Growing up, I very much looked forward to getting the mail each day. Almost like a receiving a gift. Well, at least until those “gifts” came with a “You owe us this amount.” Then not so much.
Unfortunately, for the past couple of years, you may have heard that the United States Postal Service is slowly losing their amount of business.
Over the past decade, most businesses and company’s soon switched from paper statements and bills to online statements and bills sent directly to your email. Which is honestly more convenient and “green”. With the change, also came the option of online credit card processing or Bill Pay.
I have had the same set of checks in my wallet for over a year now, because it is so very rare we need them anymore.
Besides the increase in the online payment system throughout the US, we have also seen a decrease in holiday cards and letters being mailed too. Remember getting all those Christmas cards? Well now-a-days we have seen less cards in the mail and more E-cards or even just a Facebook Post to friends and family.
“The replacement of letter mail and business-transaction mail by electronic alternatives continues to cause downward pressure on mail volume.” -USPS
As much as it is more convenient for us, thousands of USPS workers are losing their jobs because of it.
What are some ways you can help?
- Cancel one or more of our online bill payments, opting to mail in a payment or two. This will require the purchase of just one or two stamps, at least.
- Send at least one letter a month to a friend or family member. Stock up on those holiday cards!
- Purchase your mailing supplies through your local post office or at USPS.com. If you have ever been to the post office, you know that they offer cards, boxes, tape, and other supplies.
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