It is likely Saturday mail will become a thing of the past, according to a recent article by U. S. News and World Report. Although my husband and I will be largely unaffected by the change, the older relatives in our extended family will need to make some adjustments to their financial a habits.
Starting in August, Saturday mail may become as much of a memory as the milkman delivery milk to the front door if the U. S. Postal Service's plans to save $2 billion a year plays out.
Receiving priority mail
According to the article, people will still receive priority mail and packages on Saturdays. With a son in college, it's nice to know that my cakes and cookies won't go stale over the weekend if I send him a package. Also, our older relatives who depend on prescription medicines through the mail will still receive their prescriptions. I will, however, miss my subscriptions to various magazines that used to come on Saturdays. However, I sometimes neglected to look for the mail until Monday anyway.
Spending the same amount of money on movies
Some of our older relatives like to get the Netflix in the mail because they don't want to drive at night to borrow movies from the kiosks at the gas stations. My husband and I save money by using the kiosks as opposed to going to the movie theater on the weekends. However, the fact that Netflix won't arrive on Saturdays may tempt some people to spend more money by going to the movie theaters on Saturdays.
Checking our automatic deposit
Since I have a new employer, I had to make sure I filled out all the paperwork so that my paychecks would be automatically deposited into my checking account. With no Saturday mail, I didn't want to have to wait an extra two days to receive my check in the mail. We had to help our senior citizen relatives who were still getting their Social Security checks in the mail so that they had their money deposited into their bank accounts.
Paying bills online
I know very few people who don't pay their bills online, but we do have a few relatives that don't use computers. In one case, we helped an older relative set up the automatic bill pay through his bank. He uses the computers at the public library when he wants to pay bills or surf the Internet.
To be honest, I never grew accustomed to Saturday mail. I tend to forget to check the mailbox on Saturdays. Since we started automating our finances, I rarely receive anything important in the mail. When we worked on our taxes this year, we went directly to our brokerage accounts to have the important documents moved into the online tax program.
Although I love to listen for the sound of the mailman coming around the corner during the week, I'm already deaf to its rumblings on Saturdays.
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