week cut back now. I think their track record is pretty good! You guys need some Xanax.

  • Linda says:

    Americans are SO SPOILED!!! Think about it, whining over having to wait one extra day to get what you can wait until Monday for. I mean really how important is that freebie anyway. The solution is simple…plan ahead for your mailings and be thankful we have this service.

  • Stephanie M says:

    I am a substitute mail carrier and my only guaranteed day is Saturday. Although I knew that the 5 day delivery was being discussed, I feel a little blind-sided by it. We had to hear the news on the radio before we were officially told by our postmaster. I love my job and I love the people whom I serve so this saddens me. I think that this was a bad decision and there were other options to save money that would still ensure our customers the same service that they deserve. And… I’ve lost my job.

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