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United States Postal Service drops Saturday mail by changing to five-day delivery week, how to pay your bills another way

8:57 PM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Changes are coming to the United States Postal Service. Starting August 5, USPS will switch from six-day delivery service to five, a move that's supposed to save $2 billion.

However, with technology becoming more and more integrated into everyday life, most people that we talked to said they aren't going to notice a difference.

Saturday has the lowest daily volume and more than a third of businesses are closed Saturday. Additionally, USPS said the amount of first-class mail, letters, has been declining since 2008 because of more people using online alternatives.

"Because of the boom in the market and our customers doing eCommerce trade online," said USPS Customer Relations Representative Wendy Fuller. "That business has grown so drastically, they don't have to come into a post office; Those packages are being shipped regardless."

However, since 2010, USPS said its package services have increased by 14 percent, which Fuller said made this a good time to make the transition.

"They're [customers] are going directly to the internet, they're responding internet, paying their bills online, so that decline in itself is making the post office move over to this to save us."

Fuller said even with just losing one day a week, the money will add up quickly.

"You're going to make the savings with the carriers not delivering the mail, the vehicles we're not using, the equipment we're not using and that's where you're going to get that $2 billion from."

Fuller said if you have an important letter that is typically delivered to you on a Saturday, make sure you contact the sender before August 5. She says you can also pay for a P.O. Box, which will still receive mail on Saturdays.

Most social security checks, (if being sent via mail), are received on Saturdays. However, beginning in March, all social security funds must be direct deposited.

If you already have a bank account, you can obtain Direct Deposit by doing the following:

• Contacting your bank, credit union, or savings and loan
association;
• Calling Social Security toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY
1-800-325-0778); or by
• Filling out a Direct Deposit sign-up form and taking or
mailing it to a Social Security Office.

Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/deposit/1199a.pdf to download
the Direct Deposit sign-up form in PDF format.
Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/deposit/howtosign.htm for
more information on the transition to Direct Deposit.

If you are paying your bills by mailing them, and the five-day letter delivery week concerns you, contact the company for ways to pay online or by phone. Here are some of the major utility companies and information regarding their billing and payment methods:

JEA
https://jea.com/Manage_My_Account/My_Account/Billing_and_Payment_Options.aspx
You can also pay your bill at multiple payment centers. You can find that information here: https://jea.com/Contact_Us/JEA_Offices_and_Payment_Centers/Payment_Centers.aspx

FPL
http://www.fpl.com/residential/bill/index.shtml

TECO Peoples Gas
http://www.peoplesgas.com/business/payyourbill/

Comcast
http://customer.comcast.com/help-and-support/billing/

DISH
http://www.mydish.com/support/ways-to-pay

DirecTV
http://support.directv.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1627/~/how-do-i-pay-my-bill%3F

If you don't see a company listed here, contact your provider directly and ask for alternative payment methods.

A few important things to note: Express Mail will still be delivered seven days a week and post office hours are not changing. If your post office is already open on Saturday, it will stay open.

To locate a post office near you, go here: https://tools.usps.com/go/POLocatorAction_input

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