LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Monday is the busiest mailing day of the year with U.S. Post Offices seeing a 40 percent increase in the amount of mail coming in, compared to last year. They expect to see 830 million pieces of mail brought in nationwide because of holiday gifts.
There was a fender bender at lunch time because of the rush trying to get last minute holiday gifts shipped in time. Lines stretched through lobbies at local post offices as people waited, and waited to make sure their holiday gifts would arrive on time. "Right now there's lots of us coming in and out." says Gale Lewis, a postal customer.
"I pulled up here on my lunch break to run into the post office and there are probably three times as many people as you would normally expect at a lunch time crowd, says another postal customer, James Nesmith.
In order to avoid the stress of the crowded post offices, you can take care of all your shipping needs online, at a discounted price. You can buy stamps, print out labels, and even have the mail carrier pick up your packages right from your own home.
The packages just have to be less than 70 pounds, and there is no limit on how many packages they'll pick up. If you can't do it online, the best thing to do is have all your postage and labels filled out before getting to the post office.
Lubbock Post Master Randy Turner says, "Just have everything ready so when you get up there, you don't have to do everything you know at the counter which will cause the people behind you to be a little more irritated."
To save on shipping, there's the flat rate boxes, if it fits, it ships, at the same rate no matter the weight. There is even special holiday flat rate envelopes as well. Postal customer Gale Lewis says, "Stuff this with lots of things and it doesn't matter how much it weighs, so it works out really nice for me."
To make sure your gift makes it by Christmas Day, the last day to ship priority and first class male is December 21st. For express mail, make sure it is sent by December 23rd.
The Singer Post Office, off the south Loop, is the only one that will stay open until 7:00 p.m., so you can take advantage of these extended holiday hours.
The Monterey Post Office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and the rest close at 5:00 p.m.
On Saturday, all will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., except for the Singer location; it will close at 5:00 p.m.
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