With all the new employee's coming onboard at the USPS these days we are getting a whole bunch of fresh faces in our store, meeting our reps in post offices, and submitting questions via our website. Many are in the same boat and asking questions about the best way to maximize their first full uniform allowance. In fact so many are asking similar questions that we've gone ahead and decided to post our best guidance for how to spend your first year uniform allowance.
For the purpose of this post lets assume that you’re either a letter carrier, MVS worker who has just received your first full uniform allotment. CCA’s, stay tuned as we will publish a similar article just for you.
As of the time of this post first year letter carriers and MVS workers are receiving $517 towards their first uniform allowance.
First off, this isn’t bad, if you are careful with your spend you can make this work and build into a real healthy closet that keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
We are going to assume that your USPS postal uniform's need to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, meaning that your climate will experience all four seasons. The only other assumption is that MVS workers typically are not allowed to wear shorts, and we will address their other options.
With that said, lets get into the best way to maximize your first full postal uniform allowance.
Decision Number 1: Postal Uniform Jacket: Estimated Spend: $155.00
You really can’t afford to screw up this decision. With a limited allowance you can only afford ONE jacket.
Go too warm and you’ll be sweating yourself silly in the fall and spring, go too cool and you’ll be freezing in the dead of winter. We wrote a great blog post on the all weather system for those who have more discretion with their spend, but for your money I don’t think you can beat the bomber jacket with zip in zip out liner.
In our opinion this is the only jacket that can be worn year round. In the winter the liner will suffice most days, but throw an extra layer underneath and you’re good to go. In the spring and fall you can unzip the liner and this jacket is nearly as light as our windbreaker.
For these reasons we recommend the USPS Bomber Jacket as our best pick for any new MVS Employee or Letter Carrier needing to stretch their allowance dollar the farthest.
Decision Number 2: Shirts: Estimated spend, $95.00
Pro Advice. Look around your post office. I’m willing to bet you don’t see many long sleeve button down postal shirts being worn by letter carriers or MVS employees. The reason is that most people simply buy the short sleeve shirts and wear their own personal long sleeve shirts underneath.
Unless you have allowance dollars to burn we strongly suggest doing the same, or if you really feel the need to purchase long sleeve button down shirts, try buying one.
Short sleeve shirts are the way to go. We suggest 3 shirts for your first purchase. Either all button down, or throw in a knit polo, and or long sleeve if you must.
Decision Number 3