Postal Service To End Saturday Mail Service August 1st

Source: Jennifer Liberto / CNN Money

The U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering letters and other first-class mail on Saturdays beginning Aug. 5, although packages will continue to be delivered.

It will mark the end of an era for the agency, which started Saturday delivery in 1863.

Tired of waiting for Congress to help, the Postal Service unveiled its plan Wednesday. It is expected to save $2 billion dollars a year, a drop in the bucket compared to the $16 billion the Postal Service reported it lost in 2012.

It’s also unclear at the moment whether the Postal Service has the authority to quit delivering letters on Saturdays. Previously, it has said it needs Congress to change current law to do so.

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