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    SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 25: Paint drips are seen on an old mailbox that sits in a parking lot at the U.S. Post Office sort center March 25, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Postmaster General John Potter told the House Oversight post office subcommittee that the U.S. Postal Service will run out of money this year unless they are permitted to cut mail delivery to five days a week and are able to impliment changes in how they payout retiree health care. The Postal Service lost $2.8 million last year and expect the losses to increse this year. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Drowning in debt and facing an uncertain future, the Post Office is looking for help. They want your ideas on how they can save money.

    The Postal Service is facing billions of dollars in losses and is considering all options in their effort to cut costs. So, now they are asking for your suggestions.

    Send your money saving suggestions to the Postal Regulatory Commission at or the Postal Inspector General at

    The Commission is inviting public comments on a Postal Service proposal to end carrier street address delivery, collection at blue collection boxes and incoming mail processing on Saturdays in the United States. This is one of the most significant changes the Postal Service has ever presented to the Commission. The Postal Service is required to ask the Commission for an Advisory Opinion on any change in nationwide service that it proposes.

    The Postal Inspector General’s website listed the following cost-cutting possibilities:

    • Ending Saturday delivery.
    • Reducing the size of the workforce.
    • Making postal employees pay the same share of health and life insurance premiums that other federal employees pay.
    • Generating revenue through new products.
    • Allowing the Postal Service more pricing freedom.
    • Restructuring the Postal Service’s network of mail processing facilities.
    • Moving retail services from Post Offices to alternative access options.

    So how do you feel? Make your voice heard now or the mail delivery system as we know it could dramatically change, maybe in a way that you don’t like.