For years now, receiving mail in the U.S. on a Saturday has been a luxury many of us took for granted as other agencies, like UPS and FedEx, charge additional for a Saturday delivery of a package. But it looks as though that is about to change as USPS will be making a change to its Saturday service in the near future.
The U.S. Postal Service announced today it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays in order to save the agency $2 billion annually starting the week of August 5. This means regular mail deliveries will only occur Monday through Friday.
The one bit of good news is package deliveries will not be affected by this change as you can expect your external hard drives, SD cards and any other gadgets you purchased to be delivered on Saturdays. The reason for continuing weekend package deliveries is due to the fact that portion of USPS’ business has been on the rise in recent years.
Post office locations that are currently open on the weekends will continue to remain open after the August 5 change. Post office boxes will also continue to receive regular mail on Saturdays.
Those of you who are looking at an alternative to Saturday mail deliveries should know that you could always email or instant message whoever it is you’re trying to contact. That is, until the government somehow takes that away from us, too.