North Syracuse, New York (WSYR-TV) - The US Postal Service ended its fiscal year nearly $3 billion in the red, which means post office staffs around the country are looking at changing the ways it does business. The reason for the money loss is because 9 billion fewer pieces of mail came through the post office. Now, its looking in to maximizing the staff they have and using more machines. Instead of hiring from the outside to fill positions they will look in to their own existing staff. The Postal Service will also not fill positions when folks retire. Its also looking to save energy and try to expand their automated mailing centers in to places outside the post office. It hopes this will help increase business and bring in more revenue. In order to stay competitive with Fed-Ex and other mail services, the postal service will also be increasing their prices in January anywhere from 5-8 percent depending on the type of postage, and mail being sent. For how those prices will impact your mail, head here: USPS - Latest News Releases For holiday shipping deadlines, head here: USPS - 2008 Holiday Shipping Cut off Dates US Postal Service losing money: what it means for you - NewsChannel 9 WSYR has the us post office out lived its use? how much do you use the post office now days? i use a epay bill system and may use one stamp a month at most...man uses 2 stamps a month on average. if i mail packages, i will use ups due to the insurance and tracking being included. if you have an account on line with ups you can ship for about half of what it costs at ups stores.