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Low-Budget Weekend Hobbies

Hobbies are fun, but they can be expensive. Here are some easy DIY projects that are both rewarding and cost-effective.

Postal Service Delivers the Bad News About Closures

In a last-ditch effort to save itself from bankruptcy, the Postal Service is forging ahead with plans to close half of its 500 mail processing centers and roughly 3,700 of its post offices. The result: Deliveries will take longer.

Junk Mailers Get a Break on Postage. You Don't.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has announced his latest initiative to save the post office from bankruptcy. (Hint: Improving customer service isn't a part of it.) His master plan: Hike the cost of mailing a letter for real people, and cut prices for junk mail.

Mailing a Letter to Cost a Penny More Next Year

It'll cost a penny more to mail a letter next year. The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that it will increase postage rates on Jan. 22, including a one-cent increase in the cost of first-class mail, to 45 cents.

Thousands of Post Offices Face the Budget Ax

The U.S. Postal Service is expected to release a list Tuesday of 3,653 post offices it will consider shuttering, according to several media outlets. The USPS lost more than $2.2 billion last quarter, and has warned that it will run out of money in September, so such closures are probably inevitable.

Postal Service Request to Raise First Class Stamp Price Rejected

The U.S. Postal Service's attempt to raise the price of a first-class stamp to 46 cents from 44 cents was unanimously rejected today by an oversight board, which said the Postal Service failed to sufficiently quantify either the effect of the recession on operations or how much mail shipments would decline if rates were increased.

Postal rate hike less certain

It looks like there is one price hike that consumers may yet get to avoid next year. The U.S. Postal Service's plans to raise prices on stamps to 46...

How to save big on Christmas cards!

My wife and I have differing philosophies when it comes to Christmas cards; she likes to choose beautiful cards and send them to everyone we know,...