Reminder: Have USPS hold your mail while traveling

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Even if you’re aware USPS does this, this is a friendly reminder because I tend to forget: It is always a good idea to have your mail stopped when you are traveling. Aside from the obvious reasons, like convenience, here are a few others that you may not have thought of:

  • Your neighbors might think something is wrong. If no one knows you’re out of town, and if you did not care to tell your neighbors (because who likes small talk, anyway?), then the mail will pile up. The trash can doesn’t get pulled to the curb. The lights aren’t on.  All of these things are happening while you’re soaking up the sun in Costa Rica. Your neighbors might fear the worst and call someone to get into your apartment to check for your corpse.
  • Criminals might break in. You don’t have to look far to find stories of people who have arrived home to see that their home was broken into. The most telltale sign of an empty home is piled up mail.
  • Criminals will steal your mail. This one is from personal experience, unfortunately. I discovered that someone stole my mail when I let it pile up over a few days. Citi had mailed me a credit card, but unknown to me, it was being used for a bunch of purchases. Another stupid interesting thing I discovered is that not all credit cards even require activation when mailed to you.

You have have the United States Postal Service hold your mail for free or forwarded temporarily/permanently for a $1 verification charge.

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