Era of Saturday mail coming to an end

By Mark Bullion

February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 11:56 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Saturday mail will soon be stamped as an era, an era lasting more than a century.

As Saturday mail delivery comes to an end, the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says the change is necessary in order to continue providing its services to Americans. They estimate it will save them $2 billion dollars a year.

"Seventy percent of Americans have said they would consistently support five day delivery of mail and packages given the financial condition of the postal service," said Postmaster General Richard Donahoe.

"I think it's great they're stopping Saturday delivery," said Tom Brill, USPS customer. "I think they should have done it a long time ago because they are so far in debt, they can't afford to keep doing it."

However, others disagree.

"I think people depend on six day service," said Tom McLaughlin, USPS customer. "It's convenient for a lot of people to deal with things on a Saturday when it's not on a Monday through Friday."

While Saturday mail service will come to a halt come August, some carriers will still be out on the streets delivering packages.

"There are people that probably have to have their medications and that and that's fine, I don't have a problem with that," said Brill.

USPS locations will still be open on Saturdays, along with P.O. box deliveries.