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Old 12-31-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Snowbirds receiving mail

I am soon to be on the road and thoughts keep popping into my head. Would you tell me what you do about receiving your mail when you are on the road and never in same location for very long?
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:45 PM   #2
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At the post office I would do a temporary mail forwarding to a mail forwarding service like The UPS Store and have them send it to wherever I am.

You can do the forwarding for six months and I think you can extend that for another six months but I am not sure.
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:50 PM   #3
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There is this wonderful new thing called email.....I get all my bills this way and most of my correspondence. Snail mail is a thing of the past.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:27 PM   #4
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We are snowbirds, too.

We use the Escapees mail forwarding service, although you can use any mail forwarder you want. We have all of our magazines sent to the Escapees address 12 months a year...that way, I don't have to change addresses on all of our magazines twice a year (keep in mind that the Post Office will only forward magazines for two months).

When we get ready to leave our sticks and bricks in the fall, I go online and fill out a temporary forwarding form for our mail to be forwarded to our Escapees address. The end date I set for 6 months out (which is the most the post office will forward mail, unless you fill out a second form).

Then, when I want the mail to be sent, I contact the mail forwarding service and have them send it to us, usually to General Delivery at some small-town Post Office. If you mostly stay in RV parks, you could have your mail sent there...just be sure they accept visitor mail (not all of them do). If you use General Delivery, keep in mind that in a large town or city with more than one Post Office, only one location accepts GD mail, usually the main Post Office downtown.

You can go to the USPS's website, click on "Find Zip Code," enter GENERAL DELIVERY into the Street Address line, then complete the city and state. That will tell you the Post Office which accepts General Delivery mail. It's always best to call them first, though, to confirm that they DO accept GD mail (we've had a couple of surprises over the years) and if they have special hours for picking up GD mail.

I've never had any problems having year-end tax forms, such as 1099s, forwarded, but if you have any credit cards that expire during the time you will be gone, you might want to contact the bank and see if they'll change the expiration date so that you can get your new cards before you leave.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:32 PM   #5
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There is this wonderful new thing called email.....I get all my bills this way and most of my correspondence. Snail mail is a thing of the past.
Seems condescending. JMHO.
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:56 PM   #6
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I have friends put my mail in a Walmart plastic bag for the 5 months I am gone.
Usually it is less then 1/2 full when I get back.

I pay all bills and do all banking on line. All of them are paperless accounts.
That has worked for the last 15 years for me.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:28 PM   #7
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We use UPS mail service for our mailing address. We call in periodically and have it sent to wherever we are. it cost us the yearly fee and whatever it costs to send it to wherever we are. Works great for us

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Check out Americas Mailbox in Box Elder, SD. They have been doing a good job with my mail for the past 4 years
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What is the cost factor in doing the forward from another mail service?
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Here's a list of mail forwarding services and the states they are in:
http://www.mydakotaaddress.com/ SD
http://www.americas-mailbox.com/ SD
http://www.alternativeresources.net/ SD
http://myhomeaddressinc.com/ SD
http://www.yourbestaddress.com/ SD
http://www.vmfs.com/index.html FL
https://www.myrvmail.com/ FL
http://www.sbimailservice.com/ FL
http://natomail.com/index.htm FL
http://usmailhq.com/homepage/en/about-us/ FL
http://www.amhomebase.com/ FL (Good Sam Mail service is now here too)
http://www.fastforwardremail.com/ FL
http://mailtravelservice.com/ FL
http://www.texashomebase.com/ TX
http://www.escapees.com/Default.aspx TX

We have all our mail, medications and stuff sent here. Right now I have it set up for them to mail everything 2 times a month. Yes we do lots of stuff online like pay bills but there are still some things that need/have to go thru "snail mail".
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At the post office I would do a temporary mail forwarding to a mail forwarding service like The UPS Store and have them send it to wherever I am.

You can do the forwarding for six months and I think you can extend that for another six months but I am not sure.
So I would forward my mail from usps to say the local UPS store in my home town where they would hold my mail until I requested them to send it to me wherever I was at the time to the nearest UPS store? and anytime I wanted my mail I would contact the original UPS store in my home town and have them send it to next UPS store I am near when I want mail?
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So I would forward my mail from usps to say the local UPS store in my home town where they would hold my mail until I requested them to send it to me wherever I was at the time to the nearest UPS store? and anytime I wanted my mail I would contact the original UPS store in my home town and have them send it to next UPS store I am near when I want mail?
Actually they will send it where ever you want. General delivery, RV park, etc.
Just make sure you do a TEMPORARY forward to the mail service.
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I really dont understand all this forwarding mail services when you can do like the person said above. " its called email your bills" to your c0mputer simple solution why make a federal case out of your mail ? Forwarding mail is old school folks. Use your computer. give the utility companies your email address...and they'll email your bill. On utility bills that stay the same every month i.e. water and sewer etc let them take it out automatically from your checking account. I've been doing it for 10 yrs now and it works like a charm.And no I havent been ripped off.
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I really dont understand all this forwarding mail services when you can do like the person said above. " its called email your bills" to your c0mputer simple solution why make a federal case out of your mail ? Forwarding mail is old school folks. Use your computer. give the utility companies your email address...and they'll email your bill. On utility bills that stay the same every month i.e. water and sewer etc let them take it out automatically from your checking account. I've been doing it for 10 yrs now and it works like a charm.And no I havent been ripped off.
That's all well and good. I do the same thing but still have a forwarding service to take care of the mail that doesn't come thru email. So my question is, what do you do about that?
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