Maybe your dog won’t bite you
But as a postal carrier, I'm less certain. In 2013, 5,500 of us were bitten, an average of 18 bites per delivery day. That’s why I wince when your Doberman comes flying out the door. Owners, please be kind and follow these dog etiquette rules. These are shocking things your mail carrier knows about you.
Remember this on Valentine’s Day:
It takes our machines longer to read addresses on red envelopes (especially if they’re written in colored ink). You're better off sending one of these ideal Valentine's Day gifts and putting your card inside the package.
Why stand in line?
At usps.com, you can buy stamps, place a hold on your mail, change your address, and apply for passports. (Here's why you should renew that passport immediately. Go ahead, we'll wait.) We even offer free package pickup and free flat-rate envelopes and boxes, all delivered right to your doorstep. Believe it or not, you used to be able to ship people through the postal service.
Media Mail is a bargain!
But most of you don’t know to ask for it. Sending 10 pounds of books from New York City to San Francisco through Media Mail costs $6.95, compared with $24.77 for Standard Post. Besides books, use it to send manuscripts, DVDs, and CDs; just don’t include anything else in the package. Check out these surprising facts about the post office.
We don’t get a penny of your tax dollars
Really. But when you get some of your own tax money back, this is how you should spend your refund.
UPS and FedEx charge you $10 or more...
...if you mess up an address. Us? Not a cent. And if you stick with USPS, you won't be at risk for this new FedEx scam that's sweeping the country.
We put good-news mail on top
Paychecks, personal cards, letters—anything that looks like good news—I put those on top. Utility and credit card bills? They go under everything else. We can't just stop giving you bills altogether, but you can make getting them a little less stressful. Just follow these tips to save on every household bill.
Sorry if I seem like I’m in a hurry
iStock/Robert A Sanchez
But I’m under the gun: Our supervisors tell us when to leave, how many pieces of mail to deliver, and when we should aim to be back. Then some of us scan bar codes in mailboxes along our route so they can monitor our progress. This is what ZIP code really stands for.
Yes, we do have to buy our own stamps
But a lot of us carry them for customers who need them. If we don’t charge you, that’s because we like you.
Use a ballpoint pen
Ink from those felt tips runs in the rain. If your ink gets runny on places other than your stationery, here are some household solutions to remove ink stains you can try.