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Postal Service cuts Saturday service to save money

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - No need to check your mailbox on Saturdays soon.

The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that regular delivery on Saturdays will end in order to save billions of dollars.

Beginning this August, the only items sent and received on Saturdays will be packages.

Some of the customers that frequent the downtown post office on Walnut Street had mixed emotions about decision.

"I don't see any problem with not having mail on Saturday," said Rose Henderson.

The move will save the post office $2 billion annually as it searches for ways to ease its financial burdens, which includes payroll and mandatory funding of retiree healthcare benefits.

"We're projecting that we will be able to reduce about 45 million work hours making these changes," Patrick Donahoe, postmaster general, said in a news conference.

What To Expect

Mail will be delivered to homes and businesses Monday through Friday beginning the week of August 5.

If you have a post office box, mail will still be delivered on the weekends.

Only packages will be stamped and delivered on Saturdays.

The post office reports regular mail service has been hit hard by email and online correspondence options.

On the brighter side, package delivery service is up 14 percent from 2010.  The shipping trend is hoped to keep the postman busy for years to come.

"We've seen our package growth grow steadily over the past few years and we expect this trend to continue," Donahoe said.

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