On this date 10 years ago, January 8, 2005, the US Postal Service (USPS) brought the price of a letter stamp to 39 cents. Alright, the milestone I agree is insignificant, but it gives me a reason to leap into how we view the USPS.

I will say I get more mail than I send out and usually the mail I get is a "pre-appoved" credit card offer or junk of some other kind. I think the only regular important mail I receive is my monthly bank statement. Other than that, maybe personal letters on a slim occasion or cards on birthdays, etc.  I get email for billing and other higher-level communication.

The percentage of intake over mailing out is probably 99.9999%. So what what does this mean? I will say we still need mail service, don't get me wrong, but I think I mail out about three or four things a year. Every time I do have to send something out, I always have to go to the post office or customer service at Hannaford as I never have stamps.

I pay all of my bills at the company websites, ie: CMP, mortgage, credit card, satellite, etc. The only bill I don't pay on-line is my water and sewage and that's only because they charge a fee if you pay on-line or by phone. For the water and sewage bill, I pay cash at the window at the office Court St. (I've been out of checks for a decade)

How relevant is the USPS in your personal life?