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Old 01-21-2016, 08:58 PM   #15
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I have my mail forwarded at the present time. The form asked if the change is permanent or temporary. They don't notify anyone if you check temporary. When I go to Texas for 4-6 months, I have it forwarded as temporary. Haven't had any problems in 15 years. Eddie Elk.
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Old 01-22-2016, 06:02 AM   #16
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Short and sweet. Exactly what we do. No problem. Told the neighbor he could keep all the junk mail.
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Old 01-22-2016, 06:06 AM   #17
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I'm on the road right now. Direct deposit on income sources. Most bills autopay, the rest I can pay online with on-line banking. Friend picking up my mail.
Exactly what we do. No problems.. Told the neighbor he could keep all the junk mail.
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Old 01-22-2016, 06:34 AM   #18
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When you have your mail forwarded, i.e. change of address, the USPS notifies all of your senders of your new addy. I'm having this problem right now as I rented a PO Box over the summer for a long trip. 3 change of addresses back to my home later, my mail it still screwed up.
For $13 a week, you can have your Post Office collect your mail and send it to an address of your choice. I'm thinking of doing this and having them send it to my son's house so he can filter it for anything important for our next 30+ day trip.

Pretty sure a temporary CoA also notifies senders of your change.
Temporary CoA does NOT notify senders. I have been using this method evry summer for over 40 years and it works well. I give P.O. a temporary forward order and all my mail is forward to my summer address until the order expires. You can do this for any period up to 6 months and it works very well if you are going to be in just one place. If moving around, I forward to a relative or friend and have them send me a Priority Mail envelope every 2 weeks or so with just the important stuff.
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When you fill out the post office form you need to check the 'Temporary' instead of 'Permanent'. This is where many problems occur.
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Temporary CoA does NOT notify senders. I have been using this method evry summer for over 40 years and it works well. I give P.O. a temporary forward order and all my mail is forward to my summer address until the order expires. You can do this for any period up to 6 months and it works very well if you are going to be in just one place. If moving around, I forward to a relative or friend and have them send me a Priority Mail envelope every 2 weeks or so with just the important stuff.
See, my PO told me that a temporary CoA would notify senders. Then, again, they are the ones that have had me do 4 CoA's. I don't think they know what they are talking about. I will research temporary CoA's again before traveling. My son lives in the area and that would make it convenient for both of us. Thanks for the info.
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Short and sweet. Exactly what we do. No problem. Told the neighbor he could keep all the junk mail.
USPS does not forward "junk"/bulk mail.
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USPS does not forward "junk"/bulk mail.
Are magazine subscriptions in that category? We currently get the FMCA mag, Motorhome mag and Escapees mag. I think some have the online digital version available.
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Magazines will be forwarded for 60 days. If you'll be gone longer you could do a change of address with the magazine itself and then do another change a month or two before returning home.

Here's the official P.O. site on mail forwarding:

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We use Sr. Brendan's Isle mail forwarding service. They scan all incoming mail daily and send you an email so you can review it and decide what you want to do. Options include shred, hold, or open and scan content. When you select hold they will hold it until you want it shipped. You can have mail shipped overnight if you are only staying somewhere a couple of days. They will also forward UPS and FedEx. The service works great.
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Are magazine subscriptions in that category? We currently get the FMCA mag, Motorhome mag and Escapees mag. I think some have the online digital version available.
Junk mail is addressed to "occupant" or similar address. My bad for not explaining that.
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We go on 3 month trips often and like you pay most of our bills on line. What we do is have a friend pick up our mail and they toss out the 85% Junk that is sent to us. But there is always that unexpected camera ticket fine or an IRS audit that I would like to know about. I go to our our local post office and purchase 2 or 3 envelopes. These envelope are 8" x 11" and cost somewhere around $4. You can pack it as full as possible at no additional charge. I then determine what town I will be in in about 3 -days time and have the package sent to General Delivery in care of that town. The package will be sent to that local post office and held for you for up to 30 days.
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I forward my mail to my daughters address, she calls me with any Bill info so I can pay them, works well.
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I handle virtually all of my financial and accounting related tasks via computer. To me that's more than simply setting things up for automatic bill payment. I don't like giving my vendors the ability to simply "take" what I owe them each month. Instead - I know what bills I need to pay - and make a point of going to vendor websites to get my monthly statements. I then pay those bills after carefully reviewing what I'm being charged for - by scheduling payments via my online banking service. Wherever possible - I've "gone green" and have requested that my vendors NOT send me monthly statements.

For the mail that we do receive - we work with our adult children to review the mail. We're given them our blessing to shred anything that is obviously advertising. As a result, the myriad of credit card offers, final-final-final last calls to join AARP and the we'll save you BIG $$$$ on your insurance bills never even get to us. As those mail items go - so go the local coupons and glassy catalogs.

Eliminate bills and advertising easily eliminates 99% of the snail mail that happens to come our way. When the occasional piece of mail that is truly "important" - we cover it during our phone calls with the kids. Usually - just having it read to us is enough. Every now and then it's truly something we need. In those rare instances - I simply have the kids scan it and sent it to me electronically. This approach puts truly important stuff in my hands the day it arrives.

It's working well for us so far.
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