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Photo: Jonathan Weiss (Shutterstock) If it feels like your mail has been slower to arrive this month, it’s not your imagination (nor is it your mail carrier being lazy). The U.S. Postal Service has been delivering First-Class Mail more slowly since new service standards were enacted on Oct. 1; and at the same time, it’s raising prices for sending packages, just in time for the holidays. Below is a breakdown of cost and speed (or a lack thereof) to help you more realistically plan to send and receive your holiday mail. Your mail will almost definitely take longer to arrive Part of a 10-year postal service reorganization plan designed to stop the agency from hemorrhaging money, the Postal Service’s new scheme is expected slow target delivery times by about 30% . While everyone’s mail is likely to be somewhat slower, states west of the Rockies, and the lower 48’s “mainland extremities,” will generally have longer delays, sometimes up to a day on average. For instance, 70% of first-class mail sent to Nevada will take longer to arrive. In general, the mail you could have previously expected to arrive in three days can now be expected take three, four, or five days, depending on how far it has to travel. Previously, the Postal Service expected domestic mail traveling less than 280 miles to be delivered in two days, and mail going further to be delivered in three. The new system breaks things down into five tiers: If your letter is […]