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Old 12-22-2015, 04:21 PM
 
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I used to travel for 3-4 months at a time for work, and the post office would hold my mail until I returned. Now they have a 30-day limit, but will forward mail (for a fee) to a temporary address. However, this doesn't help if you aren't going to be in one place during a 30-day or longer trip. I don't know any neighbors who would be willing to get my mail for me, so does anyone who's been in this situation have any suggestions for me? I suppose I could find a pet-sitter type person to collect it, but at many dollars a day that would be far too expensive.
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Old 12-22-2015, 05:05 PM
 
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So, what happens after 30 days? They start cramming it all in your mailbox? Maybe you could have your mailbox welded shut?

I don't really trust the post office. One time I went online to its site and supposedly "stopped" my mail for a month for later pick-up. I came back a month later and the mailman had stuffed one month's worth of mail in my box.

Next time I move, I'm going to get a commercial PO Box of some sort and see about having NO mail service whatsoever. No mailbox, no mail delivery allowed at my place. Mostly, all they bring is junk anyway. Why do I want that?

I think I get about three or four pieces of mail per year that actually matter, mostly year end tax stuff. All the rest I handle online. Credit card bills, utility bills, etc.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:57 PM
 
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I think I get about three or four pieces of mail per year that actually matter, mostly year end tax stuff. All the rest I handle online. Credit card bills, utility bills, etc.
I do almost all of that online, too, or have automatic debits from my checking account, so it's not like I have to be home to take care of the important stuff. It's just irritating because in the past when I've worked in Africa for months at a time, they had no problem holding it all for me until I came home and picked it up. Perhaps after the holidays I should just go to the post office and ask what my options are. There have to be plenty of people who have this problem!
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:43 PM
 
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I think the Post Office will forward first class mail for up to a year.

If you have any family or friends who is willing to accept your mail for a few months, forward your mail to them while you're gone.

Friends in Costa Rica have a mail service in Florida. They found out about it from friends who sail. I think they pay $12/month. For $20/month they can view/read their mail online.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:51 PM
 
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I do almost all of that online, too, or have automatic debits from my checking account, so it's not like I have to be home to take care of the important stuff. It's just irritating because in the past when I've worked in Africa for months at a time, they had no problem holding it all for me until I came home and picked it up. Perhaps after the holidays I should just go to the post office and ask what my options are. There have to be plenty of people who have this problem!
After I made that prior post I did a quick search online and ended up at the post office site. They say that for periods of longer than 30 days, contact the post office. So maybe there's a way.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:55 PM
 
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After I made that prior post I did a quick search online and ended up at the post office site. They say that for periods of longer than 30 days, contact the post office. So maybe there's a way.
Let us know if you find a solution, because I too am away from my home address in the U.S. for months at a time internationally, and find they simply stop delivering the mail and I'm guessing return it to the sender as Undeliverable. One year they did forward my mail to another country but it was only for a month or two and then it stopped.

They didn't save mine at all when I failed to tell the post office I was leaving because I have not always had time to prepare and often do not know how long I will be gone for. The funny thing is when I return, there is not one scrap of mail. Not one. So I have no idea what they are doing.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:57 PM
 
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I used to travel for 3-4 months at a time for work, and the post office would hold my mail until I returned. Now they have a 30-day limit, but will forward mail (for a fee) to a temporary address. However, this doesn't help if you aren't going to be in one place during a 30-day or longer trip. I don't know any neighbors who would be willing to get my mail for me, so does anyone who's been in this situation have any suggestions for me? I suppose I could find a pet-sitter type person to collect it, but at many dollars a day that would be far too expensive.
Go to a Mail Box shop and rent a box there then when you are going to be gone for long periods of time notify them so they can make notation.
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:02 PM
 
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I used to travel for 3-4 months at a time for work, and the post office would hold my mail until I returned. Now they have a 30-day limit, but will forward mail (for a fee) to a temporary address. However, this doesn't help if you aren't going to be in one place during a 30-day or longer trip. I don't know any neighbors who would be willing to get my mail for me, so does anyone who's been in this situation have any suggestions for me? I suppose I could find a pet-sitter type person to collect it, but at many dollars a day that would be far too expensive.
The post office will hold your mail for 30 consecutive days. On the end date, they’ll deliver your held mail. Gone longer than 30 days you can have then send a weekly batch to a temporary address with the Premium Forwarding Service. See links below. You can forward your mail to a private mail box service in your area if you have one of those stores. Or you can rent a USPS mail box and forward the mail to that box perhaps and the post office might hold it for you during that extended period of time. You’ll have to check with them as to how long they’ll hold it in their box.
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:41 AM
 
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I think the Post Office will forward first class mail for up to a year.

If you have any family or friends who is willing to accept your mail for a few months, forward your mail to them while you're gone.

We pick up mail for friends who are gone about five months a year. We get their mail two or three times a week. We forward anything that looks important and toss all of the junk mail. They reimburse us for any expenses.
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Old 12-23-2015, 05:32 AM
 
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One can stop the mail for 30 days for a few times. After the first 30 days you can leave a gap of a couple of days and then do it another 30 days, etc. Perhaps you can find someone to pick up your mail once every 30 days while you are gone in that gap period.
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